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Giveaway! Win a Pair of Tickets to See PostSecret: The Show Next Wednesday!

April 17, 2014
PostSecret the show opens next week in Booth Playhouse

PostSecret: The Show opens next week in Booth Playhouse.

The website PostSecret.com has taken the Internet by storm, inviting people to reveal their secrets, fears,and ambitions to the world. Now, it’s the inspiration for a new theater project that is co-produced by Blumenthal Performing Arts and is launching here in Charlotte! It’s called PostSecret: The Show, and you do not want to miss it!

Three actors will lead you through a visual, auditory and emotional journey on stage in Booth Playhouse. With the assistance of projected images and video, they take the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind never-before-seen secrets — sexual, sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made it to PostSecret.com. With half a billion visitors, half a million anonymous secrets received and the release of five best-selling books, artist, curator and Internet phenomenon Frank Warren has put together a team of theater professionals to bring life to the unheard voices of PostSecret. With the bravery of Rent and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience-sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing, you are not alone.

Frank Warren sits down with GoCarolinas.com to discuss the show (Watch the story here: http://bcove.me/pvrg3exn)

Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret.com, sits down with GoCarolinas.com to discuss PostSecret: The Show. Watch the story here: http://bcove.me/pvrg3exn.

PostSecret: The Show plays April 22-May 4 in the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Feeling lucky? Enter the giveaway by following the directions below and you could be the winner of a pair of tickets to see PostSecret: The Show on Wednesday, April 23!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Email marketing2@ncbpac.org and tell us why you’re excited to see PostSecret: The Show! Use the subject line: PostSecret Giveaway! A winner will be selected at noon Monday, April 21, and notified via email. Good luck!

Tuesday Tune: Todd Murray, aka Sincerely, Iris, in PostSecret: The Show

April 15, 2014

PostSecret: The Show premieres in Booth Playhouse Tuesday, April 22. The production features the real life, compelling secrets and stories mailed in anonymously and posted to the record-breaking blog PostSecret.com. Three actors, with the help of musician Todd Murray, will bring those secrets to life on stage.

Todd Murray aka Sincerely, Iris

Todd Murray, aka Sincerely, Iris.

Todd Murray — who performs under the stage name Sincerely, Iris — is a singer-songwriter from Savannah, Ga., and has been an avid PostSecret fan for years. He and his guitar will accompany the three actors on stage as they present the heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny secrets found on PostSecret.com over the years.

Murray describes his sound as “road trip music” and says, “It’s a style that’s always changing, and always moving along. Whether it be gypsy-esque or like Kerouac’s beat up old truck, shaking down the road at midnight, it is at once comforting, and somewhat unknown.”

You can hear his unique sound in the live performance clip below, which features Murray playing his original song “Just Like a Dog” with his license plate guitar. Watch to see what I mean!

Post_Secret_Poster_REV5Don’t miss Murray live in PostSecret: The Show, playing Booth Playhouse Apr. 22-May 4. Great seats are still available! Click HERE for tickets.

Also available are $15 student tickets! Click here for details.

Head over to SincerelyIris.com to learn more about Murray and hear more of his music.

Looking Ahead: Blue Man Group, Ben Sollee, Chick Corea and Poetry Slam!

April 14, 2014

If you’re looking for a great time this week, you don’t have to look far. Blumenthal Performing Arts has everything you could possibly want in terms of entertainment! From Blue Man Group in Belk Theater to Chick Corea in Knight Theater, there’s something for everyone.

Blue Man Group coming to Belk Theater April 15-20

Blue Man Group takes over Belk Theater April 15-20.

It all starts tomorrow night, when Blue Man Group opens at the Belk Theater! The show is here for six days only! The group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “one of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.”

Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget! CLICK HERE for tickets!

Wednesday, it’s Ben Sollee in Stage Door Theater. Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. In 2012, Sollee self-released his fourth album, “Half-Made Man,” a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. CLICK HERE for tickets to his concert!

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam is back in Booth Playhouse Friday night. Blumenthal Performing Arts’ monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 and 2008). SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through the monthly slam competitions. CLICK HERE for more information.

Chick Corea in Knight Theater Saturday

Chick Corea plays in Knight Theater Saturday.

Saturday, you’ll want to have a seat in Knight Theater! When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded “Piano Improvisations” on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today. Chick released a new solo CD and has embarked upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Chick classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one. The title of the CD, “Portraits,” derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations. CLICK HERE to nab tickets!

 

 

Peter and the Starcatcher Headed to Charlotte Soon

April 10, 2014
Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila  Photo by Joan Marcus

Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour and it’s headed to Knight Theater April 29-May 4! Hailed by The New York Times as “THE MOST EXHILARATING STORYTELLING ON BROADWAY IN DECADES,” this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

With such a long and varied history, how did Peter and the Starcatcher arrive on Broadway? Check out all the details below to get the scoop!

First came a play …

J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright who moved to London and befriended the Llewellyn Davies family. The five young Davies boys would become Barrie’s inspiration for his most famous play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. The play, written in 1904, chronicles the adventures of a magical, ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy. Peter Pan is the leader of a troupe of Lost Boys, inhabitants of the enchanted island, Neverland. Throughout their adventures, Peter and Wendy encounter pirates, mermaids, native people and fairies. After a successful debut in London, Barrie adapted his play into a novel called “Peter and Wendy.” Before he died, Barrie gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to the Great Ormond Street Hospital — a children’s hospital in London. Barrie’s beloved characters live on through the many productions, adaptations and incarnations of Peter that have taken flight since 1904.

Then There Were Books …

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson are longtime friends, but the Peter and the Starcatchers book series is their first writing collaboration and their first foray into children’s literature. The stories are a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and explain how Peter, Hook, Tinkerbell and Neverland came to be. Barry and Pearson not only write together, they also play together – in a band, that is. Barry plays lead guitar and Pearson plays bass guitar in the literary all-star garage band, the Rock Bottom Remainders. The band comprises some of the country’s most popular writers, including Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom.

 Then Broadway …

Barry and Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers was adapted for the stage by playwright Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family). Directors Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby, Waiting for Godot) and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show) first brought the story to life on stage at La Jolla Playhouse, before a successful off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop. With music by Wayne Barker, movement by Steven Hoggett, scenic design by Donyale Werle, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher is delighting audiences from around the world in New York City.

And now, Peter and the Starcatcher is touring the country! Don’t miss it when it comes to Charlotte! CLICK HERE for show details and to buy tickets now before it’s too late.

Wednesday Wow! Al Gore Coming to Charlotte Next Month

April 9, 2014
Al Gore comes to Belk Theater May 13

Al Gore comes to Belk Theater May 13.

As the world’s most influential voice on climate change and an adviser to leaders in Congress and heads of state throughout the world, former Vice President Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international affairs. Don’t miss him Tuesday, May 13 in Belk Theater!

Since his earliest days in the U.S. Congress 30 years ago, Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit” (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration’s efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

Gore is the author of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie by the same title, which has already become one of the top documentary films in history. In 2007, An Inconvenient Truth was awarded two Academy Awards for best documentary feature and best original song.

His newest book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned and ultimately hopeful forecast by identifying the emerging forces that are reshaping our world. The co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing, Gore also is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a member of the board of Apple, a senior adviser to Google, and a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

For Gore’s visit next month, a limited number of VIP Packages are available that include a pre-show reception with the former vice president, VIP seats and a signed copy of “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.” CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

 

Tuesday Tune: ‘Used to Love U’ by John Legend

April 8, 2014
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John Legend

John Legend is one of my favorite male R&B artists. If I had to rank, I would place him up there right next to Stevie Wonder. I can vividly remember belting out “Ordinary People” and “Used to Love U” while mowing the yard of my rural N.C. home with my portable CD player strapped to my arm. Since then, he has found great success.

The R&B superstar will perform to a rightfully earned SOLD-OUT audience in Belk Theater Sunday, April 13. His “All of Me” tour follows on the heels of the success of his single “All of Me,” a stunning performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards, and U.S. sales of over 406,000 copies of his most recent release, “Love in the Future.”

Imagine the simple staging of Legend behind the piano, a four-piece orchestra and one guitarist performing some of the best R&B songs of the past 10 years. That’s what fans can expect to see. Legend will perform his classics I mentioned above in addition to his favorites off his newest album.

Click on the video below to listen to a live performance of “Used to Love U” from Legend’s first album, “Get Lifted.”

Legend recently performed at Las Vegas’ Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Las Vegas Sun said:

“All John Legend needs is love, a piano and a microphone … In Legend’s stripped-down acoustic set – he at the piano, plus one guitarist, three violinists and one cellist – he proved that an artist can captivate an audience for nearly 90 minutes without LED screens, dancers and DJs and instead with talent, sincerity and soul.”

If you have your tickets already, congrats and we hope you enjoy the show! If not, don’t miss out on our next sellout! Click HERE to see a list of all of our upcoming concerts and secure your seats today.

Looking Ahead — TAO: Phoenix Rising, Jillian Michaels and John Legend This Week!

April 7, 2014
TAO Phoenix Rising comes to Knight Theater April 10

TAO: Phoenix Rising comes to Knight Theater April 10.

An inspirational health and wellness expert, an innovative Taiko show and a Grammy Award-winning musician are all coming to Blumenthal stages this week!

The John Legend: All of Me Tour comes to Belk Theater on Sunday, but the show is SOLD OUT! We hope you got your tickets to see this stripped-down acoustic performance! But if you didn’t get your tickets to see Legend, there are two other fantastic shows this week with tickets still available … but hurry!

Thursday, it’s TAO: Phoenix Rising in Knight Theater! In this new North American production, athletic performers in dazzling, contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. Critics are raving about the troupe’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than a million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming has massive international appeal.

The stars of TAO live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. The performers each bring nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on his or her diverse background, whether it’s as a hard rock musician, a gymnast or a composer. As a group, they offer an exciting and vibrantly modern take on the traditional art form of Japanese drumming. CLICK HERE for tickets!

Jillian Michaels comes to Knight Theater April 13

Jillian Michaels comes to Knight Theater on Sunday, April 13.

The world’s leading health and wellness expert, JILLIAN MICHAELS, is live on stage across the country in her “Maximize Your Life” tour for an evening of inspiration, information and motivation.  She comes to Knight Theater Sunday! In this intimate and uniquely personal experience, Jillian shows how to harness your potential, accomplish your goals and live an exceptional life. She shares her keys to health, success and happiness with no hype and no false promises — just results. CLICK HERE for tickets!

 

 

 

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