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Looking Ahead: The Early Bird Priority Sale, Broadway or Bust, Chris Isaak and More

September 10, 2012

Here are a few things we’re excited about this week:

  • The Early Bird Sale

Now’s your chance to lock down the best open seats for many of our most anticipated performances. Plus FREE PARKING* with your order on select shows, including JEKYLL & HYDE and CIRQUE DREAMS: HOLIDAZE.  This sale opens to the public Sept 17.  Take advantage of your priority!

Buy Now for Best Seats!  Click on the image for more information.

  • Chris Isaak – Beyond the Sun Tour – TONIGHT

The accurately titled Beyond the Sun (out Oct.18), Chris Isaak’s Vanguard Records debut, is a self-described labor of love. Since he fell in love with his parents’ 45s as a child in Stockton, California, this passionate writer/artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis’ Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there—including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis—all of them discovered and nurtured by Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak magically recaptures the transformative brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-’50s, while also getting down to the nitty-gritty of his own deeply rooted musical identity.

Chris Isaak performs TONIGHT in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.  Tickets are still available.  CLICK HERE for more information on Chris Isaak.

  • Win a Mannheim Steamroller CD

In case you missed Friday’s blog post, I’m giving away a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CD.  CLICK HERE for your chance to win.

Due to its overwhelming popularity, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is back in Charlotte for the Holiday Season!  The show returns Nov. 23 to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are on sale through our Early Bird Sale.  CLICK HERE for more information.

  • Broadway or Bust – Episode 1

In June, Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards’ (The Blumeys) Best Actor, Kyle Conroy, and Best Actress, Taylor Neal, were off to NYC to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys).

The two students were part of the first annual Blumey Awards, which culminated Sunday, May 20, at a gala award celebration where winners in 13 categories were announced and nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical performed live on stage at the Belk Theater.  Maureen O’Boyle, anchor for WBTV, emceed the black-tie event.

Kyle Conroy, of Jay M. Robinson High School in Cabarrus County, won for his portrayal of “Seymour” in Little Shop Of Horrors.  Taylor Neal, of Cuthbertson High School in Union County, won for her role as “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.

The two winners received an all-expenses-paid trip and week-long stay in New York City where they trained and competed with other regional winners at The Jimmy Awards.  This is the first time theater and music students in our region had a chance to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

While many attended The Blumey Awards on Sunday, May 20, many may have wondered what happened once Conroy and Neal headed to the Big Apple.

Well, PBS is doing a three-part primetime series, BROADWAY OR BUST, that follows the 60 regional high school musical theater performers, their trip to New York City and their determination to win the ultimate national theater award. PBS is airing the special three consecutive Sundays, September 9–23, at 8/7 C on PBS (check local listings).  CLICK HERE to see a sneak peek at the series.

Did you miss the premiere episode last night?  CLICK HERE to watch the first episode.

CLICK HERE for more information on The Blumey Awards.

  • What are you most excited about this week?

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