Mainstage Season, 2019-2020

Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline | The Golden Dragon Acrobats  | From Galway to Broadway: Starring Ciarán Sheehan & Friends  | Neil Berg's 50 Years of ‘Rock and Roll’   | Bennie and the Jets: The Premier Elton John Tribute 

FEBRUARY 2020


WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT - A TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 

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Through a colorful mosaic of iconic songs and witty personal storytelling, Carter Calvert uses her own award-winning vocal and acting talents to create this captivating musical tribute. Miss Calvert, a Broadway star and the title character in Always...Patsy Cline (opposite Emmy Award winner Sally Struthers performed at the Algonquin), has gained rave reviews and triumphant accolades for her heartfelt portrayal of this legendary recording artist.

Calvert vocally personifies Patsy Cline’s musical stylings perfectly in the country star’s hits including Crazy, I Fall To Pieces, She’s Got You and Walkin’ After Midnight. Both captivating and charming, this fast-paced performance entertains audiences of all ages!

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MARCH 2020


THE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m.       
                    

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The World's Leading Chinese Acrobatic Troupe - The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. Their spellbinding artistry and unmatched athleticism will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages.

Touring worldwide and performing feats on chairs stacked 10 stories high, The Golden Dragon Acrobats have received two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for their Broadway performances. Their most recent 5-week run at Broadway’s New Victory Theater marks the only acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The company's reputation is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World-renowned impresario and the group’s founder and director Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques to construct a performance of breathtaking skill and beauty.

"When the Golden Dragon Acrobats come to town, the wonders stack up," according to The New York Times. "Cathedrals of contortionists in backbend rise before your eyes, body by body. Human obstacles, which tumblers flip over, widen in person-size increments. The thrill is escalation. These touring acrobats from China know how to keep topping themselves."

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FROM GALWAY TO BROADWAY starring CIARÀN SHEEHAN & FRIENDS
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.       
                    

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An intimate musical journey performed by Ciarán Sheehan and his eclectic group of friends, From Galway to Broadway magically warms the heart and captures the soul of every audience member. We are happy to welcome Sheehan back to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center stage since last performing here in 2016 while touring with the World’s Finest Tenor group Tres Voce.

Dublin-born Ciarán Sheehan is an acclaimed actor, singer, and voice healer whose performances have been described as touching the soul. His rich tenor voice easily enthralls the audience. Sheehan made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, (Babet, Marius), and shortly thereafter Harold Prince cast him as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. After a year of playing Raoul on Broadway, he then moved into the coveted starring role of The Phantom, which he sang in over 1,000 performances.

As a solo artist, Sheehan has sold out four performances at Carnegie Hall and has sung the national anthem at various sporting and political events.  He also sang at the internationally televised memorial for John and Carolyn Kennedy, Jr. and at the funeral service for Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joseph Biden.

Joining Sheehan is the talented Sarah Pfisterer, who has played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for over 1,000 performances across the country.  In addition, solo violinist Heather Martin Bixler and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Donahue will share the stage with Sheehan.

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APRIL 2020


NEIL BERG'S 50 YEARS OF "ROCK & ROLL"
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m.            
               

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With a cast consisting of stars from Broadway's greatest rock musicals along with rock ‘n roll recording artists, Neil Berg will tell the story of rock ‘n roll in Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll, mostly through the music (with five singers and a five-piece band) but also with his own narrative that includes some little-known and surprising tales.

From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, up until MTV in the early '80s, Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll employs fascinating stories and performances of groundbreaking music that span from Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley to Aerosmith, the Eagles, and Journey.

The composer/co-lyricist of the award-winning new rock musical THE 12, Berg also scored the new Broadway-bound musical Grumpy Old Men, which opened to rave reviews for its U.S. premiere at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, the hit Off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper, Tim and Scrooge, which ran at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in NY, and The Man Who Would Be King. Berg created and co-produced the #1 Broadway touring concert in America, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, as well as Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll, and Neil Berg’s Pianomen.

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MAY 2020


BENNIE AND THE JETS: THE PREMIER ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE
Friday, May 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.   
                                 

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Relive the hits, the costumes, the extravagance, and the excitement of Elton John’s music through Greg Ransom's production of Bennie & The Jets: The Premier Elton John Tribute. With amazingly similar vocals and showmanship, Ransom and his band transport you back to the concert halls of ‘70s and ‘80s, making you believe that you are attending an Elton John concert.

Greg Ransom began playing the piano at 10 years old.  While in high school, Ransom and his classmates formed a band called The Awakening and performed a mix of styles from rock to blues to gospel-inspired pop songs.

 At age 21, Greg was playing piano in a downtown hotel bar, when the owner of the hotel requested an Elton John song.  Greg played I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues. The owner approached him afterwards and told him his vocals sounded exactly like Elton John’s and that Ransom should consider putting on the hat and oversized glasses and forming a tribute band.  In 1995, Bennie and the Jets formed. The group played only two local gigs in the Springfield area before receiving a call from a nationally known entertainment broker who needed an Elton John band.  Ransom sent him a tape, and since that day, Bennie and the Jets have toured internationally.

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