Midwest Theater Announces Lineup for 2022-23 Performing Arts Winter Season

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A variety of new and varied shows will take to the stage at the Historic Midwest Theater in downtown Scottsbluff for the 2022-23 performing arts winter season. The season kicks off on October 13 with “Forever Young.”

Midwest Theater general manager Jeff Johnson said the trick is to find a diverse group of shows that are recognizable to audiences but feature something that might challenge them from previous years.

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“For a few shows, we have the same idea of ​​shows we’ve had in the past,” Johnson told the Star-Herald. “The others are something different to see what kind of response we get.”

The season begins with “Forever Young” on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. The performance offers a look at the greatest hits of all time. The show is set in a suburban basement and is full of powerful voices, dynamite choreography and the story of five friends who discover how a record player can change everything. “Forever Young” is a tribute to the life and music that made him famous across the musical genres of pop, rock and country.

“These five guys are going to go back and make all the music you can imagine from the 40s, 50s right up to today,” Johnson said. “Because of their band, they do all the different harmonies and different styles over the years.”

Tickets are on sale now for “Forever Young.”

This year’s Christmas show is the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, performing Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The band is America’s first major brass ensemble with performers reflecting the diversity of men and women in American culture.

This family business started on the streets of New Orleans. Family patriarch Ellis Marsalis proposed that the band create a concert format that breaks down gender barriers and connects performers and audiences. The show includes trumpet solos, brass quintets and the full 11-piece ensemble with percussion.

“I’m really curious to see how this all comes together, but they’re going to focus more on Christmas songs with other songs mixed in there,” Johnson said.

As audiences take in the show, Johnson hopes they’ll enjoy hearing classic holiday tunes in a new way.

“I’m sure they’ll recognize the Christmas music,” he said. “It may not be the classic standard style.”

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent and their band will kick off 2023 with a unique, modernized take on American music. Dailey and Vincent are five-time Grammy Award winners individually, three-time Grammy Award nominee collectively, four-time Dove Award winners, and winners of 35 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, including three-time IBMA Entertainer Award winners. of the Year and three-time Vocal Group of the Year winners.

Their PBS special Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert has over 1,000 airplays and the duo have spent a decade performing together.

“They’ve mostly been seen as some kind of bluegrass performance, but they do it all,” Johnson said. “When they come to us this time, they’re actually going to stay more on the gospel side. It’s still going to be bluegrass and country, but they’ll be more on the gospel side.

They will perform on Thursday January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The World of Musicals in Concert will grace the stage of the Midwest Theater on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. , big-screen anthems and iconic show tunes.

Audiences will enjoy the best of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘We will rock you’ and ‘Sister Act’, to name a few. The musical concert gala is known as the show that brings all the hit songs together in one show. The public will be able to sing their favorite musical songs in one evening.

On Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., the community can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture as danú, one of Ireland’s leading traditional ensembles, perform. The band hails from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland and formed in 1995 as part of the Irish delegation to the Festival interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France. This annual event is the largest gathering of Celtic nations in the world.

The debut album titled “danú” was released in 1997 and two years later the band signed a multi-album recording deal with US label Shanachie Entertainments. They released five albums and one live DVD internationally between 2000 and 2006. The band added three independent releases to this discography.

Artists perform flute, whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and voice in Irish and English. The public will be transported to Ireland during the evening.

The genre-defying trio TAKE3 will bring their flair for the wild and the unexpected to Scottsbluff on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The trio shows a refinement of a rigorous classical music background that infuses rock star charisma. The repertoire includes Bach, Beethoven, Justin Bieber and The Beach Boys.

TAKE3’s interactive lighting shows, from comedic stories of their musical journey from scales to conservatory practice rooms to pop music and performances in crowded stadiums, should be an unforgettable experience for audiences.

Cirque Kalabanté concludes the season with its show “Afrique En Cirque”, a colorful creation by acrobats, musicians and choreographers. Audiences will enjoy the rhythms of the djembes and indigenous Guinean instruments that drive the story forward. The show showcases the diversity of traditional African arts alongside the virtuosity of North American modern circus performance. They will perform on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“This circus-style show tends to attract a good audience and they like that kind of feel,” Johnson said. “This one is going to be that kind of circus feel, but there’s also quite a few musicians on stage with them. … it’s going to be mixed with some instrumental playing and a bit more dancing.

The Missoula Children’s Theater will return in January with the show “Rumpelstiltskin.” The audition date is January 23, with rehearsals throughout the week. The public performance is January 27.

Details on the Valentine’s Day show and performance by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln opera group in March are forthcoming.

As audiences engage with the arts at the Midwest Theater, Johnson said he hopes the season’s repertoire will help people broaden their horizons.

“For me, it’s always about broadening your horizons – seeing something different, hearing something different, and appreciating the other aspects of what you don’t hear on the radio every day,” he said. -he declares. “When the show hits me, I get a thrill – for some reason there’s a thrill, whether it’s the style, the feel, or the memory it evokes.”

Subscription renewals, new season and single tickets are on sale now for the winter performing arts season. Tickets are available for purchase at the Midwest Theater office, by calling 308-632-4311 or by visiting MidwestTheater.com.

Subscriptions are only available in the office or by phone. Former subscription holders will receive renewal information by mail.

Member season tickets range from $169 to $197 and individual member tickets range from $22 to $34. Season tickets for non-members range from $183 to $211 and single tickets cost $24 to $38.

The office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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