PRESCOTT – A virtuous brother. A country music legend. A little river, a yellow ribbon, a hint of voodoo, and a beloved performer in one of the greatest roles in American theater. Single tickets are on sale now for the 2022-2023 Yavapai College Performing Arts Center season.
Toni Tennille, the Grammy-winning voice behind The Captain & Tennille, whose hit smash “Love Will Keep Us Together” ruled the airwaves in the mid-’70s, returns from retirement to sing the title role in Hello, Dolly! (Nov 3 – 20) She’ll headline a lavish production with over 50 performers in Jerry’s Herman’s upbeat musical.
2022-23 YCPAC Season
Raul Midón (Cabaret) August 26 – 27
Tumbledown HouseSeptember 17
Little River Band September 24
Prescott Film Festival from September 27 to October 2
Righteous Brethren October 15
Brian Chartrand Quartet Oct. 21
“Hello Dolly!” November 3-20
Tanya Tucker December 1st
Let the season begin! December 2-3
Tony Orlando January 13, 2023
Texas Tenors January 20
HMS Pinafore 3 February
Rita RudnerFebruary 19
Bill Saxton and Harlem
All-Stars (Cabaret) February 24
Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss March 2
Herb Alpert & Lani HallMarch 11
Masters of Illusion March 25
“Jane Eyre, the musical” from April 14 to 16; 21-23
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy April 28
Sofrito & the Blues (Cabaret) May 5
Croce plays Croce on May 26
The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center will kick off its season with another Grammy favorite: Raul Midón, whose silky voice and signature guitar style earned him a 2018 Grammy nomination, will open the Cabaret Series, August 26-27. Next, versatile and highly acclaimed Bay Area band Tumbledown House combine classic swing with contemporary sensibility for a “modern speakeasy” sound (September 17).
So it’s “time for a cool change” with The Little River Band (September 24). Fall in love all over again with an evening of unforgettable songs like ‘Lady’, ‘Reminiscing’, ‘Lonesome Loser’ and many more. The music then stops for the latest in cinema, when the Prescott Film Festival returns, featuring great films from local auteur and artists around the world (September 27 – October 2)
October also heralds one of pop’s most memorable vocals, when the Righteous Brothers return (October 15). Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley with new partner Bucky Heard revives the Brothers’ greatest hits: “Unchained Melody,” “That Lovin’ Feeling,” and the Dirty Dancing theme, ” The Time of My Life”.
PAC goes from iconic to innovative a week later, when local favorites the Brian Chartrand Quartet take the stage (October 21) with soulful original songs and an incredible set list that has thrilled crowds everywhere, from Phoenix Crescent Ballroom at Carnegie Hall.
Hold on November for Toni Tennille’s stunning rendition of Hello, Dolly! (Nov. 3-20).
Then, hang on to your hats when country trailblazer Tanya Tucker lights it up with hits from “Delta Dawn” to “While I’m Livin'” on December 1.
Burst your holiday spirit on December 2 and 3 with the musical extravaganza that has become a local tradition. Let the season begin! baptizes “the most wonderful time of the year” in Arizona’s Christmas Town with luminaries, dancers, gorgeous decorations and an army of singing voices.
YCPAC battles the winter chill with a sentimental favorite on January 13: Tony Orlando brings his repertoire of pop treasures, including “Knock Three Times”, “Candida” and of course “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”. PAC favorites The Texas Tenors return Jan. 20, with stunning vocals, cowboy charm, and impressive country-to-classic repertoire.
February is an “all aboard” call for HMS Pinafore (February 3). The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, who delighted Prescott with The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, return with this tale of love and intrigue about the most polished ship in Her Majesty’s fleet.
On February 19, come laugh and think, but mostly laugh with Rita Rudner and the snide observations about life, sex and relationships that made her a Vegas favorite.
Then saxophone legend Bill Saxton and the Harlem All-Stars close out the month with a not-to-be-missed cabaret concert (February 24).
March offers two pairs of music legends. Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss (March 2) share three Grammy awards, a barrel of hits like “Eighteen Wheels & A Dozen Roses,” “Outbound Plane,” and “Someday Soon,” and incredible onstage chemistry.
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall (March 11) features the trumpeter whose “Taste of Honey” brightened the US playlist, along with his wife, the Grammy Award-winning “Brasil ’66” singer.
Top performers from the popular Masters of Illusion cable series will bring their mind-blowing magic to PAC audiences on March 25. Then YC Performing Arts ends its season with Jane Eyre (The Musical) based on Charlotte Brontë’s epic story of an orphan girl who triumphs over cruelty with her commitment to honor and love. (April 14-23)
Join us on April 28 for the highly anticipated return of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. For 25 years, this upbeat, high-energy jazz/Dixieland band has shown the world that swinging is always cool. YCPAC’s latest cabaret concert, Sofrito & the Blues (May 5) brings soprano Carmen Cancél back to a Latin quartet for a captivating set of jazz and blues standards.
YCPAC closes its season with a heartfelt tribute to a musical legend. Croce Plays Croce (May 26) recalls the genius of Jim Croce on songs like “Operator,” “Time in a Bottle” and “Don’t Mess Around with Jim” through the powerful voice and guitar of his son, AJ
The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. The YCPAC box office is open this summer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. To book or for more information, please call: (928) 776.2000 or visit us online at: www.ycpac.com.
Information provided by YCPAC.