The upcoming season of "Broadway Live" and "Variety Live" at Lexington's Opera House will include a number of prominent shows. The combined eight-show lineup, announced this week, features seven Broadway musicals and one international dance performance.
With this the 39th year, Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin says there's an eye toward Season 40. “It's one of those crazy things where the first Broadway Live show happened in the spring of 1976, so it's like when do you really celebrate that, the year before the year after," said Franklin.
The EKU Center for the Arts, which opened in September 2011, welcomed Executive Director Joel Aalberts this summer.
Central Kentucky has numerous facilities offering concert performances ranging from classical to country, traveling Broadway shows and special acts and events. How can this region support these venues and what challenges do they face?
Perhaps no TV theme is more recognizable than that of The Addams Family. The unconventional sit-com aired on ABC for just two seasons, starting in the Fall of 1964. It was based on characters created in the 1930's by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.
Baby boomers and re-run watchers probably know The Addams Family best from the black and white TV series of the 1960's. As luck would have it, one of the original characters from that series is also in town this weekend.
While Halloween is the popular holiday most celebrated around this country this week, it's not the only commemoration of the souls of the departed. The Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st and 2nd and can be seen as having similarities with our festival of ghouls and goblins. This weekend, the Bluegrass Youth Ballet Performs their Day of the Dead dance concert, Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead A Mexican Celebration of Life and Death.
UK Opera Theatre presents "The Marriage of Figaro"
While the University of Kentucky is probably best known nationally for its basketball program, an argument can be made that its opera program isn't that far behind Wildcat basketball in terms of national recognition and recruitment of students.
In April of 20-11, the musical, Catch Me If You Can, opened on Broadway for a run of only five months. The show, based on the 2002 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is on a nationwide tour that includes five shows in Lexington.
Since its debut 24 years ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has been Broadway’s longest-running and highest-grossing production ever. Since 1988, over 12 and a half million people have seen the productions in New York City. And that number does not include audiences who’ve seen the eight productions on tour around the world.