Broad­way shows sell out at Eas­ton’s State Theatre

The Morning Call - - GO GUIDE - By Kathy Lauer-Wil­liams

Two Broad­way shows in the State Theatre’s up­com­ing 93rd sea­son sold out within hours af­ter tick­ets went on sale Aug. 15, at the his­toric venue in Eas­ton.

“Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal” on Sept. 25 and “Jersey Boys” on Dec. 12 both quickly sold out in a sea­son in which the the­ater is pre­sent­ing eight Broad­way shows, more than it has ever pre­sented in past sea­sons, and two more than in its 2018-2019 sea­son.

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the six other Broad­way shows, which in­clude the ac­claimed 20th an­niver­sary tour of

“Rent,” and the area pre­miere of the new mu­si­cal “Band­stand.”

The sched­ule of Broad­way shows for the rest of the sea­son at the State Theatre are as fol­lows.

“Cirque Dreams Hol­i­daze” on Dec. 19 is both a Broad­way mu­si­cal and mod­ern cir­cus spec­tac­u­lar. The show fea­tures 20 of the world’s most as­ton­ish­ing acts, dozens of orig­i­nal hol­i­day pro­duc­tion num­bers and more than 300 spec­tac­u­lar cos­tumes.

The long-run­ning “Stomp” re­turns to the area Jan. 17, as the eight-mem­ber troupe uses ev­ery­thing but con­ven­tional per­cus­sion in­stru­ments. The tal­ented per­form­ers use matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hub­caps and more to fill the stage with mag­nif­i­cent rhythms.

In honor of the 70th An­niver­sary of Charles Schulz beloved comic strip, “Peanuts,” “You’re a Good Man, Char­lie Brown” comes to the State Theatre Feb. 1. The Tony Award-nom­i­nated mu­si­cal fea­tures re-imag­ined cos­tumes, and ac­tor-mu­si­cians who ac­com­pany them­selves through­out the show in a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the 1999 re­vival that in­cludes songs “Beethoven Day” and “My New Phi­los­o­phy.”

The 20th an­niver­sary tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Jonathan Lar­son’s ground-break­ing rock mu­si­cal “Rent” comes for two shows Feb. 9. The Pulitzer

Prize and Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal is a mod­ern day re-imag­in­ing of Puc­cini’s “La Bo­hème,” and fol­lows a year in the lives of seven artists strug­gling to fol­low their dreams.

The Tony-win­ning 2017 Amer­i­can mu­si­cal “Band­stand” makes it area pre­miere March 12.

Three-time Tony win­ner and “Hamilton” chore­og­ra­pher, Andy Blanken­buehler, com­posed the mu­sic and chore­ographed the mu­si­cal, which is filled with high-en­ergy danc­ing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers re­turn home to the United States af­ter World War II. Strug­gling to fit into their old lives while deal­ing with the lin­ger­ing ef­fects of the war, in­clud­ing post-trau­matic stress and sur­vivor’s guilt, they form a band com­posed solely of vet­er­ans to com­pete in a na­tional pa­tri­otic ra­dio con­test in New York City.

The mu­si­cal based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer

Prize-win­ning novel “The

Color Pur­ple” comes to the State Theatre for two shows May 2. The 2016 Tony Award win­ner for Best Mu­si­cal

Re­vival fea­tures a Grammy-win­ning score of jazz, gospel, rag­time and blues in its story about a young woman’s jour­ney to love and tri­umph in the Amer­i­can South.

For tick­ets to all shows call the State Theatre box of­fice at 610-252-3132 or go to www.stateth­e­atre.org.

Broad­way per­former to present one-woman show

Carter Calvert, the Broad­way per­former por­tray­ing iconic coun­try mu­sic leg­end Patsy Cline at Bucks County Play­house, will present her one-woman show, “Viva La Diva” at the his­toric play­house Sept. 4.

The star of the play­house’s “Al­ways .. Patsy Cline,” will per­form songs from Broad­way, as well as from pop, jazz and coun­try gen­res. She also will share her hi­lar­i­ous yet heart­felt take on “mak­ing it in the busi­ness” and the di­vas that in­spired her along the way.

Calvert is best known for orig­i­nat­ing her role in the Tony-nom­i­nated Broad­way mu­si­cal “It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues” along­side Grammy win­ning jazz vo­cal­ist Gre­gory Porter. She is fea­tured on the

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/MICHAEL POOL

Cast of ‘Band­stand’ na­tional tour com­ing to the State Theatre.

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