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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this performance features a full live band performing all the hits including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecila,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,” and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed.

The Wizard of Oz: The Spectacular New National Tour

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful The Wizard of Oz, twists its way to Morgantown! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.

West Virginia Symphony with Lee Greenwood

Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA.” Voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, “God Bless the USA” has landed in the top 5 on the country singles charts three times (1993, 2001, 2003). Greenwood joins the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in their performance of “Lee Greenwood: Salute to America,” featuring some of Greenwood’s most famous songs, including “God Bless the USA.” Founded in 1939, the WVSO performs more than 50 concerts annually. WVSO Musical Director Lawrence Loh is in his second season with the Symphony. Loh has an affinity for pops programming and currently leads annual pops programs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he previously served as a resident conductor.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo met each other in 1979 for the first time, in a small rehearsal room at SIR studios in New York City. The rest as they say, “is history.” Pat Benatar’s staggering vocal range and Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, songwriter and arranger, together forge the undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound that created some of rock’s most memorable hits, including “Love is a Battlefield,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Live for Love,” “We Belong,” and the signature, “Promises in The Dark.” Together they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy awards. Their rock and roll love affair has endured for more than three and a half decades. Theirs is a chemistry that will undoubtedly be thrilling music fans forever.

Peter and the Starcatcher

As a young orphan and his friends are sent to an island, they meet a starcatcher in training. The group must protect a trunk full of precious cargo from falling into the wrong hands. From pirates and jungle tyrants to unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher explores the depths of greed, despair, friendship, duty and love. A play by Rick Elice. Based on a novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Music by Wayne Barker. Directed by Lee Blair June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 @ 7:30 pm June 3, 10 @ 2:00 pm

Straight No Chaser

Back by popular demand! If the phrase “male A-Capella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chase (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. This unforgettable live act is always a sell-out.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rogers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Wycliffe Gordon & His International All Stars

Highly acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon can scat, multi-note, slide and plunge just like he stepped out of the 1930s. A son of the classical jazz era, he is best known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Gordon’s arrangements and compositions range in style from Louis Armstrong to hip-hop laced with Deep South jazz roots soul. His high-energy, traditional hard-swinging style captivates audiences whether he’s performing before dignitaries and heads-of-state or elementary school children. He has 50 recording (23 as co-leader) to his credit, as well as 14 citations as the world’s finest trombone player. One of America’s foremost music educators, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Foreigner

Their unmistakable music…their unforgettable hits…Foreigner is back! “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” Cold as Ice,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Feels Like the First Time” and more. Their music changed the rock’n’roll landscape forever. Now you can see this legendary band and their electrifying brand of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop in the intimacy of the WVU Creative Arts Center Lyell B. Clay Theatre.

Adam Trent-The Next Generation of Magic

“Seeing is dis-believing,” raves The New York Times, Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the breakout star of The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, Adam Trent’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic!

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!” For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to all your early favorites! This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the world’s most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Featuring John Oates

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the home of live music on public radio, is heard weekly on more than 150 National Public Radio station across America. Recorded before a live audience, each show features five artists ranging from seasoned legend to emerging star, performing music that spans folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop and more! This year will be featuring John Oates and The Good Road Band with Tyminski, Lilly Hiatt and Bil Lepp.

John Oates, Tyminski, Lilly Hiatt, Bil Lepp and Danny Barnes Live on Mountain Stage-Morgantown

John Oates: John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas). Tyminski: Tyminski, a Rutland, Vermont native, is a 14-time Grammy Award-winner and one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. He co-wrote Southern Gothic with top songwriters including Sarah Buxton (“Stupid Boy”), Josh Kear (“Need You Now”), Cary Barlowe (“American Honey”), Andrew Dorff (“Neon Light”), Amy Wadge (“Thinking Out Loud”) and Southern Gothic producer Jesse Frasure (“Dirt On My Boots”). Lilly Hiatt: Lilly Hiatt has returned with Trinity Lane, released August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. It is the follow up to her acclaimed sophomore album Royal Blue, which Paste Magazine described as “a glorious tumble of influences – surf rock, Smiths vibes, Laurel Canyon twang and jangle, Sonic Youth flatline, Britpop flourishes, Seattle grunge and Joy Division meets Human League synthery.” Bil Lepp: Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Assoc., and the Public Library Assoc. Danny Barnes: American banjo player, singer, and composer, born 21 December 1961.

“Home for the Holidays”

Join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable celebration of the holiday season, and one of Charleston’s favorite traditions featuring the West Virginia Community Choir and the Morgantown Children’s Choir.

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” returns to the Creative Arts Center on its 25th Anniversary Tour. Known for its award-winning principal dancers, lavish costumes and exquisite artistry, the Moscow Ballet promises audiences of all ages a magical celebration of the holiday season. Forty classically-trained dancers will deliver an unforgettable performance complete with hand-painted sets, a 60-foot “growing” Christmas tree and the stunning Dove of Peace – all set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Critics agree, “Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ a performance not to be missed!” This show is always a sell-out so be sure to get your tickets early.

Elf the Musical

Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf. The New York Times says that Elf is “splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment!” USA Today calls Elf “endearingly goofy!” Variety proclaims, “Elf is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

“Verdi’s Requiem”

Join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a performance of  Verdi’s Requiem spectacular choral work, which will feature the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, Fairmont Community Choir, WVU Chamber Singers, and West Virginia University Chorus. Guest Soloists: Raquel Gonzalez, Soprano; Eric Barry, Tenor; Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo-Soprano; Wei Wu, Bass Guest Conductor: Adam Flatt

WV Symphony Orchestra presents Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi's Requiem With the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and choirs from Fairmont State University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young sprints from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” ” Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theater sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1896, has a long and distinguishes history celebrating some of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. The critically-acclaimed orchestra has toured extensively internationally, performing in Europe, the Far East and South America. Under the baton of guest conductor Krzysztof Urbanski, the PSO will perform “Shostakovich Triumphant,” which will include Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont,” Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No.1” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No.5.” Urbanski is in his sixth season as the music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Critically-acclaimed violinist Ray Chen will be featured. Chen is the winner of Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin (2008) Competitions.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

Folk icons Stephen Stills and Judy Collins are celebrating the golden anniversary of their tumultuous love affair that was immortalized in the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic hit “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and as a solo artist. Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, fusing folk, rock, classical and jazz into a singular aesthetic. For this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the two will perform songs from their rich catalogs as well as debut songs from their joint album, due for release this summer, and share warm, intimate stories from their journeys.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the home of live music on public radio, is heard weekly on more than 150 National Public Radio stations across America. Recorded before a live audience, each show features five artists ranging from seasoned legends to emerging stars, performing music that spans folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop and more! The September show will feature the Americana sound of Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors performing songs from their newest album “Souvenir.”

Annie

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of “Annie” will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. It’s a masterpiece of storytelling!

Mamma Mia!

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, Mamma Mia! is the world’s No.1 show! Don't miss it on its farewell tour!

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

For more than 30 years “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” has been the home of live music on public radio. The two-hour radio show is produced in West Virginia and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org. The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond. Singer/songwriter Larry Groce serves as the show’s host, artistic director and co-producer. The Mountain Stage house band includes jazz pianist Bob Thompson, vocalist Julie Adams, bass player Steve Hill, drummer Ammed Solomon and guitarists Michael Lipton and Ryan Kennedy. The band is directed by Ron Sowell. While “Mountain Stage” is based in Charleston, Morgantown has been the show’s second home for more than a decade.

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation. For more than half a century, he has blended the genres of blues and rock and roll like no other performer. His early work at Chess Records where he could be found sitting in with Muddy Waters, and his early gigs in Chicago where he became famous for his fiery guitar work and flashy stage style led him to the pinnacle of the blues ‘n’ rock genre for which he is known. Guy has earned seven Grammy Awards—Best Blues Album (2015), Best Contemporary Blues Album (2010), Best Traditional Blues Album (2003), Best Contemporary Blues Album – or Contemporary Blues Recording (1991, 1993, 1995) and the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). He has received the National Medal of the Arts as well as the Kennedy Center Honors and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 where he was presented with his award by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. It’s no coincidence that Guy counts King among his influences along with T-Bone Walker and Otis “Lightin’ Slim” Hicks but he is also credited with influencing the careers of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of Buddy Guy’s legendary live concerts in the intimacy of the Creative Arts Center Clay Theatre!

42nd Street

Based on Bradford Ropes’ novel and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical “Pretty Lady.” When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner—the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

For more than 30 years “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” has been the home of live music on public radio. The two-hour radio show is produced in West Virginia and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org. The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond. Singer/songwriter Larry Groce serves as the show’s host, artistic director and co-producer. The Mountain Stage house band includes jazz pianist Bob Thompson, vocalist Julie Adams, bass player Steve Hill, drummer Ammed Solomon and guitarists Michael Lipton and Ryan Kennedy. The band is directed by Ron Sowell. While “Mountain Stage” is based in Charleston, Morgantown has been the show’s second home for more than a decade.