THE STARS SHINE FOR YOU THIS SEASON AT THE GRAND!
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - The stars shine for you this season at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House. Internationally-celebrated and multi-talented star of stage and screen, Joel Grey will launch the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Season on Saturday, September 29, 2012 for one stellar performance at 8pm. Tickets are available now with subscription packages of four or more performances – your chance to reserve a star-studded season is at hand.
Your tickets this season can include performances by such legends as Liza Minnelli, Hal Holbrook, Savion Glover and Johnny Mathis, as well as larger-than-life stage performances by William Shatner (Shatner's World: We Just live in It) and Ed Asner as FDR. Music will shine as well - including internationally-acclaimed pianist James Dick and violinist Shoji Tabuchi. In addition, Broadway hits A Chorus Line, The Addams Family and the Elvis tribute Elvis Lives are just a few of the shows sure to provide Grand entertainment.
For ticket information, contact The Grand at 409.765.1894, 800-821-1894, or online at www.thegrand.com. The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street, in historic downtown Galveston. All major credit cards accepted. The Grand is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the State of Texas."
· An Evening with Joel Grey, September 29, 8pm - One of the most brilliant, versatile, and Award-winning entertainers to grace The Grand’s stage, Grey’s credits include Cabaret, Chicago, George M, Wicked and Anything Goes. Sure to win your heart, you won’t want to miss this endearing showman’s performance.
· TAP DOGS, October 8, 7pm. – The international sensation TAP DOGS is back! Phenomenal entertainment for the entire family, TAP DOGS is rough, tough, rocking theatrical entertainment at its best.
· James Dick, Pianist, October 21, 4pm - This University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus showcases his exceptional musicianship in a memorable performance of solo works by Debussy and Beethoven.
· Liza Minnelli, November 10, 8pm – When this bedazzling ball of fire takes center stage, you are sure to fall under the spell of her iconic Star Power! Backed by a 6-piece band, Liza takes you on a high-energy guided tour of her life and those legendary show-stopping hits. Be prepared to be star-struck!
· "A Chorus Line", November 23-24, 8pm/2pm/8pm – With music by Marvin Hamlisch and winner of nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, "A Chorus Line" showcases the struggles, hope, and heartbreak of dancers who put everything on the line to land a job on Broadway. This show continues to be a world-wide favorite – after almost four decades on stage.
· The Texas Tenors, December 15, 8pm – Three good ol’ Texas pals combine their personal charisma, powerful harmonies and “America’s Got Talent” energy with a tasty mix of country, contemporary and operatic favorites. A holiday evening of 10-gallon musical fun!
· Houston's Children's Chorus Holiday Pops Show, December 16, 4pm – This premier young choral group has been spreading music of the Holiday Season for over 20 years. Don’t miss the angelic sounds of traditional holiday songs from around the world when Houston’s Children’s Chorus takes to The Grand’s stage.
· The Shoji Tabuchi Road Show, December 18-19, 7pm/7pm – This utterly captivating showman who has “ruled” Branson for two decades makes a rare concert tour appearance. Join the Tabuchi family for an unforgettable performance showcasing blazing violins, stunning talents and a sparkling theatrical variety event!
· The Kingston Trio Holiday Show, December 22, 8pm - Transforming folk music into a hot commodity, these singers/musicians are legendary with their easy listening performances of 1960s folk and pop music. A holiday treat for the whole family!
· Jerry Jeff Walker, December 29, 8pm – Praised for his endearing singing style, Jerry Jeff Walker is a great storyteller with a “say what you mean, sing what you say” delivery. Returning to The Grand for his annual concert, Jerry Jeff moves his date to the Holiday season this year – let’s celebrate!
· William Shatner - SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT, January 6, 7pm - Experience a larger-than-life performance by the instantly-recognizable William Shatner. "Boldly go" to The Grand for laugh-out-loud humor and even some poignant moments presented by this internationally-recognized icon and raconteur.
· Steve Solomon’s My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm Home for the Holidays, January 12, 8pm – From the star and creator of My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy comes this hilarious new comedy when the family gathers at Grandma’s for a riotous celebration of the holidays. You won’t want to miss creator Steve Solomon's recount of a chaotic family holiday.
· The Oak Ridge Boys – January 19-20, 7.30pm/3pm. Don’t miss the unparalleled four-part harmony and joyful, upbeat music-making of The Oak Ridge Boys. An encore performance that will include favorites “Thank God for Kids,” “Elvira” and more, your toes will be tappin’ with show-stopping fun!
· Ed Asner as FDR, January 26, 8pm – Award-winning actor Ed Asner brings to life one of America’s best-loved presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt. This solo performance showcases the courage and challenges that our 32nd president faced while in office.
· Ronnie Milsap, February 16-17, 8pm/3pm. One of America’s most popular and influential country and crossover” performers, Grammy and CMA Award winner Ronnie Milsap is back by popular demand!
· Elvis Lives, February 23-24, 8pm/3pm - Wise men say "run don't walk" to see the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Tour." It is by far the greatest show for any Elvis Presley fan. Don’t miss this incredible journey through the career of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
· Montana Rep's Biloxi Blues, March 2, 8pm - Tony-Award winner Neil Simon humorously explores the life of young Army inductees as they struggle to complete basic training near Biloxi, Mississippi. Both “Heartwarming and funny”.
· Savion Glover -SoLe Sanctuary A Hoofer's Meditation on the Art of Tap, March 9, 8pm - Tony-Award winner Savion Glover pays homage to the great tap dancers of the 20th century – such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., by quoting their steps, intoning their names and praising their memory through dance on stage.
· "I Get a Kick Out of Cole"-The Rob Landes Trio Plays Cole Porter, March 17, 4pm. Accomplished musician Rob Landes and his Trio pays tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Cole Porter with the lush melodies, shining lyrics and scintillating stories from Porter’s legendary songbook.
· Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, March 21-22, 7pm/8pm - A timeless Irish folktale of good versus evil dances its way onto The Grand's stage for two incredible performances filled with a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and precision dancing – all enhanced by new costumes and the latest in lighting and pyrotechnics.
· Johnny Mathis in Concert, March 24, 4pm - Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, this native Texan and award-winning singer will entertain with his sultry, romantic voice ranging from soft rock, blues and perhaps some R&B.
· Billy Dean with very special guest Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, March 30, 8pm. Dean, a CMA and Grammy-Award winning entertainer will be joined on stage with Country Music Hall of Fame winner Jimmy Fortune, for an evening of song that will have your toes tapping!
· Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight, April 13, 8pm - Legendary actor Hal Holbrook brings Mark Twain to life once again on The Grand's stage. Performing this role since 1954, Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight” is indeed a “living, breathing masterpiece” and one of the most acclaimed performances in history.
· Jeanne Robertson, Comedienne, April 20, 8pm - Hilarious humor is this willowy and elegant lady’s strategy for success. Weaving a tapestry of humor, Robertson will keep you in stitches as she turns personal experiences into funny material that elicits contagious laughter.
· The Addams Family, June 21-22, 8pm/2pm/8pm - A musical comedy based on The Addams Family characters may be “creepy and kooky and all together ooky”, but they are also funny, charming and highly entertaining. Don’t miss the fun as this weird and wonderful family comes to life on The Grand’s stage.
Additional performances in the 2012-2013 season will include the Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series performances. Productions to be presented include:
· The Man Who Planted Trees – October 2, 10am/7pm.
· Sheila The Great, October 23, 10am
· Guess How Much I Love You, November 28, 10am
· Huck Finn, January 25, 10am/7pm
· The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, January 31, 10am
· Romana Quimby, February 21, 10am
· John Targalia’s IMAGINOCEAN, March 7, 10am
· AESOP’S Dinosaur Fable, April 4, 10am
· The 18th Annual Grand Kids Festival- April 6, 10am-5pm