Sunday, October 2, 2022
Cowan Center Announced 2022-23 Season Line Up

Season Subscriptions On Sale:

Welcome to the 2022-2023 season!

UT Tyler Cowan Center | 3900 University BoulevardFAC 1120Tyler, TX 75799

We have always enjoyed surprising you with the line-up we bring to Tyler and East Texas. We love it when people say, “I can’t believe that’s coming to the Cowan!” Building on the past, we are unstoppable! Our 25th season was so energized and exciting. We want more of that!

Be the first to reserve your seats and get the best deal to see multiple shows. To subscribe, contact the Box Office at 903.566.7424.

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Series programs are:

Performing Arts Series

PAS season tickets as low as $165

 

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7:30 PM

The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group and the third highest-selling artist in the history of America’s Got Talent! Since appearing on the series in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released 5 studio albums, 2 PBS Specials, 4 DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including 3 Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s #10 Classical Artist in the World. The tenor’s most recent albums “Outside the Lines”, “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics” all debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 7:30 PM

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith. Featuring stars from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx TaleThe Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023, 7:30 PM

“Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune). Through a blend of percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment. Their Cowan Center performance at the celebrates Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard’s unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation. The program features many premieres, including Howard’s Push, an explosion of virtuosic footwork, An Sorcas (The Circus), a colorful comment on the battle between substance and spectacle choreographed by Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, and American Traffic, a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that plays at the intersection of rhythmic sensibilities and rebellious histories, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan. Featuring a live band fronted by Killarney-born, New York-based singer/songwriter Brendan O’Shea, the program will be rounded out by classic pieces from Howard, including  Johnny, the early work that altered the Irish dance landscape.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:30 PM

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The elevated concert experience brings a community together with timeless music that speaks to the complicated human condition, honoring the impassioned and transcendent music of one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Rejoice while you are taken on an intimate musical odyssey guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and dancing! The production journeys through Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy, and triumph starring a live band, supreme vocalists, and a night full of music by one of the greatest artists of all time. “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Chain of Fools,” “Respect” — all your favorite hits in one evening celebrating the iconic songstress!

 

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Broadway Series

BWY season tickets are as low as $125!

 

Thursday, May 4 , 2023, 7:30 PM

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE! This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg).

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7:30 PM

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved music of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most. ANNIE, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award®—winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism, and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7:30 PM

After 25 years, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations. Celebrating its 25th anniversary — you’ve got to come to see why the name on everyone’s lips is still…CHICAGO!

 

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BIG Series

BIG season tickets are as low as $107!

 

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:30 PM

Joel McHale is one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry. Best known for his starring role in “Community” and twelve seasons hosting E’s “The Soup,” Joel can be seen on Netflix playing former “Community” co-star Chevy Chase in “A Futile & Stupid Gesture” opposite Will Forte. He also stars in his new weekly Netflix show, “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.” Other work includes “The Happytime Murders” opposite Melissa McCarthy and the indie “Assassination Nation” for Sam Levinson, which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by NEON/AGBO.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30 PM

Justin Willman wants to melt your brain while making you laugh. He’s best known as the star and creator of the hit Netflix series “Magic For Humans.” But you may recognize him from television appearances (“The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” “Ellen”). Or maybe you know his work as a host (“Baking Impossible,” “Cupcake Wars” “Win, Lose or Draw”). If you don’t know Justin, he’s a magician and comedian who’s mastered the art of turning cynics into believers (or at least getting them to laugh). His live show is mind-blowing and hilarious – keeping you up at night wondering how the heck any of it was possible.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023, 7:30 PM

After performing to hundreds of sold-out houses across the nation on his critically-acclaimed inaugural tour, master magician Michael Carbonaro is taking the stage with a brand-new show! From his hit television series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, America’s favorite trickster makes a triumphant return to live performances, where he’ll conjure up a concoction of mind-blowing magic, hysterical offbeat shenanigans, and wonder for audiences of all ages. We’d say you have to see it to believe it, but you won’t believe a thing when you’re in the presence of Michael Carbonaro!

 

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Special Event

BIG Series subscribers may add tickets to CHICAGO to their order.

American rock band Chicago was formed in 1967. In their 50+ years of existence, Chicago has sold more than 100 million records, making them one of the best-selling music groups of all time. This “rock and roll band with horns” found success with their original sound of pop and rock fusion, including hits “Make Me Smile,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and so many more. Chicago continues to be a true ambassador for their beloved hometown, carrying the city’s name with pride and dignity around the world.

 

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Distinguished Lecture Series

DLS season tickets are as low as $44!

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7:30 PM

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when, as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard, she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in the writing of his memoirs.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:30 PM

From FUBU to Shark Tank and countless ventures in between, Daymond John’s entrepreneurial journey has spanned more than 25 years. Having gleaned insights from both the successes and failures of his varied career, Daymond has developed this comprehensive lecture which empowers audiences to learn from his experiences and to make changes in all aspects of their lives, not just in business. He believes the keys to success require establishing the right mindset and following a very specific set of principles, which he has distilled into five key S.H.A.R.K. points.

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Kids @ Night Series

Kids@Nite season tickets are as low as $67!

 

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:30 PM

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL soars off-screen and onto the stage! Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

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Saturday, April 15, 2023, 6:30 PM

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of Ukrainian circus performer Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony, and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves, and parrots. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries and is currently in its 15th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas. Popovich’s 2014 independent film Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West” recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 17th annual Dance with Films Festival in Los Angeles. His 2nd feature film – POPOVICH – ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD  had its World Premiere at the TCL Hollywood Theater on September 5, 2021. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has over 1 million views on Tik-Tok, YouTube, and Instagram!

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Arts in Education

School group orders begin Aug 29. Call 903.566.7424 to request an order form.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

Grades K-4

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of Ukrainian circus performer Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony, and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves, and parrots. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries, and is currently in its 15th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas. Popovich’s 2014 independent film Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West” recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 17th annual Dance with Films Festival in Los Angeles. His 2nd feature film – POPOVICH – ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD  had its World Premiere at the TCL Hollywood Theater on September 5, 2021. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has over 1 million views on Tik-Tok, YouTube, and Instagram!

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Friday, December 2, 2022, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

Grades K-4

Now that Junie B. Jones (Survival Guide to School) has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules and Band-Aids to carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks, and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about!

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