“Something Rotten” and “The King and I” on Stage at the Cowan Center
Bring on the unforgettable concerts! Bring on the big Broadway musicals! Bring on the amazing shows! Bring on the insightful lectures! It’s a new season at Cowan Center!
The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org. Upcoming productions are:
January 24th (7:30pm): “Something Rotten!” is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (“New York Post”). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Tickets are $37-$72.
February 1st (10am and 12:30pm): “The Ugly Duckling” – Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Ugly Duckling” has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. This classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Tickets are $4.
February 4th (7:30pm): “The King & I” – Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (“The New York Times”) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens. Tickets are $37-$72.
February 9th (7:30pm): Kool & The Gang – This concert was canceled.
February 19th (10am and 12:30pm): “The Magic School Bus” – When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Tickets are $4.
February 20th (7:30pm): Michael McDonald – With a career that encompasses five Grammys®, numerous chart-topping hits, a wealth of accolades, Michael McDonald is an enduring force in popular music. Before embarking on a phenomenal solo career, McDonald was an integral part of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, his solo career soared with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy®-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There.” He has a soulful voice to touch your soul! Tickets are Tickets are $77-$97.
February 26th (7:30pm): Los Vivancos: Born to Dance – Brothers from Spain ignite the stage with power, grace, virtuosity, and passion! Metallica, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen…the best hits of all-time music legends come together in an impressive extravaganza created by the award-winning group Los Vivancos. Through tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco, these six artistic and athletic performers create a spectacular stage utopia. Public sales start on January 28th. Tickets are $47-$62.
March 16th (7pm): The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney – Irish luck must be on our side because the band most recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale will be on the Cowan Center stage on St. Patrick’s Day eve! Six-time Grammy® winners The Chieftains have been making music together for over 50 years. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. And after 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. The band Switchback, known for playing American roots and Celtic soul, returns to the Cowan Center to open for The Chieftains! Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $57-$77.
March 19th (7:30pm): Dan Rather – Those who hear Dan Rather speak often say that he is one of the most extraordinary communicators of our time. With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS “Evening News,” he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy® Awards, several Peabody Awards and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $27-$57.
March 30th (7:30pm): New York Philharmonic String Quartet – To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its much-anticipated debut in Lincoln Center in March 2017. The members of the acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program for their evening in Tyler includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet! Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $32-$47.
April 9th (7:30pm): “Finding Neverland” – This breathtaking smash, based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-® winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $37-$77.
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