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Theatre Guide: “Bus Stop” on Stage This Weekend

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March 8th-17th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Bus Stop” will be on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. This belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, “Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana …” As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-aged scholar comes to terms with himself, and a young girl who works in the cafe gets her first taste of romance. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

March 15th (7:30pm): “The Chieftains” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. 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 Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

March 18th (7pm): “The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys” will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1919, the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered by many to be the leading U. S. ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition. Aside from providing music for five choral services each week at Saint Thomas Church, the choir also regularly tours the United States and Europe. Be sure not to miss this world-class choir’s only performance in East Texas! First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

March 22nd (7pm): “Spring” will be presented by Voices of Faith at First Presbyterian Church. Voices of Faith includes over seventy-five talented vocalists from the East Texas area that includes middle school, high school and college students under the direction of Pam Eikner and accompanied by Dana Bertino. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

March 23rd (7:30pm): “Tony Orlando” will be on the stage at the Belcher Center. No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando. One of America’s most endearing and enduring stars, Tony is best known for the chart-topping “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree.” Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. From million selling records (five number one hits), a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway (Barnum and Smokey Joe’s Café), Tony Orlando has conquered every facet of show business. The Belcher Center is located at 2100 S. Moberly in Longview. For more info call (866)550-5388 or go to belchercenter.com.

March 30th (7:30pm): “New York Philharmonic String Quartet” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. 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! The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

April 9th (7:30pm): “Finding Neverland” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. 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. The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

April 11th (7pm): “The Stations of the Cross” will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. For centuries Christians have meditated on Jesus’ final journey to Calvary. Inspired by the traditional Stations of the Cross, French organist and composer Marcel Dupré improvised fourteen dramatic musical depictions in 1932 interspersed with readings by Paul Claudel (French Ambassador to Washington, DC from 1928-1933). In this contemplative, candle-lit performance, Claudel’s poetry and original paintings by local artists join Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix (Stations of the Cross) in illustrating Christ’s final hours. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info cal (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

April 11th-14th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through The Bard’s plays, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” was London’s longest-running comedy. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

April 24th (6pm): “Spring Concert” will be presented by the UT Tyler Patriot Singers and Concert Chorale under the direction Dr. Cameron Rose at First Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

April 27th (7:30pm): “ Jim Brickman” will be on the stage at the Belcher Center. Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 21 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, “Billboard Magazine.” He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. As a true artist that lives and breathes the music he creates, Jim Brickman is thrilled to introduce fans to his most recent songs and perform them live in concert halls across the world. The Belcher Center is located at 2100 S. Moberly in Longview. For more info call (866)550-5388 or go to belchercenter.com.

April 27th (7:30pm): “Violinist Augustin Hadelich” will be on the stage at The Cowan Center. Grammy-winner Augustin Hadelich is returning to join the ETSO for Tchaikovsky’s epic Violin Concerto. Hadelich is one of the greatest violinists performing today. You won’t want to miss his amazing artistry live. The concert also features the beginning of a Schubert symphony cycle for the ETSO, with his “Great” Symphony in C major. The Cowan Center is located on the campus of UT Tyler at 3900 University Blvd. For more info call (903)566-7424 or go to cowancenter.org.

April 28th (11am): “Kirkin’ of the Tartans” featuring the Lyon College Pipe Band will be presented at First Presbyterian Church. A procession of tartan plaid and bagpipes celebrates First Presbyterian Church’s Scottish heritage and is an annual tradition for the congregation. Join the church as special guest musicians, the Lyon College Pipe Band, return to lead the celebration. With a second-place prize from the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland under its belt, Lyon College’s Scottish Heritage Program truly is the most significant in the nation for bagpiping, drumming, and Highland dancing. The arts program is designed to teach, preserve, and celebrate the Scottish arts and traditions in America. Founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian Church, whose roots are in Scotland, Lyon College is the oldest private college in Arkansas. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

May 3rd (7pm): “Musical Theatre Spring Showcase” will be on the stage at Robert E. Lee Theatre. This event will be a showcase of Musical Theatre songs/numbers performed by members of the Musical Theatre classes at Robert E. Lee. The Robert E. Lee Theatre is located in the Jan E. Jones Fine Arts Center on the Robert E. Lee campus, ESE Loop 323 in Tyler. For more info email Amy.Clemens@tylerisd.org.

May 3rd-May 12th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Christians” will be on the stage at Henderson Civic Theatre. A big-little play about faith in America—and the trouble with changing your mind. Pastor Paul does not believe in Hell, and today, he’s going to preach a sermon that finally says what he really believes. He thinks all the people in his church are going be happy to hear what he has to say. He’s wrong. Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. For more information call 657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

May 4th-5th, 10-11th (Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “The Red Velvet Cake War” will be on the stage at Cherokee Civic Theatre. Three female cousins in a small Texas town work together to organize a reunion of their eccentric family, while dealing their own (mostly husband-related) personal issues. Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. 5th St. in Rusk. For more info call (903)683-2131 or go to cherokeetheatre.net

May 9th (7pm): “Alexander’s Feast by George Frideric Handel” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church. This rarely heard oratorio celebrates the power of music to transform the moods and passions of humankind. Set at a lavish banquet in the court of Alexander the Great, this ode to St. Cecilia was a consistent success during Handel’s lifetime and continues to capture the hearts and minds of audiences through its drama and Handelian flair. First Presbyterian Church is located at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. For more info call (903)597-6317 or go to fpctyler.com/finearts.

May 10th-19th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Groucho Marx, A Life in Revue” will be on the stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. “Groucho: A Life in Revue” is a stage play written by Groucho Marx’s son Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher, with musical direction by Jim Grady. It is a look at the life and career of the famous entertainer Groucho Marx, of the Marx Brothers and You Bet Your Life fame. It opened off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 8, 1986, and played 254 performances closing on May 3, 1987. The play opened to rave reviews. “The New York Times” wrote, “There is laughter in abundance” and described Frank Ferrante’s lead performance as “artful…his timing is digital sharp.” “The New York Post” dubbed it “hilarious…a brilliant review.” “Groucho” was nominated for two NY Outer Critics Circle Awards – one for Best Play and one for Ferrante’s performance as Groucho. The play received more critical acclaim and garnered three Laurence Olivier Award nominations. This inspired bio-musical about “The One and Only” begins with Groucho as an old man doing his famous Carnegie Hall show. It then goes back to the beginnings of the Marx Brothers and their struggles to make it in vaudeville, their rise to stardom and their eventual breakup. All the classic Groucho songs are included. One actor plays Groucho, another plays Chico and Harpo, and one actress plays all the wives, girlfriends and Margaret Dumont. A hit in New York, across the U.S. and in London, this show will delight Marx Brothers fans and the as yet uninitiated. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

June 21st-30th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm): “Death of a Salesman” will be on the stage at Henderson Civic Theatre. Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman addresses a loss of identity and a man’s inability to accept change within himself and society. The play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman’s life. The play concludes with Willy’s suicide and subsequent funeral. Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. For more information call 657-2968 or go to hendersoncivictheatre.org.

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