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BCPA Announces 2017-2018 Season

On sale June 22

Post Date:06/15/2017 9:28 AM

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) presents its brand new season of artists for the 2017-2018 season!

Kick off your summer with the new Summer Solstice Concert, followed by Cornerstones of Rock, featuring FIVE iconic pop music groups from the ‘60’s and 70’s, the summer staple Miller Park Summer Theatre presenting Once Upon a Mattress and rock group George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Appreciate Broadway and theatre acts right in your own backyard with Kinky Boots and the Reduced Shakespeare Co.

Laugh out loud with stand-up comedian Brian Regan and comedic theatre an Evening with Groucho.

Our silent film with live organ accompaniment series continues with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925).

Try something new with a capella group Gobsmacked!, the America’s Got Talent featured Catapult shadow dance group, the masters of movement-based storytelling PUSH Physical Theatre presents Dracula and the International music sensations Pink Martini.

Tickets go on sale for new 2017- 2018 season shows on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. CST. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (309) 434-2777 or in person at the Ticket Office located at 600 N. East St., Bloomington, IL.

To get your tickets now, before the general public, become an Arts Partner. As an Arts Partner you will receive first notice and opportunity to purchase tickets throughout the entire season.

Call (309) 434-2777 for more information on becoming an Arts Partner and visit to view the entire season.



Youth/Student, Senior, Military, 4+ and Group Discounts are available on select tickets. Contact the Ticket Office for details on discounts.

Summer Solstice Concert

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Noon – 10 p.m.

Tickets: $15 (All ages welcome) – Tickets on sale now

This year in place of Bloomington Beer Fest the Summer lovin’ kicks off Father’s Day weekend with the new Summer Solstice Concert! Gates open at Noon on Saturday. The event will offer traditional and craft beer, food trucks and live music all outdoors on the BCPA’s front lawn, also known as Lincoln Park. Artists performing on the CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage include Alex and the XOs, KnuckleHead, Bill Porter’s Time Machine, Gas Road Riot, Robert Brown Band, Edward David Anderson and Matthew Curry. Stay dialed in to the BCPA website and social media for updates.

Celebrate America!

Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th at 6 p.m.

FREE in Miller Park

This July 3rd and Independence Day the Miller Park Bandstand will be filled with community musical ensembles, dancers and actors performing songs of Americana and celebration. The show is produced by The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular and is guaranteed fun for all ages! The 4th of July show is immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display at Miller Park Lake.

Cars (2006) Rated G

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Tickets: $5

Enjoy a film with the family! While traveling to California for the final race of the Piston Cup Championship, the brash, young Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. In the picturesque Rt. 66 town, Lightning McQueen works hard and finds friendship in the local community as he learns what it takes to be a true winner.

Cornerstones of Rock

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

Tickets: $15 (All ages welcome) – Tickets on sale now

What better way to end a day of classic cars and classic experiences than listening to classic Pop and Rock music in front of the BCPA? The CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage plays host to the second concert of the season with FIVE hit-making bands. Cornerstones of Rock includes

The Shadows of Knight, New Colony Six, The Cryan' Shames, The Buckinghams and The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik. Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1960's and 70's with the legendary garage bands from the Midwest whose rocking hits had teens dancing across the USA! This concert is presented in conjunction with the Lincoln's Festival on Route 66.

Miller Park Summer Theatre presents Once Upon a Mattress

Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Rain Date: Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.

FREE in Miller Park

Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Princess & The Pea. Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. His terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom and, in an attempt to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her special test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by the fact since Lady Larken is now expecting Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless and sets out to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45/ $40/ $30/ $25 – Tickets on sale now

George Thorogood and the Destroyers are doing what they do best – live touring – across the U.S. with their "Rock Party Tour." The "Rock Party Tour" promises to raise the bar, rock the house and tear off the roof like never before. With more than four decades of touring and recording the band has amassed a catalogue of hits including "Who Do You Love", "I Drink Alone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and "Bad to the Bone." From coast to coast, the critics agree: "I’m happy to say, after all these years, that George is still ‘Bad To The Bone’ and he’s never let go of the true spirit of Rock ’n Roll!" says the L.A. Daily News. George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be donating $1 from each ticket sale of their "Rock Party Tour" to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Brian Regan

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $48/ $38 – Tickets on sale now

Setting a comedic standard of excellence that others continually try to follow, Brian has made a scene-stealing cameo in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, and he was seen in Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. But it is stand-up comedy that is Brian’s focus visiting close to 100 cities each year and selling out some of the most beautiful venues on the continent. Brian is the

unique comedian whose material is relatable to generations of fans and revered by comedians as the best in the business.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter! Packed with hundreds of shape transformations, the show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories."

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military

Love, lust and Lon Chaney! Join us as we continue our silent film series with live organ accompaniment by the talented Dennis Scott. Be transported to the fifteenth century Paris for the iconic telling of the original 1923 version of Victor Hugo’s classic tale The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Fall in love with Esmeralda and cheer for Quasimodo! Enjoy this drama with just the right amount of horror to get you into the Halloween spirit.

U.S. Army Field Band

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets are required for this free event.

The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band's four performing components. This elite 65-member instrumental ensemble, founded in 1946, has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Far East and India. To receive your free tickets contact the ticket office. Ticket holders should be seated by 7:15 p.m. the evening of the show. All unclaimed seats/tickets will be released at 7:20 p.m.

Mike Birbiglia’s "The New One"

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $40/ $35

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the "Best Comedy Albums of the Decade" by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American

Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar.

The Nutcracker by the Chicago Festival Ballet

Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45/ $35/ $25

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

Delight in the story of Clara and her Nutracker Prince as you never have before. World renowned dancer and choreographer, Kenneth von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet performs The Nutcracker with powerful jumps, endless turns and beautiful costumes and sets. Dancing mice, toy soldiers and twirling sugarplums are sure to add magic to your holiday season!

The Neverly Brothers

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

Back to share their high energy live show! The Neverly Brothers, accompanied by narrative historical footnotes, illustrate how the music and energy of the 1950’s American Rock ‘n Roll pioneers set the stage for the adventurous young bands of the 1960’s British Invasion movement. Their collection consists of show-stopping renditions of early hits by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and many more.

Reduced Shakespeare Co presents William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $30/ $25

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

In this strange-yet-familiar narrative, an ancient grudge pits Puck (from A Midsummer’s Night Dream) against Ariel (from The Tempest) and turns Shakespeare’s canon upside-down, creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and that master motivator Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and (of course) Dromio and Juliet. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, the production weaves together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional fortieth, filled with witty wordplay and vaudevillian variety.

"The lickety-split pacing [and] cheerfully impudent tone…it’s Shakespeare as you’ve never imagined!" – Washington Post

PUSH Physical Theatre presents Dracula

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $30/ $25

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

The classic tale of seduction, desire and madness told as you’ve never seen it before. The acrobatic spectacle from the masters of motion theatre: PUSH Physical Theatre’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, Dracula, is like nothing audiences have ever seen. With the addition of respected writer, Danny Hoskins, PUSH Physical Theatre’s Dracula is not only an experiment in true collaboration, but a daring departure from the award-winning company’s usual ‘silent treatment.’ By combining PUSH’s speechless artistry with traditional dialogue-driven theatre, the collaborators have created a ground-breaking, thrilling and unforgettable ride into the warped world of one of literature’s most famous villains. Contains mature content.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $50/ $45/ $40/ $35

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

Featuring world-class a cappella voices, jaw-dropping beatboxing and heart-stopping harmonies, this all-singing, all-amazing theatrical experience pushes the limits of the human voice. A multi-talented cast of singers and beatboxers weaves a story told through all forms of a cappella, from traditional street-corner harmonies to cutting-edge multi-track live looping. Guaranteed to leave the audience with songs in their hearts and smiles on their faces, this is a show not to be missed.

Pink Martini

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $40/ $35/ $30/ $25

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

Crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, and featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, New Zealand, South and North America. Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 and quickly became an international phenomenon. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. Pink Martini has just released its ninth studio album, Je dis oui!, which features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, and Rufus Wainwright.

The Freshman (1925)

Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military

In hopes of making some friends, Harold Lamb (Harold Lloyd) attends college at Tate University, but when the students notice his eccentric personality, he becomes the joke of the school. His fellow students convince Harold that he is popular but laugh at him behind his back, telling him that he is a player on the football team when he is actually the water boy. Only his friend Peggy (Jobyna Ralston) knows that, to be happy, Harold must accept himself for who he

really is. Considered one of Lloyd's most hilarious, well-constructed films The Freshman was his most successful silent film of the 1920’s. BCPA favorite Dennis Scott returns to add live organ accompaniment to this Hollywood classic.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

The ever popular musicians of Switchback return to the BCPA! The award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Pre-show activities begin at 6 p.m. and will feature Irish Fare for sale as well as photo ops with St. Patrick’s Day themed props.

An Evening with Groucho

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages!

"Nothing short of masterful"– Chicago Tribune

Journey to OZ

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30/ $25/ $20

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

The audience is in the middle of the action in this fun, experiential show as Dorothy and her friends battle the Wicked Witch to find the brains, the heart and the courage they never knew they had. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center -- really! In this version of the classic tale, actors pick audience members to come on stage and play different beloved characters. This production has a family friendly early start time of 6:30 p.m.

Kinky Boots

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $73/ $62/ $51/ $40

Discounts: Senior, Youth/Student, Military, 4+

Now in its fifth smash year on Broadway, Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony®, the Grammy® and London’s Olivier Award. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon and champion of equality Cyndi Lauper, and book by Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein this dazzling sensation is inspiring audiences around the world to LET LOVE SHINE!

Based on true events, Kinky Boots tells the heartwarming and humorous story of two people with nothing in common — or so they think! Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. This unlikely pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!

"The most talked-about show on Broadway! So much fun, you’ll dance out of the theatre. You’ve got to see it. Cyndi Lauper delivers the best Broadway score in years!" – ABC News