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BCPA Announces New Season

Tickets on sale August 9

Post Date:08/03/2018 11:41 AM
The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) presents its brand new line-up of artists for the 2018-2019 season! This season brings major music acts including award-winning country artist Travis Tritt, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, returning rock classical musicians Black Violin, and 14-year old musical prodigy EmiSunshine. Broadway acts will light up the stage with the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music, Broadway’s best party Rock of Ages, and the returning holiday favorite ELF The Musical. Our comedies will have you laughing with favorites Whose Live Anyway?, the ever popular Church Basement Ladies, and humorist Jeanne Robertson. Enjoy international artists including The Vienna Boys Choir, Spanish dance troupe Compania Flamenca, Irish musicians Goitse, and Swan Lake presented by the Russian National Ballet. Bring the whole family to one of the many fun kids’ shows this season! Learn how to be a Jedi at Jedi Academy, join a rollicking adventure with Pirate Penelope, be wowed with magic by The Amazing Max, and dance along to poetry, hip hop fusion at Havana Hip Hop. Don’t forget to try something new with the play Aquila Theatre in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta The Mikado, our popular silent film series, and much more. Tickets go on sale for new 2018 - 2019 season of shows on Thursday, August 9, 2018 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, Active Military, 4+, Family Packs (NEW this year) and Group Discounts are available on select tickets. Contact the Ticket Office for details on discounts.


ELF The Musical

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $71/ $59/ $49/ $39

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

The Sound of Music

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $62/ $58/ $53/ $48

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” "Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Rock of Ages, The Broadway Musical

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $65/ $60/ $55/ $50

Broadway's Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! Nominated for five Tony Awards®, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and more, this Tenth Anniversary production will have you ready to rock! This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”


Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40/ $30 Its summer and Sister is NOT happy. It seems the diocese has decided to offer a summer school catechism course for those students who weren’t paying attention all year. Instead of three relaxing weeks at the motherhouse, Sister is stuck with her students this summer! Sister will discuss such questions as, “Did Jesus have to go to summer school?" or “What is an appropriate summer vacation for a practicing Catholic?” And she’s sure to talk about the best way to make use of what’s left of your summer vacation. Beat the heat with Sister this summer, and if you know what’s good for you, don’t be late!

Jeanne Robertson

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $40/ $30

Humorist Jeanne Robertson is bringing her “Rocking Chair” tour back to Bloomington! At 74 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences of all ages with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has a vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor. Jeanne tours nationally and appears regularly on the Grand ‘Ole Opry. She has eight nationally released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 49 million YouTube views. Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked", and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store."

Whose Live Anyway?

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $55/ $45/ $35

Whose Live Anyway? Is back for another hilarious night of improv comedy. Enjoy a completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes and songs that will tickle not only your funny bone, but every bone in your body.

The Naked Magicians

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: VIP $75/ $60/ $50/ $40

18+ Show

The Naked Magicians will return to the U.S. for coast to coast tour in 2018. Starring Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, two of Australia’s most famous magicians, the duo will forego top hats and capes for full frontal illusions complete with magic, muscles and endless laughs. Perfect for date night or the ultimate “Girls Night Out,” The Naked Magicians have performed -- and undressed -- for millions of fans in more than 200 cities and seven countries.

Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $25

Men in the Parish Basement? What's a church lady to do? Rise Up O Men gives the gents a chance to shine in the latest installment of the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series. Sixth in the Church Basement Ladies Series, “Rise Up, O Men” is a brand new musical comedy featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement ladies who serve them. As these hardworking farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and benefits of weld versus solder, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house.


Jonny Lang Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45/ $35/ $30/ $25 Since the release of his debut album, GRAMMY® award winning Jonny Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to support or perform with some of the most respected legends in music. He has shared the stage

with everyone from The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. Lang will be touring with his new studio album Signs which was released September 2017. EmiSunshine Friday, September 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: VIP $75/ $30/ $20 It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee. It’s the spectacular 2014 performance at a Tennessee flea market that skyrocketed her career to become a worldwide phenomenon when a video of her stage show went viral on YouTube. Since her debut EmiSunshine has performed in festivals, churches and recently appeared on NBC's Little Big Shots this summer. The sassy and strikingly powerful entertainer is a true vocal stylist steeped in Appalachian music, and a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. An Evening with Dailey & Vincent Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50/ $40/ $30 GRAMMY® award winners Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV, they bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together, their concoction of fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold. Their most recent live CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks.

Black Violin Classical Boom Tour

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $46/ $41/ $36/ $26

Returning to the BCPA stage, violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre “classical boom” sound. Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. The band’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

Travis Tritt

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $60 /$50/ $40

More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the GRAMMY® award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, GA native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” His 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two GRAMMY® award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre.


Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $25

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day this quintet’s distinctive sound combines their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland. The popular and multi-award-winning quintet Goitse was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy. Named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year”, as well as winning the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter 2016” award in Germany, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. Goitse has released four critically acclaimed recordings and maintains a year round touring schedule that includes performances throughout Ireland and the UK, Germany, France and the United States.

*Goitse (Go-wit-cha) is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’.

Vienna Boys Choir

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $40/ $30/ $25

One of the best-known boy’s choirs in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary music. Motets and lieder form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir’s own arrangements of Viennese music. The Choir has a long history and tradition, educating children for more than 500 years. Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Each choir spends nine to eleven weeks of the academic year on tour. Together, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world.

Liner Notes

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $25

Collide with music’s past and present through hip hop samples and actual liner notes from your favorite artists. This electrifying show combines live music, poetry and a multimedia design that enhances a medley of your favorite jams while bridging together generations of music lovers.

Liner Notes premiered at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in 2012 and has since become a successful series with several installments. To date, Liner Notes has sold out over twenty performances and has paid tribute to approx. 200 artists and their music. Featuring Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn’s Corner Store Jazz Quintet.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $30/ $25

The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s present music director.


AQUILA THEATRE in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45/ $35/ $25

Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, FRANKENSTEIN: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation- just because it can be done, should it be done? Aquila Theatre’s stage play production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.

Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero presents Flamenco Pasion

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35/ $25

Direct from Cadiz, Spain, Eduardo Guerrero, critically acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer, uses his eclectic style, combining classical and contemporary Spanish dance, ballet, and contortion to express the depth of passion and skill exhibited in the many styles of this beloved, Spanish art form. This group of elite artists, including Eduardo Guerrero himself, captivates audiences as they convey all of the different feelings of this temperamental and passionate dance.

NOËL, The Musical

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $49/ $39/ $25

From the renowned creator of the Artemis Fowl series, Noël, is a brand new holiday family musical that teaches us all to find the joy in our own lives and to rediscover the magic of Christmas. Set in modern day London, Noël tells a heartwarming tale of a little girl (Noël), who is preparing for her starring role in a school Christmas play when her mother suddenly disappears. To avoid being taken into care, Noël keeps her mother’s disappearance a secret and embarks alone on a quest to find her. Along the way, she befriends a diverse group of homeless characters, who have themselves lost their way in life. Noël’s bright innocence and unwavering belief in finding her mother, inspires them to embrace life once more, finding love and hope in themselves and in the world.

Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $40/ $30/ $20

A beautiful rendition of the timeless classic Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The Russian National Ballet has been bringing timeless ballet classics to the stages of North America since 1999. Founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, the company used their new-found creative freedom, influenced by the political movement, to invigorate the tradition of Russian Ballet with new developments in dance from around the world.

The Mikado

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45/ $35/ $25

A comic opera in two acts, The Mikado is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces of musical theatre of all time by the renowned team of Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S). For decades, a production of G&S’s satirical opera could be seen somewhere in the English speaking world every day of the year. Its libretto has found its way into our language, with expressions such as the grand Pooh-Bah and “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Several films have been made of or about the work, including Mike Leigh’s 1999 film Topsy-Turvy, which presented an intimate portrait of the characters of Sir W.S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and the repertory cast of the original D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, following G&S's inspiration and development of the very first Mikado production.


Jedi Academy

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15

During this engaging program your little Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will be delighted by comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and a visit from a furry alien sidekick. May the FORCE be with you!

Pirate Penelope

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.


Come on a rollicking adventure with Pirate Penelope, including pre-show games and activities.

The Amazing Max

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15

This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly magic show is appropriate for audiences of all ages (recommended 3 & up) and a perfect way to spend time with the entire family!

Havana Hip Hop

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15

An innovative fusion of poetry, hip-hop, dance, and music, this show is perfect for young audiences aged pre-K to age 10 and their families.


Live Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott

The Golem (1920)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10