2017-18 SEASON


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Behind the Scenes – Broadway & More!

Dates Sept 2017 – April 2018   •   UA Centennial Hall

The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The King and I, Finding Neverland, and more! 

Learn first-hand how world-class artists make it to the top, what life is like on the road or how to create “magic” on the stage. Provided in collaboration with Broadway in Tucson and UApresents.

This day-long package includes: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Production, Workshop, Lunch, Admission to the Show

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A Christmas Carol and Dickens Festival

December 15th – 17th, 2017   •   Berger Performing Arts Center

Experience the enchantment of A Christmas Carol with its simple message of selfless giving.  Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant, miserly fellow, sees the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The musical features music by composer Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), lyrics by Broadway powerhouse Lynn Ahrens, and book by Tony-nominated Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens.

Join us on the streets of Olde London at the Dickens Festival before and after the show!  • Holiday Amusement  •  Merry Merchandise Vendors  •  Jolly Musicians & Caroling • Scrumptious Food & Treats • Meet Charles Dickens • Photos with Father Christmas •  Roaming Victorian Era Characters

 

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Hunchback of Notre Dame

Fri, April 6th – Sunday April 15th  •  Berger Performing Arts Center

From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

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Ben Vereen Awards

Sunday, May 13th  •  Fox Theatre

WATCH A STAR BEING BORN!  Top Contestants go to Nationals in New York

The Southern Arizona Ben Vereen Awards  are a division of the The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA), a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to performing arts education.

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Let Freedom Sing

July 4th, 2018   •   UA Centennial Hall & Main Gate Square

For over three decades, Let Freedom Sing has delighted audiences and embraced the patriotic spirit of Southern Arizonans. Musical selections include patriotic standards and all-American hits, with a star-spangled line-up.  Let Freedom Sing is an inspiring and honoring celebration of our nation’s birthday in song – uniting our diverse backgrounds and fostering a sense of community.

When the concert is over, the celebration continues!  Arts Express invites you to the Sounds of America Celebration, in partnership with Main Gate Square:Tasty Restaurants & Cafes • Happy Hour Specials • Live Music • Fun for All Ages • 4th of July Specials • Giveaways

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Big Fish

June 29th – July 8th   •   UA Crowder Hall

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself- spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

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