UNIVERSITY PARK - The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State's 2013-2014 line-up of 28 music, theater and dance presentations from around the world includes the touring Broadway musicals "Memphis," "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Bring it On: The Musical," "West Side Story" and "Rock of Ages"; singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin together for an acoustic evening; and the third season of the Classical Music Project.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentations-on stage September 2013 through April 2014 at Eisenhower and Schwab auditoriums and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center-go on sale Monday to Center for the Performing Arts members, June 17 to last-season Choice series buyers, June 24 to new Choice (four or more center presentations purchased together) buyers plus groups of 15 or more and Aug. 12 to the general public.
Eligible patrons may purchase tickets by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX, in person at Eisenhower or the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, or by mail-in an order form. Visit www.cpa.psu.edu for complete details about the events or to download an order form.
The season opens Sept. 12 with Momix performing "Botanica," a 90-minute dance-theater work including more than 20 pieces that follow the cycle of seasons.
The Classical Music Project features seven concerts plus free related activities. The Classical Music Project website -www.cmp.psu.edu - will be continually updated with information on events as they are confirmed.
Three touring Broadway musicals make their CPA premieres. "Disney's Beauty and Beast" is on stage for two performances Feb. 25 and 26, the Tony Award-winning best musical "Memphis" arrives March 27 and "Bring it On: The Musical" comes April 17. A new adaptation of "West Side Story," based on the recent Tony-winning Broadway revival, launches the musical theater offerings Nov. 19, and "Rock of Ages" returns Jan. 22.
Sutton Foster, one of Broadway's brightest young stars, makes her Penn State debut in a Feb. 15 concert with her trio. Foster, who won Tonys for outstanding actress in the musicals "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," has performed in 10 Broadway shows and stars in the ABC Family series "Bunheads."
An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, on stage Oct. 19, features the friends performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by others.
"Cirkopolis," the newest creation from Montreal's Cirque Eloize, dives into a vibrant imaginary world and pushes the boundaries of visual and audio innovation Sept. 27. Dance, circus, music and theater meet in a scenic universe. The 12 performers shift between dream and reality in an uninterrupted stream of acrobatics, music and images.
Lovers of big band swing, jazz and pop are in for a pair of treats. Trumpeter Doc Severinsen, leader of The Tonight Show Band for a quarter century, brings his own orchestra Oct. 22. The Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Bill Hughes, returns April 3 in a concert featuring the Grammy Award-winning vocal group New York Voices.