By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Long Center, Austin
Mark your calendars. The Long Center for the Performing Arts just announced its 2017 Summer/Fall Season of programming and we can’t wait. This year, they’re excited to offer a refreshed approach to season tickets that they feel confident their patrons will embrace: they have split their annual program into two seasons—Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring—to allow for more shows during the year, a shorter window of upfront commitment, and a simpler process for becoming a season ticket holder.
There’s a stellar line up of shows and Austin premieres this season, including the Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed musical Fun Home, live-score movie screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as a part of their new “Live-To-Picture” series, a conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd, and programming perfect for the whole family with our “Season of Cheer” series featuring holiday favorites Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Visit their website to view the shows and learn more about the benefits and rewards that happen when you join the fun at the Long Center. In fact, here’s a complete look at what’s upcoming in the 2017 Summer/Fall Season and into the 2018 Winter/Spring season
Dell Hall, August 11-13
Called “A rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway,” by the New York Times, and “Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse,” by the Chicago Tribune, Fun Home is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction. Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about the private life of families and seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
FRI, 8/11 – 8 p.m.
SAT, 8/12 – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SUN, 8/13 – 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Live-To-Picture: Movies & Music We Love
A brand new series of live-score movie screenings, cinematic invention and more In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Film Society, and Austin Film Festival
Manual Cinema: Lula Del Ray
Rollins Studio Theatre, September 13 – 14
Alluringly low-fi, this troupe of theatrical artists are not just puppeteers, but creators of otherworldly landscapes through a striking combination of live actors, old-school projectors, and silhouette magic. Join us for the Austin premiere of Lula Del Ray, the story of a girl living on a vast desert plane who embarks on a hypnotic journey to meet up with a beloved country music duo.
WED, 9/13 – 7:30 p.m.
THUR, 9/14 – 7:30 p.m.& 10 p.m.
The Long Center and Wordless Music present
Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
Dell Hall, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Part coming-of-age story and part divine commentary, Terrence Malick’s star-studded and slow-burning art film, “The Tree of Life,” sparked a dialogue within the industry about memory, the meaning of life, and the role that film can play in representing those ideas. Enchanting and dissonant, Alexandre Desplat’s score brings a haunting depth to the film, supported by the dramatic Romantic-era compositions of 19th-century titans like Mahler, Brahms and Smetana. Screening with live score performed by Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Austin.
Star Wars: A New Hope
Dell Hall, October 11 – 12
John William’s legendary “Star Wars” score didn’t just enhance a great story, it gave life to an entire galaxy. From “Binary Sunset” to the “Imperial March,” the themes of “A New Hope” ushered in a renaissance of film music, the likes of which Hollywood had never seen before. Join us for a special screening with live score performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 40th Anniversary of this most celebrated film.
WED, 10/11 – 7:30 p.m.
THUR, 10/12 – 7:30 p.m.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Austin
Dell Hall, July 7, 8 p.m.
Coinciding with the newly released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo’s new Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to the Long Center stage on July 7 for one performance only. Now in its fourth season and featuring new music and video, the concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from previous Legend of Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess HD, and Majora’s Mask 3D, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time 3D and A Link to the Past.
An Evening with The Piano Guys
Dell Hall, August 23, 8 p.m.
Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys have become an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of self-made music videos, leading to over 500 million YouTube views. Including their innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen, The Piano Guyscontinue to wow fans with their ingenious mash-ups, genre-bending arrangements, and ability to meld the worlds of Mozart and Adele so seamlessly.
An Evening with Carrie Rodriguez
Rollins Studio Theatre, August 30, 7:30 p.m.
Austin native Carrie Rodriguez is a fiddle playing singer songwriter who approaches her country-blues sound with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her latest release, “Lola,” takes her back to her ranchera musical roots and was hailed as the “perfect bicultural album” by NPR’s Felix Contreras. With her Texas twang and unique mix of language and Mexican Ranchera melodies, Rodriguez’s culturally blended music is effortless and exceedingly timely. Part of the Long Center’s Concert Club series.
Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body
Rollins Studio Theatre, September 16, 8 p.m.
Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “a genre unto herself,” composer, guitarist, and recording artist Kaki King performs her latest work, “The Neck Is a Bridge to The Body” – a simultaneous homage and deep exploration of her instrument of choice. In this bold new multi-media performance, Kaki deconstructs the guitar’s boundaries as projection mapping explores texture, nature, and creation. With nine studio albums and now “Neck,” Kaki’s whole body of work comes together with a natural overarching and evolutionary theme that is impossible to overlook.
The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang
Rollins Studio Theatre, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz artist Jeff Lofton – together with his groups The Jeff Lofton Trio and his Electric Thang – has quickly become a household name around Austin’s low-key bars and jazz lounges. Lofton arrived in Austin in 2007, blowing the underground scene away with his Miles Davis tributes and original compositions. Through word of mouth and continued presence in the jazz festival scene, Jeff Lofton’s trumpeting has become the jazz sound of the city. Part of the Long Center’s Concert Club series.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dell Hall, November 24 – 25
The favorite TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage in this beloved adaptation. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and of course, Rudolph brought to life!
FRI, 11/24 – 4 p.m.
SAT, 11/25 – 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
City Terrace, November 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring the family and join us on the City Terrace and take some time out of the busiest holiday of the year to celebrate the season. Bring the kids for a free photo with Santa and enjoy holiday treats, activities and entertainment, all overlooking the best view in Austin! FREE
Rollins Studio Theatre, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
Composer and bandleader, Graham Reynolds, along with some of Austin’s best musicians wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites. By playing most of them in a minor key, Reynolds and his band bring a new perspective to these season standards. Get ready for a set that is raucous, rocking, beautiful, introspective – and everything in between. Part of the Long Center’s Concert Club series.
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Dell Hall, December 29 – 31
After a smash-hit Broadway run garnering three Tony-Award nominations including Best Musical, this Christmas classic returns for another year. Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot range Model Air Rifle!
FRI, 12/29 – 8 p.m.
SAT, 12/30 – 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 8 p.m.
SUN, 12/31 – 1 p.m.
Dell Hall, October 21, 2 p.m.
Shopkins LIVE! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show-stopping performances featuring the Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all-new storyline, music, and videos. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.”
An evening with Maureen Dowd and Carl Hulse In Conversation
Dell Hall, Saturday November 18, 8 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, Maureen Dowd, and award-winning author and the Times’ Chief Washington Correspondent, Carl Hulse, will examine the state of the nation one year following the most divisive presidential election in American history. Join us for an evening of incisive dialogue as Dowd and Hulse discuss how we got here and what lies ahead.