By Lance Avery Morgan
Want some fun this fall? Look no further than the city’s grandest cultural arts center. The biggest, most accessible and diverse arts venue in the Texas capital is proud to announce its 2014 Season of Long Center Presents programming. As we know, the Long Center is Austin’s destination for arts and entertainment this season. Beginning May 27, subscription packages will be available to the public.
Here’s a look at the lineup:
America’s Test Kitchen Live! August 13
Step inside your television and experience the delicious art of cooking with America’s Test Kitchen Live. The hit cooking show takes to the Long Center stage for a multi-media experience filled with testings, food tastings, and science experiments, all hosted by television star Christopher Kimball. Get an insider’s view into one of the highest rated cooking shows on television, and find out what it’s really like to work and host one of the most popular food programs on the air. Bring questions and come hungry; Christopher hosts a Q&A with the audience during every show! Tickets start at $35.
Crosby Stills & Nash August 28
Folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash are known for their political activism and lasting influence on American culture, but their music and intricate vocal harmonies are what bring them to the Long Center. Playing since 1968, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers straddle all flavors of popular music, from country rock to electric guitar to three-part harmonies. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, and its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. Tickets start at $59.
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity September 5 & 6
Don’t miss the world premiere of the final installment of the Intergalactic trilogy: Twin Infinity.Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen. And it’s all done live in front of your eyes.
If you’ve got an inner twelve-year-old (or an actual one living in your house) The Intergalactic Nemesis is one show you don’t want to miss. The year is 1942. Are you ready for the adventure?
The Intergalactic Nemesis has toured the world, including runs at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway. Don’t miss your chance to see the final chapter of the trilogy here in Austin! Tickets start at $26.
Evil Dead: The Musical September 16 – 21
Experience Evil Dead like never before in this hilarious musical adaptation of the cult horror classic. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… all set to a galvanic score of rock ‘n’ roll, pastiche tunes, and get-down-in-the-aisles-and-boogey-music! Tickets start at $17.
Sep 24 – October 5
This hilariously heartwarming one-man show takes place in Seguine, Texas in 1991. It’s the tale of a Goth boy who dreamed of being anywhere but the middle of Texas. The setting is specific but the story is universal as David Crabb reflects on rebellion, sexuality, friendship and what it means to grow up different and alone – just like everyone else. Tickets start at $25.
Nice Work If You Can Get It October 1 & 2
Take a trip back to the 1920’s with Nice Work If You Can Get It¸ a feel-good musical about an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This show comes complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and memorable Gershwin hits, including “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” This sparkling tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin! Tickets start at $25.
The Gong Show Live! October 16
The iconic classic TV show is brought to life on stage! Experience a professionally produced, professionally cast, theatrical recreation of Chuck Barris’ landmark reality TV show. The show captures the hilarity, excitement and deranged lunacy of the beloved television show – but with professional performers masquerading as amateur talent contestants. It is a 90-minute Off-Broadway level, multi-media production featuring a live band, star comedian judges and elements of audience participation. Tickets start at $26.
Shaping Sound October 18
After a sold-out 13-city tour, Shaping Sound returns to the stage. Shaping Sound is the electrifying new show originally seen on the reality television series “All the Right Moves” that features Emmy Award nominees and stars of “So You Think You Can Dance” Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson with a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. Experience the exhilarating collaboration of the newest dance visionaries as they mash-up music genres and dance styles in one explosive, commercial dance theater experience for all ages. Tickets start at $26.
rePLAY Symphony of Heroes October 19
This the multimedia story of a hero…but it all starts with the music. From composers Nobuo Uematsu, Garry Schyman, Mike Morasky, John Debney, Jessica Curry, Inon Zur, Austin Wintory and more, our award-winning lineup brings you some of the best music that games have to offer. Many of the featured pieces are from games that have won Best Original Music Composition awards from industry groups such as the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG). Tickets start at $17.50.
Straight No Chaser October 25
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser are neither strait-laced nor straight faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The groups come to us hot on the heels of their fourth album Under the Influence, featuring contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more.
Jeanne Robertson November 14
Jeanne Robertson specializes in hilarious humor based on life experiences. After decades as a professional speaker and humorist, this former Miss Congeniality in the Miss America Pageant makes sure to keep her content fresh and evolving, while embracing what today’s technology has to offer. Jeanne embodies the classic sophisticated Southern woman, and even in her seventh decade, shows no sign of slowing down. This refined humorist brings delightful charm and loads of laughter to each performance. Tickets start at $33.
Singer, songwriter, composer, producer, pianist, six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner…impressed yet? What’s will be even more impressive is this American music phenomenon playing Dell Hall! Burt Bacharach comes to Austin for an unforgettable evening of music and memories. With hits written for and performed by Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Jackie DeShannon, Tom Jones, and B.J. Thomas, Bacharach makes the Live Music Capital of the World his next musical destination. A fan of new age or nostalgia, audiences will love listening to the sounds of this musical legend. Tickets start at $33.
Elf the Musical
November 28 – 30
Buddy the Elf has made the long trek from the North Pole to Broadway, and now he’s taking Dell Hall in this magical, holiday musical based on the hit film. Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a musical journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets start at $26.
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