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JANUARY 12 BC On The Road 15 BC Film Focus: Spencer Tracy - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 20 BC MarchFourth! 21 BC STOMP 22 BC Film Focus: Futuristic - 2001 Space Odyssey 26 BC On The Road 29 BC Peking Acrobats FEBRUARY 11 NS Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky 11-12 BC Ailey II 11-19 TO Eugene Onegin 12 ST Mini Maestros: Fiddler on the Hoof - Strings 17 BC LIV ON: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, & Amy Sky 18 BC Eric Burdon & The Animals 19 BC Nihonjin Face 25 CB From the Galaxy 25 ST Mozart & Tchaikovsky 26 ST Mozart & Tchaikovsky MARCH 05 BC Film Focus: Spencer Tracy – Judgement at Nuremburg 05 TYSA Concert #2: A Tour of the Solar System 10 BC Manhattan Transfer & Take 6: The Summit 11 NS Havana Heat II 12 BC Film Focus: Futuristic – Tron 17 BC John Cleese 18 BC Lewis Black: Rant, White & Blue Tour 19 ST Mini Maestros: Jungle Jams - Brass 25 BC Davina & The Vagabonds 25 ST Beethoven & Mozart 26 BC Star Chefs on Broadway: Magic & Mischief 31 BC Lila Downs APRIL 01 NS 08 BC 08 BC 13 BC 15 BC 22 ST 23 BC 29 CB


Art for Arts’ Sake Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland Sons of Serendip Garrison Keillor Under the Streetlamp Symphony Sweethearts Arlo Guthrie In the Spring

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La Perichole Mini Maestros: Wild World of Percussion

May 03 BC Black Lives Matter: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors & Jamelle Bouie 05 - 07 TO La Perichole 13 ST Mountain and Sea 13 TYSA Concert #3: A Royal Procession 20 NS Mozart’s Requiem 21 TYSA Concert #4: Masquerade 21 ST Mini Maestros: Peter & The Wolf JUNE 3 BC Joan Osborne 10 BC Tacoma Wined Up july 21 BC Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals august 5 BC Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer Festival


Broadway Center Northwest Sinfonietta Puget Sound Revels Tacoma City Ballet


Tacoma Concert Band Tacoma Opera Symphony Tacoma Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

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Film Focus: Spencer Tracy

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PREMIER All above benefits, plus: • Access to the Broadway Center Member Lounge (pre-show and during intermission for most events) • Two drink tickets to use at any Broadway Center event

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | Tickets: $12 Theater on the Square

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

A couple’s prejudices and views on race are challenged when their daughter introduces her fiancée in this star-studded classic.

Judgement at Nuremburg

Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | Tickets: $12 Theater on the Square Inspired by historic events, experience the real drama of the courtroom in late 1940s Germany as four Nazi judges are tried for war crimes. partner


SPOTLIGHT $600 [$50 per month]

PANTAGES CIRCLE $1,200 [$100 per month]

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE $1,800 [$150 per month]

SPOTLIGHT All above benefits, plus: • $50 ticket voucher good for most ‘Broadway Center presents’ events • Four guest passes to share for the Broadway Center Member Lounge • Four drink tickets to use at any Broadway Center event PANTAGES CIRCLE All above benefits, plus: • Additional $50 ticket voucher good for most ‘Broadway Center presents’ events • $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant • Complimentary drinks in the Member Lounge PRODUCER’S CIRCLE All above benefits, plus: • Additional $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant • A Private Box Seat Party in the Pantages for up to six guests including tickets to a ‘Broadway Center presents’ performance (Mutually agreeable performance and date, based on availability at the time of reservation)

For each level, all benefits may be waived and donations may be claimed as entirely tax deductible.



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Film Focus: Futuristic


2001 Space Odyssey

Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | Tickets: $12 Theater on the Square Scientists find themselves pit against the hyperintelligent – and hyper-malicious - computer H.A.L. 9000 by the search for a strange alien object. What follows is a battle for the future of mankind.


Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | Tickets: $12 Theater on the Square The cult classic story of a computer hacker physically absorbed into a digital gladiatorial arena – where every move could be his last, and the stakes go far beyond pixels and computer chips.

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This big band spectacular (known as M4 to fans) is a sonic party of electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble, a brassy horn section, and a visual kaleidoscope of costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers and hula-hoopers performed with flair. MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $19, $29, $35, $49

influences, including Eastern European gypsy brass, samba,

unique and appeals to all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms,

Latin, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, rock music, as well as circus and vaudeville. With exceptional musical quality,

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly

Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 & 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $29, $49, $69, $85

garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with sponsor

memorable energy, and the visual spectacle of the dancers, M4 “rocks” with the best in an over-the-top explosion of performance, color and charisma.

magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also


brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show updated, including the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest

“The horns push and pull, wail and oompah, share conversations and sometimes seem to have a difference of opinion, but always reunite in blissful harmony. The band was going for a dark, sultry mood, but an optimistic spirit is just as evident.” - npr

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places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about!

“STOMP is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser with a rock-and-roll heart. An exuberant display of physical prowess and ensemble coordination, the show demonstrates with an entrancing charm the music to be found in everyday objects.” – the new york times 7



The Peking Acrobats

Ailey II

Masters of agility, grace, and ancient traditions! For the last 30 years THE PEKING ACROBATS have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of

Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:00 p.m. Pantages Theater

Critically acclaimed for their stirring performances, Ailey II’s

Tickets: $19, $29, $35, $49

Ailey II is the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance

brilliant young dancers craft a deeply emotional experience through the magic of movement.

Theater. They merge the spirit and energy of the country’s best

contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope

young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s

of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity

most outstanding emerging choreographers. Led by Artistic

and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous

Director Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines as these artists

skill and ability.

perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $19, $40, $55, $69

Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works.

“THE PEKING ACROBATS [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility…Pure artistry!”

- the new york post



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“Off-the-charts energy.” – THE NEW YORKER




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Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Sung in Russian with English Supertitles This moving story about a naïve young country girl and the aloof gentleman she deeply loves will touch your heart. This is a unique opportunity to see this beautiful opera in the way Tchaikovsky originally intended - as an intimate, chamber opera. Be sure to see it!

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:00 pm Theater on the Square Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $85 BROADWAY CENTER PRESENTS


La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach Sung in English with English Supertitles Offenbach’s charming operetta takes us to exotic and romantic Peru where two impoverished lovers find each other and true love. Set to the intoxicating music of Offenbach, La Perichole is filled with fun tunes, colorful characters, and beautiful dancing. Good Family Fun FOR INFORMATION, CALL THE TACOMA OPERA AT 253.627.7789

Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017 2:00 p.m. Rialto Theater Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $60, $85

LIV ON: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Amy Sky International superstar and multiple Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman, and SOCAN Award winner Amy Sky have an amazing gift for storytelling. Together, they share their individual and collaborative journey in a magical event where they perform eleven newly recorded songs from their new album, LIV ON. In

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $39, $59, $85, $110

this one-of-a-kind performance, the audience will walk the path of joy, laughter, and inspiration, finding amazement at the kinship generated by the experience.

“We found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us,we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship and relief… that we were not alone with our pain. We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.” - olivia newton-john



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Eric Burdon & The Animals

Nihonjin Face

Eric Burdon was the embodiment of the British Invasion and is known for iconic hits such as “House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” He has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll. Paired with The Animals’ gritty sound, the band transcended their origins to become an integral part of

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $29, $49, $69, $85

American Rock and Roll’s DNA. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994 and hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon has continued to forge new musical territory with each new record.

A Civily Rights Legacy Tour Peformance February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the west coast during World War II. Examining how this chapter of American history – which was unaddressed until President Reagan’s 1988 apology, but still resonates to this day – this new play connects with the Civil Rights era of Dr. King. Now, we examine how we can uphold civil rights for all today. Inspired by true stories of South Sound families, following a family as they are forced to

“Burdon’s power and range still pack plenty of wallop.”

leave their home in Tacoma for an unknown destination. It’s

- the examiner

1942, the country is engaged in World War II, and the US



Government incarcerates 120,000 Japanese Americans for reasons of national security. During their three years of incarceration, the family learns the impact of incarceration and

Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:00 p.m. History

walk from the site of the Tacoma Japanese Language school (now part of the UW Tacoma campus)

3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Nihonjin Face 4:00 p.m. Panel discussion

Studio 3 FREE Community Event

develops empathy for others facing civil rights challenges sponsors


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• Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Education Program • Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation • Wells Fargo • Boeing Company • Florence Kilworth Foundation




Mozart & Tchaikovsky

From the Galaxy

Sarah Ioannides, conductor Kristin Lee, violin

Stars, Mars & More Robert Musser, Conductor Presenting the winner of this year’s Student Soloist Competition

Brace yourself for a trip through the galaxy and enjoy a program that will include music from Star Wars; Star Trek; 2001: A Space Odyssey; “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets; and “Venus” from Looking Upward by Sousa. Hear more music guaranteed to be enjoyed by all ages. Join us as we welcome this year’s Student Soloist Contest winner!

Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $18, $24, $30, $32, $36 Students aged 18 and under are admitted free to this concert.

Robert Spring, Clarinet Soloist



Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Presbyterian Gig Harbor Sunday, February 26, 2017 2:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Tacoma Tickets: $19, $35, $52, $69, $80

Beethoven & Mozart Sarah Ioannides, conductor Kuok-Wai Lio, piano

Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater

The sensational artistry of Tickets: virtuoso clarinetist Robert $18, $24, $30, $32, $36 Spring will be featured on Concert Fantasia by Luigi Bassi and Variations sur un air du Pays d’Oc by Louis Cahuzac. The band will program David Holsinger’s In the Spring, At The Time When Kings Go Off To War, a monumental work using a variety of compositional technics to weave an image-laden pageant of sound. Also on the program: Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi and Dancin into the 20’s, a delightful arrangement of music from that exciting era.

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Introducing Korean violinist Kristin Lee, cited for her “driven, commanding performance” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Tchaikovsky’s first symphony, which he called “a sin of my youth,” is a prequel of his famous Nutcracker. Presented with Support from the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment.

In the Spring Robert Musser, Conductor

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams”

Fauré: Pavane Mozart: Symphony No. 29 Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Don’t miss the South Sound concerto debut of the 27-year-old Macau-born Kuok-Wai Lio, winner of the prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mozart’s most popular early symphony pairs perfectly with Beethoven’s 2nd concerto, written by the young composer as his own performance showpiece.

Symphony Sweethearts Sarah Ioannides, conductor Jens Lindemann, trumpet Stephanie Porter, vocalist PLU Jazz ensemble Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history! Hear this outstanding brassman, along with the full orchestra and a sizzling jazz ensemble performing Rodgers & Hart, Ellington, Garner and more!

Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Tickets: $19, $35, $52, $69, $80

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $19, $45, $60, $80



Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, create an unforgettable concert event. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B.

Friday, March 10, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $39, $59, $85, $110

As The Manhattan Transfer mark the 40th Anniversary of their


An Evening with

John Cleese

“…a charming and delightful trip back… [Cleese has] some great stories to share.”

John Cleese helped to shape the comedy of today as a founding member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s. He has gone on to write, produce, direct, and star in an

debut recording on Atlantic Records, original members Janis

abundance of comedic hits, including the British sitcom Fawlty

Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne, along with Trist Curliss

Towers and legendary film A Fish Called Wanda, for which he

(who stepped in to replace the late Tim Hauser), will roll out a thrilling career retrospective, while Take 6 shares their crystal

received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. Cleese

clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves,

created a unique comedic style that has inspired countless

demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent

writers and comedians. In his own eloquent words, the show

acapella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a

is: “. . . an evening of well-honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical

show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a

tid-bits and unprovoked attacks on former colleagues,

once-in-a-lifetime event.

especially Michael Palin.” Cleese has done it all, seen it all, and

– the florida times-union

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $39, $59, $85, $110

made it all absurd - and now it’s time for him to share with you media


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Lewis Black Rant, White & Blue Tour LEWIS BLACK, Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

Davina and The Vagabonds Davina & The Vagabonds have created a stir on the

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $59.50, $75

national music scene with their high-energy live shows, filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul & swagger, mystic theatrical moments, and tender gospel passages. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and even Betty Boop; but the comparisons don’t

Tickets: $19, $36, $49

suffice, she’s a true original. Mixing 100 years of American music with Davina originals, this rollicking quintet features Davina on keys paired with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone section.

“Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They have the panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden age Americana in high-definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment.” - thunder bay blues festival/canada sponsor


Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:30 p.m. Theater on the Square


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11th Annual Star Chefs on Broadway Find your cloaks and wands for the bewitching of Star Chefs on Broadway: Magic & Mischief! Spells and mayhem abound as your favorite fantastical world of wizards come to life before

Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00 p.m. Pantages Theater & Lobby

your very eyes. Tickets include an alchemy of divinated dishes, potent potions, enchanted entertainment, and a grand live auction (no spells are to be cast on other bidders). Like many wizardly halls, admittance is only for the most magical, so buy your tickets early! Star Chefs is a benefit event for the Broadway Center’s Arts Education Programs, which serves more than 40,000 students, teachers and families annually.

Tickets: $200 VIP Tickets: $600

Includes tickets for two guests, one night stay at a hotel, valet parking, pre-event reception and breakfast



Star Chefs supports the Broadway Center’s Education Program, which is one of the largest arts education programs in Washington State, serving more than 40,000 students, teachers, and families each year. The Broadway Center’s Education Program profoundly strengthens student learning and provides a meaningful training ground for teachers to expand their skills. The Broadway Center partners with Tacoma, Bethel, and Puyallup school districts to offer the best teacher education and performing arts programming in the region under the auspices of the Kennedy Center National Partners in Education program in Washington, D.C. The Education Program includes: • • • •

School-time performances in theater, dance and more for students from kindergarten through high school Professional Development for Teachers allowing teachers to earn continuing education units while deepening their abilities and credentials in arts integrated teaching methods Community Outreach connecting students to artists in the classroom for hands-on learning The LENS Project offering youth the skills to grow and maintain their sense of self, make healthy life choices, and activate non-violent solutions to the conflict and strife they may face in their daily lives Broadway Center Conservatory offering intensive theater and performing arts training for students of all ages through expertly taught classes, camps and workshops

To enroll or for more details, visit or call 253.591.5894


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Lila Downs A performance by Lila Downs is always a colorful and unforgettable pageant of Mexican culture and arts. She’s topped the charts for 20 years and has been honored with multiple Grammy Awards. This concert delivers a powerful mix of pop and indigenous sounds, as Lila’s soaring vocals reflect the most personal and deep roots of Mexican and Mixtec

Friday, March 31, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $29, $49, $69, $85

traditions with native languages, ancient traditions, and folklore. Her passionate music reflects her activism, especially with regards to Latin America’s indigenous peoples, and her compositions are often striking commentaries on social conditions. Her latest album, Bailas y Chocolate, won a Latin Grammy and was featured in The Sunday Times as one of their “100 Best Records of The Year.”


“Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto.” – the new york times

Alice in Wonderland Bellydance Evolution takes a revolutionary approach to the whimsical tale Alice in Wonderland, re-imagining the colorful, iconic—and, dare we say, “mad”—characters through the language of world fusion dance. Be inspired and journey deep into the mysterious world of Wonderland! Called “mesmerizing,” “wildly acrobatic,” and “fierce,” Bellydance Evolution transcends the genre to bring a theatrical and contemporary edge to a traditional art form. Bellydance Evolution seeks to explore, celebrate, and re-imagine Middle Eastern dance for the 21st century. By fusing bellydance with dance forms more specific to the West, Bellydance Evolution takes you on a spectacular journey. The message— bringing awareness of Middle Eastern dance’s rich diversity and artistic validity—unfolds in the work of the company. Together, these initiatives celebrate the dynamic aesthetic of Middle Eastern dance, culture, and creativity.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $19, $29, $35, $49


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Garrison Keillor

Sons of Serendip Sons of Serendip perform soulful pop music that blends beautiful vocals with guitar, piano, harp, and cello to create music that touches the heart and lifts the spirit. Serendipity brought them together at Boston University where they auditioned for Season 9 of America’s Got Talent. After their television breakthrough, the pop-classical quartet’s debut

Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Tickets: $29, $42, $59

album topped the Billboard Top 100 Albums chart. Members include Micah Christian, a teacher; Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney; Kendall Ramseur, a performer and cello instructor; and Mason Morton, a teacher. They all have been playing their instruments since childhood.


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humorists, Garrison Keillor has enthralled audiences for years with A Prairie Home Companion. At its peak, some four million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations coast-to-coast and beyond tuned in each week. Keillor has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American

Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $39, $59, $79, $99 sponsors

Academy of Arts and Letters. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny. He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems:

“In short, with a harp, a cello, a piano and vocals, Sons of Serendip have mastered minimalist music. And it is beautiful.” - the examiner


One of America’s most beloved radio hosts, authors and


American Places.

“What remains remarkable about Keillor, after more than 40 years behind a microphone and keyboard, is that he doesn’t collect stories via interviews. He simply lives: observing, eavesdropping, chitchatting, remembering, daydreaming, then spinning his entire life experience into tales that may be fantastical but are always true.” - star tribune





With two top PBS specials, Under the Streetlamp is America’s

Arlo Guthrie Running Down the Road

favorite new vocal group. They perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock

Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $29, $49, $69, $85 sponsors

Son of famous folk singer, and a folk music icon in his own right, Arlo Guthrie returns to Tacoma by popular demand! In this musical trip certain to be a flashback inducing concert, America’s favorite folk singer revisits his classic albums of the

Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $29, $49, $69, $85

60s and 70s. As a celebrated figure in American music, he is best known for his iconic folk songs including the 1967 epic,

‘n’ Roll, and favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys,

“Alice’s Restaurant.” His discography features more than two

The Beatles, and more. Plus a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie

dozen albums. Guthrie’s music and humor represent a heartfelt

Valli and the Four Seasons. All the songs are delivered in the

testament to his wildly devoted friends and fans.

inimitable Under the Streetlamp style, with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that will take you to back an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers.

“Classic hits originally performed by Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and more are reborn in this evening of great music and hilarious behind-the-scenes tales.” – the chicago tribune

“An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th-century American folk music one could possibly have.” - the independent



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Paulsen Lecture Series

Joan Osborne: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Black Lives Matter: A Conversation with Speakers Patrisse Cullors and Jamelle Bouie Black Lives Matter engages audiences open discussion about race relations in America. Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the #blacklivesmatter civil rights movement, will be joined by Slate Magazine chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to discuss the feelings and frustrations that led to the social

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $24

activist movement and where the future will lead.

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.


City titled Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan. After

powered by the pervasive presence of social media, Black

receiving tremendous critical acclaim, Osborne felt this would

Lives Matter has rapidly evolved from a Twitter hashtag. The

be a great chance to work out an idea she had of doing a

Black Lives Matter movement poses a crucial conversation

“Songbook Series” of albums -- the way Ella Fitzgerald did with

about civil rights today.

the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others -- but with the

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residencies – including one at The Carlyle Hotel in New York

Fueled by deep-rooted social, economic and cultural issues


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performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie

Osborne has showcased her far-ranging talent during three stemming from a long history of tense race relations and

Saturday, June 3, 2017 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater

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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals Call It What it is Tour It has been eight years since Ben Harper last released an album with the Innocent Criminals - and Call It What It Is definitely is worth the wait. Full of classic rock and roll bravado, electric guitar swagger, driving percussion, and seductive energy, the show transitions seamlessly from gritty soul to touchingly vulnerable acoustic sets that are sure to excite their legions of fans. A musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist, Ben Harper has released 14 studio albums and three live albums since 1994. In 2013, his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and spent 24 weeks in the Top 10. It won a Best Blues Album Grammy for Harper and harmonica master Musselwhite. Harper’s albums, combined with an unceasing commitment

Friday, July 21, 2017 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theater Tickets: $55, $75, $99, $129

Saturday, June 10, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tacoma Armory

VIP Tickets: $75 and includes: • Early Access at 1:00 p.m. • Complimentary parking. • Exclusive VIP gift • Special VIP reserve wines • VIP grand prize entry Advance Tickets (Before June 1): $40 Regular (After June 1): $50 Designated Driver: $12*


Must be 21+ with ID for entry Spend a fun afternoon wine tasting at the first annual Tacoma Wined Up: featuring 20+ Washington Wineries, enjoy live music, and sample delicious food pairings of cheese, charcuterie, olive oils, and more! Full admission tickets include complimentary unlimited tasting and a souvenir wine glass. *Designated Driver tickets allow for access only, and are ineligible to participate in wine tastings. Tacoma Wined Up is a special event and subscription discounts do not apply.

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Tacoma's Historic Theater District

Centennial Campaign

Continuing the Legacy Sustain the Historic Pantages Theater • Restore Integrity & Beauty • Improve Patron Experience • Increase Seismic Safety



Create a New Vision for Theater on the Square • Celebrate Generations of Civic Leadership • Improve Patron Experience • Enliven Venue Deepen Community Engagement • Expand Programs • Provide Greater Access & Diversity • Grow Educational Services

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Good to Know:

Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Block Party on Broadway between 9th & 11th

• 3,500 tickets available −buy early!


• Guests must be 21+ to attend; valid photo ID is required for entry.

Advance Tickets: (Before August 1): $25 Regular: $30 • Military: $25 Designated Driver: $10*

• Additional tokens may be purchased. One token per 4 oz pour.

Full admission tickets include six tasting tokens and a collectible tasting pint glass – guaranteed at the door!

• This is a dog-friendly event! Well-behaved dogs allowed. Leash and scoop rules apply.

Enjoy 30+ Washington State breweries and cideries, fabulous food trucks, and a showcase of local Blues music!

• Last call is at 7:30 pm.

*Designated Driver tickets allow for access only, are ineligible to redeem tasting tokens, and do not include a pint glass.

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The Community’s Investment $24.5 Million Public Private Investment Partnership $18 million in public funding identified and/or secured City, State, Historic & New Markets Tax Credits

$6.5 million to be raised

Gifts & grants from individuals, foundations, corporations & other government sources.

Brew Five Three is a special event and subscription discounts do not apply.



To get involved and learn about naming opportunities, please contact:

Stacey Guadnola, Centennial Fund Director 253.591.5524 | or visit 32

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Venue Rentals

Beautiful historic venues, flexible meeting spaces, and state-of the-art equipment, will make your event extraordinary. Choose from three fully-equipped theaters, three rehearsal halls, multiple meeting spaces and the Tacoma Armory.

Pantages Theater and Lobby Built 1918. Versailles-style theater. Theater capacity: 1169

Lobby capacity: 150–400

Rialto Theater

Built 1918. Originally Art Deco movie house.

Theater capacity: 738

Studio 2 & 3

Built 1993. Multipurpose event and performance spaces.

Capacity: 110-160

Theater on the Square

Built 1993. Modern theater.

Theater capacity: 302

Tacoma Armory

Built 1909. Historic parade floor and intimate reception room.

Capacity: 75-3,000

To reserve a venue for your next event or take a virtual tour, visit or contact or 253.591.5392.

Volunteer today! Become a Broadway Center volunteer—a fun and rewarding experience! Your energy, time and enthusiasm is needed to support special events, performance nights, education programs, community outreach and administrative operations.


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Patron Information • • • • • • • •

The Box Office will make every attempt to meet your seating requests; we are unable to guarantee all seats requested will be available at the time of purchase. All ticket orders are processed in the order received. Full payment is required at the time of purchase to reserve seats. A ticket is required for everyone entering the theaters, regardless of age. No babes in arms are allowed, unless otherwise noted. Patrons are encouraged to call the Broadway Center for information about the suitability of events for children. Children under 5 are generally not permitted, unless the show is a family event, which is specifically for younger audiences and fun for the entire family. Parking is available at many locations around the theaters, including Park Plaza North Garage - 923 Commerce Street (located between 9th & 11th on Commerce Street) and the Subway Lot – 916 Broadway Street (located across the street from the Pantages Theater and Theater on the Square). Both Park Plaza North and Subway Lot accept Cash and Credit/Debit Payments. Upon parking, remember your stall number, find the nearest kiosk and follow the on-screen prompts. There is also the Rialto Garage – 909 Market Street (Located just south of 9th on Market Street). The Rialto Garage accepts Cash ONLY. Place $5.00 in the corresponding stall number on the payment box. Paid street parking is usually available throughout the Theater District. For the Armory, paid public parking is on S. 11th St. PLEASE NOTE: The blue validation tickets are no longer accepted as a form of parking validation. The new validation requires a coupon code to be entered at the pay kiosks for both Park Plaza North or Subway Lot. The Broadway Center is ADA friendly, and we will do all we can to ensure you have a positive experience. For the best accessible options for you, please contact the Box Office. Assisted listening devices are available at all theaters. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may exchange for another “Broadway Center presents” event within the season, which is completed in June 2017. There is a $3 per ticket fee for all other exchanges. Any exchanges must be made at least 24 hours before your original ticketed event. Broadway Center Members may exchange tickets free of service charge! Artists and programs are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. No refunds. Tickets under $20 do not qualify for discounts.


Group rates are available for many performances at the Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater and the Theater on the Square. The only thing better than bringing your next group outing to a show at one of our historic theaters is saving money in the process!

For most Broadway Center sponsored events: Groups of 10 or more people save 10% off regular ticket prices Groups of 15 or more people save 15% off regular ticket prices Groups of 20 or more people save 20% off regular ticket prices

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