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2016-2017 S E A S O N

A Message from the President

Welcome to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. We are delighted that the Grunin Center provides the college with the opportunity to offer first-class artistic and cultural experiences right here in Ocean County. The Center not only helps to promote the arts in Ocean County, it also makes Ocean County College a magnet for fine and performing arts patrons far and wide.

We are truly grateful for the generous donation from The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, which will benefit the Ocean County community for many years to come. We also appreciate wonderful patrons like you who inspire us to offer the best in fine and performing arts. I invite you to become a subscriber! And I encourage you to take advantage of our dinner show packages; some of the best restaurants in Ocean County will be providing dinner, as well as VIP Meet and Greet experiences available at select performances. Enjoy the show! – Jon H. Larson, Ph.D. President, Ocean County College


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A Message from the Grunins

Linda and I have been residents of Ocean County since 1969. We built our reputation as lawyers who worked hard, related to our clients’ needs and always sought to act with the highest integrity. Over the last few years, we have devoted more and more of our attention to our philanthropic endeavors through The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. We see philanthropy as our opportunity to give back to a county that we are proud to call our home. Part of our Foundation’s mission is to bring world class art, both performing and visual, to our community. Linda and I are extremely excited to be partnering with OCC in connection with the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. We believe that our two organizations will be able to help elevate a great community to even higher plateaus. – Jay and Linda Grunin

Staff__________________________________________________________ Mark Fitzgerald Wilson Roberta Krantz Jessica Zawerczuk Johanna McConnell Judi Madigan Stephan Caldwell

Director of Cultural Affairs Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Marketing Coordinator Patron and Artist Services Technical Director and Lighting Designer Production Stage Manager • • 732.255.0500


2016-2017 Season September 2016

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10 Shades of Bublé 21 Bucky’s Back and Better Than Ever! 24 Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon


 1 Patti LuPone  9 New Jersey Tap Ensemble  13 Emel Mathlouthi  16 Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli  19 Bria Skonberg  20-29 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead  21 Ethel's Blue Dress  22 Crystal Bowersox  27 Urban Bush Women  29 Pinkalicious, The Musical November

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Lez Zeppelin Arlo Guthrie Home Free


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1 The King's Singers 1-10 Sylvia 2 Westminster Concert Bell Choir 3 A Christmas Carol 3 OCC Concert Band Presents: A Holiday Spectacular 7 Molly Ryan’s Swingin’ Christmas Ball 10 Culinary Adventures featuring Mary Ann Esposito & Joe Leone 11 The Nutcracker 14 "It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre" 15 The Celtic Tenors 16 Tom Wopat and Linda Purl

Urban Bush Women (p.24)


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January 2017

11 The Midiri Brothers Salute to Benny Goodman and Friends 13 Doktor Kaboom 22 Vocalosity 26 One Man Lord of the Rings

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The Sons of Serendip Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars Ricky Riccardi Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!


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3-11 Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller 15 StoryFaces 15 Dennis Lichtman 16 American Showstoppers: An Evening of Kander & Ebb with the Fred Barton Orchestra 18 Hotel California 24 Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular 28 Switchback 29 What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience


 1 Tamburitzans  5 Graeme of Thrones  6 Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal  8 Sing a Long Grease  12 Stephanie Trick  20 Koresh  20-29 Scapino  22 Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years  29 Dr. K's MoTown Revue May

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OCC Concert Band Presents: A Salute to Broadway Immortal Chi Yesterday- The Beatles Tribute Live from Las Vegas! Back to the 80s

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Patti LuPone: Far Away Places

Saturday, October 1, 2016 In her new, critically-acclaimed concert Far Away Places, two-time Tony Award winner (Gypsy, Evita) Patti LuPone shares her penchant for wanderlust by taking us on a musical journey with thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters which include Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, Frederick Hollander, and, even the BeeGees! Conceived and directed by Scott Wittman with Musical arrangements by Joseph Thalken. Main Stage ď Ž 8:00pm Dinner Show Ticket: $109-99* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $69 - $64 *dinner provided by


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Tom Wopat and Linda Purl: Home for the Holidays Friday, December 16, 2016

It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that Linda Purl and Tom Wopat bring to you their production of “Home for the Holidays”. The performance features a sparkling array of holiday classics dressed in new arrangements sprinkled with some new, hilarious, and poignant material. They are accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians in the world - you’ll be snapping your fingers and tapping your toes. Tom and Linda will make you feel at home for an evening that swings and croons; an evening you won’t soon forget. Main Stage  8:00pm  VIP Meet & Greet & Dinner Ticket: $75* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35 - $33 *dinner provided by • • 732.255.0500



American Showstoppers: An Evening of Kander & Ebb with the Fred Barton Orchestra Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Fred Barton’s “American Showstoppers” concerts with his 14-piece orchestra and today’s great Broadway performers, is devoted to the great songs of the Golden Age of Broadway – and there is no greater subject for this series than the songwriting team of Kander & Ebb. “Cabaret” and “Chicago” are the two most famous landmark Kander & Ebb shows, with the revival of the latter now the longest-running American musical in history. Fred Barton’s “American Showstoppers: An Evening of Kander & Ebb” will feature two dozen of these showstoppers, from the well-known, brassy smash hits, to the haunting ballads, to their most creative special material songs. Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $55* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35 - $33


*dinner provided at

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It’s a Wonderful Life, Live from WVL Radio Theater Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This 1940s “live broadcast” of Frank Capra’s beloved film takes us back to the Golden Age of Radio. The WVL studio’s “On Air” sign lights up and the heartwarming holiday classic comes to life through the bygone radio formula of a few hardworking actors, live sound effects - and a listener’s imagination. Take a step back in time with the uplifting and bittersweet tale of George Bailey’s close call with death on Christmas Eve, of how important and special he is to all those around him - and what this world would have missed had he not been born. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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One Man Lord of the Rings, Starring Charlie Ross Thursday, January 26, 2017

The extremely talented Canadian actor Charles Ross will stun you with One Man Lord of the Rings. Recreating the enchanting world of Middle-earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his outrageous imagination, be prepared to journey through the trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King in 3600 seconds of unbelievable kinetic entertainment! Booming special effects, riveting stage fights, and harrowing rescues, this gifted performer does it all in this engaging, epic one man show. The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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Graeme of Thrones Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong... Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show: $50*  Tickets: $30 - $28

*dinner provided at • • 732.255.0500



Home Free – A Country Christmas Sunday, November 20, 2016 Monday, November 21, 2016

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Home Free is bringing new music, new production, more country and holiday favorites as they come to town in “A Country Christmas Tour!” The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Home Free has become a household name for peppering Nashville country standards with country-dipped pop hits (and having a great time doing so). A Country Christmas Tour brings new music from an upcoming Christmas re-release, plus new country hits like Maren Morris’ “My Church,” pop slams like Shakira’s “Try Everything,” and fan favorite classics like the calypso-infused arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.” Home Free came crashing into the country world in 2013, after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off. Since catapulting into the national spotlight, they have sold 250,000 albums, racked up more than 80-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 100,000 people live in concert. The group recently celebrated the release of their third studio album, Country Evolution. The release debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Charts, elevating the band “from auxiliary entertainment to headlining attraction” (Times Leader). Main Stage  7:30pm VIP Meet & Greet Ticket: $139 Dinner Show Ticket: $79* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $49 - $45 *dinner provided by FB: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat: @HomeFreeGuys YouTube:

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Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal Thursday, April 6, 2017

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three-time Grammy winning album, The River and the Thread. The River and the Thread (2014, Blue Note Records) is a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Rosanne to the American South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. Rosanne follows her acclaimed Grammy nominated and award winning album The List (2009) with her own poetic survey of places and people of The South on these beautiful and varied songs written with her collaborator, musical director, guitarist and husband, John Leventhal. Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $75 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $49 - $45

*dinner provided by • • 732.255.0500


Singer Songwriters

Arlo Guthrie

Thursday, November 10, 2016 On the heels of the sold-out Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, Arlo Guthrie plunges into another musical trip certain to be a flashback-inducing, mind-expanding show. For the Running Down the Road Tour, Arlo will again hit the road with his band to fully embody the best of Guthrie’s catalogue from the late sixties and early seventies. Featuring the most outstanding cuts from Arlo (1968), Running Down the Road (1969), Washington County (1970) along with many others, this tour exemplifies the sound that shaped a generation. Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket $79* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $54 - $50 *dinner provided by

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Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon is an outstanding tribute to John Denver featuring the singer-songwriter’s most well-known hits accompanied by many of the same instruments used by John Denver. Sing along and enjoy exceptional harmonies from this talented group of musicians. Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $30 - $23

Crystal Bowersox

Saturday, October 22, 2016 Crystal Bowersox has made it her mission to live life and her music to the fullest. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. All That For This, Crystal Bowersox’s sophomore release, is a powerful testament to her talents as both a singer and songwriter, as well as her unerring musical vision. Main Stage  8:00pm VIP Meet & Greet Ticket: $75 Dinner Show Ticket: $50* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $25 - $20 *dinner provided at • • 732.255.0500


Singer Songwriters

Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years highlights some of the 100+ recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook, pulling the audience in with various accounts each night of the personal side of generational touchstones like “Honey Come Back,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and more from decades of shared musical memories.

Main Stage  8:00pm Dinner Show Ticket: $55  Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35 - $30 *dinner provided by


Tuesday, March 23, 2017 Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music for over twenty years. Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, at the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today. But to pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. Unusual, honest, heartfelt, humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited – these all describe the band Switchback. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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Special Events

Culinary Adventures featuring Mary Ann Esposito & Joe Leone Saturday, December 10, 2016

Join Mary Ann Esposito, creator and host of the PBS series Ciao Italia along with well known Jersey Shore Chef Joe Leone for an event filled with LIVE Cooking Demonstrations, food samples, cooking tips, and a Q&A. See Mary Ann and Joe work their magic on-stage as they share some off their favorite recipes for the holiday season. Sample food as you enter the theater from local Jersey Shore restaurants. Everyone receives a copy of all the recipes cooked on-stage. Enjoy an afternoon filled with food and fun. A portion of all proceeds to benefit the People’s Pantry of Ocean County. Please bring a Non-perishable food item for the Pantry. Mary Ann’s latest cookbook will be available for purchase and an autographed book signing will take place after the show. Main Stage  2:00pm family friendly VIP (Includes Pre-Show Reception): $60 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35

Sing-a-Long Grease with host Jeremy Grunin! Saturday, April 8, 2017

The brand new singalonga version of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music. The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free goody bag. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $25 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $15 *dinner provided by • • 732.255.0500




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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements that set a new standard for 12-part harmony. It’s the aca-perfect concert experience! Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $65* Orchestra & Mezzanine: $45 - $39

Opening Act: *dinner provided by

Photos by Jeremy Daniel

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Lez Zeppelin

Friday, November 4, 2016 Gaining critical acclaim as one of the most exciting live acts around, and becoming the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin, Lez Zeppelin stays true to the musically audacious spirit of the original, delivering the legendary rock band’s blistering arrangements and monstrous sound note-for-note at sold-out shows around the world. For those skeptics who still dare to ask: Can four women pull off the exuberant, powerful and musically intricate performances for which Led Zeppelin are known, a Lez Zeppelin show is nothing short of a revelation.

Main Stage  8:00pm Dinner Show Ticket: $50 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $25 - $20 *dinner provided by • • 732.255.0500



The Sons of Serendip Friday, February 10, 2017

Selected by our patrons in our recent Patron Feedback Survey, The Sons of Serendip (SoS) are a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University and auditioned for America's Got Talent. SoS quickly became an audience favorite and won 4th place in the 2014 competition. This quartet blends vocals, piano, cello, guitar and harp for a truly memorable evening. Main Stage ď Ž 8:00pm Tickets $35 - $30

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What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience invites audiences to partake in a show combining the hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye to deliver an event that honors the past and attends to the present and future. Brian Owens performs selections that span Gaye’s career with hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” as well as “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” and “Got To Give It Up.” Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $60 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35

*dinner provided by • • 732.255.0500



Shades of Bublé

Saturday, September 10, 2016 A three-man tribute to Michael Bublé, with incredible songs like “Come Fly With Me,” “Fever,” “Cry Me A River,” “Moondance,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Feelin’ Good,” and many more, Shades of Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of this modern-day Sinatra to the stage in an unforgettable concert event. Gorgeous arrangements, retro style, and charttopping hits unite in this one-of-kind tribute show that captures the class and elegance of Bublé while bringing the audience to new heights with thrilling three-part harmony. Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $30 - $23

Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute Live from Las Vegas! Saturday, May 13, 2017

Portraying musical icons, “The Beatles”, Yesterday transports its audience into a bygone era of magical innocence. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the bestloved Pop group in the history of modern music. With superior showmanship, flawless voices, and exceptional musical abilities, this tribute is not to be missed! Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $30 - $28

Dr. K’s MoTown Revue

Back to the 80s

Dr. K’s MoTown Revue’s outstanding band of musicians and singers takes you on a journey of the Motown sound, and makes you want to sing along with every familiar song they play. They keep true to its roots, and each and every performance transports you back to another era. Audiences both young and not so young can’t help dancing to that Motown beat.

Hair Metal Time Machine is an all-out overload of sight and sound that brings the audience back to the 80s glory days of day-glo and hair spray, and where you will be treated to hits by all of the biggest names of Heavy Metal: Guns N Roses, Poison, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, and many more!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $30 - $28

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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A Concert to Benefit the Students of OCC Major Sponsor

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Ocean County College Foundation and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts are partnering to host a benefit concert to support the students of OCC. (A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the OCC Repertory Theatre Company.) For one night only, enjoy an evening of incredible music as you support the mission of the OCC Foundation. Despite the College’s best efforts to contain costs and maintain an affordable education, many students still have a tremendous need for financial assistance. Scholarships make the difference. Your support of this event can turn the dream of a college education into a reality for many Ocean County students! For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken the group to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. Black Box  6:00pm VIP Reception & Concert (includes wine, beer, and gourmet hors d'oeuvres): $100 Main Stage  8:00pm Orchestra & Mezzanine (concert only): $45 • • 732.255.0500



Emel Mathlouthi

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Firebrand Tunisian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer Emel Mathlouthi, inheritor of the legacy of American and Arabic protest singers of the 1960’s, stands with the great divas of the Arab World. Mathlouthi gained world attention when her 2007 song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries on the streets of Tunis and by yearning youth around the Arab world, earning her the nickname “the voice of Tunisian Revolution.” Emel Mathlouthi is devoted to her Tunisian folk roots but deeply influenced by such Western artists as Joan Baez, Massive Attack, Bjork and her sometimecollaborator Tricky. Her gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock,

trip-hop and electronica, all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition. Her delicate and rousing songs express love, suffering, and longing for home in a deeply confessional style that verges on sacred Sufi music and an idiom that would not be out of place in the discos of Europe or America. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $25 - $20

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Monday, February 13, 2017

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. The unplugged style of their latest album, Libation, is a return in a way to the days in the refugee camps when the band had to make do with whatever instruments they could round up or make by hand, and do without amplification and electronics. The band also made a concerted effort to mine the riches of Sierra Leonean folklore, basing their songs on the highlife, maringa and palm wine styles that the band members listened to in their youth but are not heard as often today, as well as baskeda and gumbe, the Sierra Leonean relatives of reggae and soukous respectively. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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The Celtic Tenors

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

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The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland. They continue to re-invent the whole tenor idiom by pioneering a new style of cool never before seen on the classical stage and by breaking the traditional stuffy tenor mold. While each of The Celtic Tenors has been influenced by the musical traditions from their own individual parts of Ireland, Daryl, James and Matthew show great flexibility in melding their voices to suit the appropriate classical, folk, Irish and pop genres. Special appearance by the New Jersey Youth Chorus. Main Stage  8:00pm Dinner Show Ticket: $55* Orchestra and Mezzanine: $39 - $35

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The Duquesne University Tamburitzans Saturday, April 1, 2017

Based on the exciting music, songs and dances of international cultures, The Tamburitzans, a performing ensemble of talented college students, combine music, song and dance to celebrate the cultural heritages and shared values of the world’s people. As the Tamburitzans enter their 80th Season, they reflect the various celebrations & remembrances of world cultures including weddings, anniversaries & rites of passage. The Tamburitzans invite you to experience “Jubilee” in this 80th Anniversary Season! Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $35 - $33

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Immortal Chi

Sunday, May 7, 2017

From the producer of the worldwide hit Shaolin Warriors comes a spectacular new fusion of Chinese martial arts and jaw-dropping acrobatics, accompanied by an allfemale percussion ensemble. Immortal Chi weaves a compelling narrative around a Tai-Chi master and his ultimate challenge to regain his inner energy and life force. Audiences can expect to see adrenalin-packed stunts, traditional weaponry, incredible feats of human endurance, innovative video projections and stunning costumes. In short, Immortal Chi is a feast for the senses that brings the ancient traditions and rich theatrical history of China to life with a rousing 21st-century twist. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $35 - $30

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Urban Bush Women: Walking With ‘Trane

Thursday, October 27, 2016 Urban Bush Women has made an indelible mark on the field of dance with bold, innovative and demanding works that challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types and styles of movement. Walking with 'Trane, choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Samantha Speis, and Dramaturg Talvin Wilks in collaboration with The Company, offers two unique experiences, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane, a composer at the forefront of jazz innovation in a racially-charged America of the 50’s and 60’s. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $35 - $30

New Jersey Tap Ensemble Sunday, October 9, 2017

New Jersey Tap Ensemble presents THE TAP ACT, a celebration of the dynamic trios and duets that were a cornerstone of the art form. With infectious and brilliant footwork, the dancers perform musical numbers reminiscent of the great performances from the stage and the golden age of Hollywood on the silver screen. Main Stage  2:00pm Tickets: $25 - $20

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Koresh Dance Company

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

In its 25th year, Koresh Dance Company presents Classic KORESH, a selection of favorites drawn from the company’s quarter-century of innovative work. These repertoire classics include interpretations of Classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel, from the rolling strains of “Moonlight Sonata” to the trumpeting processions of “Bolero.” As a unique feature of our anniversary program, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 will feature a newly commissioned work, “23: Deconstructing Mozart,” a collaborative initiative driven by Koresh and multi-media artist Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky. Main Stage  7:30pm Tickets: $35 - $30

Anthony LaGruth Artistic Director & Conductor

Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular! Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8:00pm

Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular is an epic journey derived from a tale of good versus evil with a storyline that will capture the imagination of everyone in the family and transport them to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. The battle scenes transcend the struggle of dark versus light as lightning fast rhythms and a thunderous world-class dance troupe display Irish dance like never before seen. *dinner provided at Main Stage  8:00pm  Dinner Show Ticket $50 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $35 - $30

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The King’s Singers

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy, and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Evolving to become one of the most diverse and compelling imaginable, and in the spirit of the holidays, The King’s Singers North American Holiday Tour will feature timeless classics such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and many more! Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket $75 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $49 - $45

*dinner provided at

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Ethel’s Blue Dress

Friday, October 21, 2016 Ethel, the post-modern, indie-classical quartet, pays special homage to the brilliant, gorgeous and masterful women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century. Sometimes fierce, sometimes seductive, always full of creativity, composers like Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prizewinner Julia Wolfe, are, through their own voices, warriors and champions of music today. By exploring new compositions by three of today’s most influential composers, side by side with the groundbreaking music of their Muses, Ethel offers a distinctive and stirring read on their interconnections that is sexy, sumptuous, and boldly beautiful. Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $25 - $20

Westminster Concert Bell Choir Friday, December 2, 2016

The 16-member Westminster Concert Bell Choir is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. Celebrating the 38th year of the handbell curriculum, Westminster Choir College was the first institution in the world to develop such a program. The Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall twice during the Christmas season and was featured on New Jersey Network’s State Of The Arts program. Recently, the Choir joined singer Josh Groban at NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Main Stage  8:00pm Tickets: $25 - $20 family friendly • • 732.255.0500



Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Nat King Cole Tribute featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first “Straighten Up And Fly Right” soared up the charts in 1943. As a singer, he was called “the best friend a song ever had,” but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Even those later tracks crafted for the pop charts belie a piano technique, vocal phrasings, and on-the-mark orchestration that are indebted to his early roots in jazz. Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli have tailored a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, from his hits along with those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own. Main Stage  7:30pm Dinner Show Ticket: $75 Orchestra and Mezzanine: $49 - $45

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Bucky’s Back and Better Than Ever!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Bucky’s back! After guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, suffered a stroke last year, it was assumed he would never play the guitar in public again. But after a miraculous comeback, the 90-year-old legend will return to Ocean County College backed by Ed Laub on guitar and vocals and son, Martin Pizzarelli, on bass. Sure to be a heartwarming return for this jazz great!

Bria Skonberg

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Trumpeter/vocalist, Bria Skonberg, has turned into a budding superstar since her MidWeek Jazz appearance, performing regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center and sweeping the Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in the Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group categories. She'll bring her regular group to celebrate her first major-label recording on Sony! This should be a memorable evening with an artist whose career continues to ascend.

Midweek Jazz Main Stage  Wednesdays  8:00pm Adult $24, Senior $20, Student $12

Ricky Riccardi

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Back by popular demand, MidWeek Jazz’s own, Ricky Riccardi, returns to the Grunin Center with his particular brand of powerhouse piano playing backed by Brendan Castner on ukulele and vocals and Dennis Valencia on drums!

Dennis Lichtman

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Best known as the leader of the popular Mona’s Hot Four band, clarinetist Dennis Lichtman will return to MidWeek Jazz with a special all-star aggregation performing an evening of hot jazz chestnuts and exciting original numbers. Come get a sense for why Lichtman’s playing has made Mona’s jam session a must-see stop for traditional jazz fans in New York City!

Molly Ryan’s Swingin’ Christmas Ball

Stephanie Trick

The Midiri Brothers Salute to Benny Goodman and Friends

The Jazz Lobsters

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Popular vocalist, Molly Ryan, will be putting on a special holiday-themed show featuring swinging arrangements of many popular and obscure yuletide favorites. As usual, she’ll be backed by an all-star band featuring her husband, Dan Levinson, on reeds. A great way to ring in the season!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 It wouldn’t be January at Ocean County College without a tribute to Benny Goodman by the ever-popular Midiri Brothers! This year, they’ll not only salute the “King of Swing,” but will also pay tribute to some of Goodman’s legendary contemporaries from the big band days. Come experience why “The Swing Era” swung!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 In the words of reviewer, Jack Rummel, young pianist Stephanie Trick, “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field.” A popular performer at festivals in the United States and internationally, Trick will be making her Ocean County College debut on this April date. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening of solo piano playing! Wednesday, June 21, 2017 The 2016-17 MidWeek Jazz season will come to a roaring conclusion with the popular Jazz Lobsters Big Band, roaring through classics associated with Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and more. Always one of the most popular attractions at MidWeek Jazz and an ideal way to start the summer in a swinging groove! • • 732.255.0500



Artwork © 2006 Victora Kann

Pinkalicious the Musical Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Main Stage  11:00am & 1:00pm Adult $22, Child $18

Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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Yates Musical Theatre presents:

A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 3, 2016 An Ocean County College Tradition, this musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas. Shocked into action by visits from three ghosts that take him on a journey to the past, present, and the future; Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas. The music and dancing of A Christmas Carol will help put everyone in the holiday spirit! Main Stage  1:00pm Adult $12, Child $10

Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

Ballet for Young Audience presents:

The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 11, 2016 This delightful ballet is a dream story brought to life through music and dance. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who’s magical journey begins with a Nutcracker doll and ends with the Land of Sweets. Along the way, you’ll meet the Mouse King, Flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a cast of enchanting characters. This ballet is narrated for your added enjoyment. Main Stage  1:00pm Adult $12, Child $10

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Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! Saturday, February 18, 2017

With soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and songs about learning how to be polite, the incredibly hip duo of Train Conductor Genevieve and DC, her beatboxing, and breakdancing engineer, teach children through music with songs enjoyed by parents and children alike. This live stage production of the Disney Junior favorite is sure to have children and parents dancing in the aisles! Main Stage  11:00am & 3:00pm Adult: $25  Child: $18

Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

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Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire Friday, January 13, 2017

Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom’s supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity. In LIVE WIRE, Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy, the history of humanity’s adventures into electricity and its potential as the journey still continues. Main Stage: 7:00pm  Adult: $15  Child: $12 Schools n’ Stage Performances: 11:00am & 1:00pm


Families Appreciating Stage and Theater

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 StoryFaces is a unique combination of disciplines, where audience volunteers are brought on stage and face painted to illustrate traditional folktales and original stories. The amazing face painting captivates students of all ages while they learn about world cultures and listen to wonderful stories ranging from the comic adventure of Tiddalik the Giant Frog to the heroic tale of Punia and the King of the Sharks. Main Stage: 1:00pm  Adult: $12  Child: $10 Schools n’ Stage Performances: 9:30am & 11:00am

The story comes to life on the faces of the audience. “I am a painter and a storyteller, and this is how I tell my stories.” – Christopher Agostino • • 732.255.0500


OCC School of Performing Arts

Fiddler on the Roof cast photo, 2015

OCC Repertory Theatre Company

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

by Bert V. Royal October 20-23 and 28-29, 2016 When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. “Good grief! The Peanuts kids have finally come out of their shells.” —Time Out NY. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm Friday, Oct. 21 & 28, 2016 at 7:30pm Saturday, Oct. 22 & 29, 2016 at 8:00pm Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at 2:00pm

OCC Repertory Theatre Company


by A.R. Gurney December 1-4 and 9-10, 2016 A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy, SYLVIA…” —NY Times. “I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…” —NY Daily News. “Gurney’s mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…” —BackStage. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 7:30pm Friday, Dec. 2 & 9, 2016 at 7:30pm Saturday, Dec. 3 & 10, 2016 at 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior: $15  OCC Students: $5 HS Students: Free with one adult ticket purchase and ID

Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior: $15  OCC Students $5 HS Students: Free with one adult ticket purchase and ID 34 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2016-2017

OCC Repertory Theatre Company

Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

March 3-5 and 10-22, 2017 Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized 50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set pieces and slice of life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre. Friday, Mar. 3 & 10, 2017 at 7:30pm Saturday, Mar. 4 & 11, 2017 at 8:00pm Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 at 2:00pm Main Stage Adult/Senior: $15  OCC Students: $5 HS Students: Free with one adult ticket purchase and ID

OCC Repertory Theatre Company

Scapino by Frank Dunlap and Jim Dale April 20-23 and 28-29, 2017

Inspired, at some distance, by Molière’s Les Fourberies de Scapin, this ‘comic madness’ is set in present-day Naples. Ottavio’s and Leandro’s fathers are away, leaving their sons in the care of guardians - Scapino and Sylvestro. Ottavio marries Giacinta and when he learns that his father plans to ‘marry him off’ he seeks Scapino’s help. The spirit of the play is evident at the outset, when a slapstick sequence is accompanied by a crazy song made up from the menu at an Italian restaurant. Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 at 7:30pm Friday, Apr. 21 & 28, 2017 at 7:30pm Saturday, Apr. 22 & 29, 2017 at 8:00pm Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 at 2:00pm Black Box Theatre Adult/Senior: $15  OCC Students: $5 HS Students: Free with one adult ticket purchase and ID

Ocean County College Concert Band

Ocean County College Concert Band

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Holiday Spectacular

A Salute to Broadway

Join the OCC Concert Band as they present holiday music that is bold, brash, and brassy in A Holiday Spectacular. The songs are traditional, but the arrangements are fresh. From Handle’s “Messiah,” to Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You’” there won’t be a dull moment as we celebrate the season. Directed by Tony Tafrow.

There is nothing better than a Broadway Show, except hearing the music from 12 shows in one night! The OCC Concert Band will be performing selections from classic Broadway hits such as Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and many more. Join the OCC Concert Band and enjoy a Salute to Broadway. Directed by Tony Tafrow.

Main Stage • 7:00pm. Adult: $24  Senior: $20 Student: $10

Main Stage • 7:00pm Adult: $24  Senior: $20 Student: $10

family friendly

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Performing Partners Anthony LaGruth

Artistic Director & Conductor

The Orchestra-in-Residence at Ocean County College Anthony LaGruth Artistic Director & Conductor

________________ 61st SEASON ________________

Programs & Events at The Jay And Linda Grunin Center For The Arts

Celebrating 61 years at the Jersey Shore! 2016 - 2017

_____________ ORCHESTRA SERIES _____________


The Magic of Mozart

John Philips Sousa – America’s Band Master traveled the US presenting concerts with great popular appeal. Borrowing a page from the Maestro’s book, the GSP will present a Sunday afternoon concert worthy of the “Village Green”. A wide variety of great music from the popular to the classic…something for everyone!

Give yourself over to the master – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Mozart… the name conjures an image of music. A genius to be sure, his music is filled with inspiration and sublime beauty…and more than a little magic. The orchestra will be joined by the GSP Chorus.

Sun., Sept. 18, 2016 • 3:00 pm

Sun., April 30, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Fright Night at the Phil Battling Beethoven Sat., Oct. 29, 2016 • 7:30 pm

Get ready for haunting season with the music that sets the stage for all things that go bump in the night. Music selections will draw from the classic and contemporary works of Chadwick (Hobgoblin), Williams (Harry Potter), Grieg (Wicked), and Berlioz (Symphony Fantastique), among others.

Sun., May 21, 2017 • 3:00 pm Listen to the unique voice of one of the most famous and influential of all composers, and whose work is a testimony to human resolve. Material selections will include the Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 4, and Symphony No. 5.

TICKETS: Orchestra Section: Adults $48  Seniors (60+) $42  Students (w/ID) $18 Balcony Section: Adults $42  Seniors (60+) $38  Students (w/ID) $12 A per order service and handling fee will be applied at the time of purchase. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts. Buy all four (4) Series events as a subscription package and save 10–15% off single tickets.

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Animal Tales! - The New Jersey Premiere Sat., March 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Allow yourself to be drawn into a world of animals and the lessons we learn when we seek out new adventures. In partnership with ArdeaArts, the professional orchestra and guest vocalists will raise the curtain on what will likely become a new family favorite by George Plimpton and Kitty Brazelton that speaks to the child in all of us through narrative, orchestral music, and operatic tones. General Admission: Adults $25  Seniors (60+) $20  Students (w/ID) $15


The Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Program (GSPYO)

The GSPYO is an education initiative of the Garden State Philharmonic. GSPYO members span elementary through high school and are taught by career musicians and music educators.

GSPYO Season Celebration Concert* Sun., June 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

General Admission (Door Price): $12 Adults/Seniors (60+)  $10 Students/Children Save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance

________ MUSIC IN THE MIND HUMANITIES SERIES ________ The Music in the Mind Humanities Series offers music fans a resource for learning about the historical, academic and social relationships between mankind and classical music. Through a series of public events, participants take part in an interactive dialogue with scholars facilitated by Maestro LaGruth. 2016-2017 Series event dates to be announced mid-summer 2016. Presented in partnership with the Ocean County Library.

______________ GENERAL INFORMATION ______________ Visit for program information, to purchase tickets, or make donations to the nonprofit. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (732) 255-0460, or through the Grunin Center Box Office by telephone or in person. * *Program dates and information subject to change. • • 732.255.0500


Sponsors and Supporters


The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following businesses for donating services to support the visiting artists and performers.

600 Main Bed & Breakfast

Prime 13

The Bentley Inn Bed & Breakfast

P.J. Sweeney’s Restaurant and Irish Pub


Tuscan Bistro and Bar

600 Main Street • Toms River, NJ 08753 • 732-818-7580

694 Main Avenue • Bay Head, NJ 08742 • 732-892-9589 793 Fischer Boulevard • Toms River, NJ 08753 • 732-929-CUBA

710 Arnold Avenue • Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742 • 732-202-6483

447 Brick Boulevard • Brick, NJ 08723 • 732-202-6414 1250 Hooper Ave • Toms River, NJ 08753 • (732) 797-2570

Tutto Buono Ristorante

1898 Hinds Rd #6 • Toms River, NJ 08753 • (732) 255-9555


The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following organizations for their support.

These engagements are funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. These programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Have you seen the world class artists coming to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts this season? Wish you were able to connect your business to an artist? Let us work with you to find a sponsorship plan that meets your marketing and philanthropic vision. Call Mark Wilson at 732-255-0400 ext. 2450 or email 38 Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts • 2016-2017

Ticket Information

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are available online at or by phone at 732.255.0500 Grunin Center Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm. We accept cash, credit, and debit cards.


Contact the Box Office 2 weeks prior to any show to arrange for disability and accessibility services.

Discounts and Subscriptions

Contact the Box Office two weeks prior to any show to arrange for disability and accessibility services.

Five Nights of Fun Subscription Purchase tickets to 5 or more eligible shows in one purchase and receive 15% off the ticket price! Eligible shows denoted with the special 5 Nights of Fun logo.

OCC Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni Discount Discounts are available for eligible shows. Call or visit the Box Office for details. Tickets must be purchased with valid ID. Limit of two tickets per eligible performance.

FAST Pack (Families Appreciating Stage and Theater) Subscription Purchase 2 or more eligible shows in one purchase and Families Appreciating Stage and Theater receive 15% off the ticket price! Eligible shows denoted with the special FAST logo.

Active Military and Veterans Discount Active United States Military and Eligible Veterans receive 25% off all tickets. Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office and a valid Common Access Card or Uniformed Services Privilege Identification Card must be shown.

American Traditions Package Package includes Orchestra seats to Arlo Guthrie, Tom Wopat & Linda Purl, and Jimmy Webb for $99.

Group Rates Group Rates are available for eligible shows. Call or visit the Box Office for details.

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