The third season at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts will include a couple musicals that have not made it to the region yet and several rock ‘n’ roll tribute acts.
One of those will be something of a crossover in Rock of Ages, the musical of 1980s hair band hits that went to the big screen last summer with Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough. The show made a blip on the Lexington-area entertainment radar when Laura Bell Bundy originated the lead role of Sherri Christian in the 2005-06 Los Angeles production. The show has been on Broadway since 2009.
Also hailing from the 1980s is Flashdance — The Musical, the stage version of the 1983 movie that made Jennifer Beals a star and solidified Irene Cara’s status as a Reagan-era soundtrack queen.
The EKU lineup also boasts country stars Dwight Yoakam, a Pikeville native, and LeAnn Rimes, parody king “Weird Al” Yankovic, chart-toppers Chicago and piano star Jim Brickman. There are also tributes to several rock icons in the offing including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees and Queen.
Here’s the complete lineup:
Sept. 13: The Spencers Theatre of Illusion, theatrical magic. $30.
Sept. 18: Chicago, rock and pop. $57-$87.
Sept. 20-21: Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis, circus, dance and theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at, $47-$62.
Sept. 27-28: Flashdance — the Musical. $47-$77.
Oct. 4: Dwight Yoakam, country. $50.50-$70.50
Oct. 10: “Weird Al” Yankovic, music and comedy. $39-$49.
Oct. 24: Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees Tribute. $40-$52.
Nov. 2: Dinosaur Train Live!, stage show based on PBS children’s series. $25.
Nov. 5: Irish Chamber Orchestra with flutists James and Jeanne Galway and conductor JoAnn Falletta. $45.50-$75.50.
Nov. 12: Rockapella, vocal pop group. $25-$35.
Nov. 20: Jim Brickman, pianist. $35-$45.
Dec. 7-8: The Nutcracker, presented by the Lexington Ballet. $25-$35.
Dec. 8: Handel’s Messiah, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists. $25-$40.
Dec. 10: A Christmas Carol, play performed by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. $35-$45.
Dec. 14: LeAnn Rimes, holiday and country music. $50.50-$70.50
Jan. 15: Swan Lake, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. $30-$45.
Jan. 18: Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, comedy, juggling and performing pets. $30.
Jan. 25: Sid The Science Kid Live, stage version of PBS children’s show. $25.
Feb. 1: The Addams Family, musical. $45.50-$85.50.
Feb. 13: Golden Dragon Acrobats, traditional Chinese acrobats. $30-$45.
Feb. 18: Man of La Mancha, musical. $47-$77.
Feb. 26: Rock of Ages, musical. $50.50-$70.50.
March 5: The Pink Floyd Experience, musical. $35-$60.
March 8: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, musical. $55.50-$85.50.
March 19: Hamlet, Shakespeare play performed by The Acting Company. $35-$50.
March 22 and 23: Mamma Mia, musical. $45.50-$75.50.
March 26: One Night of Queen, Queen tribute performed by Gary Mullen & The Works. $35-$52.
April 6: Experience the Beatles with Rain, Beatles tribute. $45.50-$65.50.
Season subscription series are now on sale ranging from $174.20 for select shows to $1282.80 for a premium subscription to the entire season. Individual event tickets will go on sale July 15. Visit the EKU Center website for showtimes and ticket information.