High Point Theatre Announces 2019-2020 “Passport to Entertainment” Lineup
High Point, N.C. – For 44 years, the High Point Theatre has provided the Triad community with a diverse selection of world-renowned artists and creative performances. The Theatre’s intimate atmosphere and professional lighting and sound continue to make it one of the Triad’s best venues for live performance. Featuring a total of 23 critically acclaimed musicians, rib-tickling comedians, family-friendly nostalgic performances and holiday shows, the Theatre’s 2019-20 “Passport to Entertainment” lineup will continue to provide the highest quality entertainment experience for every guest.
Community can expect world-renowned musicians, jaunty comedians, holiday classics and an array of nostalgic family-friendly shows.
The High Point Theatre’s “Passport to Entertainment” series will officially kick off on Thursday, October 10. Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians – Pete Lee, Pat McGann and Pat Hazell – join forces to showcase their original and edgy humor. The Good Humor Men are all set to enthrall theatre goers in an evening packed with punch lines, clever writing and hair trigger laughs. (Rated PG-13)
Lee Rocker: The Stray Cat! is sure to leave his audience on their feet and cheering for more when he brings his larger-than-life bass and eclectic music to the Theatre stage on Friday, November 1. A founding member of the Stray Cats, this band sold over 10 million albums, garnered 23 gold and platinum certified records, and were music video pioneers of MTV.
Fans who love the works of Poe, Dickens and Bierce can anticipate a spine-tingling, laughter-filled roller coaster of a ride with Gothic at Midnight by Joshua Kane, in an award-winning tribute to the Masters of the Macabre. Expect classic tales performed as solo theatre vignettes, along with interactive bantering by Kane, Thursday, November 7.
Continuing with an entertainment-laden November lineup is Jeff Allen presenting his “comedy gold” tour, The America I Grew Up In. Allen embraces subjects to which everyone can relate – marriage, living with teens, and days gone by. Witty, interactive and family-friendly, do not miss this comedy sensation on Friday, November 22.
On Saturday, November 23, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour takes the stage. A founding member of the 90’s contemporary jazz band, Fourplay, Ritenour has 40 albums to his credit, with 35 charted songs. From Lena Horne and Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd and Steely Dan, he has played with a host of major artist in rock-pop, blues, and jazz.
In celebration of the Holiday season, Theatre patrons will be treated to a mix of beloved Christmas favorites and nostalgic solid-gold country classics during John Berry’s Christmas Tour on Sunday, November 24. A Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Berry’s 23rd annual Christmas tour is sure to brighten the holiday for thousands, as will an audience favorite – his stunningly beautiful rendition of “O’ Holy Night”!
It’s become a holiday tradition for many Triad families to attend a performance of the joyful, dream-inspired story of The Nutcracker, the classic ballet, or Land of the Sweets, a shorter version created specifically for younger audiences. Swirling with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this classic is beautifully presented by the High Point Ballet. Performances are scheduled for December 19-22.
Prepare to be engaged and amused as the Theatre kicks off the New Year on Sunday, January 26, with “Anything Can Talk!” starring David Pendleton. This ventriloquist not only amazes with his exceptional talent, but his family-friendly cast of characters will keep everyone laughing from start to finish.
In recognition of Black History Month, the Theatre presents We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Damien Sneed on Tuesday, February 4. This inspiring production includes a stellar ensemble of multi-genre vocalists and instrumentalists performing stirring musical selections, interwoven with the spoken word from some of Dr. King’s recorded speeches.
Friday, February 14, Steve Dorff: I Wrote That One Too! will delight concert goers with an astounding array of original music, along with memorable background stories, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. A performance by the esteemed Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, 3-time Grammy- and 6-time Emmy-nominated writer-composer is fitting for this romantic occasion.
Saturday, February 15, acclaimed Sarah Vaughn Award winning jazz singer-songwriter, Barbra Lica, brings a light-hearted selection of classic swing standards and sassy vocals, bringing to mind the era of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Peggy Lee. Prepare to be dazzled by this young Canadian artist’s expressive voice and charismatic stage presence.
High Point Theatre opened in 1975 with jazz giant Dave Brubeck. Brubeck’s sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, have been making music together practically all their lives. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Celebrating David Brubeck’s Centennial is coming to the Theatre on Friday, February 21, to celebrate the music and spontaneous spirit of this revered master of blues, funk and jazz, and as an honor to our own Gene Bohi who was instrumental in the opening of the theatre.
Fans of Ray Charles will not want to miss a star-studded ensemble paying tribute to one of the most revered performers of all time! Emmy Award winner Clint Holmes, 10-time Grammy Award winners and Gospel Music Hall of Famers Take 6, award-winning vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and Grammy Award winning saxophonist-songwriter Kurt Whalum present Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, Thursday, March 12.
An engaging family-friendly performance, Angelina Ballerina: The Musical, is a live theatre production based on the beloved children’s storybook series by Katharine Holabird. The Vital Theatre Company breathes new life into the adorable dream-chasing mousling, Angelina, as she works on goals by overcoming obstacles along the way.
Mentored by the acclaimed duo Black Violin, brothers Malcolm and Umoja similarly use their violins to creatively interpret reggae classics, American pop and original works. Sons of Mystro will share their unique talents with discerning concert goers on Friday, March 20.
Triad music lovers will be treated to an exciting and nostalgic entertainment experience when A.J. Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, performs a memorable combination of classic works by his father and his own original music. Croce Plays Croce is scheduled for Saturday, March 21.
Through the dramatic use of dance, live music, storytelling and stunning visuals, An Evening with Bollywood Boulevard shares the spirit, artistry and history of India’s famous film industry. From the classics of the black and white era, to Bollywood’s Golden Era, to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today, come savor this multi-sensory experience on Tuesday, March 31.
Jump, Jive & Wail featuring The Jive Aces will assure a “jumping” good time for all on Saturday, April 4. This British swing band, renowned world-wide for its rocking tunes and high-energy performances, will perform classic swing numbers from such iconic artists as Cab Calloway, Louis Prima and Big Joe Turner.
Closing out the Passport to Entertainment series will be comedian Jen Kober. Known for her energetic take on more mature subject matters, her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy will be best suited for an adult audience. An Evening with Jen Kober will take place on Friday, May 1. (PG-13)
Throughout the 2019-2020 season, the Theatre has teamed up with the High Point Community Concert Association to present a series of classical artists and resplendent ensembles. In 2019, Andes Manta brings an enlightening global program capturing the music and fascinating culture of the Andes on Sunday, September 22; The Vienna Boys Choir, with their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, irresistible charm and wide-ranging repertoire, is scheduled for a matinee performance on Sunday, November 3. NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform an award-winning original production entitled I’ve Got A Little Twist, showcasing the enduring legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in musical theatre, Thursday, February 20; and the Raleigh Ringers will close out the season on Sunday, May 3, with dazzling and unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music. We would like to encourage everyone to come out to support music education and music preservation by attending each of these outstanding live performances!
“I hope the community enjoys our diverse lineup of artists and performances scheduled during the Theatre’s 2019-2020 Passport to Entertainment season,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Celebrating our 44th year of operations, our focus continues to be on providing every supporter with an exceptional entertainment experience.” For tickets and information, please call the High Point Theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 12 noon–5 PM) or visit our website at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.