The Webb Center has announced the 2013-2014 Season line-up and tickets go on sale to members of the support organization, the Encore Society, on Monday, August 5.
The season will open on Sunday, November 3 with special fundraising concert featuring Rex Allen Jr. and the Diamond W Wranglers. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Historic Saguaro Theater. Also in November, the Webb Center is hosting the first annual Find Your Center Gala, a fundraising dinner and performance from classical pianist Alpin Hong.
“This season features a variety of genres so everyone can find a show to enjoy,” stated Cathy Weiss, Executive Director of the Webb Center. “We are thrilled to be presenting artistic performances such as actor Ed Asner portraying FDR in a one-man play; legendary folksinger Judy Collins; and The Dunwells, a new British band blending English rock with American roots music.”
Broadway fans will be delighted by the return of The Ten Tenors, now on a world tour performing an unparalleled repertoire of Broadway’s greatest hits, contemporary music and opera. Also returning are the Three Redneck Tenors with new music and the same down-home charm to kick off the Gold Rush celebration in February.
Country music fans will enjoy the Top 10 hits from the 1990s by honky-tonker Mark Chesnutt; contemporary country from Nashville superstar Pam Tillis; and a solo acoustic show from former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune. In March, The Del McCoury Band will take to the stage for a night of world-class traditional bluegrass.
Comedy this season features two alumni of Saturday Night Live: Jim Belushi and crew bring a completely improvised show to the stage; and Jim Breuer’s stand-up focuses on married life with kids. For political satire, don’t miss pianist Mark Russell with razor sharp observations and songs from the day’s biggest headlines.
Holiday shows include A Leahy Family Christmas, a whirlwind of eight siblings in two performances of fiddle-driven music, dance, and vocals; and later in December celebrate the season New Orleans-style with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas.
Those who prefer standards, classical or big band tunes will enjoy the Phoenix Symphony’s evening of beloved Rogers & Hammerstein melodies; the multi-talented The Five Brown’s on five Steinway pianos; The Glenn Miller Orchestra playing the golden era of swing; and The Hal Linden Septet, featuring big band hits and jazz. Fresh off their PBS special, Under the Streetlamp brings to life a variety of classic doo-wop, Motown and old rock ’n’ roll hits.
Dance this season takes the form of two very different performances. Direct from Japan, TAO returns to the United States with their new show, Phoenix Rising, where explosive Taiko drumming meets innovative choreography. In March, world-renowned dance company Pilobolus will combine gymnastics with gravity-defying works of extreme balance and contortion.
Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to join the Encore Society or for more information on member benefits. Membership begins at $50 and permits early ticket buying opportunities before tickets go sale to the general public in September. Keep watching www.dewpac.org for a full schedule of events, information on artists, and to watch video previews.