This is a new era for Blue Man Group, which is now owned by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. This means six 18-wheel trucks will bring the “Speechless” tour that will mark fresh take with new and original compositions and unexpected situations.
The season will open Oct. 19 with multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, performing songs from their latest albums and classics. Adkins said she was able to work out a date into the artists’ incredibly busy schedules.
“The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston” is another production Adkins knew she wanted, booking it for Feb. 15, saying it was eerie how much singer Belinda Davids sounded like Houston. The production is full-blown with dancers, back-up singers and a band.
Other new shows include the comedy fun of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live (Nov. 14), Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (Jan. 31) and award-winning Irish quintet Goitse (March 14).
No season would be complete without a national Broadway tour and the menu has the Tony-nominated musical “Waitress” on April 2.
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Two popular acts return including Choir of Man on Feb. 29, the group of nine performers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who turn their concerts into a party. Adkins said the reception to the 2018 performance went beyond expectations.
“I brought back Choir of Man because in my 22 years of booking shows, I have never received so much positive feedback after a performance. We have a Clark State trustee who shared with me that Choir of Man was the best show he’s seen in the 25 years of the Performing Arts Center,” said Adkins. “It’s a truly special show you have to experience for yourself.”
Playing a fifth consecutive season at the Kuss will be The Illusionists on Nov. 26, this time with a seasonal theme, “The Magic of the Holidays.”
The season will be rounded out with “The Nature of Forgetting,” a theatrical production with original music on dealing with dementia on Nov. 1 and conclude on May 1 with the Celebration of the Performing Arts Center.
Adkins teased she has at least two other big shows including one with a major headliner to be announced this fall.
For tickets or for more information, go to http://pac.clarkstate.edu/ or call 937-328-3874.