On sale to State Theatre Members Wednesday, August 3 (Box Office window at 453 Northampton Street opens at 6 AM; Online Ticketing and Phone lines open at Noon). Tickets will go on sale to the Public August 17 at 10 AM. Limit 10 tickets per Member per performance during Members Only sales. Membership to the Non-Profit State Theatre starts at $75, lasts one year and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Friday, February 24 7 PM
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Sponsored by Hotel Bethlehem and Strahman Valves. Part of Butz Celebrates Broadway Series; Family Series sponsored by Capital BlueCross
BACK TO THE FUTURE with CHRISTOPHER LLOYD
Storytelling plus the classic movie on the big screen!
Saturday, February 25 7 PM
Great Scott! It’s the event that will be generating 1.21 gigawatts of power as Christopher Lloyd (“Dr. Emmett Brown”) takes the stage in this electrifying live event! “Doc Brown” himself will rev up the excitement to 88 MPH as he shares hilarious and revealing behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the film, his experience working with Michael J. Fox and Steven Spielberg, and much more. Before asking your questions, enjoy the thrill of quoting all your favorite lines from “Marty McFly,” “Doc,” “Biff” and more as the original Back to the Future plays on the big screen!
$125 (VIP seating and Meet & Greet)/ $45/$40
Sponsored by RCN and lehighvalleylive.com + The Express-Times
A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER with CHRIS COLLINS & BOULDER CANYON
Friday, March 3 7 PM
The award-winning Chris Collins andBoulderCanyonpresent a tribute to the music and legacy of John Denver. Hailed as the nation’s most exciting John Denver tribute band with a show that has been receiving much acclaim from audiences all over the country, Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon perform all your favorite John Denver songs including, “Annie's Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and
many more. $30/$25
THE FIVE IRISH TENORS
Friday, March 10 7:30 PM
A sensational program of the most famously beloved Irish songs, fusing Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style, in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti. This distinctive program includes: “Toora – Loora – Looral”; “My Wild Irish Rose”; “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”; “As She Moved Through the Fair”; and the glorious “Danny Boy”. This concert project is the first tour ever in North America of Ireland’s popular ensemble, and has been specifically recreated for theUnited StatesandCanada.
$45/$40 Sponsored by Lutron, The Morning Call and WDIY 88.1 FM
THE FAB FAUX
featuring the Crème Tangerine Strings & Hogshead Horns
Saturday, March 11 8:00 PM
The most musically satisfying Beatles’ tribute band returns with a glorious hodgepodge of Beatles’ Favorites! With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire,
The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs. Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. “the greatest Beatles cover band…without the wigs” – Rolling Stone Magazine
$110 (VIP seating with Post Show Meet & Greet)/$60/$50
Sponsored by Lafayette Ambassador Bank, EnTrust and lehighvalleylive.com + The Express-Times
RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS
It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock!
Special guest Liberty High School Grenadier Bagpipers
Friday, March 24 7:30 PM
Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers signature 'Bagrock' sound is a unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres like “The Flowers of Scotland” and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) -- and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, and a fantastic rock medley of Deep Purple’s, “Smoke on the Water”and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”.The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', ‘Amazing Grace’ and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', ‘Amazing Grace’ and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', ‘Amazing Grace’ and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! "These are my boys!" - Sir Paul McCartney $37 Sponsored by The Morning Call
Sunday, March 26, 2017 2 PM & 7:30 PM
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song." Join us... for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.
$65/$59 Sponsored by B104 and Bazzini; Part of Butz Celebrates Broadway Series
ONCE The Musical
Wednesday March 29 & Thursday, March 30 8 PM
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
$66/$59 Sponsored by Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and B104; Part of Butz Celebrates Broadway Series
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM
By Vicki Quade and Marypat Dononvan
Saturday, April 1 7:30 PM
A special return appearance by Sister on the main stage! Now in its 22nd year, Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back - sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully- to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school!
$35/$30 $45 VIP Teacher’s Pet Seating and Meet & Greet Sponsored by WAEB AM 790
Saturday, April 8 7 PM
Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three time Grammy winning album, The River & the Thread, 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. Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one.
$49/$39 Sponsored by The Martin Guitar Company and CAT Country 96
Thursday, April 13 7:30 PM
The iconic songstress returns to the State Theatre with all her greatest hits and tracks
from her latest album. Olivia Newton-John’s appeal is timeless, with such memorable songs as
“I Honestly Love You,” “Physical,” “Magic,” “Suddenly,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and soundtrack hits like “Hopeless Devoted To You,” “You’re The One That I Want” and “Xanadu.”
21st Annual ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH
Starring Mike Albert, Scot Bruce and the Big E Band
Saturday, April 15 7 PM
For two decades the world’s top Elvis entertainers have joined forces for the Premier Elvis Bash! Celebrate the State Theatre's 21st annual rockin’ Elvis Birthday Bash paying homage to the King of Rock 'N Roll with Scot Bruce as the young heartbreaker and Mike Albert as the seasoned "Vegas-style" Elvis. Backed by the fantastic Big "E" Band, they'll leave you screaming for more.
$41/$36 Sponsored by lehighvalleylive.com + The Express-Times and WAEB AM 790
Presented in partnership with PA Jazz in the Acopian Ballroom
Saturday, April 15 7:30 PM
Co-Op Bop has been performing together for over six decades and have built an extensive library of original compositions and arrangements of American standards. Four of the six members of Co-op Bop have been honored as PA Jazz Artist of the Year. Their recent CD released by Minsi Ridge records, has been garnering rave reviews and a tour of Europe is in the works for the coming summer.
In keeping with their education mission, PAJAZZ produces their popular Jazz Idol program and presents their annual jazz awards every spring, including their most anticipated award, Artist of the Year, honoring a prominent regional jazz artist that best exemplifies excellence in jazz performance and education.
$21 Benefits the FREDDY Awards Program
Friday, April 21 7:30 PM
Fast-paced and action-packed, HYPNOHYPE is a high-energy, comedy hypnosis show. Hilariously written by COLIN MOCHRIE (from Whose Line is it Anyway?), the show stars Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci, whose jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide. He has performed in front of over 1.5 million people live and millions more through mass media. You might have seen Mecci on Entertainment Tonight, MTV,” and HGTV – and now live! The most spectacular show you will never remember!
Sponsored by The Morning Call
The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration
with special guest Nicholas Payton
Saturday, April 22 7:30 PM
The New York Times has said Grammy Award winning jazz and pop vocalist Jane Monheit has been blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty.” On her 10th album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of herself. In 200, Jane released her stunning debut album, Never Never Land, which was voted Best Recording Debut by the Jazz Journalists Association and stayed on the Billboard jazz chart for a year. $35/$29 Sponsored by WDIY 88.1 FM
DANCING WITH THE LEHIGH VALLEY STARS
Local Stars TBD Proceeds benefit the FREDDY© Awards Program
Thursday, April 27 7 PM
For the third year, just like the TV hit, Dancing with the Stars, we will partner up 6 Lehigh Valley “celebrities” with professional dancers from Utah Ballroom Dance Company! Your favorite local star will be dressed up in glitzy costumes performing their routines and YOU will help pick the winner with your vote the night of the show! Part 2 of the show features the professional dancers in action until the winner of the famous Mirror Ball is announced at the end of the show! Your ticket helps support the non-profit FREDDY© Awards program, so come out and support your favorite celebrity.
$30/ $15 (student) Sponsored by 69 WFMZ-TV
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
Saturday, May 6 1 PM & 4 PM
Get ready for the ultimate playdate - 65 million years in the making - as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historicAustralia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide - but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical ofSydney,Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.
$25/$18 VIP $40 Premium seating, pre-show meet & greet, merch item
Sponsored by 100.7 WLEV, 69 WFMZ-TV andB104
Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.
2017 FREDDY © Awards
Thursday, May 25 7 PM
The State Theatre presents the 15th Annual FREDDY© Awards to recognize and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools of theLehighValleyand Warren County, New Jersey. Broadcast live on 69 WFMZ-TV. Tickets made available to participating schools after Nominations are announced. For more information visit freddyawards.org
Wednesday, July 12 & Thursday, July 13 7:30 PM
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!
Sponsored by RCN, M&T Bank, The Morning Call, and WLEV. Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series and the Bazzini Supports the Arts Series.
COLIN MOCHRIE & BRAD SHERWOOD
The Scared Scriptless Tour
Saturday, Nov 18 8 PM
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin & Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Learn more at colinandbradshow.com.
$47/$42 Sponsored by 999 The Hawk