VAN WERT — This weekend’s entertainment variety features those new to the performance stage and those who have been there for more than 20 years.
Jim Brickman and Melissa Manchester — Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Two Grammy-nominated performers will share the Niswonger stage this weekend.
Songwriter and piano soloist Jim Brickman will open the performance. The two-time Grammy-nominated artist has accumulated 21 No. 1 albums and 32 Top 20 radio singles including “Valentine,” “I’m Amazed” and “The Gift.”
Following Brickman, contemporary singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester will take the stage. Manchester’s career has spanned 21 albums including “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Midnight Blue,” which all appeared in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Her repertoire includes the albums “Tribute and “The Fellas,” which pay homage to the great male and female voices that inspired her.
Her first Grammy nomination came in 1979 for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” She went on to win the award four years later with “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” She has had her songs recorded by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins and more. Manchester’s songs have also appeared in a few movies including “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Lady and the Tramp II,” “Dirty Girl” and Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” proving her versatility.
“Loot” — Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Students from Ohio Northern University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts will present this farce detailing young friends Hal and Dennis as they hide their stash from a bank robbery in an occupied coffin. The two must keep their secret from a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.
Nic Hayman, a senior theatre major from Westerville, and Zachary Ryan, a freshman musical theatre and mechanical engineering double-major from Westerville, lead the cast. They are joined by ONU students Samuel Heininger, Rebecca Short, Taran Beasley and Devin Sugerik.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.