LIMA — The Veterans Memorial Civic Center Foundation revealed its 2019-2020 season acts Tuesday night in Crouse Performance Hall.
The greatest crowd reactions came when it was announced Broadway’s “Waitress” will grace the Civic Center stage next season, as well as returning performers The Choir of Man.
Along with “Waitress,” the other Broadway shows next season will include “Riverdance,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “The Color Purple,” and “Blue Man Group.”
Civic Center Chief Executive Officer Abe Ambroza said the Broadway shows are always the beacons of the season, and this year is no exception.
“‘Beautiful’ is really hard to get, so we’re very proud to have that,” he said. “To add that to the roundup of ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘Waitress’ and ‘Blue Man Group,’ we’re able to offer a really broad spectrum.”
The Choir of Man will be part of the Civic Center’s round of holiday performances, along with “The Illusionist,” a show featuring the magic of the holidays, as well as Christmas-inspired compositions from the Mannheim Steamroller and Celtic Angels Christmas. Jackie Evancho, a former contestant on the show “America’s Got Talent” will also join the lineup.
The comedy performance will be recognizable to any “Whose Line is it Anyway” fans as Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood perform the Colin and Brad Show: Scared Scriptless.
The foundation also brings a country and rock artist to the area each season.
This year’s rock artist will be Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out, performing the band’s early hits and never-before-seen performances. The country artist will be Scottie McCreary, season 10 winner of “American Idol” who has gone on to top country charts.
The children’s shows will include Mutts Gone Nuts, a comedy dog spectacular, and the Cirque du Soleil-inspired Underwater Bubble Show, which will include lights, acrobatics, magic and much more. Also for families will be the show Wild World of Animals, which will include 16 special guests, including leopards, monkeys. lemurs, scorpions and snapping turtles with their handlers.
The foundation also announced the Marilyn Collmer Award to honor those in the Lima community who work to promote the arts and exemplifies partnership to ArtSpace/Lima Executive Director Sally Windle.
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