After a successful 2011-2012 season of performances that included Kevin Costner & Modern West thrilling a sold-out audience, the legendary vocals of 10-time Grammy Winners The Manhattan Transfer and the undeniable energy of critically-acclaimed Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster, the historic Park Theatre looks to continue its momentum as one of Rhode Island’s premier performing arts centers. The theatre has announced its lineup for the 2012-2013 season along with a special Flex Ticket program. Tickets for all of the shows are currently on sale.
Since reopening in late 2009 following more than $10 million in renovations, the revitalized Park Theatre has worked to establish itself as a premier venue for live performances by securing first-class shows. And, with the announcement of the upcoming season’s schedule, patrons have plenty to look forward to.
“The past year was a successful one for the Park Theatre as we hosted some tremendous shows and received wonderful feedback from the community,” said Piyush Patel, owner of the theatre. “Looking ahead to our new season, I couldn’t be more excited about the shows and performers we’re bringing to Rhode Island. Not only does our lineup offer something for everyone, we’re pleased to give our patrons a special Flex Ticket Program that will make it even more affordable to enjoy our world class facility.”
The Park Theatre’s 2012-2013 season features a wide variety of live musical performances including jazz, classical, blues and rock along with internationally-acclaimed dance acts, comedy, family events and more. On Friday, Oct. 19, Drumline Live will march into the Park with its explosive energy, athleticism and mix of eclectic sounds. Created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit move Drumline, the show promises to be a thrilling spectacle as it brings show-style marching bands to the theatrical stage.
One of the biggest shows of the season set to grace the Park’s historic stage, Buddy Guy, the living legend of blues, will perform on Saturday, Oct. 27. Considered the pioneer of American blues, Buddy Guy has influenced some of the most notable musicians of his generation including Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rolling Stone” magazine lists Buddy Guy 13th on its list of the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Continuing with its commitment to bring world-renowned, culturally-diverse shows to the community, the Park Theatre will welcome the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday, Nov. 8. Acclaimed in China and across the globe for the unique acts in their program, Cirque Chinois is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in the world. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Vienna Boys Choir, considered to be the best choir in the world, will delight its audience with their breathtaking mix of trebles and altos – just in time for the holidays.
The current schedule of shows for the Park Theatre’s 2012-2013 season are as follows:
Friday, Oct. 12: Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of America (abridged)
Friday, Oct. 19: Drumline Live!
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buddy Guy “The Living Legend of Blues”
Thursday, Nov. 8: National Circus of the People’s Republic of China “Cirque Chinois”
Sunday, Nov. 18: Dr. John & the Lower 911 & Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday, Dec. 6: Vienna Boys Choir
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Paco Peña & Flemenco Vivo
Sunday, Jan. 27: Live at Birdland
Saturday, March 9: Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, March 17: Celtic Nights – Journey of Hope (St. Patrick’s Day Performance)
Thursday, April 13: Russian National Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, April 27: Momix: Botanica
Members of the community are encouraged to continue checking the Park Theatre’s website, www.ParkTheatreRI.com, for additional shows being added.
As part of its dedication to making the performing arts accessible to the entire community, Park Theatre is offering a special Flex Ticket Program for the upcoming season. Patrons who purchase tickets to five shows or more will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase. All of the shows currently scheduled for the 2012-2013 season, as well as those which will be added shortly, are eligible for the Flex Program. Individuals interested in taking advantage of the special Flex Ticket Program must do so by Aug. 31.
Tickets to upcoming 2012-2013 season performances are currently on sale. You may purchase tickets through the Theatre’s secure website www.ParkTheatreRI.com or by calling the Box Office at 467-7275. The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Ave., Cranston.
Built in 1924, the Park Theatre served as a cultural landmark for nearly eight decades until its closing in 2002. Following seven years and nearly $10 million in renovations, the Park Theatre has been reborn as Rhode Island’s newest theatre and performing arts center. As a fully-equipped, state of the art multi-purpose facility, the Park Theatre features concerts, comedy, theatrical performances, opera, dance recitals, children’s and family shows, and more. Through its extensive renovations, the Park Theatre boasts a larger, deeper stage and 1,000 plush seats that feature significantly more legroom between rows than most theatres. The facility also includes the Stage Door Restaurant and Lounge, a pre-show destination that offers a unique environment for guests to indulge in gourmet dinners, appetizer offerings and cocktails before a performance. Free parking is available for all events behind City Hall with professional valet service. For more information visit www.ParkTheatreRI.com.