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Blumenthal Performing Arts marks 25th anniversary
'Hamilton', 'Phantom' part of silver season
Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:25 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts lineup.

After 25 years, Blumenthal Performing Arts hasn’t stopped dreaming.

To kick off their silver anniversary season, “Celebrating Big Dreams” heads to Belk Theater on Nov. 14.

Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the original Broadway production of “Hamilton,” arrives shortly after the show’s departure Oct. 10-Nov. 4 at Belk Theater. In addition to Odom, “Celebrating Big Dreams” has a lineup of former Blumey Award winners. The collaboration will feature everything from jazz to pop music, as well as selections from Broadway, as the evening recalls 25 years of theatrical dreams.

“This evening kicks off a year-long party to celebrate the dream of building a performing arts center and all the remarkable dreams realized in our first 25 years,” Blumenthal President/CEO Tom Gabbard said.  “We look forward to working with Leslie Odom Jr., who will headline a remarkable evening of entertainment.”

Blumenthal will host free open houses at Belk Theater on Aug. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 3-5 p.m. Theater-goers can browse seat options before the 2018 season kicks off with the Encore Series, which includes shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” Jan. 17-28, “The Book of Mormon” July 24-29 and “The Lion King” Aug. 22-Sept. 9. In addition to backstage tours, open house attendees can register for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Encore Series season, which includes opening night seats for all five shows, as well as invitations to opening night cast parties.

“We have the biggest and best lineup of shows in our history coming to our iconic Belk Theater over the course of the next year and we look forward to celebrating with the whole community,” Gabbard said. “These free open houses are a great way for all patrons to truly get to know Charlotte’s premiere spot for touring Broadway.”


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