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At The Smith Center in September: ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Carol Burnett, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and Alan Alda


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The Wizard of Oz” is part of the Broadway Season 2 lineup at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas.

'The Symphonic Rock Show' at Smith Center

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Mel and Steve Torme

September’s stars appearing at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown’s Symphony Park include legendary comedienne Carol Burnett and six-time Emmy Award winner Alan Alda. I’ve learned the celebrated and eclectic lineup ahead of patrons being notified this weekend, and the diverse roster also features a high-energy rock show and the grit and glamour of two veteran country singers.

Tickets for the September shows go on sale July 19 at The Smith Center box office. Hometown hero Brody Dolyniuk kicks it off Sept. 6 with his return collision of rock and classical music in “Symphonic Rock Show” featuring his former band Yellow Brick Road and 25 of the finest Las Vegas orchestral musicians. It’s a two-hour multimedia trip with laser lighting effects through the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen.

High-heeled country legends Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan bring flair and style to their country format Sept. 7. The much-anticipated “The Wizard of Oz” runs Sept. 10-15 and is followed by the ballet, art and dance show of Trey McIntyre Project. Clarence Gilyard (“Matlock,” “Walker, Texas Ranger”) headlines the 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy” on Sept. 22.

Actor, writer and director Alan Alda, aka Hawkeye Pierce on MASH, talks of surviving a near-death experience on a mountaintop in Chile that made him want to squeeze as much as he could out of his second chance at life. It’s turned into a humorous look at the meaning of his life, and his “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself” is part of the Audi Speakers Series on Sept. 24.

Legendary comedienne Carol Burnett wants audiences for her Sept. 29 “Laughter and Reflections” to bring questions for her impromptu interactive evening. “I never know what anybody is going to say, do or ask. I love that spontaneity.”

Our beloved resident headliner Clint Holmes is at Cabaret Jazz from Sept. 6-8, which also plays host to nine-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval, Tony Award winner Tommy Tune and jazz vocalist Steve March Torme, the son of legendary Mel ”Velvet Fog” Torme, who died in 1999 after decades of Las Vegas appearances.

We posted the new Smith Center Broadway season of 10 shows on Feb. 4 with my exclusive Q+A with Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin. It kicks off Aug. 7 for five nights with eight-time Tony winner “Les Miserables” and ends June 10 with nine-time Tony winner “The Book of Mormon.”

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