“The Wizard of Oz” is part of the Broadway Season 2 lineup at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 2:06 p.m.
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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Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances by resident companies and touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, which includes a main performance area with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, entertain and excite community members.
To provide and preserve a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.
To entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the southern Nevada community.
Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated founders, members, donors and community partners, The Smith Center continues to provide a wide variety of services for Southern Nevada residents, including access to world-class performances, inspirational Education and Outreach programs for students and teachers, and a unique space to host events, meetings and special occasions. Celebrating our fifth season, we depend upon public support to fulfill our mission and serve as the Heart of the Arts® for many years to come.
With ticket sales covering just 75 percent of our operating budget for each season, the remaining 25 percent comes from the community we serve. Philanthropic support at all levels helps provide programming that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. By giving to The Smith Center, you play a vital role in providing an important resource for our community.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and play a direct role with your community’s performing arts complex. Volunteers engage with staff and patrons to enhance experiences at The Smith Center, and can serve in various capacities including tour guide/docent, usher, security team member or community ambassador. As important members of The Smith Center team, volunteers help us remain financially sustainable and provide numerous services for the community. Please show your support for The Smith Center’s mission by gifting your time and unique skills.
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The Encore Society recognizes those generous donors who have included The Smith Center as a part of their estate plan. Corporate Sponsorship is available to companies to underwrite all, or part, of a program, performance or event.
Fanfare! is The Smith Center’s young progressional networking organization, open to anyone with an interest in the performing arts who is between the ages of 21-40. And our Show Dedication allows for the celebration of an individual or special occasion with unique recognition opportunities during a specific performance.
The Smith Center provides world-class performing arts and outreach and education throughout the Southern Nevada region.
The organization originally formed in 1996 as the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center.
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