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World’s Greatest Magic Show Coming to Memorial Auditorium

MAGIC_SHOW_LOGO_MM On November 13th and 14th the World’s Greatest Magic Show (Warning: music) will be hitting Memorial Auditorium. The show’s official website states that kids 12 and under are admitted free with a parent.


The Marriage Counselor Coming to RBC

marriagecounselorTyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor will be coming to the RBC Center on October 28. Tickets are on sale now.


Carolina Ballet Tickets Available

carolinaballet One of Raleigh’s under-appreciated assets is the Carolina Ballet. Their season begins soon, and tickets for several events recently went on sale.

Other events in the season are


Gallagher Takes Stage Tonight

gallagher The three night run for Gallagher begins tonight at Charlie Goodnights. The late shows Friday and Saturday will feature the sledge-o-matic, so bring your tarps. Tickets are available through ticketbiscuit.com


Wild Ocean 3D Opens Friday

wildocean Wild Ocean 3D is opening this Friday at the IMAX Theatre. It’s an action-packed documentary exploring the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem. The film highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa and set to the rhythm of the local people, Wild Ocean reveals the economic and cultural impact of the ocean while celebrating the communal efforts to protect our invaluable marine resources.

While Wild Ocean explores the causes and effects of man’s impact, it is an inspirational film looking toward a bright future, taking audiences to a rare unspoiled marine wilderness to glimpse what the oceans of the world once looked like. The film champions the creation of marine reserves necessary to bring our oceans back to life. South Africa currently leads the way in this effort.

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Mannheim Steamroller Coming to Memorial Auditorium

Mannheim_xmas The already-busy December season for the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts just got tighter. Christmas tour for Mannheim Steamroller will hit Memorial Auditorium on December 1. Tickets are $44-$86 and are available through Ticketmaster.


WCPSS’ "A Chorus Line" Coming To Memorial Auditorium

a_chorus_line The Wake County Public School system’s School-To-Career program will present the musical “A Chorus Line” for four shows on September 12 and 13 in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.

The show is being directed by Terrence Mann, who actually played Larry in the 1985 movie version of the show. In addition to his heavy involvement with North Carolina Theatre, you also may remember Mann for his Tony Best Actor nominations for his work in “Les Miserables” and “Beauty and the Beast” in New York.

The School-to-Career program is a system-wide effort to blend relevant “real world” experience with the classroom curriculum. It’s a collaborative effort between teachers, administrators, students, parents, and business people. For more information on the program, see their website.

Tickets for the shows are available through Ticketmaster.


Get Discounts for "Peter Pan" Starring Ira David Wood

peterpan Peter Pan will soon fly into Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium as part of North Carolina Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season. The production stars Ira David Wood (of “A Christmas Carol” fame) as “Hook” and runs from July 12-20.

Tickets are still available thru Ticketmaster, but gogoraleigh readers can get 20% off by using this form (Word File).

Seeing Wood is always a special opportunity, and this production, I’ve hear, is no exception.


Lauren Kennedy Heads Back To Broadway in "Vanities"

image Casting has been announced for “Vanities, A New Musical” by Jack Heifner, and Lauren Kennedy will be starring as Mary. The production will first be presented by Pasadena Playhouse August 22 through September 28, 2008 (opening August 29) prior to heading to a yet-to-be-announced Broadway theater.

Based on the hit 1976 comedy (that ran for 1,785 performances Off-Broadway) “Vanities” is a “funny, sexy and poignant look at the journey of three All-American girls as they mature from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to independent women.  Spanning the turbulent ’60s through the late ’80s, Vanities celebrates the lives and loves of three best friends caught up in rapidly changing times.” Vanities, A New Musical, was originally produced at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in the summer of 2006.  It earned two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Musical Production and Best Original Score, and was also showcased at the 2006 National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals.

Lauren Kennedy (Mary) has most recently appeared on Broadway as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Past credits include Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show as Daisy Hilton, and Les Miserables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at New York City Opera. London: Trevor Nunn‘s revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at The Royal National Theatre.  Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.  Most recently she starred in pre-Broadway tryout of Lone Star Love with The Red Clay Ramblers. Other new works and premieres:  Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn‘s Waiting For The Moon (LENAPE, Barrymore Award Nom. for Best Actress), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Nom. for Best Actress), White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany’s (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS) and The Last Five Years (Northlight).  National Tour:  Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaeffer. Both her new album Here And Now and her debut album Lauren Kennedy Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have both received rave reviews and are available on PS Classics.


Broadway Series South Announces New Season

Recently the Broadway Series South theater group announced its 6-show season. All productions occur in the Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are thru Ticketmaster.


Downtown Amphitheater Under The Big Top

Tent_night The block that has been long-occupied by Sir Walter Chevrolet (map it) is slated for long term convention center expansion. The plan is for the main convention hall space to expand under McDowell Street into the future expansion space. The block is currently being used as a staging area for convention center construction, but medium range plans call for a downtown amphitheater.

Opening in May of 2009, the 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater is planned to feature nearly 50 shows. About half of those will be booked by Live Nation (the company that books and operates Walnut Creek Amphitheater).

Tent_stage The amphitheater will be mostly covered by a tent structure’s with a rich history. It was originally used in Boston until it was replaced by a more permanent structure and sent to Denver. Live Nation bought the structure and is giving it to Raleigh. We just have to replace the fabric canopy and erect it ourselves. It’s a win/win situation and excellent example of successful recycling. 

Does anyone have any proposals for a name for this facility?



Yamaguchi Wins "Dancing"

image Raleigh resident Kristi Yamaguchi was the winner of this year’s Dancing With The Stars TV series on ABC. She was the overwhelming odds-on favorite to win it all this year, and consistently surpassed expectations each week. In the season finale Monday night, Yamaguchi and partner Mark Ballas performed and incredibly difficult cha cha routine, and executed it masterfully.

Yamaguchi is married to Carolina Hurricane defenseman Bret Hedican, who is currently contemplating retirement. It is assumed that the family will return to Florida once Hedican retires to be closer to family.


Dave Attell Coming to Goodnights

image Charlie Goodnights will host Dave Attell on July 18 and 19 for 4 shows only. Tickets are on sale now.

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