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Theatre at the Center announces 2018 Special Events

Performances announced in time for holiday gift-giving

2018 Special Events
Angela Ingersoll pays tribute to the legendary Judy Garland for two performances in April 2018 at Theatre at the Center in Munster as part of a new three-concert Artist Lounge program series which also includes a salute to Bobby Darin in June and Nat King Cole in December 2018. (Photo: Amy Boyle Photography)
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MUNSTER, Ind. (November 2017) – Theatre at the Center (TATC) has added all-new Special Events to the stage schedule in 2018. In addition to the season’s five Broadway titles, the new group of concerts and headline entertainment includes tribute performances from the acclaimed Artist’s Lounge series:

  • Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine in April
  • DARIN: Bobby’s Biggest Hits in June
  • Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole on December 31

An Artist’s Lounge three-show package is available for $100.

“We salute our friends at Star Plaza for an incredible 38-year run of offering great entertainment to the region. Now Theatre at the Center has expanded our stage entertainment offerings for audiences of all ages,” said Richard Friedman, general manager at Theatre at the Center.

The Theatre at the Center is intentionally increasing the variety of events as part of their ongoing commitment to gratify returning audiences as well as attract new patrons to Theatre at the Center. “In everything we do, we strive to offer captivating performers, in an intimate setting, at an affordable price,” said Friedman.

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2018 Special EventsSwitchback (March 4 at 7:00pm) is back at TATC by popular demand just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Their music is a blend of American roots and Celtic soul. Tickets are $30, subscribers $25, students $15. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $21 plus tax and a Cash Bar are also available.

2018 Special EventsThe Neverly Brothers (April 6 at 7:30pm) returns to the TATC stage for a third performance with their rock ‘n roll tribute from Elvis to the Beatles. They will take guests on a “musical tour” of 1955 to 1965, paying tribute to the pioneers of rock ‘n roll. Tickets are $25, subscribers $20. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsJudy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, starring Angela Ingersoll (April 7 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm) has Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) capturing the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. Ingersoll, with her swinging band, soars in this loving homage with iconic songs that include “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” and “The Man That Got Away.” Tickets are $45, subscribers $40, students $20. Dinner is $21 plus tax, and a Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsPurdue Varsity Glee Club (May 8 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm) is an annual favorite at TATC. This dynamic musical troupe includes gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, barbershop, folk melodies, patriotic standards, familiar opera choruses, country songs, and novelty tunes—all in pitch-perfect harmony. Tickets are $40. Lunch is $21 plus tax. Dinner is $30 plus tax. A Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsDARIN: Bobby’s Biggest Hits, starring Christopher Kale Jones (June 16 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm) embodies the dazzling versatility of Bobby Darin, recounting a life lived in the spotlight and lost too soon. Songs include “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife,” and “Beyond the Sea.” Tickets are $45, subscribers $40, students $20. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsWayne Baker Brooks (August 17 at 7:30pm), born and raised in Chicago, is a prolific blues legend and considered one of today’s top guitarists. His signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage and expands the boundaries of the genre. Tickets are $30, subscribers $25. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsShining Star: A Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire’s 40th Anniversary (August 24 at 7:30pm) features 11 talented vocalists and musicians who harmoniously join forces to celebrate the four decades of success and popularity of R&B’s first super crossover group of the 60s and 70s. Tickets are $30, subscribers $25. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsTodd Oliver (August 25 at 7:30pm), a comedic ventriloquist, is appearing at TATC straight from America’s Got Talent for one night only. This is an all-ages show and includes humor, audience participation, and Todd’s very own talking dog, Irving! David Letterman proclaimed that Todd Oliver is “one of the top five ventriloquists in the world.” Tickets are $35, subscribers $30, students $20. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsLate Nite Catechism (October 21 at 2:30 pm) has been described as “Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett.” Part catechism class and part stand-up routine for family fun, it’s an interactive comedy and one of the longest-running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history. The audience is part of Sister’s strictly fun class. She takes audiences back to the days of the Latin Mass and meatless Fridays, and she warns about the times when misbehaving meant a ruler across the knuckles. Tickets are $35, subscribers $30. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsThe Trouble Notes (October 26 at 7:30pm) has Munster native Bennet Cerven and his international musical group teamed as the wildly popular band known across the U.S. and Europe, having played more than 400 shows in 15 countries. Their gypsy/street music vibe connects music lovers with styles new and old. Tickets are $25, subscribers $20. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsAmerican English: Introducing the Beatles & Beatles Hits (December 28 at 7:30pm) and Revolver & Beatles Hits (December 29 at 7:30pm) boasts precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, to magically create a Beatles Tribute that transports the audience to an experience that feels like an original Beatles show. Tickets are $35, subscribers $30, students $20. The two-show package is $50. Cash Bar is available.

2018 Special EventsUnforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole, starring Evan Tyrone Martin (December 31 at 6:00pm and 10:00pm) brings the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole to life in a New Year’s Eve celebration with TATC audiences. Chicago Tribune calls Martin “destined for Stardom…one of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre.” Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey, from his upbringing in a Chicago church, to the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “Smile.” Tickets are $45, subscribers $40. Dinner is $30 plus tax. Cash Bar is available.

Ticket information

To purchase individual tickets, call the Theatre at the Center Box Office at 219-836-3255 or at 800-511-1552. Gift certificates are available. For information about group discounts available for select shows for groups of 11 or more, call 219-836-3258.

About Theatre at the Center

Founded in 1991, the 410-seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home in The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown-caliber performances in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking.


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