June 27--A bunch of Broadway musicals, the return of favorite rocking Christmas shows, a classic crooner, comedians, an iconic performer's daughter and more fill the 2013-14 season that was just announced for Easton's State Theatre.
Broadway shows among the 51 performances announced for the season include "Say Goodnight Gracie" on Oct. 18; "A Bronx Tale" on Jan. 18; "Million Dollar Quartet" on Jan. 22; "Hair" on Jan. 30; "Memphis" on Feb. 9; and "Rock of Ages" on March 23.
There also will be Broadway tributes including The Broadway Tenors on Oct. 11; Broadway Rox on Nov. 17; A Tribute to George Gershwin on Jan. 11; The Broadway Boys on Feb. 21; and Peter Nero's Broadway on June 14.
The State's season will kick off Sept. 21 with a previously announced show by comedian Wanda Sykes.
Other highlights include concerts by The Beach Boys on Sept. 26 and by 1970s soft-rock hitmakers Little River Band on Oct. 3.
Christmas shows include Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on Nov. 15; the 10th anniversary tour of Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks on Dec. 4; Jingle Babes! By Four Bitchin' Babes on Dec. 5; "The Wizards of Winter: A Trans Siberian Experience" on Dec. 8; "A Christmas Carol, The Musical" on Dec. 12; Moscow Ballet's Great Russian "Nutcracker" on Dec.14; and Jimmy Sturr's Christmas Show on Dec. 15.
Classic crooner Johnny Mathis will return March 26.
Comedy favorite Bobby Collins will perform on March 21; Lewis Black on Nov. 21 and 22; The Nobodies of Comedy Tour will return May 3; and Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will be back April 12.
Celebrity baker Buddy Valastro from the "Cake Boss" show on television's TLC Channel also will return to The State on Nov. 13 for an evening of cakes, stories and demonstrations in an interactive event.
Old-time rock will be back. A Night of Old Time Rock 'n' Roll, with Terry Johnson's Flamingos, Gene Chandler, The Heartbeats, Lenny Dell & The Demensions, Willie Winfield & The Harptones, and Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions will perform Oct. 19.
And a return engagement of 50's Dance Party: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper -- with John Mueller as Buddy Holly, and Big Bopper's son Jay P. Richardson Jr. playing his father -- will be Oct 26.
A March 1 performance by The Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux, with Will Lee from "The Late Show with David Letterman" and Jimmy Vivino of Conan O'Brien's house band, will be followed by a March 2 "Morning After" performance lecture and continental breakfast with drummer Rich Pagano and vocalist Frank Agnello.
Deana Martin, daughter of iconic Rat Pack entertainer Dean Martin, will pay homage to her father and Frank Sinatra, backed by a quartet on April 25. She even performs a duet with her father on screen.
Tickets for all shows, at $20 to $95, will go on sale to State Theatre members on Aug. 1. The box office, at 453 Northampton St., Easton, will open at 6 a.m. and online sales at http://www.statetheatre.org and phone sales at 800-999-STATE will start at noon.
There will be a six-ticket limit per member during members only sales. Memberships start at $75.
Tickets go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Aug. 15.
For a full list of the season's shows and ticket prices, go to themorningcall.com/lehighvalleymusic.
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