Only a Couple Weeks Left to Enjoy the Enchanting (and FREE) KY Shakespeare in the Park Festival

Overview: If you have not yet had the chance to do so, Shakespeare fans are encouraged to attend Louisville’s Central Park through Aug. 5 for the 58th season of the free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. This year, seven productions are being performed on the main stage, featuring the Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare, Louisville Improvisors, and the festival’s own Globe Players student troupe. Shows begin at 7 p.m. central time. Performances are free and no tickets are required to enter.
There is truly nothing like experiencing a professional Shakespeare production outdoors in the oldest Victorian-era preservation district in the US.  These professional productions for free to the public, and they also added amenities including a wireless microphone sound system, making the words accessible.There are new benches, restrooms, and they have added nightly food trucks, gift shop, and a full service bar. It all makes for an enjoyable summer evening with friends and family.

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Update on Condition of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Building Since June 13 Fire

For the last week, a significant amount of work on The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) has progressed to the point that KCA staff will be allowed to return to their offices on Monday, while work continues to resume performances as soon as possible, according to a press release from Commonwealth of Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.

“I want to commend my staff and contractors who are working tirelessly on clean-up efforts and getting mechanical and electrical systems up and running,” said Finance Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III. “We are still trying to determine a realistic timeframe for the overall restoration project, as well as phasing in different areas of the building as they become available.”

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Kentucky Opera Appoints Barbara Lynne Jamison as General Director

According to a press release, Kentucky Opera’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Barbara Lynne Jamison as its new General Director effective August 15, 2018. Jamison will be the sixth General Director in the company’s 67-year history and comes from the Seattle Opera, where she currently is Director of Programs and Partnerships and a member of the senior management team.

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Free Louisville Orchestra Patriotic Concert – Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 PM – Iroquois Amphitheater

Overview: The Louisville Orchestra has announced a Free Patriotic Concert courtesy of HARSHAW TRANE on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The concert will replace the originally scheduled July 7 & 8 performances of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert, that has been postponed to Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.

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Waitress: The Musical Cancelled Due to Fire Damage at the Kentucky Center

We are sad to share that PNC Broadway sent out a press release Tuesday night stating:
“Please be advised that we were notified by officials at The Kentucky Center that WAITRESS, originally scheduled to play The Kentucky Center June 26-July 1, must be cancelled due to recent fire damage within the venue.  All tickets purchased electronically will be automatically refunded to your credit card within 2-3 weeks. If your credit card is invalid, you will be issued a check refund within 4-6 weeks. All tickets paid with cash or check will be issued a check refund within 4-6 weeks. There is no need for you to do anything with your tickets. Your refund will be automatic.”

Leslie Broecker, President of PNC Broadway in Louisville, stated: ‘It’s regrettable that the presentation of WAITRESS must be cancelled, but safety is a priority.’

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The Comedy of Errors – June 5 – July 22 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview: “We came into the world like brother and brother, And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.” Kentucky Shakespeare presents the original situation comedy, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS directed by Matt Wallace at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. The Comedy of Errors is a zany farce full of physical comedy, mistaken identities, and hijinks galore.

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Henry IV, Part One – June 14 – July 22 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview: “The better part of valor is discretion.”  Kentucky Shakespeare presents the thrilling, funny, and moving history play HENRY IV, PART ONE at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Set in the politically unstable and violent world of 1400s England, the play explores honor, nobility, and power in our “Game of Kings” series.Amphitheater Opens at 6:30 with Food Trucks from the Louisville Food Truck Association, Will’s Tavern opens at 7:00 serving Brown-Forman, West Sixth and 502 Winery products, Pre-Show begins at 7:15 and the main stage production opens at 8:00. directed by Amy Attaway

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Kentucky to the World and Kentucky Center Presents “Life of an Olympian” – July 10 at 6:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: Imagine you’re on the world stage. People from around the globe are watching you, critiquing you and telling you who you should be without knowing who you truly are in the first place. You have the support of your country, but it’s contingent on your success. You’re not even 25 years old, and the pressure of the world is on your shoulders. How do you handle it? And what happens after you succeed?<

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Othello – June 28 – July 21 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview:  “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;  It is the green-ey’d monster.” Kentucky Shakespeare presents the classic and timeless tragedy of love, jealousy and deceit at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Set in a contemporary military world, the production stars Kentucky Shakespeare favorites Jon Huffman as Iago and Dathan Hooper as Othello. Amphitheater Opens at 6:30 with Food Trucks from the Louisville Food Truck Association, Will’s Tavern opens at 7:00 serving Brown-Forman, West Sixth and 502 Winery products, Pre-Show begins at 7:15 and the main stage production opens at 8:00. directed by Matt Wallace

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Miranda Sings LIVE…No Offense, with special guest Colleen Ballinger – July 28 at 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: Colleen Ballinger is an actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer. Best known for portraying her character “Miranda Sings,” Colleen has amassed more than 20 million followers across social media and 2 billion views on YouTube.
Ballinger can currently be seen portraying Miranda on the newly released second season of her Netflix original series, “HATERS BACK OFF,” as well as headlining her worldwide tour “Miranda Sings Live…You’re Welcome.”
Ballinger is the co-author of the New York Times #1 bestselling book Selp Helf, alongside her brother/producing partner Chris Ballinger. She regularly appears on “Live with Kelly & Ryan” and has served as a guest co-host on “The View,” as Colleen.

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Dan and Phil World Tour -August 2 at 8 PM – Iroquois Amphitheater

Overview: Dan and Phil present their new stage show – Interactive Introverts. Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories …and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and puts the audience in control unlike anything before! There will be a store offering exciting, exclusive tour merchandise available with a variety of products to celebrate and remember the show!

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The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present David Cross: Oh Come On – August 9 at 8 PM- Brown Theatre

 

Overview: Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.

David’s recent creative successes include writing and directing the indie film “Hits” (2014), creating “Mr. Show with Bob and David” for Netflix (2015), creating and starring in the third season of “Todd Margaret” (2016), and launching the inventive new series “Bliss” in the UK (2018).

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wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love – September 8 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: TRAE CROWDER (The Liberal Redneck), DREW MORGAN and COREY RYAN FORRESTER are stand-up comedy and writing partners hailing from Tennessee and Georgia. The trio have been touring nationally to over one hundred sold out clubs and theatres in support of their best-selling book, Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark (Simon & Schuster 2016). wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love, is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!). From Dixie With Love is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” – September 21-23 – Brown Theatre

Overview: Fairytale? Love Story? Multi-layered allegory? You decide! And remember…long before there was Harry Potter, there was Mozart’s incandescent Magic Flute! Into the woods we go with Prince Tamino and his pal. the irreverent bird-catcher Papageno. The Prince is searching for the perfect girl to marry, and happily, he finds her…but not before being saved from a dragon, outsmarting the duplicitous Queen of the Night, and proving himself worthy through an epic set of challenges set forth by the mysterious high priest Sarastro!

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Brian Regan – September 29 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian’s non-stop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America, visiting close to 100 cities each year. Brian premiered his seventh hour of comedy, the Netflix special, Brian Regan:Nunchucks And Flamethrowers, on November 21, 2017. This is the first special in a two-special deal with Netflix, joining Brian with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and others in multi-special deals with the leader in worldwide streaming. Brian’s second Netflix special is planned for release in 2019.

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A Doll’s House, Part 2 – October 2 – November 4 – Actors Theatre Victor Jory Theatre

Overview: Obie Award-winning playwright and Humana Festival alumnus Lucas Hnath’s work takes the stage in Louisville once again with A Doll’s House, Part 2, which imagines Nora’s return 15 years after the final, iconic moments of Henrik Ibsen’s seminal masterpiece A Doll’s House. In what The New Yorker called Hnath’s “strongest yet,” Nora and the Helmer family grapple with “the compromises we all make for comfort, and the faith required to make a change” (TheaterMania).

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