We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Since March 12, 2020 to be precise. That’s the date of the first state-wide “mass gathering ban” causing the cancellation of MCPA’s Youtheatre production of The Little Mermaid after months of hard work by elementary school students from across the county. Little did we know that it would be 555 days before our next Mainstage performance.
But here we are. MCPA survived, is still strong and we ready to welcome everyone back through the (very clean) doors and into the (thoroughly sanitized) Donnell Theater.
There are a few familiar names in the season lineup, shows that we’ve been waiting to bring you since last spring. We kick off on September 18, 2021 when The Official Blues Brothers Revue finally rolls into town. The other shows rescheduled from the abruptly aborted 2019/2020 season are: The Four Tops on October 21, 2021; The Texas Tenors on April 29, 2022 and William Close and The Earth Harp Collective on May 14, 2022.
Joining these postponed shows is a wide range of performances that pay tribute to beloved cultural icons, spread holiday cheer and represent American music as its best.
On October 9, 2021, Steely Van: A Steely Dan & Van Morrison Experience featuring The Brooklyn Charmers & Into The Mystic takes the stage to honor the music of two musical legends. And speaking of legends, the most awarded artist in bluegrass history, Del McCoury and his sons will amaze you on November 4, 2021 with their prowess on the guitar, banjo and mandolin and mastery of that famous high lonesome sound.
For Broadway lovers, the World of Musicals comes to Findlay on January 30, 2022. This revue features songs from classic musicals alongside numbers from hit shows reopening soon in New York. If that’s not enough Broadway for you, Michael Cavanaugh returns on February 10, 2022 to play the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, an act he perfected while starring the Tony Award Musical Movin’ Out.
If tv sitcoms are more your style, be sure to join Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey in Friends! The Musical Parody on November 19, 2021.
MCPA celebrates the holiday season with piano master Jim Brickman’s The Gift of Christmas concert on December 17, 2021. And bring the whole family to one of two performances of Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage on December 12, 2021.
Other family shows offered include Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players on November 6, 2021; Dinosaur World Live on February 1, 2022; Schoolhouse Rock Live on February 20, 2022 and The Tortoise and the Hare: The Next Gen on April 2, 2022.
The Live @ Armes series returns on December 10, 2021 with singer-songwriter Heather Maloney. Maine duo The Oshima Brothers plays on January 21, 2022 followed by Ann Arbor musician Chris Bathgate on February 17, 2022. The next generation of bluegrass gets its chance to wow you on March 31, 2022 with Damn Tall Buildings and the season ends with VICKIKRISTINACARCELONA, a trio of powerhouse musicians who put a feminine spin on the music of Tom Waits on May 19, 2022.
Learn more about these shows by clicking the links above, or stop in at MCPA to check out the performance videos in the atrium. Tickets are on sale now by calling 419.423.2787 ext. 100 or visiting MCPA.org.
We can’t wait to see you all soon!