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Announcing the 14th Season at the Lewis Family Playhouse -

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Rick Springfield, OK Go!, Susan Egan, Lee Rocker, Charles Phoenix, Darlene Love, Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Sister Act Included in the 2019-2020 Line Up!

 

In the spirit of their mission to engage, enrich, and entertain the community through the performing arts, the Lewis Family Playhouse’s 14th Season is dedicated to Artistry, Diversity and Excellence. Join them in their accessible, affordable, and intimate venue and be a part of the applause! From world-renown musical greats to inspirational comedians to evocative theatrical experiences, Lewis Family Playhouse has curated an exceptional season that will provide memorable arts experiences for all ages and cultures.

 

Ticket sales begin Thursday, July 6th at 12pm via the Lewis Family Playhouse website (www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com), Box Office phone (909) 477-2752, the LFP mobile app, or at the Lewis Family Playhouse Box Office located in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center at 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Subscription tickets (consisting of five or more shows) offer a 15% discount off the single ticket price and are available for purchase through the Box Office or by mail-in order.

 

Rick Springfield

September 14

Launching the 14th Season is Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician, Rick Springfield, who has created some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, having sold 25 million albums to date! The Hollywood Walk of Fame star can boast 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”

 

Springfield’s special performance at the Playhouse on Saturday, September 14th, will be an intimate evening of music and storytelling from his vast career.

 

Join in before the concert for Lewis Playhouse’s Kick-Off Celebration beginning at 6:30pm to ring in their 14th season! Admission is $5 or FREE with concert ticket.

 

 

Los Cenzontles

September 15

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with world-renowned Mexican-American roots band, Los Cenzontles on Sunday, September 15th! Having recorded and performed with celebrated artists, including Linda Ronstadt, David Hidalgo, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and The Chieftains, their powerful hybrid sound is creating a fresh Chicano voice for a new generation.

 

Please join us at 4:30pm for a pre-show Musical Workshop with members of Los Cenzontles. Admission is $5 or FREE with concert ticket.

 

 

Tig Notaro

September 20

Grammy-award nominated Tig Notaro is a groundbreaking stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director originally from Mississippi. Hailed for her effortless storytelling and fearless stage presence, her subject matter ranges from the delightfully absurd to the monumentally serious. Recently named “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time!” (Rolling Stone), don’t miss out on her Playhouse debut Friday, September 20th!

 

 

OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist

Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 12-27

Also celebrating their 14th Season, MainStreet Theatre Company presents OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist performing Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th-27th. In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal - set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. (For ages 6 and up).

 

 

OK Go!

November 1

OK Go!, the rock band famous for their wildly creative videos, bring their unique magic to the Playhouse stage on Friday, November 1st. Like the band—who danced on tread mills and in zero gravity—this show defies categorization: it’s a film screening and a rock concert rolled into one. The band will perform their songs in sync with 20 of their iconic stunt videos, pausing for question-and-answer sessions with the audience. The whole family will enjoy this interactive concert, chock full of spectacle and wonder!

 

 

Broadway Princess Party

November 22

Join us for a magical Broadway Princess Party hosted by a royal trio of 42nd Street originals — Laura Osnes (Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Susan Egan (original Belle in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast), and Courtney Reed (original Jasmine in Broadway’s Aladdin). Your every wish will come true as these virtuosic voices sing the petticoats off every princess song in the book while sharing hilarious and heartfelt backstage stories. Dress in your finest cosplay or royal attire, catch the carriage, and embrace the adventure Friday, November 22nd (for ages 6 and up).

 

 

Lee Rocker

November 23

Bass Player Hall-of-Famer Lee Rocker, an original founder of The Stray Cats who sold 10+ million records and earned 23 gold and platinum records, is making his Playhouse debut Saturday, November 23rd. As music video pioneers of the MTV generation, The Stray Cats secured their place in rock ‘n roll history with hit tunes like “Stray Cat Strut,” “Sexy and Seventeen,” and “Rock This Town”. From the cover of Rolling Stone, to Saturday Night Live, from headlining the US Festival, to touring with the Rolling Stones, and even starring in the Broadway show, Million Dollar Quartet, Lee Rocker continues to rock any town!

 

 

Mark Barnett and the Black & White Nights

November 24

Nick Baker presents Mark Barnett and the Black & White Nights on Sunday, November 24th. In this rock n’ roll journey through time, exceptional vocal talent Mark Barnett embodies the essence of Roy Orbison, perfectly capturing Orbison’s iconic sound taking on classic hits like “Only The Lonely,” “Crying,” “Pretty Woman,” “In Dreams,” “Running Scared,” and many others. Backed by Barnett’s powerhouse band, the Black & White Nights, Orbison’s haunting ballads come to life once again.

 

 

The Nutcracker

Weekends November 30 - December 8

Celebrate the season with Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Southern California’s most spectacular production of the traditional holiday ballet. Performing weekends November 30th through December 8th, adults and children will enjoy the wondrous journey to the Kingdom of Sweets complete with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage.  For a hilarious alternative, The Nutty Nutcracker (December 6th only) is a zany spin-off about the bizarre adventures of Clara and her eccentric cousin, Anya.

 

 

The Jive Aces

December 14

World-renowned British band The Jive Aces are ringing in the holidays with their high-energy music and spectacular stage show Saturday, December 14th. Best known as the first live band to reach the final rounds of Britain’s Got Talent, this swinging sextet have even performed for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The Jive Aces can boast capacity crowds at The Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Glastonbury Festival, London Olympics, The Kennedy Centre, and stages in 40 countries.

 

 

Charles Phoenix

December 15

Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix transforms the classic living room slide show into a roast-and-toast of classic mid-century holidays on Sunday, December 15th. With his quick wit and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes commentary on the very best flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides from the 50s and 60s depicting dining, drinking, dressing up, decorating, gifting, and glamming it up for the holidays. Oh, what fun it is to laugh with this crazy kaleidoscope of American kitsch!

 

 

Darlene Love

December 20

Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer Darlene Love and friends deliver the holiday spirit performing both Christmas classics as well as Love’s original greatest hits, including: “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home.” Get ready for an exceptionally festive evening of soulful vocals and rocking arrangements Friday, December 20th.

 

 

Too Marvelous for Words

December 21

In honor of Nat King Cole’s 100th birthday, accomplished film and television actor Keith David stars as the Man with the Velvet Voice in a theatrical holiday radio show on Saturday, December 21st. Featuring a full jazz group plus strings, Too Marvelous for Words: A Celebration of Nat King Cole is a joyful journey into the music and life of one of America’s greatest and most beloved artists.

 

 

TAKE 3

December 22

Classical-rock fusion trio TAKE 3 and Yanni vocalist Lauren Jelencovich share a lively afternoon of your holiday favorites. Having studied at the world’s top music conservatories, they are known for expertly blending the old with the new. In addition to classic Christmas tunes, the ladies will also feature popular covers of film, television, and Broadway standards, even throwing in some Billy Joel, Justin Bieber, and Beethoven on Sunday, December 22nd.

 

 

Henry Winkler

January 11, 2020

Start off the New Year with 2019 Emmy Award-recipient (HBO’s Barry) and two-time Golden Globe-winner Henry Winkler on Saturday January 11th, 2020. Winkler spent a decade bringing joy to millions of American living rooms as “The Fonz” in the hit television series Happy Days. The actor, author, and director now has a passion for advocating for children’s education as a speaker, using anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment.

 

 

Wild Kingdom

January 12, 2020

The Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation presents Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros. Accompanied by friendly, exotic animals, the pioneering animal and conservation expert will share his passion for wildlife on the live stage Sunday, January 12th, 2020. Peter highlights his 40+ year career with video clips and regaling audience members with mad-cap stories of being clawed, gnawed, and knocked senseless by the wild animals he has dedicated his life to protecting.

 

 

Justin Kauflin Trio

January 17, 2020

With their recently released album, Coming Home, the Justin Kauflin Trio captivate jazz-lovers around the world. After losing his sight as a preteen, the undeterred classically-trained Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, producing his first album Introducing Justin Kauflin at the age of 23. His award-winning documentary Keep on Keepin’ On, for which he composed the music, will be screened at 7pm just before his live concert at the Playhouse on Friday, January 17th, 2020.

 

 

Sweet Honey In The Rock

January 18, 2020

Internationally-renowned and Grammy Award-nominated female a cappella quartet, Sweet Honey In The Rock, is both a performance ensemble as well as an ambassadorial African-American organization founded on empowerment, education, and entertainment. Gracing the Playhouse stage on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, these superb artists provide a powerful and unique concert that showcases the 360º-elasticity of the human voice with a theatrical flair.

 

 

And Then They Came for Me

February 1-9, 2020

MainStreet Theatre Company presents And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. This unique theatrical experience combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as young teens during World War II. This production, running from February 1st-9th, 2020, is not just a historic newsreel brought to life on the stage, but also touches on many themes that are vital for young people to reflect upon today. (Due to serious subject matter, this production is not suitable for children under 11.)

 

 

Jane Monheit

February 14, 2020

What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than the music of Ella Fitzgerald sung by “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (New York Times)? Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best vocalist-musicians. Performing songs from her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Monheit pays joyous tribute to Ella while sharing a definitive portrait of her own artistry on Friday, February 14th, 2020.

 

For an additional $10 per person, please join at 7pm to enjoy a pre-show wine tasting and a smattering of scrumptious desserts with your special sweetheart.

 

 

An Evening with Rita Moreno

February 15, 2020

For the cherry on top of Valentine’s Day weekend, Randall and Janell Lewis present An Evening with Rita Moreno on Saturday, February 15th. For pairing an evening of story with song, Rita is both master chef and sommelier. The table is set with a full course that includes some of Rita’s favorites from the American Songbook, Broadway classics including Sunset Boulevard, Swing, Jazz, selections from her new Spanish album, Una Vez Más (produced by Emilio Estefan) and even Rap. And don’t forget the dessert, a confection of stories, anecdotes, and encounters she’s collected over her vibrant lifetime.

 

 

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

February 22, 2020

Just in time for Mardi Gras! For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country, and bluegrass. Experience the first Cajun band to win a Grammy Award (x2!) at the Playhouse on Saturday, February 22nd.

 

Before the concert, join for a Mardi Gras Food & Fun Festival beginning at 7pm, $5 admission or free with a concert ticket.

 

 

Sister Act

Weekends March 6-15, 2020

After a nearly sold-out run of the acclaimed Hunchback of Notre Dame, Broadway at the Gardens is thrilled to present the feel-good musical comedy smash hit, Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film and featuring original music by Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this Tony-nominated musical is filled with powerful gospel music and outrageous dancing. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris uses her unique disco background to liven up the choir, breathing new life into the church and community. Running for two weekends March 6th-15th, 2020, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.

 

 

Mummenschanz

March 21, 2020

Swiss-based theater troupe Mummenschanz, performing at the Playhouse on Saturday, March 21st, 2020, has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over 45 years. These “Musicians of Silence” offer timeless insight on the human condition by creating a playful, yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination! (For ages 5+)

 

 

The Little Mermaid

April 4-5, 2020

Hans Christian Andersen’s story of young love from two different worlds comes to life in Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Little Mermaid showing April 4th-5th, 2020 with a cast of delightful sea creatures, magnificent sets, elaborate costumes, and innovative aerial technology. Enjoy a sweeping sound collage with music by classical composers Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak, and Ralph Vaughan Williams as a surprise ending awaits you.

 

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

April 25 - May 9, 2020

For their final 14th Season production, MainStreet Theatre Company presents The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! A vain but beautiful porcelain toy rabbit named Edward is lost by the little girl who adores him. Throughout his long journey home, and with the help of people he meets along the way, he learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. Based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, this story of loss and recovery, kindness and compassion, is perfect for the whole family April 25th – May 9th, 2020. (For ages 6 and up).

 

 

The Chipper Experience

May 16, 2020

Two-time “Comedy Magician of the Year”, Chipper Lowell returns to the Lewis Family Playhouse on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 with his hilarious one-man show featuring side-splitting comedy, magic, and fun-filled surprises. Chipper has appeared multiple times on NBC’s The Tonight Show, The Disney Channel, and all six seasons of the CW’s hit series, Masters of Illusion. Described as a “cyclone of high-energy wit and laughs, and jaw-dropping magic,” The Chipper Experience: Where Comedy & Magic Collide! is a nonstop roller coaster of edgy comedy and original magic.

 

For families who have loved ones with autism or other sensory-related disabilities, Chipper will perform a special Sensory-Friendly show at 2pm. (Suitable for ages 9 and up).

 

 

The Starlets

May 17, 2020

Inspired by iconic girl groups including The Ronettes, The Angels, The Shirelles, and The Supremes, The Starlets take you on a musical journey through the 50’s & 60’s performing such hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Heatwave,” “It’s My Party,” “Be My Baby,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and more. Complete with fabulous costumes, sizzling choreography, and witty banter, these beauties inspire audiences to get “Dancin’ in the Street” on Sunday, May 17th, 2020.

 

 

School Bookings – In addition to the public performances, Lewis Family Playhouse offers special school group performances of MainStreet Theatre Company productions for teachers and students in elementary and middle school. These unique Theatre for Young Audiences productions are supplemented with curriculum material and resource guides that are available online at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com/education. For more information, contact the Box Office School Bookings Specialist at 909-477-2752 ext. 3704.

 

An intimate 560-seat venue, the Lewis Family Playhouse is the crown jewel of the 89,000-square-foot Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. The complex at 12505 Cultural Center Drive is located off the I-15 at Foothill Boulevard, as a major anchor of Victoria Gardens. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm, with free parking available.

 

For more information – For additional information or to purchase tickets for any of their performances visit www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or call (909) 477-2752 or (877) 858-8422.

 

 

 

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