Jay Leno, Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Natalie Cole, Alvin Ailey and More Set for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 Season

Jay Leno, Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Natalie Cole, Alvin Ailey and More Set for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 Season

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Long Island's leading showplace, today announced its 2014-15 season, featuring some of the most celebrated stars of comedy, music, and dance.

Each weekend, beginning on Sunday, October 5, Tilles Center will welcome top cultural events and performers including Jay Leno, William Shatner, Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Natalie Cole, Chris Botti, Lang Lang, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the New York Philharmonic. Family audiences will have a wide range of exciting weekend performances to choose from throughout the season, including Lang Lang's 101 Pianists, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, and Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid.

Patrons who want the best seats at the best price can save 10% starting July 14 by taking advantage of the center's subscription program and purchasing tickets to three or more performances. For a complete listing of the 2014-15 calendar and ticket prices, visit tillescenter.org.

"Our 2014-15 season features some of today's top performers, from the legendary Jay Leno to Audra McDonald coming off her amazing 2014 Tony win," said Executive Director Elliott Sroka. "Each year, we create a mix of music, theater, dance, and family entertainment that appeals to a wide range of ages and interests. This year's lineup provides dozens of options that let our subscribers and attendees, returning and new, create a great weekend outing. Whether for a night out with friends or an afternoon with the kids, Tilles Center is Long Island's premier showplace, and we look forward to welcoming patrons to our best season yet."

Gala 2014: Jay Leno

Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.

Tilles Center is proud to welcome legendary comedian and longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno to headline the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts 2014 Gala. Leno, who will be presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this year, is undoubtedly one of this country's great contemporary humorists and a top name in comedy. This year's Tilles Center gala will honor Wells Fargo Bank's North American Regional Vice President Michael T. Keenan.

Endowment Concert 2015: Chris Botti

Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.

A Tilles Center audience favorite, trumpeter Chris Botti brings his expressive sound and musical imagination back for one special signature event this season, to benefit the Endowment Fund.


Smokey Joe's Café 20th Anniversary Tour Featuring The Coasters

Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 7 p.m.

The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history features sizzling choreography set to music by the legendary Leiber and Stoller. Bop along to such hits as "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stand By Me."

Evil Dead: The Musical

Friday, October 24, 2014, at 8 p.m.

This musical comedy based on the cult film tells the story of five college students who spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. Blood flies, bodies are dismembered, and demons tell bad jokes -- all to music. The best seats are in the "splatter zone" . . .

Million Dollar Quartet

Sunday, February 15, 2015, at 7 p.m.

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical was inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session in which Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night.

Anything Goes

Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.

All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this first-class comedy by Cole Porter are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," and, of course, "Anything Goes."

Peter and the Starcatcher

Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical afternoon of madcap fun, is now on tour! Hailed by the New York Times as "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, Peter Pan's swashbuckling prequel will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

Audra McDonald

Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 8 p.m.

An intimate performance by the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend and a defining voice of our time.

Cabaret at "Club T"

Under the direction of Executive Producer Jack Globenfelt. All performances take place in Hillwood Recital Hall at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Betty Buckley: The Vixens of Broadway

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Betty will channel The Vixens of Broadway. Choose your poison!

Django Festival Allstars with special guests The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel and jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda

Friday, October 31, 2014

Swing and gypsy jazz that the legend himself brought to the cafés of postwar Paris.

Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cheyenne Jackson has got it all: the voice, the moves, and quirky self-effacing humor.

Tierney Sutton

After Blue: The Joni Mitchell Project featuring Mark Summer and Serge Merlaud

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A "Club T" favorite performs her Grammy-nominated homage to Joni Mitchell.

Andrea Marcovicci

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Our leading lady returns, welcoming spring with an all-new show.

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Streisand Songbook

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Streisand Songbook in all its glory-a treasure on every page.

Chamber Music at Hillwood

Under the leadership of artistic director, pianist, and host Caroline Stoessinger. All performances take place at 3 p.m. in Hillwood Recital Hall.

Brooklyn Rider

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hailed as the "future of chamber music," this Brooklyn quartet offers an eclectic repertoire that attracts classical, world, and rock music fans alike.

Amphion String Quartet

Sunday, December 14, 2014

All-Russian program.

Ariel Quartet

Sunday, March 15, 2015

All-Beethoven program.

Shanghai Quartet

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Program to include the Sibelius Piano Quintet.

Classical Music

Lang Lang, Piano

Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8 p.m.

Recital program to be announced.

Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Featuring conductor Valery Polyansky and Vladimir Feltsman on piano, this year's performance includes Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March (Op. 31), Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3.

State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico

Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 3 p.m.

Led by music director and chief conductor Enrique Bátiz, this year's Spanish Festival program includes Granados (Three Spanish Dances), Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez) with Alfonso Moreno on guitar, and de Falla (Noches en los Jardines de España) with Irina Chistiakova on piano.

New York Philharmonic

Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 8 p.m.

Led by conductor Alan Gilbert and featuring Inon Barnatan on piano, the program features Salonen (Nyx), Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major and Valses nobles et sentimentales), and Strauss (Der Rosenkavalier Suite).