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ROCK OF AGES, DREAMGIRLS, WEST SIDE STORY & Disney¬'s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Part of The McCallum Theatre¬'s Starry 25th Anniversary Season Line-Up

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The McCallum Theatre, the Coachella Valley's premiere theatrical venue, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season with a star-studded lineup of Classical Music, Jazz, Cabaret, Comedy and a Broadway Blockbuster Series which includes Rock of Ages, Dreamgirls and West Side Story. The season kicks off on August 31 with comedy legend Steve Martin joined by the Grammy nominated Steep Canyon Rangers. This wonderfully eclectic season also includes Pink Martini, Howie Mandell, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Elaine Page and Yo-Yo Ma, to name a few.

The McCallum Theatre opened its doors on January 2, 1988 with a gala performance honoring Bob Hope that was nationally televised. Since the, the intimate 1100 seat McCallum has been the Coachella Valley's mecca for world-class entertainment and, due to audience demand, has expanded its Broadway and Cabaret offerings for this Silver Anniversary Season. Other highlights include Jazz Artists Boney James, George Benson, and Chris Botti, Humorists David Sedaris and Gary Muledeer, and international sensations Kenny Rogers, The Ten Tenors and Blue Man Group. 

"Our audience has very high expectations" says The McCallum's Director of Presentations and Theatre Operations, Mitch Gershenfeld. "Fortunately our audience, for large measure, has resources that allow us to bring in fairly substantial artists into a very small auditorium (1100 seats). I think the level of talent you see here you normally see in venues two or three times our size. Our audience has very high expectations and we have to work very hard to serve that audience. We also have the broader community – the people who are here year-round – and we certainly reach out to that audience and we try to make things affordable; we try to do different kinds of things that appeal to different audiences."

Additional productions will be added over the summer, but the preliminary season rundown is as follows: 

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Fri, August 31 8:00 pm

Pink Martini Sat, September 8 8:00 pm

Howie Mandel Sat, September 20 8:00 pm

Benise Fri, November 2 8:00 pm

Dan Zanes and Friends Sun, November 4 3:00 pm

Boz Skaggs Sat, November 17 8:00 pm

Riders In the Sky Sun, November 19 3:00 pm

Rock Of Ages  Fri, November 23 8:00 pm   Sat, November 24 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm                   Sun, November 25  2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

David Sedaris Mon, November 26 8:00 pm

Steve Soloman's "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm Hone for the Holidays" Sat, December 1 8:00 pm Sun, December 2 2:00pm and 8:00 pm

Straight No Chaser Tue, December 4 8:00 pm

Moscow Classical Ballet The Nutcracker Tue, December 18 7:00 pm

The Highwaymen Sat, January 12 8:00 pm

Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway Tue, January 15 8:00 pm and Wed, January 16 8:00 pm

The New York Tenors Thu, January 17 8:00 pm and  Fri, January 18 8:00 pm

Manhattan Transfer Sat, January 19 8:00 pm

Gary Mule Deer Sun, January 20 8:00 pm

Marvin Hamlisch Mon, January 21 8:00 pm

Renee Fleming and Susan Graham Tue, January 22 8:00 pm

All New Best Of Doo Wop Wed, January 23 8:00 pm

Forever Plaid Thu, January 24 8:00 pm Fri, January 25 8:00 pm Sat, January 26 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Golden Dragon Acrobats Sun, January 27 3:00 pm

Boney James Wed, January 30 8:00 pm

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott Thu, January 31 8:00 pm

Dreamgirls Fri, February 1 8:00 pm Sat, February 2 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Sun, February 3 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Russian National Ballet Cinderella Mon, Feb 4 8:00 pm

Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles Tue-Thu, February 5-7 8:00 pm

Itzhak Perlman Sat, February 9 8:00 pm

Madama Butterfly Sun, February 10 7:00 pm

An Evening With Garrison Keller Mon, February 11 8:00 pm

Barbara Cook Thu, February 14 8:00 pm

Frank Sinatra Jr. Fri, February 15 8:00 pm

George Benson Sat, February 16 8:00 pm

Tim Conway and Friends Sun, February 17 7:00 pm

The Ten Tenors Fri, February 22 8:00 pm Sat, February 23 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Sun, February 24, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Elaine Page Wed, February 27 7:00 pm

Frenchie Davis, Jasmine Trias and Prince Poppycock Thu, February 28 8:00 pm

Michael Feinstein The Sinatra Project Volume I Fri, March 1 8:00 pm

Michael Feinstein The Sinatra Project Volume II Sat, March 2 8:00 pm

Elvis Lives Sun, March 3 7:00 pm

Tex Beneke Orchestra Tribute To Glenn Miller Wed, March 6 8:00 pm

West Side Story Thu and Fri, March 7 and 8 8:00 pm Sat, March 9 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Sun, March 10                                                      1:00 pm

Lucy Woodward Wed, March 13 8:00 pm

Wynton Marsalis Fri, March 15 8:00 pm

Steve Tyrell Sat, March 16 8:00 pm

Kenny Rogers Mon, March 18 8:00 pm

NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast Fri, March 22 8:00 pm Sat, March 23 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Sun, March 24 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Jesse Cook Thu, March 28 8:00 pm

Blue Man Group Fri, March 29 8:00 pm Sat, March 30 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Sun, March 31 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Chris Botti Sat, April 8 8:00 pm

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Thu, April 11 8:00 pm

For further information or to purchase tickets for any of the 2012-13 Season performances call The McCallum Theatre at (760) 340-ARTS or visit www.mccallumtheatre.com

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