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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL And CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Among King Center's Upcoming Events

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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL And CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Among King Center's Upcoming Events

The following are the October-December events at the King Center.

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Tickets on sale now at the King Center Ticket Office (321) 242-2219 or visit www.kingcenter.com  or call Brevard Jazz Series (321)783-9004 or visit  www.jazzseries.com   *ask about package specials.
Orchestra $33.50, $25.50 • Grand Tier $25.50, $18.00

Grammy nominated Russ Freeman alongside drummer Dave Karasony, keyboardist Bill Heller, bassist Rico Belled and saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa are the multi-talented musicians who make up the smooth jazz fusion sounds of The Rippingtons.  The group celebrates two decades in the music industry with the release of “20th Anniversary,” a new CD/DVD featuring a colorful retrospective celebrating their joy of life and music over the years.  Their ground breaking debut album “Moonlighting”  was voted by Jazziz Magazine as the #1 Most Influential Contemporary Jazz Album of all time. “Modern Art,” their latest release, incorporates exotic world music elements. Russ Freeman’s innovative spirit as a composer and producer has led The Rippingtons with his trademark mix of fiery electric and classical guitars to receive distinct recognition with several #1 Billboard albums, numerous Oasis Awards including Group of the Year and Achievement in Video 1999.  For more information, visit www.rippingtons.com.
         
Craig Martin's Classic Albums Live Series
Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti
Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8pm
Tickets on Sale now      
Orchestra $26, Grand Tier $20

Classic Rock!  There’s nothing like it!  Not a tribute performance or a cover band.  Classic Albums Live is an ensemble of world-class musicians recreating the greatest Rock albums ever recorded live on stage.  Note for note, cut for cut using every instrument that it took to record that album exactly as you remember it.  It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll played with the precision and fine detail of a philharmonic orchestra, only it’s high energy classic Rock. For more information, visit www.classicalbumslive.com.

Don’t forget to come early to the pre-show Party on the Patio (starting at 6 pm)!  Grilled burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken and chips will be available for purchase. Mingle at their outdoor bar featuring full liquor and soda. For this show patrons are also permitted to take their drinks into the theatre and enjoy them at their seat.

Willie Nelson
Wednesday, October 21, at 8:00 pm
Tickets On Sale – now
Orchestra $100.00, $75.00 • Grand Tier $53.50, $39.50

With a career that spans six decades, over 200 albums and every conceivable award and honor that can be bestowed to a person in his profession, Willie Hugh Nelson has earned the title “living legend.” Among his accomplishments, the prolific songwriter from Texas has 8 Grammy Awards and is the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award and The Gene Weed Special Achievement Award given by the Academy of Country Music for unprecedented and genre-defying contributions to popular music.  He has reached the top of the charts with classic hits such as “On The Road Again,” “Always On My Mind,” “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” and the popular duet with Julio Iglesias, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.”  Most recently he performed in a video with Toby Keith featuring the No. 1 single “Beer for My Horses.” For more information, visit www.willienelson.com.

Also featuring their Party on the Patio (starting at 6 pm)!   

The Rat Pack is Back
Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale to public: Saturday 9/12/09, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday 9/11/09 at 10 am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $38, $35, Grand Tier $35, $30

The Rat Pack is Back! This spirited show recreates one of the famous “Summit at the Sands” nights when a swingin’, ring-a-ding group known as the “Rat Pack” was creating hipster legend with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas’ four favorite sons:  Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop.
For more information, visit www.ratpackvegas.com.

Craig Martin's Classic Albums Live Series
Michael Jackson's Thriller
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 8pm
Tickets on Sale now      
Orchestra $28, Grand Tier $28, $20

This album won 8 Grammy Awards, produced 7 top 10 U.S. Singles and over $45 million in worldwide sales! Featuring hit songs “The Girl Is Mine,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Thriller.” Get your tickets early for the best seats to Classic Albums Live: Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Classic Rock!  There’s nothing like it!  Not a tribute performance or a cover band.  Classic Albums Live is an ensemble of world-class musicians recreating the greatest Rock albums ever recorded live on stage.  Note for note, cut for cut using every instrument that it took to record that album exactly as you remember it.  It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll played with the precision and fine detail of a philharmonic orchestra, only it’s high energy classic Rock. For more information, visit www.classicalbumslive.com.

Also featuring their Party on the Patio (starting at 6 pm)!

Jewel Solo & Acoustic
Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 8:00 pm 
With Special Guest: Meiko
Tickets On Sale:  now
Orchestra $48.00; Grand Tier $48.00, $38.00, $28.00

Accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, poet and author, Jewel has captured audiences with her soulful, crystalline voice. This three-time Grammy nominee, American Music Award and MTV Video Music Award winner is musically diverse, from the simplicity of acoustic-driven folk songs to band backed rock, pop, country, blues, jazz and classical infusions. Jewel’s mass appeal started with the debut of her twelve-time platinum album entitled “Pieces of You,” including chart toppers “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games.”  From angst ridden to achingly poignant and romantic, this artist entertains with her unique style. For more information, visit www.jeweljk.com

Also featuring their Party on the Patio (starting at 6 pm)!  

Legally Blonde the Musical
2009-2010 Harris Broadway Season
November 3-8, 2009 8 Shows
Individual Tickets On Sale: now 
Tues & Wed 8pm, Wed & Sat 2pm: Orchestra $58 Grand Tier $58, $48, $35
Thurs, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm:  Orchestra $68 Grand Tier $68, $58, $45

The hilarious MGM film is now a smash hit musical, and now LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is coming to you.  Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer.  When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

After turning Broadway and MTV hot pink, this “Feel-Good Song and Dance Juggernaut” (New York Magazine) is “The Best New Musical Around!” (WOR).
For more information, visit www.legallyblondethemusical.com

* Delta Nu Pledge Night Fund-raiser available. Call (321) 242-2219 for details.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
2009-2010 Harris Broadway Season
November 13-15, 2009  3 Shows
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: now
Orchestra $48 Grand Tier $48, $36

From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, comes a new holiday musical of season’s dreamings.

Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams.  Ornaments come to life as costumed characters who perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and breathtaking artistry.  An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians fill this Cirque Dream on stage, in the air and while dangling from a 24 foot tall magical tree.  With over 100 dazzling costumes, an original musical score and some holiday favorites, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will have audiences of all ages mesmerized with its memorable tribute to the holiday season.
For more information, visit www.cirqueproductions.com.
 
Jigu! Thunder Dreams of China
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at  7 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: now
Orchestra $24, Grand Tier $24, $18        
Children’s Discount Price:  Orchestra $12, Grand Tier $12, $9 (Ages 12 & under)

Straight from the villages of the Shanxi Province of China, these talented drummers, percussionists and musicians bring the fine art of drumming and percussive performance to vibrant life. Skills reflecting their rich and historic culture have been passed down from generation to generation celebrating a tradition of musical excellence. This world-renowned company has won numerous awards including the Chinese Folk Competitions for Percussion and Drums Performers and are repeat Gold Medalists of the National Star Awards competitions. The whole family will enjoy this wonderment of sight and sound as they are swept away by the incredible power found in the intense drumming! Experience the vibrant and colorful roar of JIGU! Thunder Drums of China!          

For more information, visit www.iaipresentations.com or www.myspace.com/jiguthunderdrumsofchina.

The Smothers Brothers
Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 3 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: now
Orchestra $47, $35, Grand Tier $35, $25       

The Smothers Brothers, a legendary comedic duo, whose longevity in entertainment has surpassed all other comedy teams in history.  They are well known for their signature blend of topical (and often controversial) humor, natural warmth, good-natured sibling rivalry and musical talents. Their appeal transcends generations. They are perhaps most well known for their popular TV series, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, that satirized political events and other sensitive topics of the day. These eloquent masters of comedy bring us a bit of their wit and superlative showmanship for one special performance.

For more information, visit www.smothersbrothers.com.
 
Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $48, $35, Grand Tier $35, $15

Audiences all over the world have warmly received this magnificent, artistic folk dance group. Famous for its bright colors, the ensemble’s performances are romantic, passionate and exciting! The Company creates new dances while preserving and developing folk dancing as choreographic art, thus letting the world learn more about the culture and soul of the Ukrainian people.

For more information, visit www.cami.com.

Dave Koz and Friends - a Smooth Jazz Christmas 2009
Central Florida Exclusive!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $58, $48, Grand Tier $58, $48, $38

World-renowned saxophonist and composer, six time Grammy nominee Dave Koz has earned his reputation as one of the most expressive pop instrumentalists in contemporary music with numerous #1 hits on Smooth Jazz Radio. In celebration of the tour’s 12th Anniversary, he has arranged a special reunion of the original cast of A Smooth Jazz Christmas. The stellar line-up includes; Rick Braun, David Benoit, Brenda Russell and Peter White.

For more information, visit www.davekoz.com.

Avenue Q: the Broadway Musical
2009-2010 Harris Broadway Season
Tuesday-Wednesday, December 8-9, 2009   3 Shows
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Tues & Wed at 8pm:  Orchestra $58,  Grand Tier $58, $45, $25
Wed at 2pm:  Orchestra $53, Grand Tier $53, $40, $20

Avenue Q is Broadway’s smash-hit 2004 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.  A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account.  Called “one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see” by Entertainment Weekly, Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way. 

Disclaimer:  Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity), Avenue Q may be inappropriate for kids under 13.

Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved in any manner by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.

Bowzer's Rock N' Roll Holiday Party
Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $55, $45, Grand Tier $45, $30

Legendary “Bowzer” (Jon Bauman), former leader of Sha Na Na, hosts and performs in a holiday party starring Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge (“ Sixteen Candles,” “The Worst That Could Happen”), Jay Siegel's Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), Little Peggy March (“I Will Follow Him”), Bowzer & the Sting Rays and Rocky & the Rollers. Special Guests are The Original Comets (“Rock Around The Clock,” “Shake, Rattle & Roll” and “See Ya Later, Alligator”).     For more information, visit www.bowzerparty.com.

*Sock Hop Fund-raiser available. Call (321) 242-2219 for details.
 
Destino
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $38, $28, Grand Tier $28, $18

Canada’s critically acclaimed classical crossover sensation Destino is coming to Melbourne! Paul Ouellette, Joey Niceforo and Hans Munoz, each an accomplished vocalist in his own right, comprise Destino. These three award-winning, professionally trained tenors are sweeping Canadian musical charts by combining pop music with an operatic flair. Bring the whole family for an evening of holiday favorites.

For more information, visit www.destino3.com.

A Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $28, Grand Tier $28, $20
Children’s Discount Price: $10.00 (Ages 12 & under)

With all the warmth and comfort of a cup of Christmas cheer, A Christmas Carol is packed with laughter, pageantry and gorgeous costumes. Every memorable detail of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol springs to life from spine-chilling ghosts to heartfelt renditions of traditional British carols. Crotchety Scrooge, lovable Tiny Tim and all the fascinating characters that audiences have come to love make Charles Dickens’ enchanting story a treasured holiday event.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national touring production of A Christmas Carol has been an American holiday tradition for 28 years, entertaining thousands of families across the country. So join Ebenezer Scrooge on his unforgettable magical journey and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas in a stage show that has become one of the most treasured family gifts of the season.

For more information, visit www.nebraskatheatrecaravan.com.

*Fund-raiser available. Call (321) 242-2219 for details.

Bowfire Holiday Heart Strings
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Individual Tickets On Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10am at King Center Ticket Office
Internet Only Pre-Sale: Friday, October 2, 2009, 10am through www.kingcenter.com
Orchestra $42, $36, Grand Tier $36, $28

Bowfire Holiday Heart Strings mixes greatest hits with a holiday twist!  Celebrate the festive season with some of the world's greatest fiddlers and violinists in many genres, with stepdancing like you have never seen before. Get ready for a Ho Ho Ho Down!  Holiday Heart Strings includes all time favorite classics such as; The Nutcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, So This Is Christmas, Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl and The Christmas Song, with added singing as well as the best of Bowfire that audiences have come to love from its years of touring and performing.  As seen on PBS, Bowfire's ensemble of world-renowned musicians takes audiences on a journey that moves seamlessly from Jazz to Classical to Bluegrass to Celtic to Rock. It is a must-see performance.  For more information on Bowfire, its cast and tour dates, please visit www.Bowfire.com.

Educational Theatre Programs
 
School Times Shows

All performances are on the Main Stage and Open to the Public unless otherwise noted.

Tickets available now.

Jigsaw Jones – The Case of the Class Clown
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:30 am    
$7.00

Someone in Ms. Gleason’s class is playing practical jokes on Athena Lorenzo and she doesn’t think they are funny.  Based on the book by James Preller and brimming with music, charm and humor, the audience must help Jigsaw Jones who claims to be the detective in the school, solve the mystery of the class clown.      
For more information, visit www.artspower.org
Suggested Audience:  Grades 1-4   

Out of the Mist…a Dragon
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:30 am
$9.00                   
Using elegant reproductions of classic Japanese Bunraku puppets, the story unfolds to portray a young man’s journey of self-discovery. The audience will experience exotic and traditional folk puppets from North America, England and Indonesia.
For more information, visit www.woodandstrings.net      
Suggested Audience:  Grades 2-8   

JIGU! Thunder Drums of China
Tuesday, November 24, 10:30 am      
$9.00 per ticket  (Groups of 10 or more only)         
Enjoy the thrill of the powerful Thunder Drums of China and experience the deeply rooted folk origins of the Shanxi province. This modern blend of drummers, percussionists and musicians creates the vibrant and intense sounds of JIGU! Thunder Drums of China!
For more information, visit www.iaipresentations.com
Suggested audience:  Kindergarten – Grade 12

Educational Theatre Programs: Artists on Tour

Can’t go to them?  They will come to you!

For more information about their Artists on Tour program call us at (321) 433-5718

Tickets going On Sale this weekend at the King Center:

B. B. King and Buddy Holly
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm 
Orchestra $99.50, $89.50; Grand Tier $89.50, $69.50, $49.50
Two luminous artists unite for a spectacular night of blues!

B.B. King, the reigning King of the Blues with Lucille his trusty guitar, will be singing and playing with relentless passion the music that has stood the test of time and made him a R & B legend.  His complex urban blues style has earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, 6 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Hits like “Three O’Clock Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “The Thrill is Gone,” “How Blue Can You Get” and “Why I Sing The Blues” are fan favorites.

For more information, visit www.bbking.com

Buddy Guy incorporates a unique style all his own, often dubbed “Chicago Blues.”  A musical icon for  the past 50 years, playing slow, smoldering blues, with his distinctive tortured vocals to more unpredictable and creative interpretations of blues, rock, soul and jazz! “First Time I Met The Blues,” “Ten Years Ago,” “She Suits Me to a T,” and “When My Left Eye Jumps” are just a few memorable hits in the lustrous career of this multiple Grammy winner.

For more information, visit www.buddyguy.com

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm 
Orchestra $89.50, $69.50; Grand Tier $69.50, $59.50, $49.50

Frankie Valli, “the Original Jersey Boy,” brings his forceful falsetto and three-octave vocal range along with the Four Seasons and an amazing portfolio of hit songs that span decades to the King Center stage.  Group and solo hits you will remember  include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “Who Loves You,” “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “My Eyes Adored You” and “Grease.”  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 and with over 100 million records sold worldwide they are one of the most successful doo-wop groups in rock and roll history!

For more information, visit www.frankievallifourseasons.com
 
Adding new shows throughout the season… visit their website for the latest information!

Unfortunately…
Tony Bennett originally scheduled for January 2ND has cancelled
Complexions Contemporary Dance Co. originally scheduled for Jan 17TH has cancelled

Melbourne, FL – Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tony Bennett’s scheduled performance on January 2, 2010 is cancelled. Unfortunately Complexions Contemporary Dance Company scheduled to perform on January 17, 2010 also has cancelled. Both shows plan to return in another season to be announced at a later date.

The King Center is in the process of contacting ticket holders who purchased their tickets through the King Center with detailed information concerning their refund or ticket exchange.  Patrons who have purchased their tickets through the King Center and have not received their letter may contact the King Center ticket office at 321.242.2219 for further details.

They sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused you and share your disappointment.

Thinking about exchanging your tickets for another show?  Please note that this is just the beginning of their season and we have a full lineup of great shows coming to the King Center that you may exchange for your tickets.  Call their ticket office at (321) 242-2219 for more information.  We are adding new shows to their line up all the time; please visit their newly redesigned website at www.kingcenter.com for the latest information on all of their shows.

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