SPANK!, Kathleen Madigan, Holiday Shows, The Freddy Awards, SISTER ACT & More Set for State Theatre Center for the Arts' 88th Season

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SPANK!, Kathleen Madigan, Holiday Shows, The Freddy Awards, SISTER ACT & More Set for State Theatre Center for the Arts' 88th Season

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, announces its 88th Season. Tickets for the new season will go on sale to State Theatre Members on Thursday, August 5th, to the public on Tuesday, August 19th.

Box Office window at 453 Northampton Street opens at 6 AM; online ticketing and phone lines open at noon. Limit 10 tickets per member per performance during 'Members Only' sales. Membership to the Non-Profit State Theatre starts at $75, lasts one year and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. By phone: 1-800-999-STATE or 610-252-3132; online: www.statetheatre.org.


Merchants Bank presents

MOVIE AT THE MILL EASTON (MME)

Saturday, September 13 5 PM

Movies At The Mill Easton (MME) is a film festival created to aid in the redevelopment of the city of Easton. With the support of Easton mayor, Salvatore J. Panto Jr. and the direction of filmmaker Gershon Hinkson, this annual festival has become a beacon for culture and a provoker of positive change in the city. The festival plays host to approximately 2,000 attendees each year and has even expanded to offer a seminar series led by notable Hollywood filmmakers. Tickets grant you admission to the MME after party which will be held off site.

$17

This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

SO GOOD FOR THE SOUL: A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN

Saturday, September 20 7:30 PM

Performed by veteran entertainers, including former members of The Spinners & The Marvelettes, peppered with Broadway savvy performers, this non-stop, high energy trip down memory lane features the songs America grew up with! Sing, dance & celebrate the music of your life to songs like "My Girl", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Reach Out", "Shop Around", "Dancin' In The Street", "Stop, In The Name Of Love", "Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" & "Uptight" - nearly 30 non-stop hits in all!

A: $30 B: $25

Sponsored by NewsRadio WAEB AM 790 and N. Pugliese, Inc.

MUTTS GONE NUTS

Canine Cabaret

Sunday, October 5 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM

Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog! Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues and are sure to unleash havoc and hilarity in a family-friendly performance that is leaving audiences howling for more!

$20/$10 child 10 & under

1:30 PM sponsored by 100.7 WLEV; 3:30 PM sponsored by B104

ParenteBeard Speakers Forum presents

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Thursday, October 9, 8 PM

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold, lucid and original writing - from the famously liberal People for the American Way to the staunchly conservative Bradley Foundation. Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.
A: $55 B: $50

JAMES VAN PRAAGH

Friday, October 10 7 PM

James Van Praagh is considered a spiritual pioneer and one of the world's most celebrated and respected spiritual teachers working today. His work has brought spiritual insights to millions with his numerous guest appearances on such shows as Oprah, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Today Show, and a multitude of others. He is also a number one New York Times best-selling author, hosted his own television show, Beyond with James Van Praagh and went on to produce Living with the Dead, starring Ted Danson (portraying James) and Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

A: $35 B: $25

State Theatre Cabaret in the Acopian Ballroom

CARMEN JON: RETURNING HOME

Saturday, October 11 7:30 PM

"The man with the golden voice" returns to his hometown of Easton, PA for a night of unforgettable song. He has appeared across the country in a variety of demanding singing styles, all the way from such outstanding supper clubs as Jilly's in New York City to La Strada in California, from Carnegie Hall to the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Carmen Jon's unique and dynamic style has many qualities - he can sing international and classic, plus he can croon with the best of them!
$35

Shared table seating, cash bar, light faire throughout show

Sponsored by Tempo Italiano 1470 AM, Tallarico's and Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits, LLC.

JO DEE MESSINA

Saturday, October 11 8 PM

Jo Dee Messina is no stranger to the entertainment world. Debuting in 1996 with the hit single "Heads Carolina, Tales California," she has charted 9 number one singles, 16 Top 40 singles, and sold more than 5 million records worldwide. The multiplatinum, award-winning country singer//songwriter has just released her new full-length album with the title chosen by her fans: ME. The album marks Jo Dee?s most personal album to date and includes the hit singles "Peace Sign" and "A Woman's Rant."

A: $45 B: $40

Sponsored by Easton Hospital, Victaulic and CAT Country 96

Outside Promoter: On Sale Now

Mills Entertainment presents

SPANK!

The Fifty Shades Parody

Tuesday, October 14 7:30 PM

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show cocktails, then stay to meet the cast after the show, and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself. Mature Audiences

$45.50/$39.50/$35.50

This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

HAL HOLBROOK in MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!

Thursday, October 16 7:30 PM

The legendary actor Hal Holbrook has toured Mark Twain Tonight! in some part of every year since 1954- making 2014 the 60th consecutive year for this remarkable one man show. Devised by Holbrook, Mark Twain Tonight! has become perhaps the longest running show in theatre history as Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it to fit the times. Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain, he is an authority.

A: $35 B: $30

Sponsored by NewsRadio WAEB AM 790

KATHLEEN MADIGAN

Friday, October 17 7:30 PM

Kathleen Madigan has won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian," and the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian." Over her 25 year career she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made. Her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, was named by iTunes as one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2013. Previously she's released 4 CDs and 2 DVDs, and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials, 3 CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White and her last hour-long special, Gone Madigan. Mature Audiences

A: $25 B: $20

Sponsored by 999 The Hawk

Outside Promoter: On Sale Now

LAR Enterprises presents

A NIGHT OF OLD TIME ROCK-N-ROLL

Saturday, October 18, 7:30 PM

Featuring Kenny Vance & The Planotones ("Looking For An Echo"), Brian Hyland ("Sealed With A Kiss"), Jay Siegels Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), The Original Chantels ("Maybe"), The Duprees ("You Belong To Me") and Acapella by Classic Sounds.

$55/$50/$45/$40

Artists subject to change. This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS

The Magic of David Caserta

Sunday, October 25 7 PM

As seen on NBC's, America's Got Talent! You'll be stunned and amazed as master illusionist David Caserta has people levitating, disappearing, and reappearing right before your eyes. You will witness never before seen illusions that have been created just for this show. Families will thrill, laugh and possibly vanish from sight at a magic spectacular like no other. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with an incredible night of magic! Special appearance by 999 The Hawk's Rick Michaels!

$20/$10 (child 10 & under)

Sponsored by 999 The Hawk and The Morning Call

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

MAMMA MIA!

Wednesday, November 5 & Thursday, November 6 7:30 PM

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it's your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.

A: $60 B: $55

Sponsored by Easton Hospital, Sheridan Communications, Bazzini, 69 WFMZ-TV and 100.7 WLEV; Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series

RANDY NEWMAN

Friday, November 21 7:30 PM

The incomparable Randy Newman: singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist...and, of course, that distinctive voice. Newman's unforgettable work includes "I Think It's Going To Rain Today," "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Short People," "I Love L.A." and the scores to Ragtime and The Natural. An Academy Award winner, EMMY Winner, six-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of the Recording Academy's prestigious Governors' Award, Randy Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.

$90/$60/$50

Sponsored by Easton Hospital

Previously Announced: On Sale Now

BILL ENGVALL

Saturday, November 22 5 PM & 8 PM

Part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy franchise, Bill Engvall is one of the top comedians today. His first album, HERE'S YOUR SIGN has been certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. Bill starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, which ran for three seasons and hosted numerous television shows including the game show LINGO for GSN, Country Fried Videos and Mobile Home Disasters, for CMT.

A: $55 B: $50

Sponsored by J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc., weathertrends360.com and CAT Country 96

Previously Announced: On Sale Now

Outside Promoter: Stonefield Productions Presents

DAVID PHELPS CHRISTMAS

Sunday, November 30 4 PM

The signature voice you love from the Gaither Vocal Band, David Phelps comes to you live in concert! Nicknamed "The Voice" for his otherworldly tenor-range pipes, David Phelps performs Christmas songs like no other. Backed by a full band, experience the joy of the holidays in this exclusive Lehigh Valley concert. Join us for an evening you will always remember as David takes you through his classic renditions of holiday favorites, past and present.

$45/$35/$25

Sponsored by 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com

This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA Christmas Rocks!

Tuesday, December 2 7 PM

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, returns with their Christmas Rocks! Tour!! With a career spanning more than 30 years, Setzer has smash hits as founder/leader of The Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and as a solo artist. His December concert will include Setzer's legendary guitar magic on hits such as "Rock This Town," "(She's) Sexy +17," "Stray Cat Strut," and "Jump, Jive and Wail" and lots more, as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics.

A: $56 B: $51

A VIENNESE CHRISTMAS

By the Hollywood Concert Orchestra & Soloists

Thursday, December 4 7:30 PM

The Hollywood Concert Orchestra & Soloists, an ensemble of America's finest musicians, has become one of the premier ensembles in the world. Conducted by Steve Charpie, the orchestra celebrates the spirit of the season with such traditional Christmas songs and waltzes as "Musical Sleigh Ride," "Oh Holy Night, " Have Yourself A Merry Christmas," "Vienna," and "Silver Bells."

A: $35 B:$30

Sponsored by Luther Crest and WDIY 88.1 FM

Previously Announced: On Sale Now

Outside Promoter: UPA Productions presents

THE JIMMY STURR CHRISTMAS SHOW 2014

Sunday, December 7 3 PM

Eighteen time Grammy winner Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra return to the State Theatre with the 2014 Jimmy Sturr Christmas Show. The wildly popular show features holiday and polka favorites with Matt & Elaine, the Jimmy Sturr Singers, Santa and much more. (Special Guest to be announced.)

$39/$29/$10 child 10 & under

This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, The Musical

Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM

Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol. This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale has become a Yuletide Tradition, with a full array of traditional Christmas carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Away In a Manger" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing" interwoven within the classic story of a tight-fisted, middleclass merchant Ebenezer Scrooge and all the beloved characters from Dickens' 1843 novel. With a set evoking Currier and Ives prints and featuring special effects such as a spinning bed, this is a glorious holiday evening the whole family can enjoy!

A: $40 B: $35, $20 child 10 & under

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

Sponsored by Carrabba's Italian Grill and 100.7 WLEV

LINDA EDER's CHRISTMAS

Special appearance by the Lehigh Valley Gay Men's Chorus

Friday, December 12 8 PM

Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. As the tragic character "Lucy" in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, Eder blew the roof off of the theatre each night - for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination. Most recently, Linda crowned her two-decade recording career with a new holiday album, Christmas Where You Are featuring a wonderful assortment of traditional delights as well as two original songs. A: $45 B:$40 Sponsored by RCN: Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian

NUTCRACKER

Saturday, December 13 3 PM & 7 PM

A Holiday Tradition at the State, Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker is a magical and timeless holiday classic that comes to life! Enjoyable for the whole family, the production features hand-painted sets and breathtaking scenic design. Beloved Russian fairytale characters, Father Christmas and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden, add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets this Nutcracker apart.

A: $43 B:$38, $33 (child 10 & under)

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

Sponsored by B104, The Morning Call, 100.7 WLEV and Allentown Art Museum

Previously Announce: On Sale Now

Outside Promoter: The Wizards of Winter and Angels for Mark present

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER: A TRANS SIBERIAN EXPERIENCE

Sunday, December 14, 4 PM

Performing The Trans Siberian Orchestra's Greatest Hits: Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Old City Bar, Christmas Cannon Rock, Queen of the Winter Night, and many others, plus music from their own holiday rock opera " Tales Beneath a Northern Star". Celebrate the holiday season with Wizards of Winter! This concert is to benefit research to save Mark DeVoe and others who are afflicted with the retina eye disease called Choroideremia. To learn more about the disease please visit www.angelsformark.com.

A: $32 B:$29

This is an Outside Promoter Event. State Theatre Member Benefits & Gift Cards do not apply

THE HOLIDAY ICE SPECTACULAR

Friday, December 19 7:30 PM

Do you believe in holiday magic? Yes, there will be ICE! Its guaranteed good fun for the whole family with The Holiday Ice Spectacular featuring world class figure skaters and exciting choreography teamed with your favorite Christmas songs and stories. Santa and the cast will take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas Journey the whole family will remember!

A: $25 B: $18

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

Sponsored by Easton Hospital and 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com; Family Series Sponsored by Capital BlueCross

DANCE STAND USA II featuring THE MAIN STREET CRUISERS

A Benefit Concert for the FREDDY© Awards

Saturday, January 10 8 PM

The Main Street Cruisers perform a high energy show staying true to the original versions of many Rock and Roll hits of the 50's and 60's. The group's two poodle skirted female vocalists will keep the action flowing with dance routines that have the crowd moving and the band's harmonies and music will make you believe you are listening to the original artists. With their 50's style bowling shirts, poodle skirts, tux jackets, dance routines and zany comedy The Main Street Cruisers truly take you on a wild ride back to the 50's and 60's . This performance will benefit the non-profit FREDDY© Awards program.

$25

Sponsored by NewsRadio WAEB AM 790

SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE!

Sunday, January 18 1 PM & 4 PM

"Sid the Science Kid" comes to life in this incredible live stage experience! With wonders to discover, Sid and his friends, May, Gabriela and Gerald, set off on a day of excitement and adventure, as they explore their five senses through fun games and experiments and by asking curious questions and finding fascinating answers. Teacher Susie is also along to keep the music flowing as the kids explore the world around them with audience interactive activities and plenty of laughs to go around. There is even a surprise sixth sense revealed by Teacher Susie. SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE! will have the whole family cheering, exploring, dancing and excited to figure out more about the great unknown together.

$18

Sponsored by 69 WFMZ-TV & wfmz.com and B104

Family Series Sponsored by Capital BlueCross

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

19h Annual

ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH

Starring Scot Bruce & Mike Albert

Sunday, January 25 3 PM

SPECIAL MATINEE PERFORMANCE! In 1997, two of the world's top Elvis entertainers joined forces for the first time on a Pennsylvania stage...the State Theatre! Celebrate the State Theatre's 19TH annual rockin' Elvis Birthday Bash with the Ultimate Tribute Show! The Elvis Birthday Bash pays homage to the King of Rock 'N Roll with Scot Bruce as the young heartbreaker and Mike Albert as the seasoned "Vegas-style" Elvis. Backed by the fantastic Big "E" Band, they'll leave you screaming for more.

A: $41 B: $36

Sponsored by NewsRadio WAEB AM 790 and The Morning Call

SISTER ACT

Friday, January 30 7:30 PM

SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN," and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!

A: $60 B:$55

Sponsored by Strahman Valves and Abundant Graces: Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series

The AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES Show

A true retrospective of their 40 year history

Friday, February 6 7:30 PM

From the producers that brought you RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles comes The Australian Bee Gees Show, a celebration of one of the most influential and famous musical groups of all time. This multimedia theatrical concert experience takes a nostalgic trip through the legacy the Bee Gees left behind while celebrating over four decades of the infectious music written by the Gibb brothers. From early hits ("Massachusetts," "To Love Somebody") to later classics ("Stayin' Alive," "You Should Be Dancin'") this show will have you reliving your favorite Bee Gees moments.

A: $42 B: $37

A NIGHT IN OLD NEW ORLEANS

Orange Kellin & the New Orleans Serenaders featuring Vernel Bagneris

Friday, February 13 7:30 PM From the Broadway production of One Mo' Time, music arranger and clarinetist Orange Kellin brings a trio of hot New Orleans musicians - piano, clarinet and percussion - to play the elegant, thrilling and undeniably infectious Big Easy sounds. Joining Orange and his trio is the creator and director of One Mo' Time, Vernel Bagneris, acting, singing and dancing the irresistible, dazzling, show-stopping numbers from that show plus many more. These seasoned performers will thrill listeners with sounds of the Big-Easy, New Orleans.

$25

Sponsored by WDIY 88.1 FM

Pulitzer Prize Winner David Mamet's

A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

Tuesday, February 17 7 PM

Walnut Street Theatre presents David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, a funny and touching behind-the-scenes peek at the challenge of actors battling to share both the spotlight and a dressing room. From rehearsals to reprisals, from ego trips to acting tips, the play gives a glimpse into the complex relationship that develops as the torch is passed from one generation to the next. David Mamet is the Pulitzer Prize author of some of the most important plays of our time, including American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, and Speed-the-Plow.

A: $30 B: $25 Mature Audiences

STEVE LIPPIA'S CENTENNIAL SINATRA

100th Year Birthday Celebration

Friday, February 20 7:30 PM

STEVE LIPPIA has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of "standards" and traditional pop music in the nation. With a hot, driving band behind him, Lippia's tribute to Old Blue Eye includes such great standards as "I've Got You Under My Skin", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Summer Wind", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "That's Life", "My Way" and "New York, New York." There's no better way to celebrate and honor Frank Sinatra's centennial year!

A: $35 B: $25

Sponsored by Luther Crest, Tempo Italiano 1470 AM and Bazinni

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

It's Bagpipes. It's Rock. It's Bagrock!

Special guest Liberty High School Grenadier Bagpippers

Friday, Feb 27 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand! This amazing 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards have fast become a global phenomenon taking their signature 'Bagrock' sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres like "The Flowers of Scotland" and "Amazing Grace" (done Chilli-style, of course!) -- and contemporary anthems like Queen's "We Will Rock You", and a fantastic rock medley of Deep Purple's, "Smoke on the Water"and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck".The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol, 'Let Me Entertain You' by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', 'Amazing Grace' and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol, 'Let Me Entertain You' by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', 'Amazing Grace' and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems - tracks from across their four albums include the likes of 'Clocks' by Coldplay, 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol, 'Let Me Entertain You' by Robbie Williams, Queen's 'We Will Rock You', a rock medley of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck'. Plus, 'Flower of Scotland', 'Amazing Grace' and 'The Hills of Argyll' get a look in too, Chilli style of course! "These are my boys!" - Sir Paul McCartney

$35

Sponsored by Follett Corporation and 95.1 ZZO

TANGO BUENOS AIRES

Performing Song of Eva Perón, a journey through dance and music

Friday, March 6 8 PM

Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina's great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. Song of Eva Perón is a Tango dance and music presentation inspired by the most important feminine character in Argentinian history, Eva Perón. Tracing her epic life - from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952 - this is a sparkling and poignant spectacle that is not to be missed.

A: $40 B: $35

National Dance Company of Ireland

RHYTHM OF THE DANCE

Sunday, March 8 4 PM

The National Dance Company of Ireland returns with a two-hour dance and music extravaganza, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using the traditional and modern arts of dance (ballet, modern dance, jazz) and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Rhythm of the Dance will not only entertain, but excite, dazzle and lift your spirits!
A: $35 B:$30

Sponsored by RCN; Family Series Sponsored by Capital BlueCross

ABBA MANIA

Friday, March 13 7:30 PM

The original from London's West End! ABBA MANIA celebrates the music and style of ABBA and revives special memories of when ABBA hits ruled the airwaves. Join in and enjoy all of your favorites including: 'Mamma Mia', 'Voulez Vous', 'Dancing Queen', 'Winner Takes It All', 'Super Trouper' and many more! "If you're an Abba fan, you'll love this tribute concert" - Daily Express $29

THE FAB FAUX

Revolver and Beatles' favorites

featuring the Crème Tangerine Strings & Hogshead Horns

Saturday, March 14, 8 PM

The most musically satisfying Beatles tribute band and State Theatre audience favorite returns performing Revolver in its entirety plus a mix of Beatles' favorites! Featuring TV star/musicians Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Vivino of Conan O'Brien's house band, plus five strong lead vocalists (including Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, Jack Petruzzelli) and a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, this is THE band to see if you want to know what it might have been like if the Beatles toured behind their later albums.

A: $60 B: $50 $110 with VIP Post Show Meet & Greet

Sponsored by Unity Bank and Lutron

BOBBY COLLINS

Friday, March 20 7:30 PM

A State Theatre Fan Favorite, Bobby Collins is the #1 most played and requested comedian on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. Mix the physical comedy of Jerry Lewis with the heart of George Burns and you've got a born storyteller everyone can relate to. He's an American Comedy Award winner, a Grammy nomine, has his own Showtime Special, and has hosted comedy shows for VH-1, A&E and Showtime. The New York Times call him "the most natural comedian working today." Mature Audiences

$30

Sponsored by 99.9 The Hawk

THE PIANO MEN Starring JIM WITTER

A musical journey through the 70's featuring the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John

Saturday, March 21 8 PM

The Piano Men, a musical journey through the 70's, features the timeless hits of Billy Joel and Elton John including "Movin' Out," "Crocodile Rock," "Only the Good Die Young," "Philadelphia Freedom", "Piano Man" and so much more. Join Jim Witter on grand piano and lead vocals, and his incredible band, for this multi-media rock musical performance with classic Billy Joel & Elton John songs as the soundtrack. "Witter unleashes his golden tenor on hit after hit to recreate fully-formed mental and emotional return visits to specific landmarks in a pop culture timeline."

$30

Sponsored by 99.9 The Hawk

JEKYLL & HYDE

A Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse musical

Wednesday, March 25 & Thursday, March 26 7:30 PM

Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll & Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, "This Is The Moment" from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn & double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.

A: $55 B: $50

Sponsored by M&T Bank, Lehigh OMS, Hotel Bethlehem, The Morning Call and Vintage Restaurant

GUYS & DOLLS

Wednesday, April 1 7 PM

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

A: $60 B: $55

Sponsored by Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Tribune Direct and Morningstar Senior Living; Part of the Butz Celebrates Broadway Series

LIVE FROM NASHVILLE

Sunday, April 12 3 PM

Live From Nashville is an incredible production direct from Music City that stars singers and dancers, and a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and costumes. Phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork, and top-flight vocals take you on an extraordinary trip through America's greatest music that America's beloved singers have brought to life for decades: Patsy & Hank, Cash, Parton, Brooks (Garth and Dunn), Swift, Lady Antebellum...you name it!

A: $30 B:$25

Sponsored by CAT Country 96

The Best Of the 4 BITCHIN' BABES 25th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, April 16 7:30PM

The original "Girls Night Out" group that stared it all celebrates 25 years of fan favorites with their signature heavenly harmonies and classic killer comedy! It's the BEST estrogen fueled musical review EVAH from the BEST of the 4 Bitchin Babes! "The traveling Oprah Winfreys" - The Boston Globe

$25

Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Woman and WDIY 88.1 FM

DANNY AIELLO with his band Joe Geary and The Guys

Special Guest: The Bronx Wanderers

Saturday, April 18 8 PM

It's a double bill of Bronx power-houses! Legendary actor and critically acclaimed singer DANNY AIELLO started singing on street corners in the Bronx and has a reputation for no-holds-barred stage performances which are brimming with honest emotion. Along with his band "Joe Geary and The Guys, "his show features songs from his critically acclaimed albums, together with a variety of Aiello favorites, including a special tribute to singer Bobby Darin. One Part "Oldies", Two Parts "Rock N' Roll", THE BRONX WANDERERS are the perfect musical storm. Former gold record producer Yo' Vinny and sons form the heart and soul of this pitch perfect band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit after delicious hit. This show positively dazzles the listener with a non-stop powerhouse of hits right from the word "go" ("Go, Johnny, go, go go!").

A: $45 B: $40

Sponsored by NewsRadio WAEB AM 790, N. Pugliese, Inc. and Bazzini

World Famous Popovich

COMEDY PET THEATER

Sunday, April 19 1 PM & 4 PM

As seen on the Tonight Show, Letterman, and America's Got Talent, Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world-championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets. His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into Vegas stars! Comedy Pet Theater is guaranteed to surprise and delight every audience and is a perfect family show.

$20/$10 (child 10 & under)

Regardless of age, everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

Sponsored by 69 WFMZ-TV & wfmz.com and B104

NOBODIES OF COMEDY

Saturday, May 2 8 PM

A State Theatre comedy tradition! For the 13th year, we've scoured the country for the funniest, sidesplitting and most outrageous comics you've NEVER heard of, and we found them. No over-hyped stars, no over-sized ticket prices, just hysterical comics and a great night out. Nobodies of Comedy is a hit year after year!

$25 Mature Audiences

Sponsored by 95.1 ZZO and The Morning Call

2015 FREDDY © Awards

Thursday, May 21 7 PM

The State Theatre presents the 13th Annual FREDDY© Awards to recognize and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools of the Lehigh Valley and Warren County, New Jersey. Broadcast live on 69 WFMZ-TV , the 2015 FREDDY© Awards Ceremony will honor students in multiple categories and features a show-stopping opening musical number and unforgettable performances from top nominated musicals. Follow the FREDDY's, at www.freddyawards.org or download the free FREDDY Awards App from iTunes.

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