JEKYLL AND HYDE, Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis, Cirque Dreams and More Set for Tobin Center's Inaugural 2014-15 Season

JEKYLL AND HYDE, Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis, Cirque Dreams and More Set for Tobin Center's Inaugural 2014-15 Season

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts today announced the performance calendar for its inaugural 2014-15 season, with a total of 33 productions, performing groups and individual artists - exclusive of September grand opening events and subscription performances by its resident companies. The initial schedule totals 73 performances. And, there are more to come.

San Antonio's new performing arts center will feature a wide array of performances, covering theatrical productions, concerts, fine arts, comedy, speakers, family and dance.

Among productions and performers booked so far are legendary comedian Bill Cosby, pianist Lang Lang (co-promoted with the San Antonio Symphony), "A Prairie Home Companion" creator and host Garrison Keillor (co-promoted with Innovative Arts and Entertainment), Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams, singer Arlo Guthrie performing Alice's Restaurant for its 50th Anniversary, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, improvisational comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (co-promoted with ARTS San Antonio), "Dinosaur Train Live!" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" for the family series and "A Streetcar Named Desire" performed as a ballet by the Scottish National Ballet (co-promoted with ARTS San Antonio).

Six theatrical productions will comprise The Tobin Signature Series, with tickets sold initially by subscription. Broadway musical productions include "Jekyll and Hyde," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "50 Shades! The Musical" and "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." The series also includes the Cirque Productions' spectacular "Cirque Dreams - Holidaze," and "One Drop of Love," Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni's powerful, one-woman show, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, about a daughter's search for her father's racial approval. The Tobin Signature Series offers a four show package for as little as $124.

All of the Tobin's performance spaces - the H-E-B Performance Hall, the Alvarez Family Studio Theater and The River Walk Plaza - will be utilized over the course of the season.

"There is tremendous variety here and it demonstrates what an addition The Tobin Center will be for San Antonio and Bexar County," said J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Chairman of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, which is constructing and owns The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. "We are committed to making The Tobin, with its world-class acoustics, the best place to see and hear a live performance, and this first season will showcase every aspect of this wonderful new facility."

"We are working very hard to live up to our motto of 'something for everyone' as we book dates for our first season," said Tobin Center CEO Michael J. Fresher, "and we will be adding even more dates as opportunities surface in the coming months. As performers and producers finalize schedules for 2014-2015, we will see availability for even more bookings."

Aaron Zimmerman, Tobin Center senior director for programming and marketing, said, "Putting this first season together has been like playing chess, as we have sought great variety with popular performers and productions, while working around the schedules of our ten resident companies, galas and other events."

Tickets for these performances go on sale April 26 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased by going to or by calling 210-223-8624. Ticketing for all events at The Tobin Center, as well as Tobin and resident company events at venues outside of the center, will be fulfilled through an in-house ticketing system, aptly named TOBi.

To date, 243 total performances are scheduled for The Tobin Center in its first year of operations (including the performances booked by The Tobin and those of its 10 resident companies), and another 127 performance rehearsals and private events have been booked.

Tobin Center resident companies include the San Antonio Symphony, The Opera San Antonio, Ballet San Antonio, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, San Antonio Chamber Choir, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, the Children's Fine Arts Series, and AtticRep Theater.

The Tobin Center will open September, 2014. The Tobin is a $203 million project, funded by Bexar County bond proceeds, a contribution of land and buildings from the City of San Antonio and by private donations.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2014-15 Season

The Charlie Daniels Band

September 17, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $34.50 - $59.50

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award and Grammy Award winning country hits, few artists have left a more permanent mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Special guest Mallary Hope. Artist Website

Bill Cosby - Far From Finished Tour

September 19, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $39.50 - $74.50

An intimate evening of insightful comedy with one of America's national treasures of entertainment. One of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time, Bill Cosby brings his famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family to the Tobin Center stage. Artist Website

Loudon Wainwright III

September 20, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | River Walk Plaza | $20.00 - $25.00

Throughout a recording career consisting of 25 albums, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, humorist, and actor Loudon Wainwright III's songs have been covered by music icons including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Rufus Wainwright, and more. Artist Website

The Piano Guys

September 23, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $39.50 - $125.00

YouTube sensations, THE PIANO GUYS make their San Antonio debut at The Tobin Center on September 23rd. Hailing from Utah, THE PIANO GUYS became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. (Co-presented with AEG Live) Artist Website

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $42.50 - $84.50

Front man for Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years and he is widely considered an icon of the genre - recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. Artist Website

The Telling Project

October 1,2, 3 & 4, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

October 5, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.| Alvarez Family Studio Theater | $20.00

The Telling Project works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans' experience. Greater understanding fosters acceptance, easing veterans' transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. (Co-presented with KLRN/PBS) Show website

Nice Work If You Can Get It

October 3 & 4, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

October 4, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. | Alvarez Family Studio Theater | $34.50 - $84.50

It's the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony-winning new musical comedy. It's an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.

50 Shades! - The Musical, The Original Parody

October 14-16, 21-23, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

October 17-18, 24-25, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

October 19 & 26, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

October 19 & 26, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.| Alvarez Family Studio Theater | $39.50 - $49.50

50 Shades! The Musical is the original parody of the greatest novel ever...Fifty Shades Of Grey. This sexy, hilarious musical is chockfull of wrestling singlets, handcuffs, and helicopters with silly names. Come see a show full of BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music)! Fair warning, this musical contains adult situations and language.

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

October 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | River Walk Plaza | $34.50 - $74.50

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason retraces the earliest days of his career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would win the hearts of generations of music lovers.

America's Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball

October 28, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $26.50 - $80.00

Join Christopher Kimball in an informative and lively evening exploring PBS TV's America's Test Kitchen. The audience will get an insider's view of the show and find out what it's really like to work at and host one of the most popular food programs airing today. Show website

An Evening with Garrison Keillor- Host of A Prairie Home Companion

October 29, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $60.00 - $75.00

Join one of America's most beloved radio hosts and humorists for an evening of wryly thoughtful musing, whimsical conversation and a few old-timey songs. Garrison Keillor has won over the hearts of radio listeners with his homespun charm, reassuring voice and clever skits. (Co-presented with IAE) Artist Website

Jeanne Robertson

October 30, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $24.50 - $34.50

Jeanne Robertson can be heard daily on Sirius/XM's Family Comedy Channel. In her positively hilarious style, this 6'2" humorist, captivates audiences with her stories of friends, family and life as she delivers clean comedy with class that will have you rolling in the aisles. Artist Website

An Evening with Don Williams

November 6, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $39.50 - $69.50

There are few American classics these days, but Don Williams is certainly one of them. With his warm hickory baritone that balances strength with a gentle concern, this Country Music Hall of Fame member draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend. Artist Website

David Sedaris

November 9, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $25.00 - $55.00

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers today. (Co-presented with IAE)

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood : Two Man Group

November 13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $26.50 - $46.50

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Who's Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Artist Website

An Irish Christmas

November 23, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $29.00 - $110.00

This wildly popular show with Riverdance and Magic of the Dance stars brings just about everything to the table - joy, hope, laughter, friendship, celebration of life through storytelling, music, song, and dance in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic. (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)

Big Band Holidays -

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

December 10, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $29.00 - $110.00

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will present over a dozen imaginative arrangements of timeless holiday songs, joined by vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant. The orchestra is composed of 15 of jazz music's leading soloists under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis. (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)

Cirque Dreams - Holidaze

December 11, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

December 12 - 13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

December 13 - 14, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.

December 14, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $34.50 - $89.50

Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with sparkle and suspense one can only dream of in a HOLIDAZE. An international cast of multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping, toy soldiers marching on wires, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. (Co-presented with Jam Theatricals)

Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas -

The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples

December 16, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $29.00 - $110.00

Grammy winner Mavis Staples joins forces with Grammy Award winning Blind Boys of Alabama for a gospel and blues holiday like you have never experienced. (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio) Artist's websites

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical

December 22 & 23, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

December 23 & 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $18.50 - $44.50

For 50 years, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has delighted television audiences of all ages, and now he soars off the screen and onto the stage in a show that will go down in history.

Kathleen Madigan

January 9, 2015 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $24.50 - $34.50

Kathleen Madigan has won both the Phyllis Diller award and the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian." She has written and produced for Lewis Black's "Root of all Evil" on Comedy Central and for Gary Shandling's Emmy monologues. Artist website

One Drop of Love

January 16 & 17, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.

January 17 & 18, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.

January 18, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Alvarez Family Studio Theater | $34.50

Produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter, Matt Damon and the show's writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, this solo performance explores family, race, love and pain and a path towards reconciliation. DiGiovanni offers a thought-provoking, informative, and moving exploration of race, racism, and what it means to identify as "culturally mixed."

Dinosaur Train Live!

January 18, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $14.50 - $34.50

Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth....and rode in trains! Website

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

February 3, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $34.50 - $74.50

Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock 'n' Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy tells the true story of Holly's meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when "That'll Be the Day" hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits.

Itzhak Perlman

February 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $44.50 - $124.50

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. (Co-presented with San Antonio Symphony) Artist Website

Jekyll & Hyde - The Musical

February 17- 19, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $34.50 - $89.50

After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment,A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed Jekyll and Hyde into a theatrical phenomenon. Its story remains as timeless as it is irresistible.

Kodo - One Earth Tour 2014: Legend

February 20, 2015 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $29.50 - $64.50

Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan's remote and inspiring Sado Island, have powerful mastery over their instruments. It's a power that can be tender, explosive, delicate or thunderous.

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour

February 26, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $26.50 - $54.50

When a young Arlo, son of renowned folk legend Woody Guthrie, was arrested for littering on Thanksgiving Day back in 1965, he couldn't know that it would launch his career, turning him into a counterculture hero. Celebrate half a century of Alice's Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie.

Peking Acrobats

February 27, 2015 | 8:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $29.00 - $110.00

Direct from the People's Republic of China, this astounding company has thrilled audiences around the world with their breathtaking, gravity-defying showmanship. Rooted in ancient Chinese traditions, yet totally mesmerizing to contemporary audiences, these routines are guaranteed to thrill people of all ages. (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)

Lang Lang

March 2, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall | $48.50 - $124.50

Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He has the honor of being the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all of the top American orchestras. (Co-presented with San Antonio Symphony) Artist Website

One Man Star Wars

April 10, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.

April 11, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

April 12, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. | Alvarez Family Studio Theater | $29.50 - $34.50

Much of Charles Ross' childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over - and over - and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all of the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, and fights the battles.

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