Debbie Reynolds, Betty Buckley and More Set for Richmond Hill Centre's 2012-13 Season

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The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts announced the details of its 2012-2013 Season, featuring Debbie Reynolds and Betty Buckley. Filled with premieres and exclusive GTA appearances the 2012-2013 Season, Captured Moments, will further solidify the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts as the centre of culture in York Region.

“Our 2012-2013 season invites you to take a moment to enjoy a live performance”, says Michael Grit, Theatre Manager for the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. “Our lives continue to move at break neck pace, the theatre gives us an opportunity to capture a moment in time and reminds us to savor what’s important.”

The Full Season includes:

Debbie Reynolds - Wednesday October 17, 2012 at 8pm
Warm, dazzling and dynamic, American icon Debbie Reynolds has been entertaining us for over six decades. From her memorable onscreen roles in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown to her numerous TV appearances on such hit shows as The Love Boat and Will & Grace, Debbie Reynolds has transcended generations. Join us for an unforgettable opportunity to hear the legendary voice and sparkling wit that has engaged audiences around the world. Single tickets $75, $68

Steve Patterson “This is Not Debatable”- Friday October 19th at 8pm
As host of CBC Radio One and CBC Television’s wildly successful The Debaters Steve Patterson has become a household name, with more than half a million weekly listeners and viewers. A Gemini Award nominee and veteran of the comedy festival circuit, Patterson brings his trademark self-deprecating delivery and razor-sharp wit to the Richmond Hill stage. Featuring fact-based comedy, hilarious personal tales and audience interaction, “This is Not Debatable!” is a superior live comedy experience we won’t soon forget. Single tickets $45, $41

The Velveteen Rabbit - Monday October 22, 2012 at 7pm
With a little bit of nursery magic and a whole lot of theatrical magic, the classic tale of a toy bunny who longs to become real comes to life for a whole new generation in this wonder-filled, interactive
production. An unforgettable theatrical experience based on the immortal book by Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit is a joyous testament to the eternal power of a child’s imagination.
Single tickets $25, $23

Classic Albums Live presents...
Queen: A Night at the Opera- Tuesday October 23, 2012 at 8pm
Released in 1975 and featuring the unmistakable vocals of the immortal Freddie Mercury, A Night at the Opera is the fourth album by the British rock group Queen and the band’s first platinum seller. Cited by music publications as one of Rock’s finest works it features the classic hits You’re My Best Friend and the classic rock anthem Bohemian Rhapsody. Complete the evening with a second act dedicated to Queen’s greatest hits. Single tickets $45, $41

Jennifer Warnes- Friday October 25, 2012 at 8pm
American singer and songwriter Jennifer Warnes is best known for her rich distinctive voice and the duets that helped define two iconic feature films. Both #1 hits, Up Where We Belong with Joe Cocker and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life with Bill Medley catapulted Jennifer Warnes to international fame. To her fans she will always be remembered for her album Famous Blue Raincoat where she reinterpreted some of Leonard Cohen’s greatest songs and became one of the most renowned singers of our time. Single tickets $47, $42

Tap Kids- Tuesday November 13th at 7pm
Tap Kids take dance to new heights while telling the story of a group of teenagers during their last months at school. Complete with dancing in the cafeteria, drama at the school dance and mischief in detention they come to terms with graduation and their pending adulthood. Featuring an extraordinary cast of 8 rhythm tap dancers Tap Kids has been thrilling audiences of all ages with their incredible talent and fierce passion. Single tickets $25, $23

Michelle Wright- Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 8pm
Since 1990, Michelle Wright has been drawing rave reviews for her powerful voice and her distinctive style. Recently inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Michelle has sold nearly 2 million albums and enjoyed an international career, one that has seen her grace concert stages across North America and appear in Europe, Africa, and Australia. With 25 Top Ten Hits and host of gold and platinum selling albums Michelle Wright brings her incredible show to Richmond Hill for one night only. Single tickets $47, $42

Vicki Lawrence: Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show- Thursday November 15th at 8pm
Emmy Award winning actress and singer Vicki Lawrence makes her Richmond Hill debut in her hilarious live show Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show. This multi-talented entertainer gained fame as a co-star on The Carol Burnett Show and then as Thelma Harper on the syndicated comedy Mama’s Family. One of TV’s most endearing comediennes, join Vicki (and Mama) for a night of stand-up comedy, music and observations about real life. Single tickets $65, $59

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- Saturday November 24th, 2012 at 11am
Eight delightful stories come to life in TheatreworksUSA’s sparkling musical revue If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books. This series of mini-musicals are based on a number of popular children’s books, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace, Borreguita and the Coyote, Imogene’s Antlers, Master Man, Math Curse and Owen. Single tickets $25, $23

Wingfield’s Progress- Tuesday November 27th at 8pm
The Richmond Hill Centre continues its presentation of the complete Wingfield cycle with the second installment, Wingfield’s Progress. In his second season on The Farm Walt faces a new challenge, the spectre of urban development. Can he mobilize the neighbourhood to save the rustic splendour of Larkspur? Walt and his neighbours are back in this hilarious sequel to Letter From Wingfield Farm. Single tickets $42, $38

Jason McCoy- Saturday December 22nd at 8pm
Celebrate the holiday season with Canadian Country Music star and Country Male Vocalist of the Year Jason McCoy. In this interactive Christmas show, guests drop by on the big screen to join Jason for holiday favourites, and McCoy originals. Join Jason for an evening of sing-alongs, requests and laughter as Richmond Hill shares the spirit of the season with this extraordinary artist.

New Year’s Eve- Monday December 31st at 10pm
The RHCPA follows up on last year’s wildly successful event with another New Year’s Eve celebration that will have you moving until midnight and beyond. Join the Blackboard Blues Band as we transform the largest stage in York Region into Richmond Hill’s premiere dance floor. Conveniently located in the heart of the historic downtown, the RHCPA is the perfect location to ring in the New Year with friends, family and world class entertainment. Single tickets $40, $35

Lucille Chung- Tuesday January 15th at 8pm
Canadian pianist Lucille Chung has been acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance”.
Since making her debut at the age of ten with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra she has performed with over 60 leading orchestras in over 30 countries. An artist of unparalleled talent, multiple award winner Lucille Chung makes her Richmond Hill debut. Single tickets $35, $32

America- Friday January 25th at 8pm
Perennial classic-rock favorite America have spent the last forty years creating a musical legacy built on their tradeMark Harmonies and timeless sound. They hit the top of the charts with their signature song A Horse With No Name and became a global household name with an impressive string of hits including I Need You, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair and You Can Do Magic. Four decades later America is touring the world and still thrilling audiences with their unique sound and uplifting music. Single tickets $62, $56

Martha Speaks- Monday February 4th at 7pm
When the family feeds alphabet soup to their dog Martha, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach and Martha begins to speak. When Martha correctly answers a trivia question on a radio call-in show, she wins an all-expense-paid family vacation. But when the official award notice arrives in the mail, it contains Martha’s least favourite words: “no dogs allowed!” Will her family go on vacation without her? Martha’s clever way with words saves the day in this doggone funny new musical based on the delightful Martha Speaks series of books by Susan Meddaugh. Single tickets $25, $23

Classic Albums Live presents...
Supertramp: Breakfast in America- Friday February 15th at 8pm
Released in 1979, Breakfast in America is the sixth and defining album by the band Supertramp. A double Grammy winner, it featured three hit singles including The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, and Take the Long Way Home. Recognized as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest albums, Breakfast in America went multi-platinum making Supertramp one of music’s most beloved bands. Complete the evening with a second act dedicated to Supertramp’s greatest hits.

Ethan Russell- Friday March 1st at 8pm
Legendary photographer Ethan Russell helped define an era by capturing some of Rock and Roll’s most iconic figures. As the only person to have shot album covers for The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who, Ethan Russell helped shape the visual history of one of music’s most dynamic periods. Multi-Grammy nominee, Ethan Russell, went on to pioneer music videos, re-shaping the industry forever. Join us for this once in a lifetime event as we travel pictorially through time with
Ethan Russell. Single tickets $42, $38

Click, Clack, Moo- Tuesday March 5th at 7pm
“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” The cows are typing and
protesting their working conditions! “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about
negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Single tickets $25, $23

Toronto Jazz Orchestra- Thursday March 7th at 8pm
Formed in 1998, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece big band made up of graduates from Toronto’s top university and college jazz programs - some of Toronto’s best young jazz musicians.
Performing exciting and interesting big band music – from the leading edge of contemporary composition to the classic tunes of the past – the Toronto Jazz Orchestra seeks to educate, entertain, and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of jazz. Single tickets $35, $32

Valdy- Saturday March 9th at 8pm
Best remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song Juno award winner Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. With four Gold albums, Valdy is recognized as one of this country’s most influential singer/songwriters having performed his distinctive brand of music around the globe. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, Valdy is an artist who can musically capture the small but telling moments that make up life. Single tickets $42, $38

The Berenstain Bears Live!-Saturday March 16th at 11am and 2pm
Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colourful new musical filled with fun for the whole family. Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone’s favourite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for years to come. Single tickets $25, $23

David Wilcox- Thursday March 28th at 8pm
Canadian guitarist and singer/songwriter David Wilcox started his long and accomplished professional career by landing a spot in the Ian and Sylvia Tyson band, The Great Speckled Bird. Best known for his guitar skill, humorous lyrics and quirky vocal styling David Wilcox produced a string of hits including Do the Bearcat, Bad Apple, That Hypnotizin’ Boogie, Downtown Came Uptown and Riverboat Fantasy. A legendary performer David Wilcox plays Richmond Hill for one night only. Single tickets $50, $45

Boyz II Men- Thursday April 11th at 8pm
Four-time Grammy award winners Boyz II Men are the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. With such monumental hits as One Sweet Day, I’ll Make Love to You and End of the Road, Boyz II Men achieved superstar status in the 90’s becoming only the fourth artist to stay at #1 for 50 weeks. A global concert attraction, Boyz II Men will bring their peerless harmonies to Richmond Hill for an evening not soon to be forgotten. Single tickets $70, $63

Classic Albums Live presents...
AC/DC: Back in Black- Wednesday April 17th at 8pm
Our CAL series wraps up with one of Rock and Roll’s most popular albums of all time AC/DC’s Back in Black. Released in 1980, this quintessential hard rock album has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide with such timeless hits as Hells Bells, Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long. Complete the evening with a second act dedicated to AC/DC’s greatest hits. Single tickets $45, $41

Betty Buckley- Thursday May 9th at 8pm
Broadway diva Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. Best known for her role as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight is Enough, Ms. Buckley’s career has included numerous film, television and stage roles and
two Grammy nominations. Regarded as one of this generation’s greatest live entertainers Betty Buckley brings the world of Broadway to the Richmond Hill stage. Single tickets $55, $50

Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 5th at 10am. Single tickets are available as well as subscriptions and convenient flex packages. Patrons are asked to call the box office at 905-787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.ca.

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