Flat Rock Playhouse presents The Music of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross!
Summer may be drawing to a close, but Fall is about to heat up at Flat Rock Playhouse with a brand new Music on the Rock paying tribute to 5-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie, and the lead singer of Motown's most successful act, Diana Ross. With hits that caused a Chain Reaction for Americans and music lovers across the world, this dynamic duo will turn the Music on the Rock series Upside Down with Endless Love and hit tunes that could make even Fools Fall in Love. The Music of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross will run from September 28th - October 8th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on Main Street in Hendersonville.
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, both American singers, songwriters, actors & record producers in their own right, remain two of the most celebrated and best-selling artists of all time in their group & solo careers. Richie, who was originally a member of popular soul group, The Commodores, went on to have an unmatched solo career worthy of 5 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Lifetime Achievement award, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. Ross, who gained international popularity as the lead singer of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, The Supremes, led a career equally unrivaled by her counterparts. Having released countless record-setting titles with The Supremes, Ross went on to lead an award-winning solo career recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe, a Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine, and "The Most Successful Female Music Artist in History" by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Featuring classics by these two phenomenal artists such as "Say You, Say Me", "Endless Love", "Stuck on You", "Love Hangover", "Truly", and "Three Times a Lady", this upcoming Music on the Rock tribute to Lionel Richie & Diana Ross is the perfect way to ring in the season with soul, funk, rhythm, and blues. This concert series will star performing artists, Donny Sykes and Ebony Blake, and feature a sensational band made up of Will Moss, Casey Cramer, Daniel Ianucci, Nathan Hefner, and Phill Bronson on Synth, Guitar, Bass, Key II/Synth and Drums, respectively. Moss will also serve as Music Director. With these artists & the incredible repertoire of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross, it's safe to say that there Ain't No Mountain High Enough to keep this Music on the Rock concert series from being Western North Carolina's premiere entertainment from September 28th - October 8th. Call the Box Office today and say Hello to purchase tickets for this incredible Music on the Rock experience today!
The Executive Producer for The Music of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross is United Way of Henderson County, along with Downtown Series Sponsor, Rug & Home. Special thanks to Opening Night Sponsor BMW of Asheville and Official Transportation Sponsor, Hunter Automotive Group!
The Music of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross will run September 28th through October 8th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Performances Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings 8:00PM, matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 - $30 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds "locals" and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse's dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 98,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.