Patchogue Theatre Opens 2017-18 Season with The New Voice of American Soul
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) is proud to present the new voice of American Soul, Brian Owens, in "What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience," on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. The performance will also serve a VIP Member Appreciation Night for Patchogue Theatre VIP Members, who can attend the show for free and are invited to a cocktail reception following Owens' performance.
"What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience" invites the audience to partake in a show combining the beloved and lesser-known hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye to deliver an event that simultaneously honors the past and attends to the present and future.
Owens performs selections that span Gaye's music-making career. Early solo hits like "Can I Get a Witness" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" share space with "You're All I Need to Get By" and other classic duets. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial (and challenging) crowd-pleasers like "Let's Get It On" or "Got To Give It Up."
At its heart, Brian Owens' 'Marvin Gaye Experience' is about "preservation; it's a matter of upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today."
The show prominently features a suite of pieces from Gaye's "What's Going On" album, which Owens counts as "one of the most socially important artistic works in the history of American music." In light of events in and around Ferguson, Missouri where he resides, Brian Owens says the show also speaks to a "heightened sense of urgency [today] and the prophetic beauty" of Gaye's 1971 work.
Patchogue Theatre is also proud to announce 14 dynamic performances this fall, which includes the return of country music legend Clint Black to Patchogue Theatre on Sept. 23 where he performed a sold out show in 2016. Local musicians return to the Main Stage of Patchogue Theatre with the second show in the "Classic Albums Live" concert series, 'Volume 2,' celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album on Oct. 27, and MuseFest, on Sept. 29, featuring Miles to Dayton, Kerry Kearney and Jack Licitra.
Long Island native, Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats, is all about that bass on Oct. 14 when makes his Patchogue Theatre debut. Comedy at Patchogue Theatre has never been so good with Grammy nominated comedian Bobby Collins on Sept. 16 and comedian Richard Lewis of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on Nov. 3. Holiday favorites "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" featuring a live shadowcast make their return on Nov. 25 and Oct. 28 respectively. Parents can expect entertainment for the whole family with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Nov. 26 and The Magic of Lyn: Master Illusionist on Nov. 11. The entire fall 2017 lineup is listed below.
Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Grammy nominated Comedian Bobby Collins
Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Country Music Legend Clint Black
Sept. 29, 8 p.m. MuseFest featuring Miles to Dayton, Kerry Kearney and Jack Licitra
Oct. 7, 8 p.m. The Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Barack
Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats
Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Devon Allman with Special Guest Nicholas David
Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Classic Albums Live Vol. 2: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Album
Oct. 28, 8 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadowcast
Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Comedian Richard Lewis
Nov. 10, 8 p.m. The Swing Dolls Present A Swinging Salute To Veteran's Day
Nov. 11, 7 p.m. The Magic of Lyn: Master Illusionist
Nov. 25, 3 p.m. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Nov. 26, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tickets for "What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience" starring Brian Owens, along with the rest of Patchogue Theatre's fall 2017 lineup, are now available online, by phone or at the box office. Ticket prices for "The Marvin Gaye Experience" range from $25 to $50, plus ticket convenience charges. A Patchogue Theatre VIP Membership is $100 for the year. To view the benefits of a VIP Membership or how to become a VIP Member, visit PatchogueTheatre.org/VIP.