Harris Center First Glance At 2018-19: Big Stage Series On Sale Now!

Always a beehive of activity, the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College will put its 2018-19 Season of Performing Arts on sale to the general public in early July.

But the first glance at the season-in the guise of the popular Big Stage Series-was just announced.

Featuring a strong lineup of Broadway fare, including shows that have never been in the capital region before, the Big Stage Series is on sale today to the general public. Series subscribers save 20% over the cost of single tickets, may retain the same seats year after year, and can purchase additional tickets for sale at 10% off.

In response to the strong response to series sales in 2017-18, the Harris Center has announced that it will double the number of shows available for Big Stage subscription for the upcoming season.

"Seating subscribers in a venue like the Harris Center is a surprisingly tricky business, one with a lot of moving parts," noted Executive Director Dave Pier. "Subscriptions last year were limited to the first night of a performance, but following up on our successful inaugural series launch for Big Stage in 2017-18 we're adding Second Night as an option for our subscribers wishing to upgrade their seats, or change to a different night. By making an additional show available to subscribers, we've effectively doubled our subscribers' seating options."

"I'm very excited about this season's Big Stage lineup," added Pier. "Some years, there is simply more Broadway available than others, and this is one of those seasons. Which plays to one of the Harris Center's core strengths-a state-of-the-art venue that can present the big shows, while retaining the intimacy of an 850-seat house."


(Dates listed are Big Stage Series events only; additional performances are also available as single tickets. For more information, contact the Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888.)

A Night with Janis Joplin

She was a legend, renowned for her give-all intensity and her emotive voice. In a musical that "rocks the house" (New York Times), imagine a concert just before Janis Joplin's untimely death, as she is joined by her greatest influences - from Aretha to Odetta. Featuring Mary Bridget Davies, reprising her powerful Tony-nominated role for Best Lead Actress on Broadway, and all those well known, powerful songs: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," and more "Exhilarating!" (Washington Post). Big Stage Series performances are Friday, October 12, 2018; 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 13; 7:30 pm.

Finding Neverland

"Far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR). Based on the Oscar winning film, Finding Neverland is the timeless story behind one of the world's most beloved fictional characters - Peter Pan - and how he was born. Finding Neverland follows the playwright J.M. Barrie and his introduction to four Young Brothers and their widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play-and his classic tale springs to life. "Pixie-dusted perfection" (Entertainment Weekly). Big Stage Series performances are Friday, October 26, 2018; 7:30 pm and Saturday October 27; 7:30 pm.

Jersey Boys

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true. Featuring the legendary Top Ten hits "Sherry" • "Big Girls Don't Cry" • "Walk Like A Man" • "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" • "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)" and more. Big Stage Series performances are Tuesday, January 22, 2019; 7:30 pm and Wednesday, January 23; 7:30 pm.


Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Originally directed by Harold Prince

Eva Peron enthralled a nation and enchanted the world. This iconic musical won more than 20 major awards, including numerous Tony Awards (including Best Musical), the Olivier Award for Best Musical, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the film version. The story of a poor Argentinean girl who grows up to be the wife of the president features some of Rice and Lloyd Webber's best loved songs, including "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", "On This Night of a Thousand Stars", "You Must Love Me" and others. Big Stage Series performances are Thursday, February 21, 2019; 7:30 pm and Friday, Feb 22; 7:30 pm.

Something Rotten!

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is "Broadway's big, fat hit!" (NY Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, it's "The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!" (New York Magazine). Big Stage Series performances are Thursday, April 18, 2019; 7:30 pm and Friday, April 19, 2019; 7:30 pm.

Big Stage Series subscribers can save up to $90 off of the single ticket prices. There are six Series price tiers, beginning at $170; Premium Seats for the five musicals is $377. For more information, patrons should call the Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information on the artists, see go.harriscenter.net/BigStage18

The 2018-19 Season Marks Eight Seasons of Great Shows. Up Close. In Folsom! The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts approximately 400 events attracting upwards of 150,000 annually.

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