GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (22 June 2017). As a premier entertainment showplace for acclaimed international stars, iconic American artists, and celebrated regional performers, The Grand 1894 Opera House continues to produce an annual performing arts season that delivers entertainment experiences that capture the imagination of its audiences. The Grand’s 2017-18 Performing Arts Season will include many such memorable events.
The magic of live performance, where amazing artists share their creative joy while feeding off the energy of a captivated audience, is like nothing else. Cell phones, Facebook pages, and such are put aside as audience members in rapt attention experience “living in the moment” as an entertainment experience unfolds before them.
Two of Broadway’s most celebrated legends, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, will open the season with their captivating show, Chita & Tune-Two for the Road! Jimmy Webb, composer of the iconic “Galveston,” will share memories and stories of his musical collaborations with Glen Campbell. Clarinetist Julian Bliss and his septet will pay tribute to Benny Goodman and American Swing; and Joshua Bell, one of today’s most celebrated violinists, will dazzle audiences with his extraordinary talent. Musical pop greats The Beach Boys, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and Blood Sweat & Tears will share their amazing hits, and The Texas Tenors will return to The Grand, after their successful PBS taping at the opera house last season. Don’t miss STOMP, Yamato-the Drummers of Japan, Parsons Dance, and Tango Fire, all promising to be exciting, energetic, and scintillating performances. Plus, join us for the best in Broadway, Holiday Shows, and eye-popping new productions embracing a thrilling mix of music, movement, and spectacle!
Single tickets (if available) go on sale Monday, June 26, 2017 at 9am – tickets are available now through subscription packages. We invite you to join us and experience the joy and wonder that live theatre can offer.
Contact The Grand's box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand at www.thegrand.com. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston's historic downtown Cultural Arts District, and is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the State of Texas." All major credit cards accepted.
THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE, PERFORMING ARTS SEASON 2017-2018
Chita & Tune – Two For The Road
Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune
Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017 8:00 PM
Two of Broadway’s legendary performers appear together in a stunning opening night at The Grand! Multi-Tony winning artists Rivera and Tune have dazzled audiences everywhere with their singing, dancing, acting, and directing talents. It’s no wonder their show is playing to crowds that are Standing Room Only!
Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 8:00 PM
Composer Jimmy Webb pays tribute to his friend Glen Campbell, sharing highlights of the 100+ recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook. Enjoy Jimmy’s moving recollections – complete with photos, video and audio clips, and humorous stories - from the partnership that produced “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and more!
The Beach Boys
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. They’ve created a torrent of hit singles and sold tens of millions of albums. But of greater significance, they changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in their debt. Don’t miss an amazing evening of “Good Vibrations” at The Grand!
Joshua Bell, violinist
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 3:00 PM
With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of today’s most-celebrated violinists. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards, as well as the Avery Fisher Prize. Enjoy this amazing artist, performing with his pianist in the beauty and intimacy of The Grand!
Nosferatu – Silent film with Rob Landes at the organ
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 8:00 PM
Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, (A Symphony of Horror), director F. W. Manarau's eerie adaptation of Stoker's Dracula is a silent masterpiece that to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. A silent film accompanied by Rob Landes at the organ, Nosferatu is the perfect performance to set the mood for Halloween!
An Evening with Sophia Loren
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 4:00 PM
Of all the foreign sex symbols to explode on the American screen in the 1950s, Sophia Loren is the most iconic and the most enduring. Rescheduled from the Spring of 2017, the Oscar-winning actress will captivate you with an intimate onstage conversation featuring former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris, along with film clips, home movies, and a Q & A from the audience.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 3:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 3:00 PM
A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. Experience a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum!
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 3:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 8:00 PM
One of the most delightfully enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole! Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable, nostalgic journey with enough fun and festive cheer to power all the Christmas lights in Galveston! Holiday favorite songs include “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” and more!
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 3:00 PM
This timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843! Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it's an enchanting event for the entire family!
The Texas Tenors – Deep in the Heart of Christmas
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 8:00 PM
Fresh from the debut of their PBS Special (filmed at The Grand and set to air in summer 2017!), Texas favorites Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway, and current pop music. With their breathtaking vocals, humor, and a touch of cowboy charm, their concert at The Grand will put you in the holiday spirit!
Jerry Jeff Walker
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 8:00 PM
One of the Lone Star State's most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for his annual holiday season concert! Get ready for a memorable evening, filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and down-home fun!
The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 8:00 PM
First seen on The Grand's stage during the 2014-2015 Season, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as "Jake" and "Elwood" Blues with The Official Blues Brothers Review. Backed by a powerhouse band, their performance is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including “Soul Man,” “ Rubber Biscuit,” ” Sweet Home Chicago,” and more. An evening of rock, blues, and soul fun!
The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 3:00 PM
Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concert featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of number one hits from Billboard's country singles charts!
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 8:00 PM
Tango master German Cornejo and his sensuous partner Gisela Galeassi are joined by an outstanding cast including World Tango Champions and dancers from the greatest Tango houses in Buenos Aires. Coupled with Cornejo’s sublime choreography and accompanied by unforgettable music and songs of the great Tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese, and Gardel, Tango Fire is an exhilarating show combining the rawness, sophistication, seductive, and sultry side of Tango!
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 8:00 PM
Exuberant, virtuosic, sexy! Parsons Dance is everything that is right about American modern dance. Innovative, exuberant and gifted, this company always delivers. Their bold, joyous, and athletic movement has elevated them to the top of the world’s leading modern dance companies. Stunning works, like the iconic Caught, exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal.
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan -“Chousensha” – The Challengers
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 8:00 PM
"Imagine two- thousand years of Samurai, Shinto meditation, and sake.... surging through the muscles and motion of this energetic troupe of young drummers!” Now, think of all you will experience when they appear LIVE at The Grand! Since its beginnings in 1993, Yamato has infused each performance with new vitality and passion. Living, learning, and perfecting their art together on beautiful Nara Prefecture in Japan, Yamato combines great originality and innovation with the sheer joy of making music together.
Julian Bliss Septet – A Tribute to Benny Goodman
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 8:00 PM
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, and tireless musical explorer. Julian’s exceptional musicianship and stunning showmanship have thrilled audiences worldwide. “The Julian Bliss Septet and the Tribute To Benny Goodman celebrates not only the virtuoso pioneer of American swing music but captures the vibrant joy of a simple, unadorned melody played with feeling and conviction.” Critical Jazz
On Golden Pond – presented by Montana Repertory Theatre
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 8:00 PM
Both lighthearted and deeply moving, playwright Ernest Thompson’s American theatrical masterpiece is the story of a curmudgeonly father and husband who must confront his strained relationship with his adult daughter and his own not-so-gentle march into old age. “On Golden Pond alternates with such shrewdness between humor and heartbreak that it comes to feel as real and full as life itself.” —The Boston Globe
The Rob Landes Trio – The Fabulous 50s!
Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 4:00 PM
The 1950s marked the beginning of the age of Rock and Roll — from Elvis to Little Richard to Chuck Berry. At the same time, the 1950s was the era of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Roger Williams. From “Sha Boom” to “Chances Are,” The Rob Landes Trio will charm you with the memorable music of the Fabulous 50s!
Cirque Eloize – Saloon
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 8:00 PM
The Wild West comes alive in this intoxicating mix of theatre, music, and acrobatics! Imagine a saloon complete with piano player and a bar filled with gold diggers, rail workers, chorus girls, and cowboys. Add some comedy, dance, music, and whiskey fumes, and you get a fun-filled spectacle with a breathtaking finale! So saddle-up for this action-packed theatrical thrill-ride at The Grand 1894 Opera House!
Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 8:00 PM
The awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most-loved song comes to life in this radiant touring production. Brimming with emotion and adventure, this tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption is “an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.” – Broadway in Chicago.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 8:00 PM
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical! This uproarious Broadway comedy is the story of a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way!
THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6!
Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:00 PM
Combining forces in concert for the first time, these amazing vocal groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards between them. Their range of performance styles and innovative arrangements cover nearly every genre of popular music - from jazz to swing, gospel to urban R&B. With unexpected twists and turns, this jubilant show by the coolest masters of vocal harmonies on the planet “will have you bouncing in your chair!”
Blood Sweat & Tears – 50th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:00 PM
Combine the sophistication and musical skill of jazz with the energy and universal appeal of rock vocal music. Add spontaneously improvised jazz solos and horn arrangements, and you have BS&T – one of the top touring attractions of the past five decades. Celebrate an amazing performance with “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “God Bless the Child,” and much more.