Lincoln Park Announces 2021-’22 Show Series


MIDLAND – The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center returns to theater audiences with a new series of nine award-winning productions for the 2021-2022 season.

The Highmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield Subscription Series includes two plays, two dance performances and five musicals.

The series opens October 8 and ends July 31, 2022.

“After 18 months of digital offerings, I am very excited to report that we are back and better than ever for in-person theater,” said Justin Fortunato, artistic director of production at Lincoln Park. “This season is full of exciting stories and surprises for which we hope you and your family will join us. It’s bigger, better and bolder than ever. “

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland has announced its 2021-22 season of musicals, plays and dance performances.

Like many regional theaters, Lincoln Park filled the performance void last season with virtual shows.

Now is the time to relive them in person, Fortunato said.

“This season we’ll be featuring family productions, thought-provoking stories and ageless classics that you know and love,” he said. “The stage is ready. The orchestra is tuned. The actors are backstage. The only thing missing now is you.

The 2021-2022 season:

• “Disney’s Newsies”, October 8-17.

• “The Descendants of Disney: The Musical”, November 12-21.

• “All is calm: the Christmas truce of 1914”, from December 3 to 19.

• “The Nutcracker”, from December 9 to 12.

• “Pride and Prejudice”, from February 11 to 20.

• “Swing! A Musical Dance Spectacular ”, from March 11 to 13.

• Surprise Bonus Musical, from April 29 to May 8.

• “The Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel”, June 17-26

• “Memphis the Musical”, July 22 to 31.

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center presents its 2021-22 subscription series.

The launch show, “Disney’s Newsies”, is inspired by the Newsboy strike of 1899. The Tony Award-winning musical features stunning dance numbers and a score by Alan Menken (“Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin” , “Tangled”.),

Then, on the main stage in downtown Midland, it’s “happily forever with a little flavor” with “Disney’s Descendants,” a brand new show, based on the original Disney Channel films. The musical features favorite songs like “Rotten to the Core” and “Chillin ‘Like a Villain”, as Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay show us the “ways to be mean”.

The first BlackBox Theater show of the season, “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” shares the true meaning of the Christmas season through the remarkable real-life story where Allied and German soldiers laid their arms and celebrated the holiday together. The moving piece is woven with letters, poems, war documents and songs.

Lincoln Park’s oldest holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker,” would be “better than ever” with new choreography and new scenic elements for the Tchaikovsky classic.

Audiences will be transported to the days of the Regency in England for “Pride & Prejudice”, based on Jane Austen’s classic novel about the independent Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy.

“To balance!” features lively dance numbers and a live swing band on stage playing top charts. Postponed from March 2020, the show celebrates a musical movement that has swept the nation.

The Surprise Bonus musical from March 11 to 13, a Lincoln Park premiere, should be worth the wait, Fortunato said.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” allows Lincoln Park to address “the best musical of the 20th century” (Time Magazine). The haunting love story of a tragic antihero, and the woman and child he leaves behind, features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, Fortunato said.

The season finale “Memphis: The Musical” is dubbed a “rock’n roll journey that takes you behind the curtain to the nightclubs where a musical movement is born”. Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan wrote the original score for a show that transports audiences to the south of the 1950s through irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of glory and forbidden love between a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer on the verge of his big break.

All evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. with weekend mornings starting at 2 p.m.

Lincoln Park unveiled a brand new website at LincolnParkArts.org with new ticketing software, customer portal access and online merchandise sales to make the customer service experience easier than ever before. Many of these changes were brought about by the pandemic and changes in how businesses operate.

Subscription packages allow customers to save up to 15% off regular ticket prices and go on sale at 9 a.m. on July 26. Call the box office at 724-576-4644 or visit LincolnParkArts.org.

Single tickets go on sale August 30.

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Scott Tady is the local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He is easy to reach at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @scottady


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