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December 2017

Academy Dance Center “Babes in Toyland”

December 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Academy Dance Center’s Ensemble Company will present an original adaptation of the holiday classic, “BABES IN TOYLAND,” at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 17th  at 2:30 pm. All roads lead to Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their Holiday wedding! Through a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses by the villainous, Barnaby, the ceremony turns to chaos. The famous ‘Wooden Soldiers’ put Barnaby in…

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Academy Dance Center “Babes in Toyland”

December 17 @ 2:30 pm

The Academy Dance Center’s Ensemble Company will present an original adaptation of the holiday classic, “BABES IN TOYLAND,” at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 17th  at 2:30 pm. All roads lead to Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their Holiday wedding! Through a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses by the villainous, Barnaby, the ceremony turns to chaos. The famous ‘Wooden Soldiers’ put Barnaby in…

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 18 @ 6:30 pm
$19 - $39

View A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! Video!! A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount…

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Matinee

December 19 @ 9:30 am
$19 - $39

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover…

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Matinee

December 19 @ 11:30 am
$19 - $39

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover…

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Cantus Christmas & Vega Quartet

December 19 @ 7:30 pm
Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway
Columbus, 31901
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$34

Cantus Christmas 2017: Message of the Season—Music of the Masters In its eighteenth annual holiday concert, the professional chorus CantusColumbus, directed by William J. Bullock, recounts the Christmas story with classical masterpieces and audience carols. The chorus is assisted this year by the renowned Vega String Quartet and the Legacy Hall concert organ and piano. This beautiful holiday tradition is the perfect way to prepare to receive the true message of the season. »—« This concert regularly sells out, so purchase tickets…

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January 2018

Riverdance

January 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$57 - $62

Click here to view video! The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour.  Marking the eagerly awaited return of the show to North America the anniversary production features new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number. BUY TICKETS NOW!

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CSO: Unusual Percussion & A Little “Rach”

January 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Unusual Percussion & A Little “Rach” – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Saturday, January 20, 2018 | Masterworks Series 6:30 p.m. – Know the Score | 7:30 p.m. – Concert Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Paul Vaillancourt & Friends, percussion   Jarvlepp:  Garbage Concerto: A Concerto for Recycled Trash and Orchestra Rachmaninoff:  Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27   Never have recycled cans, hubcaps, and bottles of all shapes and sizes sounded so amazing. Jarvlepp’s concerto is a…

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Freedom Train Matinee

January 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars, and homes. The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated 'conductors.' Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills…

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Freedom Train Matinee

January 25, 2018 @ 11:30 am

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars, and homes. The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated 'conductors.' Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills…

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February 2018

Classic Albums Live: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle, Vol. 1

February 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$39

The world’s greatest classic rock albums. Performed live onstage. No gimmicks. Note for note. Cut for cut. Classic Albums Live brings back the 20 greatest hits ever performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Take a trip back in time with this performance of album Chronicle, Vol 1. BUY PRESHOW DINNER TICKETS NOW! BUY TICKETS NOW!

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The Illusionists Present The Magic of Adam Trent

February 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$49 - $59

The Illusionists has become the best-selling magic show in Broadway history selling $2.1 million in one week followed by a smash-hit US and world tour. One of the original Broadway stars has emerged and teamed up with The Illusionists producers to present a headline illusion show with scale and mass appeal not seen since the touring days of David Copperfield. Returning to his roots as a solo headliner, Trent brings his hits from the Broadway show along with never before seen material. The Illusionists…

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CSO: Baroque Suites and Sweets

February 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Baroque Suites and Sweets – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Legacy Hall Series 6:30 p.m. – Know the Score | 7:30 p.m. – Concert Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Kevin Lyons, trumpet Kerren Berz, violin James Zellers, flute Erica Howard, oboe   Bach:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 Bach:  Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 Handel:  Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348 Handel:  Water Music:…

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Southern Fried Chicks – Cage Free Comedy Tour

February 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$39

Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair and bigger attitude! The Southern Fried Chicks have busted out of the hen house for a night on the town at this special Valentine's Day performance featuring new stories, music, audience participation, singing, dancing and a multimedia show audiences are sure to enjoy! Life and love in the USA has never been funnier as when these top headliners take the stage. Join the Chicks for a night of free-range comedy starring Etta May, Sonya White,…

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet

February 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$39

In this world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India are traveling to promote world peace and healing through the sharing of Tibet’s authentic sacred performances and visual arts. Over the course of four days the monks will complete musical demonstrations and a sacred ceremony in celebration of purification, positive energy, and life. They will create a large, intricate mandala of colored sand in the RiverCenter lobby before ceremoniously disassembling…

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CSO: Super Heroes & Villains

February 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Super Heroes & Villains – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Saturday, February 24, 2018 | Family Pops Concert 7:30 p.m. – Concert Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts This rollicking Pops concert searches film scores and television sound tracks to present music that pits the most virtuous super heroes against the most vile, evil super villains. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and all the rest will do battle with their arch nemeses. At the end only one will remain standing (and it probably…

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March 2018

Moscow Festival Ballet Cinderella

March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$49

Helmed by esteemed Artistic Director Sergei Radchenko, this timeless performance of fairy tale Cinderella will delight all ages. Its exquisite costumes, lush scenery, comical evil stepsisters, and captivating choreography make this one of the most beloved ballets of all time. BUY PRESHOW DINNER TICKETS NOW! BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Dragons Love Tacos Matinee

March 6, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
$19

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues. You don't want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children's books! Matinee performances at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books! Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is…

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Dragons Love Tacos Matinee

March 6, 2018 @ 11:30 am
$19

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues. You don't want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children's books! Matinee performances at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books! Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is…

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Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories

March 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$19

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues. You don't want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children's books! Matinee performances at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books! Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is…

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Dragons Love Tacos Matinee

March 7, 2018 @ 9:30 am
$19

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues. You don't want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children's books! Matinee performances at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books! Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is…

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Dragons Love Tacos Matinee

March 7, 2018 @ 11:30 am
$19

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues. You don't want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children's books! Matinee performances at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books! Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is…

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Olate Dogs

March 10, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
$15 - $49

Recognizable as winners of America's Got Talent, Olate Dogs features precious pups and amazing tricks! Audiences will be thoroughly entertained by a doggy conga line, a pooch that does back flips, dogs jumping rope, going down slides, and riding scooters. Olate Dogs have toured nationwide, performing in commercials, during NBA halftimes, at the Big Apple Circus, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. You won't want to miss this show! BUY TICKETS NOW!

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CSO: Sleeping Beauty

March 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Sleeping Beauty – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Friday, March 16, 2018 | Family Concert 6:30 p.m. – Lobby Activities| 7:30 p.m. – Concert Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts The Columbus Ballet   Tchaikovsky:  Sleeping Beauty (abridged)   The CSO and the dancers of The Columbus Ballet join together for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”. Special pre-concert activities all around the RiverCenter will make this a delightful evening for the whole family.    

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Motown The Musical

March 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$57 - $62

It began as one man's story, became everyone's music, and is now Broadway's musical! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives, and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! BUY PRESHOW…

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Motown The Musical

March 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$57 - $62

It began as one man's story, became everyone's music, and is now Broadway's musical! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives, and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! BUY PRESHOW…

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April 2018

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

April 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$39

The world's greatest classic rock albums performed live on stage. No gimmicks. Note for note. Cut for cut. Classic Albums Live performs Led Zeppelin II, an album that defined the sound of '70s hard rock and one of the best selling albums of all time. BUY PRESHOW DINNER TICKETS NOW! BUY TICKETS NOW!

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The Sound of Music

April 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$32 - $62

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is currently on tour across North America! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.  THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay…

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The Sound of Music

April 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$32 - $62

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is currently on tour across North America! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.  THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay…

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CSO: Verdi’s Requiem

April 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Verdi’s Requiem – Columbus Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 21, 2018 | Masterworks Series 6:30 p.m. – Know the Score | 7:30 p.m. – Concert Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Columbus State University Choral Union Auburn University Chamber Choir LaGrange College Choir   Amanda Hall, soprano Stacey Rishoi, mezzo soprano J. Warren Mitchell, tenor Nathan Stark, bass   Verdi:  Messa da Requiem   The orchestra is joined by choral forces from CSU, Auburn University, and LaGrange College in…

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Urban Bush Women – Hair Stories 3.3

April 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$49

The dance, music, and history of the African Diaspora comes to RiverCenter when Urban Bush Women takes the stage performing Hair and other stories. HairStories 3.3 (developed by Jawole Zollar and Urban Bush Women, along with director Raelle Myrick Hodges and comedic writer  Keisha Zollar) is a multidisciplinary, evening-length work that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of hair - primarily that of African American women. The presentation of Hair and other stories by Urban Bush…

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May 2018

The Rainbow Fish Matinee

May 11, 2018 @ 9:30 am
$19

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!” The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry. Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title–the…

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The Rainbow Fish Matinee

May 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am
$19

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!” The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry. Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title–the…

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The Rainbow Fish

May 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
$19

“The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!” The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry. Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title–the…

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