Lucky Stiff

Directed by Michael Glorioso
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty

March 2 - 19, 2023

Tony Award-winning writing team, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's, first produced show, Lucky Stiff, premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. That incarnation's talented cast included Stephen Stout, Stuart Zagnit, Mary Testa and Julie White. A winner of the Richard Rodgers Award and Washington's Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, Lucky Stiff is now performed frequently across the country.

Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex!


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Elton Jeff
& The Honky Cats

An Elton John Experience

featuring Jeff Gajewski

Saturday, March 25, 2023 • 8:00pm

Elton Jeff & The Honky Cats is not just another tribute act. It’s more like a musical journey spanning over six decades, featuring a review of Elton John's chart-topping favorites that have been embraced by multiple generations. Their performance gives music enthusiasts a well-crafted experience featuring the heaviest hitters from the Elton John catalog.

The Elton Jeff & The Honky Cats production offers a variety of attractive visual elements, along with a stunning musical representation featuring some of the area's greatest talent in the region. Elton John fans both young and old will genuinely enjoy this musical tribute and keep you “hoppin’ & boppin’ where your feet just can’t keep still!”

We are delighted to once again host Elton Jeff this year after presenting them for their world premier event last summer to a record sold-out house!

Don't wait to get your tickets - they won't be available for very long!

Visit eltonjeff.com to find out more!

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“Honky Cat” is a song composed by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It was used as the opening track for Elton’s fifth studio album, Honky Château, released in 1972. The single reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is this very song title to which our band proudly owes its namesake.


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Echoes of Pompeii

A Tribute to Pink Floyd

Saturday, April 1, 2023 • 8:00pm

Echoes of Pompeii is comprised of a 10-piece band (orchestra) to give fans the true sound of a Pink Floyd concert. From synthesizers, delayed vocals, slide guitars and female backup singers, they leave no stone unturned when it comes to their sound.

They grab the audience with state-of-the-art visuals such as lasers, lights, video, and iconic images that Pink Floyd was well known to produce. Audiences will transcend from a calm moving coma state of mind into a standing ovation all night long, as if they were riding a celestial roller coaster.

So please take your seat, buckle up and get ready to take flight!


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Alligator Records Recording Artists

The Cash Box Kings
and

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Saturday, April 15, 2023 • 8:00pm

The Cash Box Kings are bona fide blues royalty. Co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays masterfully raw and unvarnished houserocking blues. Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs. With their top shelf musicianship and trademark good humor, The Cash Box Kings are a one-of-a-kind blues band. In the words of MOJO magazine, the band is “flawless.”

Mixing tough Chicago and Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly” (their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly), they attack every song they play with contemporary authority and old school authenticity. The extraordinary ensemble playing between Nosek, Wilson, guitarist Billy Flynn, bassist John W. Lauler, drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and their friend, pianist Queen Lee Kenehira, is a true force of nature. The musicians feed off of each other’s ideas and energy, effortlessly moving from a lowdown purr to a full throttle roar. According to No Depression, “The Cash Box Kings are a royal hive of raucous houserockers. Whether resurrecting the past or living in the moment, they satisfy your craving for hardcore Chicago blues, served up hot and tasty.”

Find out more at cashboxkings.com


In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years –an extraordinary feat for any group. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”

Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials —bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton— have remained together for over 30 years —an extraordinary feat for any group—, the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.

Visit them at liledblues.com


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Nunsense
Directed by John Peluso
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin

May 4 - 21, 2023

A zany, wholesome, hilarious musical revue presented by the Little Sisters of Hoboken, Nunsense is a heavenly delight!

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth-grade production of “Grease.”

Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, Nunsense has become an international phenomenon.


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Valparaiso Memorial Day Concert

Monday, May 29, 2023 • 3:00pm

The seventeenth annual Valparaiso Memorial Day Concert will be held Monday, May 29, at 3:00pm.

There is no admission charge, but every audience member must reserve a ticket.

Audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected by the Christian Food Pantry of Valparaiso. Food items will be collected in the courtyard between Memorial Opera House and Porter County Museum. Enter through the main entrance of the theatre for the performance.

The concert will be performed by the Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band and will last about 60 minutes with no intermission. The performance will feature patriotic band music and historical narratives.


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A Summer Soundscape

Midwest Big Band featuring Mary Kay Steele & Jim Bulanda

Saturday, June 17, 2023 • 8:00pm

Big band music of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s has gifted American culture with arguably the greatest love songs on the charts. Listening to the crooning of “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop on the radio was enough to melt any icy heart until it skipped a beat to the thrill of a saxophone. Band leaders like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller drew crowds and bridged racial divides through the love language of swing.

For the past three years, this professional quality, historical, 18-piece big band has been thrilling audiences across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland with their world-class talent. Instrumentalists include the best semi-professionals in the Region, some of whom have toured professionally with Ray Charles, played freelance in Los Angeles, or taught music at the high school and college levels. Local vocalists Mary Kay Steele from La Porte, who has performed in community theater in Northwest Indiana for many years, along with Jim Bulanda, who is famous for his “Tribute to Frank Sinatra Show,” have joined the band to style the jazz standards.


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Atlantic City Boys

A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Saturday, June 24, 2023 • 8:00pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

The Atlantic City Boys are four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences at Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, Atlantic City, as well as cruise ships around the world.

Their show is an exciting mix of world class vocals and interactive comedy, featuring the rock-n-roll harmonies of the Beach Boys, Drifters, the BeeGees, and of course, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The boys have performed with many greats, from Jay Leno to Huey Lewis, Pattie Labelle and the Temptations!

Website: acboys.com


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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Directed by Stephen Dean & Jordan Dollins
Conceived By Rebecca Feldman
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book By Rachel Sheinkin

July 20, 2023 - August 6, 2023

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.


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Marrakesh Express

A Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Experience

Saturday, August 12, 2023 • 8:00pm

Marrakesh Express is dedicated to tributing CSNY which is often unheard of due to the difficulty in replicating the 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies that made the group international superstars. Marrakesh Express excels at reproducing their complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies. The band takes the audience back to the late 1960s with youthful musicians who bring an authentic hippie vibe and visual to the stage.

Marrakesh Express upholds the integrity of their music with vivid and realistic performances of CSNY’s most recognizable songs. Featuring four harmonizing vocalists backed by a top-flight band, they deliver a unique and energetic concert performing the classic acoustic and electric CSNY hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites.

Marrakesh Express has played to tens of thousands of appreciative fans at music festivals, theaters, fairs, performing arts centers, and casinos, including headlining the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute Concert. The music of CSNY has stood the test of time and fans of the classic rockers, as well as young people who are curious about “the 60s,” are anxious to venture out to hear it represented live.

Listen to their music and watch their videos!

Website: reverbnation.com/marrakeshmusic

Facebook: facebook.com/marrakeshmusic


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Bonfire

The AC/DC Tribute

Saturday, August 19, 2023 • 8:00pm

We welcome the Midwest's Premier AC/DC Tribute -- BONFIRE -- for a live concert performance at Memorial Opera House! Get ready for an incomparable kick to your senses.

Highly colorful stage antics, true addictive sound, and exciting energy mix with a wall of Marshalls, bagpipes, a Hells Bell, cannons, video screen and a large inflatable Rosie that will leave you feeling like you had a literal kick in the teeth!

Experience the spectacle that is Bonfire, a true exciting production likeness and tribute band to the real AC/DC. Legitimate right down to their guitar pickups! Jim Hillegonds as Tiny Johnson, 17 year old Peyton Walter as Angus Real Young, Dylan Grant as Malcolm Hung, Craig Cutler as Phil Pudd, and Scott Hicks as Riff Williams.

Facebook: facebook.com/chicagobonfire


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Roger McGuinn

Saturday, August 26, 2023 • 8:00pm


As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn,Turn,Turn”,“Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”, McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history.


That feeling continues today as Roger offers shows that are as mesmerizing and magical as ever. He delivers the gift of an evening with a master, that is as intimate as it is spellbinding. He guides his audience along a journey of story and song, populated by the “old friends” they expect to hear, as well as some new acquaintances from the folk music that Roger so passionately embraces.

An evening with Roger McGuinn is an event you will cherish forever.


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Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by Scot MacDonald
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken

October 5 - 22, 2023

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!


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Singin' & Swingin' the Standards

Midwest Big Band featuring Mary Kay Steele & Jim Bulanda

Saturday, November 4, 2023 • 8 pm

Big band music of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s has gifted American culture with arguably the greatest love songs on the charts. Listening to the crooning of “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop on the radio was enough to melt any icy heart until it skipped a beat to the thrill of a saxophone. Band leaders like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller drew crowds and bridged racial divides through the love language of swing.

Midwest Big Band has added more than a dozen new tunes for you to enjoy since their last performance at Memorial Opera House earlier this year in March!

For the past three years, this professional quality, historical, 18-piece big band has been thrilling audiences across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland with their world-class talent. Instrumentalists include the best semi-professionals in the Region, some of whom have toured professionally with Ray Charles, played freelance in Los Angeles, or taught music at the high school and college levels. Local vocalists Mary Kay Steele from La Porte, who has performed in community theater in Northwest Indiana for many years, along with Jim Bulanda, who is famous for his “Tribute to Frank Sinatra Show,” have joined the band to style the jazz standards.


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Irving Berlin’s

White Christmas

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film
Written for the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

November 30 - December 17, 2023

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.


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