August 3, 2017
Wild animals, tributes to celebrated singer/songwriters, a cappella virtuosos, and improv theatre are just some of the entertainment coming to West Chester University as part of the WCU Live! 2017-2018 season.
New this year is a price reduction for Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall orchestra seats with partially obstructed views of the stage. Obstructed-view seats are rows U to Z in the back of the orchestra level on both the left and right sides of the house; the rows behind the sound board; and some of the seats on the far ends of rows D, E, F, G, H, J, and K, sightlines for which are not ideal.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets for all programs in Asplundh Concert Hall (except family programs) are as follows. Orchestra: adults $27, students/seniors $22. Orchestra Partially Obstructed: adults $22, students/seniors $17. Balcony: adults $19, students/seniors $15.
Neil Berg's Pianomen: An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
Pianist Neil Berg, accompanied by accomplished Broadway singers Michael Lanning (The Civil War) and Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar), showcases the genius of two of the most iconic composers of the 20th century.
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Madeleine Wing Adler Theater.
General Admission: adults: $22, seniors/students $17. This five-person a cappella powerhouse from New York City proudly represents a melting pot of cultures and heritages, which is evident in the diversity of their song selections and sound.
Wildlife expert and environmental conservationist Peter Gros shares the stage with wild animals as he relates his many travel experiences. He has nearly 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife, including establishing breeding and rehabilitation programs for endangered species and birds of prey.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.
General Admission: adults $10, seniors/students $7. In their hilarious, unpredictable Create-A-Show, the actors who call themselves Story Pirates will collect audience members' ideas and incorporate them into a unique creation. Let your imagination out to play at this clever improvisational show.
Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King
Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.
This show faithfully maintains Carole King's signature sound in such classics as "You've Got a Friend," "Natural Woman," "So Far Away," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "Beautiful," the title song of the mega-hit Broadway musical about the life and times of one of America's most prolific, honored, and revered singer-songwriters.
Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Missoula Children's Theatre presents Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
March 17, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
General Admission: Adults $10, Seniors/Students $7. Back by popular demand, the country's preeminent professional children's theatre company, the Missoula Children's Theatre, returns to WCU and will once again recruit more than 50 local children to stage an original musical adaptation.
Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix
March 31, 3 p.m.
This circus-style show for the whole family features mostly rescue dogs including Noodles, the world's only skateboarding Basset Hound; Murphy, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier; and Willy, the Border Collie who only answers to "Sir." The act won Animal Planet's Pet Star in 2003.
Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming & Dance Troupe
April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Reserved Seating: Orchestra $17, Balcony $12. Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, make a return appearance for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance.
The Mickey Finn Show
April 21, 3 p.m.
Showman and piano virtuoso Fred "Mickey" Finn and his wife, American Banjo Hall of Fame inductee Cathy Reilly Finn, entertain with expert musicality and clever joviality. He is a former nightclub owner who also produced the longest-running main room show in Las Vegas (1966 – 1996). She is a former Miss Delaware and Miss America finalist who won the talent competition; she is also a USO Entertainer of the Year.