Tobin Center Announces Eclectic First Season

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the soon-to-be center stage for San Antonio’s arts community, has unveiled its inaugural season. From comedic legend Bill Cosby to the Scottish Ballet’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a total of 33 productions, performance groups and artists are set to liven up the quiet, tucked-in corner of downtown where the center stands, with promise of more yet-to-be announced acts to fill out the upcoming 2014-15 season. The Tobin Center’s motto is “something for everyone,” a maxim that is evident in its diverse opening calendar, which features both virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman and Charles Ross, star of a one-man production of the Star Wars trilogy. Yes, a one-man performance of the Star Wars trilogy. Given that Ross is rightfully ignoring the prequels, local Star Wars fans should buy tickets as a sign of respect. There is plenty more. Public radio listeners can enjoy the sardonic monologues of David Sedaris, and an even more die-hard subset of public radio fans can delight in the wry, wistful nostalgia of A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor. More of a public television fan? Well, America’s Test Kitchen’s Christopher Kimball will stop by the Tobin Center with food demos and insight into his popular cooking program. Meanwhile, KLRN is co-presenting “The Telling Project,” a production that aims to deepen the understanding of active duty soldiers and military veterans. The season’s line-up also features a number of acts to entice an array of musical tastes. Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels takes the stage as the season opener, soon to be followed by iconic singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. During the holiday season, Wynton Marsalis will accompany his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and R&B and gospel goddess Mavis Staples will join the Blind Boys of Alabama. The performing arts center also unveiled the Tobin Signature Series, a slate of six theatrical productions including “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “50! Shades! The Musical” (yes, a BDS&M musical) and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” featuring the music of, you guessed it, Buddy Holly. The Signature Series also features “Cirque Dreams - Holidaze,” which combines acrobatic spectacle with the holiday season, and “One Drop of Love,” a one-woman show produced by two men who happen to be Hollywood besties Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The newly announced season ensures the Tobin Center’s three performance spaces, the H-E-B Performance Hall, the Alvarez Family Studio Theater and the River Walk Plaza, will be plenty busy during the upcoming artistic season. The productions are additions to a calendar that features performances from the Tobin Center’s resident arts groups, such as the San Antonio Symphony. “Putting this first season together has been like playing chess, as we have sought great variety with popular performers and productions, while working around the schedules of our ten resident companies,” said Aaron Zimmerman, director of programming and marketing for the performing arts center. AtticRep, the repertory theater company that was formerly housed at Trinity University, will end its performance hiatus with productions of “God of Carnage” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” this fall on the Tobin stage. Meanwhile, Ballet San Antonio, another Tobin Center resident, is set to open their season with “Dracula” in October. In all, a total of 243 total performances are scheduled for the Tobin Center’s first year of operations. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets may have to save a bit of that Fiesta money. Tickets go on sale April 26 at 10 a.m. online at or by phone at (210) 223-8624.

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  The Charlie Daniels Band September 17, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall | $34.50 - $59.50 From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award and Grammy Award winning country hits, few artists have left a more permanent mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Special guest Mallary Hope.   Bill Cosby – Far From Finished Tour September 19, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $39.50 - $74.50 An intimate evening of insightful comedy with one of America’s national treasures of entertainment.  One of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time, Bill Cosby brings his famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family to the Tobin Center stage.   Loudon Wainwright III September 20, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  River Walk Plaza  |  $20.00 - $25.00 Throughout a recording career consisting of 25 albums, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, humorist, and actor Loudon Wainwright III’s songs have been covered by music icons including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Rufus Wainwright, and more.   The Piano Guys September 23, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $39.50 - $125.00 YouTube sensations, THE PIANO GUYS make their San Antonio debut at The Tobin Center on September 23rd.  Hailing from Utah, THE PIANO GUYS became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos.  (Co-presented with AEG Live)   The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall |  $42.50 - $84.50 Front man for Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years and he is widely considered an icon of the genre - recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music.   The Telling Project October 1,2, 3 & 4, 2014  |   7:30 p.m.   October 5, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.  & 7:00 p.m.|  Alvarez Family Studio Theater  | $20.00 The Telling Project works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters acceptance, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them.  (Co-presented with KLRN/PBS)   Nice Work If You Can Get It October 3  & 4, 2014  |   8:00 p.m.   October 4, 2014  |  2:00 p.m. |  Alvarez Family Studio Theater  | $34.50 - $84.50 It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.  The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony®-winning new musical comedy.  It’s an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.   50 Shades! – The Musical, The Original Parody October 14-16, 21-23,  2014  |   7:30 p.m.   October 17-18, 24-25, 2014  |  4:00 p.m.  & 8:00 p.m. October 19 & 26, 2014  |  7:00 p.m. October 19 & 26, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.|  Alvarez Family Studio Theater  | $39.50 - $49.50 50 Shades! The Musical is the original parody of the greatest novel ever...Fifty Shades Of Grey. This sexy, hilarious musical is chockfull of wrestling singlets, handcuffs, and helicopters with silly names.  Come see a show full of BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music)!   Fair warning, this musical contains adult situations and language.   Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam October 24, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.  |  River Walk Plaza  |  $34.50 - $74.50 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason retraces the earliest days of his career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would win the hearts of generations of music lovers.   America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball October 28, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $26.50 - $80.00 Join Christopher Kimball in an informative and lively evening exploring PBS TV’s America’s Test Kitchen. The audience will get an insider’s view of the show and find out what it’s really like to work at and host one of the most popular food programs airing today.   An Evening with Garrison Keillor- Host of A Prairie Home Companion October 29, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $60.00 - $75.00 Join one of America’s most beloved radio hosts and humorists for an evening of wryly thoughtful musing, whimsical conversation and a few old-timey songs. Garrison Keillor has won over the hearts of radio listeners with his homespun charm, reassuring voice and clever skits.  (Co-presented with IAE)   Jeanne Robertson October 30, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $24.50 - $34.50 Jeanne Robertson can be heard daily on Sirius/XM’s Family Comedy Channel.  In her positively hilarious style, this 6’2” humorist, captivates audiences with her stories of friends, family and life as she delivers clean comedy with class that will have you rolling in the aisles.   An Evening with Don Williams November 6, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $39.50 - $69.50 There are few American classics these days, but Don Williams is certainly one of them. With his warm hickory baritone that balances strength with a gentle concern, this Country Music Hall of Fame member draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend.

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 David Sedaris November 9, 2014  |  3:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $25.00 - $55.00 With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers today. (Co-presented with IAE)   Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood : Two Man Group November 13, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $26.50 - $46.50 Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy.  Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes.   An Irish Christmas November 23, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.00 - $110.00 This wildly popular show with Riverdance and Magic of the Dance stars brings just about everything to the table – joy, hope, laughter, friendship, celebration of life through storytelling, music, song, and dance in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic.  (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)   Big Band Holidays - The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis December 10, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.00 - $110.00 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will present over a dozen imaginative arrangements of timeless holiday songs, joined by vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant. The orchestra is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis. (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)   Cirque Dreams - Holidaze December 11, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  December 12 - 13, 2014  |  8:00  p.m.  December 13 - 14, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.  December 14, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $34.50 - $89.50 Renowned director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with sparkle and suspense one can only dream of in a HOLIDAZE. An international cast of multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping, toy soldiers marching on wires, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. (Co-presented with Jam Theatricals)   Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas - The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples December 16, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.00 - $110.00 Grammy winner Mavis Staples joins forces with Grammy Award winning Blind Boys of Alabama for a gospel and blues holiday like you have never experienced.  (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio),   Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Musical December 22 & 23, 2014  |   7:00 p.m.   December 23 & 24, 2014  |   2:00 p.m.  |  H-E-B Performance Hall | $18.50 - $44.50 For 50 years, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® has delighted television audiences of all ages, and now he soars off the screen and onto the stage in a show that will go down in history.   Kathleen Madigan January 9, 2015 |   8:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $24.50 - $34.50  Kathleen Madigan has won both the Phyllis Diller award and the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian.” She has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of all Evil” on Comedy Central and for Gary Shandling’s Emmy monologues.   One Drop of Love January 16 & 17, 2015 |   8:00 p.m.  January 17 & 18, 2015 |   2:00 p.m. January 18, 2015 |   7:00 p.m. |  Alvarez Family Studio Theater  |  $34.50  Produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter, Matt Damon and the show’s writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, this solo performance explores family, race, love and pain and a path towards reconciliation. DiGiovanni offers a thought-provoking, informative, and moving exploration of race, racism, and what it means to identify as “culturally mixed.”   Dinosaur Train Live! January 18, 2015 |   1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $14.50 - $34.50  Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth .and rode in trains!   Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story February 3, 2015 |   7:30 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $34.50 - $74.50  Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock ‘n’ Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy tells the true story of Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits.   Itzhak Perlman February 8, 2015 |   7:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $44.50 - $124.50  Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.  (Co-presented with San Antonio Symphony)   Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical February 17- 19, 2015 |   7:30 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $34.50 - $89.50 After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed Jekyll and Hyde into a theatrical phenomenon.  Its story remains as timeless as it is irresistible.   Kodo - One Earth Tour 2014: Legend February 20, 2015 |   8:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.50 - $64.50  Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan’s remote and inspiring Sado Island, have powerful mastery over their instruments. It’s a power that can be tender, explosive, delicate or thunderous.   Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour February 26, 2015 |   7:30 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $26.50 - $54.50  When a young Arlo, son of renowned folk legend Woody Guthrie, was arrested for littering on Thanksgiving Day back in 1965, he couldn’t know that it would launch his career, turning him into a counterculture hero.  Celebrate half a century of Alice’s Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie.   Peking Acrobats February 27, 2015 |  8:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.00 - $110.00  Direct from the People’s Republic of China, this astounding company has thrilled audiences around the world with their breathtaking, gravity-defying showmanship. Rooted in ancient Chinese traditions, yet totally mesmerizing to contemporary audiences, these routines are guaranteed to thrill people of all ages.  (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)   Lang Lang March 2, 2015 |   7:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $48.50 - $124.50  Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. He has the honor of being the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all of the top American orchestras.  (Co-presented with San Antonio Symphony)   One Man Star Wars April 10, 2015 |   8:00 p.m.  April 11, 2015 |   2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. April 12, 2015 |   2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. |  Alvarez Family Studio Theater  |  $29.50 - $34.50 Much of Charles Ross’ childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over – and over – and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all of the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, and fights the battles.   Get the LED Out - The American Led Zeppelin April 25, 2015 |   8:00 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $26.50 - $36.50  GET THE LED OUT brings the essence of Led Zeppelin to the stage. This accomplished group of six musicians re-creates Zeppelin’s greatest hits, while also touching on rare cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert.  Known as “The American Led Zeppelin,” the band will celebrates its 11th anniversary on the road.   Scottish Ballet - A Streetcar Named Desire May 12, 2015 |   7:30 p.m. |  H-E-B Performance Hall  |  $29.00 - $110.00 This vibrant new take on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, born through collaboration with theater and film director Nancy Meckler and international choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a powerful infusion of drama and dance.  (Co-presented with ARTS San Antonio)