Blinn announces star-studded lineup for its 2019-2020 Performing Arts Series

This season’s shows include ‘Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience,’ ‘Christmas the Cowboy Way,’ ‘Finding Neverland,’ and ‘The Young Irelanders’

This season’s shows include ‘Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience,’ ‘Christmas the Cowboy Way,’ ‘Finding Neverland,’ and ‘The Young Irelanders’

April 15, 2019

Fresh off its spectacular fourth season of the Performing Arts Series, the Blinn College District has announced four toe-tapping shows for its 2019-2020 lineup.

The schedule includes two performers who have been invited to return after wowing audiences at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

SHOW

DATE

TIME

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Christmas the Cowboy Way

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Finding Neverland

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

7:00 p.m.

The Young Irelanders

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:00 p.m.

After selling out “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience” at the O’Donnell Center last fall, Billy McGuigan returns on Sunday, Oct. 27, with his Rave on Band for “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience.”

“Rave On” reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring McGuigan as America’s premiere Buddy Holly interpreter. In this tour de force, audiences experience all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert reimagined, including hits such as “Peggy Sue,” Raining in My Heart,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Oh Boy,” and, of course, “Rave On.”

In a unique twist, McGuigan’s Buddy Holly celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, Blinn will celebrate the holiday season with Riders In The Sky’s “Christmas the Cowboy Way.” This holiday-themed show blends a festive mix of western music classics, traditional Christmas music, and the Riders’ original yuletide carols in a holiday spectacular sure to delight saddle pals of all ages.

“Christmas the Cowboy Way” features the Grammy Award-winning Riders’ unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice, which includes original songs like “Riding Home on Christmas Eve,” “Deck the Bunkhouse Walls,” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.” The audience will be invited to join the Riders in singing traditional holiday classics such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and others. All this yuletide charm is augmented with the classic western favorites the Riders have been singing for 30 years.

On Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, Blinn welcomes “Finding Neverland,” the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical. Originally directed by visionary Tony® Award winner Diane Paulas and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatre goers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap and leaves his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs to life in a show NPR calls, “far and away the best musical of the year!”

The season will conclude Tuesday, March 17, 2020, with the musicians who first launched the Performing Arts Series on Oct. 21, 2015. The Young Irelanders will return to the O’Donnell Center to showcase the finest young talent Ireland has to offer.

Each year, the Irish Cultural Academy brings together Irish traditional music, song, and dance as part of one sensational group known as The Young Irelanders. Each performer – still in their 20s – is an Irish national champion in their discipline. Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, presidents of Ireland, U.S. presidents, and royalty, including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members also have performed in noted international venues such as the Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center.

Current season ticket holders can renew their subscription and newcomers can sign up for the waitlist at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice . Individual show tickets will be $35, and discount $15 tickets will be available for children ages 10 and under. Blinn employees and groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted $30 tickets and student rush tickets are $10. Single reception tickets will be available up to five days prior to the show for $20.

Season tickets are $125, and new season ticket purchasers can upgrade to premier season tickets, which include entry to the pre-show receptions, for an additional $40.

For more information, visit  www.blinn.edu/performing-arts-series  or call 979-830-4024.

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