For Immediate Release – 07/07/16
Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-377-7918
A Season of Variety Highlights the Valentine’s 121st Anniversary Series!
A Broadway musical and two Broadway concerts, plus presentations of national dance, vocal, pop culture, family, and comedy are on their way to The Valentine! The Broadway Series, Fame The Musical on November 3, 2016, The Midtown Men, January 20, 2017, and The Phantom’s Leading Ladies on April 6, 2017, all headline an ambitious 121st Anniversary year for The Valentine! Season tickets for all three Broadway shows start as low as $128 after 20% in savings over individually priced tickets!
Our fourth annual Season of the Arts Plaza pARTy will open the theatre’s presenting season on the Valentine’s KeyBank outdoor stage, Saturday, September 10, 2016. The Valentine’s resident performing arts organizations, including The Toledo Opera, Toledo Ballet, Toledo Rep, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Toledo School for the Arts, Masterworks Chorale, Ballet Theater of Toledo and the Toledo Symphony, will be invited to play the outdoor Plaza and throughout the historic 121-year-old theatre from 5 PM to 7 PM. An outdoor beer garden, full bar, food, and wine will complement Toledo’s performing artists highlighting their new seasons. Admission is FREE and proceeds, from food and beverage, benefit our local Performing Arts Group Fund administered by the Toledo Community Foundation. Disney’s film classic Mary Poppins will screen immediately following, at 7 PM for only $5 per ticket.
Broadway: Opening the season is Fame The Musical, a full-throttle journey through the halls of New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts! Fame traverses the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music, and theatre. Conceived from the unforgettable Academy Award-winning film and subsequent Emmy Award-winning television series, this unmistakable title has been brilliantly transformed into riveting musical theatre. Fame The Musical will be presented for one performance only on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Before Glee, there was Fame!
Friday, January 20, 2017, 8 PM, brings the return of The Midtown Men to the Valentine stage! The Midtown Men are the four multi-talented stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys - Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer. The Midtown Men brings the sound that earned them acclaim in Jersey Boys to the best of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, Motown greats and more!
Our third Broadway Series selection is The Phantom’s Leading Ladies – meet the ladies, a trio of Broadway’s “Christines” from The Phantom of the Opera sing everything from Broadway classics to The Beatles as solo artists and in distinctly intricate three-part harmony. These beautiful women provide an evening of surprises and flirtatious fun with exquisite musicianship, humor and class. Think Three Tenors, but cooler, funnier and they look a lot better in cocktail dresses! Toledo’s premiere of this popular national touring concert presentation is Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM for one performance only!
Studio A Theatre: We have four Valentine-produced shows slated to play the theatre’s intimate (90-seat capacity) Studio Theatre. Located off the Adams Street entrance to the theatre, Studio A will be the setting for the musical Monster Makers, September 23-25, 30-October 2, 2016, A triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history! Peter Shaffer’s two one act plays, The Private Ear and The Public Eye will be staged February 17-19 and 24-26, 2017. Shaffer packs his “lighter” plays with the same multifaceted meaning and philosophical discourse as his more somber works – Equus and Amadeus. The one-man play An Iliad, a modern interpretation of Homer’s The Iliad, featuring Toledo favorite Paul Causman, will be reprised April 6-9, 2017. And lastly, the world’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks will run May 12-14 and 19-21, 2017. General Admission tickets are only $20 and you are supporting local actors and The Valentine!
Movies: Our popular Silver Screen series, sponsored by The Blade, returns in 2016-2017 on Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 PM, featuring 10 or more classic movies, including Gone with the Wind (yes, it’s back!) and The Quiet Man. Billed as Toledo’s “‘New Fashioned Night Out’ tradition,” tickets are $5, popcorn $3, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission.
Annual Benefit Theatre Funding Gala: Slated for the theatre’s 18th Season fundraiser is the Las Vegas mega hit tribute show The Australian Bee Gees Show, direct from the Excalibur Hotel, on Friday, October 21, 2016 You’ll hear hits like, Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep Is Your Love and Jive Talkin’ to mention just a few! Get your platform shoes and bellbottoms out of storage and come toast The Valentine Theatre’s 121th anniversary! Tickets at $125 and $100 include dinner, the concert, post concert disco party ON STAGE, and dessert all starting at 6 PM This annual concert benefits our not-for-profit historical theatre, contributing to its façade and interior maintenance. It’s our biggest event of the year. Don’t miss your chance to help keep the theatre going strong for another 121 years!
Velvet Vocal Series: Two exciting solo vocal concerts are slated for the upcoming season. First up, Dianne Reeves, five time Gammy Award-winning jazz vocalist, will perform on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Heir to the soaring jazz tradition of Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald, Ms Reeves returns to the Valentine stage, with her intimate trio, for a highly anticipated concert event! On Friday, April 21, 2017, Maureen McGovern, celebrated as “The Stradivarius Voice”, will join Toledo audiences on her 43rd anniversary of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure. Audiences delighted in Ms McGovern’s repertoire when she performed on The Valentine Stage two years ago in 4 Girls 4, welcome back Maureen McGovern!
Pick 4: Returning this year, Pick 4 shows with six exceptional presentations to choose from! Variety is the name of the game and we have something for everyone! David Brighton’s Space Oddity: A David Bowie Tribute Concert is Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7 PM. Experience this Vegas award-winning tribute by the only Bowie impersonator to be approved of by the late, great iconic musician himself. First three rows of the main floor include a meet and greet reception after the Bowie Tribute show! Comedy reigns as part of The Mud Hens Laugh Fest partnership with The Valentine, when political satirist and comedian, Mark Russell skewers our current presidential race on the Valentine stage Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8 PM in An Evening With Mark Russell. For lovers and fans of dance, the world famous Dance Theatre of Harlem graces our stage Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM, with their Toledo, full company, premiere. DTH performs exceptional ballet masterpieces around the world. The iconic company brings unprecedented relevance to classical ballet with cutting-edge new works and beloved masterpieces performed by some of the most beautiful and exceptionally trained dancers working today! Fans of pop culture will enjoy two adult-oriented entries to our Pick 4 season this year: first up, you’ll never think the same way about Disney princesses after laughing throughout Disenchanted, the hilarious new musical direct from sold-out Off Broadway and Chicago runs. Poisoned apples, glass slippers, who needs em? Not Snow White and her posse of “disenchanted” princesses in the outrageous hit musical that’s anything but Grimm! Don’t miss Disenchanted, a Toledo premiere, on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7 PM. Next, also adult oriented, Graeme of Thrones direct from London. This wacky parody of the HBO-phenom The Game of Thrones is a definite must-see for millennials and boomers alike that can’t get enough mayhem with crazy subplots galore. Catch this international hit and Toledo premiere on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 7 PM. Our sixth and final Pick 4 selection is for the entire family. The Valentine is proud to present Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild LIVE, starring Jack Hanna and a menagerie of animal friends on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7 PM. Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild LIVE takes viewers on excursions around the world through the eyes of America’s beloved animal adventurer and his family. More than just a collection of animal escapades, Into the Wild LIVE provides insights into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species. Into the Wild LIVE is unscripted and action packed – it takes you on a raucous ride, leaving you with a renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Medical Mutual of Ohio is the major sponsor of Into the Wild at The Valentine, along with additional underwriting provided by Dorothy MacKenzie Price. Pick 4 or more of these six exciting shows and save $5 per ticket off each of your selected presentations.
Family Series: Four presentations are scheduled for 2016/17: Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Tales – Saturday, October 29, 2016, Biscuit – Saturday, February 25, 2017 (also available, for an additional admission, The Bow Wow picnic with a meet & greet at 12:30 PM), The Rainbow Fish – Saturday, March 4, 2017, and The Monster Who Ate My Peas on Sunday, April 23, 2017. For families with children ages pre-K through grade 8, tickets for all four shows start as low as $37 for children 14 and under, $48 for adults. All shows are matinees starting at 2 PM, lasting one hour.
School Days Season 4: The Valentine is pleased to announce its fourth season of Valentine School Days an Educational Outreach Program. School Days will continue the rich tradition of presenting professional touring companies performing educational theatre productions geared toward school children for field trips during the school week. Eight presentations are scheduled for 2016/17, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Tales – Friday, October 28, 2016, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – Friday, November 11, 2016, The National Theatre of the Deaf, presents It’s in the Bag– Thursday, November 17, 2016, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Friday, December 9, 2016, Alexander Who’s Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move on Monday, January 30, 2017, Biscuit, Friday, February 24, 2017. Anne of Green Gables, Friday, April 7, 2017 and The Great Pancake Escape on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. All performances are at 10:00 AM and 12:15 PM and appeal to grades from pre-K to 12th grade. Tickets are $8 for groups of 16 and higher, $9 for groups of 15 or less.
Tickets range in price from $5 (movies) to $78 (Broadway) for single seats, $37 (Family Series Child) to $178 for Broadway series seating and $125 or $100 for the annual Gala featuring The Australian Bee Gees Show (includes dinner and is tax deductible)! Subscription renewals for current subscribers will end on June 24th, 2016; new subscriber orders will be filled starting June 27, 2016. Single ticket sales will start on July 5, 2016. Season tickets can be purchased through The Valentine Box Office at 419-242-2787 or online at valentinetheatre.com.