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State Theatre adds 14 new shows to 2013 lineup

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 13 2012 11:14:52 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2012 05:50:20 AM CST

Easton's State Theatre is adding to its slate of events.

EASTON, Pa. -

Whether you like comedy, animals, music or magic, the State Theatre's additional 14 shows should provide entertainment for everyone.

The venue announced 14 new shows to its 2013 lineup, including Olivia Newton-John, Ron White, The Amazing Kreskin, Kenny Rogers and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Tickets for the following shows go on sale to State Theatre members on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.  During members only sales, there is a six-ticket limit per member, per concert.

The general public can buy tickets on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

JOHN DENVER
A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH CONCERT

Wednesday, Feb 6,  8 p.m.
In anticipation of the soon to be released All-Star Tribute CD featuring some of today’s hottest stars, comes an unforgettable concert event in tribute to a man whose artistry and vision continue to touch people all over the world. The concert includes projected video of John Denver performing onstage, backed by live musicians, including members of his former touring band. Hear all of your favorite Denver hits including “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Annie’s Song” and many more classics.
$35/$25

THE TIME JUMPERS

Vince Gill, “Ranger Doug” Green, Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas
Saturday, February 16,  8 p.m.
The Time Jumpers stellar current lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and “Ranger Doug” Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas. The band began as a jam session for the musicians to blow off steam and play their favorite songs, but quickly developed the reputation of “the show that stars go to see.” In 2007, the group recorded a live album titled Jumpin' Time that was nominated for two Grammy® awards. “It’s hard to imagine a more skilled band playing [Western swing/country]. – AP
$70/$60

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

Thursday, Feb 21,  8 p.m.
The iconic songstress returns to the State Theatre with all her greatest hits and tracks from her latest album. Olivia Newton-John’s appeal is timeless, with such memorable songs as “I Honestly Love You,” “Physical,” “Magic,” “Suddenly,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and soundtrack hits like “Hopeless Devoted To You,” “You’re The One That I Want” and “Xanadu.” With her current and ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, Olivia’s worldwide popularity is as strong as ever.
$65/$55
Sponsored by Team Capital Bank and Brown-Daub Family of Dealerships

KENNY ROGERS

Saturday, March 9,  8 p.m.
This legendary music icon is one of the elite few whose voice is instantly recognized the world over. The Grammy Award-winning country and pop superstar has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances and rare storytelling ability while receiving hundreds of awards for his music. Kenny Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 songs including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Through The Years,” and “She Believes In Me,” and 12 #1 albums in a career that spans over 5 decades.
$67.50/$62.50
Sponsored by N. Pugliese, Inc.

A Conversation with
MARK RUSSELL

Saturday, Mar 23,  7:30 p.m.
Spend an evening with one of the great wits of our time. Mark Russell has not only seen it all, he has parodied it in witty songs and anecdotes. Join this relaxed evening of reminiscing and musical finesse as Russell talks candidly on stage with the State Theatre’s Shelley Brown in addition to performing his signature stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process.
$30/$25

RON WHITE – A Little Unprofessional

Friday, April 12,  7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. White has always been a classic storyteller. His routines relay tales from his real life; ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America. He is a certified platinum-selling artist: having sold over 10 million #1 albums, has been nominated for two Grammys and continues to be one of the top five grossing comedians on tour.
$50/$45

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

Wednesday, April 17,  8 p.m.
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" are all the rage all over again.
$90/$85
Sponsored by Lafayette Ambassador Bank & Convergent Communications

NOBODIES OF COMEDY

Saturday, April 27,  8 p.m.
For the 11th year, we've scoured the country for the funniest, sidesplitting and most outrageous comics you've NEVER heard of, and we found them! No over-hyped stars, no over-sized ticket prices, just hysterical comics and a great night out. Nobodies of Comedy is a hit year after year!
$25

UNDER THE STREETLAMP

Saturday, May 4,  8 p.m.
Retro never sounded so now! UNDER THE STREETLAMP, America’s hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, and many others.
$45/$35
Sponsored by Moravian Hall Square

THE AMAZING KRESKIN

Friday, June 28,  8 p.m.
The Amazing Kreskin returns to the State Theatre, this time promising to evoke our very own FRED the Ghost with help from audience members! With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin has dramatized the unique facets of the human mind for 60 years. His trademark is a mental test that has become the highlight of his performances all over the world, as Kreskin requests that his check be hidden somewhere within the venue he is appearing. If he fails to find it, he will forfeit his fee!
$20

DAVE KOZ

Saturday, July 13,  7:30 p.m.
In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. Since his self-titled solo debut in 1990, Koz has had a string of hits at the top of Contemporary Jazz charts, multiple Grammy nominations, a Greatest Hits retrospective collection, and his own syndicated radio show. His 2010 release Hello Tomorrow debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes’ Jazz Album chart and was named the “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010” by iTunes.
$60/$50

50’S DANCE PARTY

A tribute to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens
Saturday, Sept 28,  8 p.m.
Back by popular demand! John Muller's 50's Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper's final, fateful tour. The concert features all the hit songs of the 50's era including "That'll Be The Day, " "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy, Rave On," "La Bamba," "Chantilly Lace," and many, many more. Featuring the critically acclaimed John Mueller as Buddy Holly, Big Bopper's son Jay P. Richardson Jr playing his father and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens.
$32/$27

JACK HANNA INTO THE WILD

Presented by Nationwide Insurance
Sunday, Oct 6,  2 p.m.
Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983. Jungle Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating two of his own nationally syndicated television programs Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and most recently Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series in its first season. Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world.
$31/$21 (child 10 & under)

THE BROADWAY TENORS

Friday, Oct 11 , 7:30 p.m.
Three of Broadway’s leading men star in an unparalleled theatrical concert event. Experience and evening of the most beautiful Broadway music ever written performed by the artists who make it come alive every night on Broadway. Sexy, classic and romantic, The Broadway Tenors perform classics from West Side Story, Three Penny Opera, South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera, plus exclusive, show stopping medleys featuring the music of Irving Berlin and Oscar Hammerstein.“What The Three Tenors were to opera, The Broadway Tenors are to the Great White Way!”
$35/$25

State Theatre memberships can be purchased at any time and begin at $75 for one year.

As a non-profit organization, State Theatre membership contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tickets and Memberships can be purchased at the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132 or online at www. statetheatre.org. Fees apply.