This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.
General on sale: November 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.
Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.
Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician.
His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.
This modern fairy tale performance is inspired by childhood classes like Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid. The show follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who feels like the world is moving too fast when he discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase. He gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia, which is full of seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids and other creatures. Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, this visually spectacular event incorporates the latest in stage technology with lasers, low ground smoke, flying foam and a spectacular use of soap bubbles in various artistic ways, which simulate a breathtaking underwater atmosphere.
A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on Broadway and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” “Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. Get ready to explore the depths of theatrical innovation in SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world.
Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Joined by Symphony Tacoma, they perform along with video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience! This show will feature some of the best music and video clips from the most popular games past and present, including Mario™, Zelda™, Halo®, Final Fantasy®, Warcraft®, and more.
Whether it is the power and passion of the more recent blockbusters or the excitement of remembering the sentimental classics you played growing up, Video Games Live™ will truly be a special concert to remember. Even if you have never played a video game, you have never heard or seen an orchestral performance quite like this!
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in this hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight. These royal renegades have tossed off their tiaras while comically belting out the truth. Named the “Best of the Year – Theatre” in Playbill, this enchanted evening will not disappoint! Oh – and it’s not for the kiddies, folks!
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Originally directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus 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’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving 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 spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.
Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, they perform a multilingual repertoire that crosses the genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.
In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique (Je ne veux pas travailler)” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”
Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; three sold out shows with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House; multiple sold-out appearances, and a festival opening, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011 and 2016; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Pink Martini has released 11 studio albums on its own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), selling over 3 million albums worldwide. In 2018, Pink Martini released a special 20th Anniversary Edition of its seminal debut album Sympathique, the album which catapulted them onto the international stage.
Singing! Dancing! Paper!
It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin…
The Office! A Musical Parody, currently playing Off-Broadway in New York City, is the unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, The Office. Don’t miss this hilarious new musical that lovingly pokes fun at everyone’s favorite coworkers. Your favorite moments from all 9 seasons mashed up into one “typical” day with Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight and others at The Office.
Featuring songs such as “That’s What She Said,” “Marry Me Beesly,” and “We Have Fun Here.”
From page to stage! Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Kobi Yamada, this story is told through movement, music, and narration, an ensemble of dancers creates a magical world where ideas grow and take flight.
One day, a child has an idea. At first, they don’t know what to do with it and they attempt to hide it away. The idea persists and gets stronger and then, one day, something amazing happens…
Neil Berg shares the 50-year history of the phenomenon that changed the world forever. Five singers and a five-piece band recreate rock’s greatest songs. Berg adds a narrative of little-known and surprising stories. Included in the celebration are Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and more. Travel through 50 years of rock ’n’ roll music!