January and February show listings at The Smith Center

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
January-February Performance Listings
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106

The Smith Center box office – 702-749-2000
Website Address: www.TheSmithCenter.com

Attractions / Tours

The Smith Center
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Free to he public

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers free, guided walking tours of the world-class campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. highlighting its architectural accomplishments, artwork and historic overview. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and are limited to 20 patrons per tour. To register for a tour, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

January-February Show Listings


Las Vegas Philharmonic: Masterworks III: Rising Star
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Each season the Las Vegas Philharmonic showcases the talents of an internationally rising star. Acclaimed for her passionate performances, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova will perform Max Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto.

Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Audi Speaker Series
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that – as Glass puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. “What makes it work,” says Glass, “is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $28
Reynolds Hall
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

An Evening with Burt Bacharach
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One of the world’s most acclaimed, award-winning composer/songwriters, Burt Bacharach, helped define the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Now the three-time Academy Award winner and eight-time Grammy Award winner will perform with his band of three singers and seven musicians some of his greatest hits including “Alfie,” “Any Day Now,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” “Close To You,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “On My Own,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “The Look of Love,” and “Walk on By.”

Jackie Evancho
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Reynolds Hall
Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho returns with her third studio album, Awakening, and coinciding international tour. Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has become famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. She also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You.” Moreover, Evancho sings several original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace.”

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $12.95
Reynolds Hall
Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. 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!

KODO One Earth Tour: Mystery
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Taking Kodo to yet another frontier, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery transcends the real world to one where sacred beasts appear. This mysterious experience will transport audiences into darkness, a place with a nostalgic air that conjures the spirit of Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound “mystery” will unfold.

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Pops III: A Gershwin Valentine
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
This Valentine’s Day join two-time Grammy® Award winner Sylvia McNair for a romantic evening showcasing the timeless talent of one of the greatest American songwriters, George Gershwin. McNair lays claim to a remarkable three-decade career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. This all-Gershwin program will feature classics such as “Summertime,” “‘S Wonderful” and “Man I Love,” making this the perfect night out for sweethearts, lovers and romantics alike.

Engelbert Humperdinck
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Grammy nominated, Golden Globe “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling artist, Engelbert Humperdinck will perform at The Smith Center. His name comes from the Austrian composer who wrote Hansel & Gretel. His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 plus years, with more than 150 million records sold. The charismatic and consummate entertainer pleases with music from his vast catalog, including hits such as, “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Spanish Eyes” and many more tender ballads.

For the “Humperdinckers,” the “After The Lovin’ VIP Lounge with Engelbert Humperdinck” package includes: Best available seats, 30-minute post-show meet and greet, photo with Humperdinck, Q&A session, autographed VIP tour laminate, autographed greatest hits CD and complimentary Humperdinck signature cocktail.

Nevada Ballet Theatre – A Gala Performance
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
One night, one collection of unforgettable performances. Join Nevada Ballet Theatre for a jubilant celebration of dance featuring a dazzling variety of works and special guest artists.

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Reynolds Hall
Get ready for this 1920s-era, feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall (ANYTHING GOES) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS), Nice Work If You Can Get It harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!


An Intimate Evening with Diane Schuur
Thursday, Jan. 8 and Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur (nicknamed “Deedles”) is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Blind from birth, Schuur is gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself the piano by ear.

With a distinguished career that includes two Grammy Awards, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th century musical landscape. Her music collaborations include those with Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano, among countless others.

Schuur’s latest recording is I Remember You, an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. Expect songs from that release with the backing of her NYC Band: Joel Frahm, saxophones; Ulysses Owens, Jr., drums; Ben Wolfe, bass.

Soul Men Starring Spectrum
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Spectrum, Las Vegas’ own award-winning soul and R&B quartet returns to Cabaret Jazz. The group boasts four incredible singers, who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that has become their trademark. They were voted Best of Las Vegas in 2005 and 2006, received the Las Vegas Living Legends Award in 2009 and were awarded a star on Las Vegas’ Walk of Stars in 2012. The look, class, style, choreography, harmonies and costuming are captured as only Spectrum can. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more with stirring renditions of classic hits by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, Vandellas, The Miracles, The Stylistics, Donna Summer and more.

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $20
Cabaret Jazz
Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Las Vegas entertainment and theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

Tony Desare’s Night Life
Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Acclaimed vocalist/pianist/composer Tony DeSare presents Night Life, a postmodern version of the classic, elegant New York night club show of the 1950s brought to life at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz. Tony’s show will explore some of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable melodies ever written, both old and new, plus a few originals. From Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, the only requirement is a sophisticated, romantic and swinging melody.

David Perrico – Pop Evolution
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 10 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $15
Cabaret Jazz
David Perrico’s Pop Evolution, a twenty-piece band, transforms popular songs from all genres to produce a one-of-a-kind sound experience. Featuring Naomi Mauro on vocals and the finest musicians in Las Vegas, Perrico and Pop Evolution continue to delight fans and critics. The Las Vegas Review-Journal named David Perrico – Pop Evolution an editors’ choice “Best of Las Vegas 2013” award winner and they have headlined at The Palms, SouthPoint and Stratosphere hotels.

Benjamin D. Hale – A Night of Cosmic American Music
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Cabaret Jazz
Benjamin D. Hale, currently starring as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, presents A Night of Cosmic American Music. Hale draws from the best of country, blues, gospel and folk and blends them into his own version of spicy musical gumbo. Backed by a stellar band and featuring special guest vocalists, this is an event not to be missed.

Clint Holmes
Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
A master entertainer and acclaimed singer, resident artist Clint Holmes, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times, and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, performs a constantly evolving kaleidoscope of music.

Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Cabaret Jazz
This multi-cultural group is led by Boulder, CO native pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee Lao Tizer, who will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians including Grammy-winning Cuban drum phenom Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes), bass legend Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Billy Cobham), multi-instrumentalist Steve Nieves (Kenny Loggins) and Cuban master percussionist Jesus Diaz (Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder). TIZER will take you on a journey with an array of musical flavors incorporating jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, classical and rock influences.


Re-Animator The Musical – Starring George Wendt
Tuesday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 10 and 17 and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 18, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.;
Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $44
Troesh Studio Theater
Re-Animator The Musical tells the bizarre story of Herbert West, a young medical student who has discovered a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life…with catastrophic results.

Based on the cult classic H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator, this award-winning horror comedy is helmed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed the film) and features a splash zone for those who enjoy a little splatter! Variety wrote “Not since Little Shop of Horrors has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Thursday, Feb. 5 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 7-15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $33
Troesh Studio Theater
Back by popular demand! Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took off-Broadway, London and Melbourne by storm. Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Miracle Mile Shops Serves As Official Headquarters For Nevada’s Big Give, April 25

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WHAT: On Thursday, April 25, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will serve as the official headquarters for Nevada’s Big Give, 24 hours of online giving supporting nonprofits serving the state of Nevada.

Throughout the day, local celebrities and community leaders, including Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, will visit Nevada’s Big Give Headquarters to make personal contributions to the campaign. Additionally, select restaurants will feature light bites at the headquarter location for guests and volunteers. All day, the center’s exterior, Strip-side LED screens will display the total amount of money raised during Nevada’s Big Give.

Thursday, April 25

10 a.m.: BMX rider and TV personality Ricardo Laguna
Noon: Comedian Jeff Civillico
1 p.m.: Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky
3 p.m.: Million Dollar Quartet – Benjamin D. Hale
4 p.m.: cast from Chippendales
5 p.m.: Jersey Boys – Graham Fenton and Rob Marnell
6 p.m.: Absinthe – Angel Porrino
7 p.m.: cast from Frank Marino’s Divas
8 p.m.: PEEPSHOW – Josh Strickland and cast
9 p.m.: X Burlesque dancers cast members

Miracle Mile Shops

Nevada’s Big Give Headquarters, between House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Las Vegas Fight Shop
3663 Las Vegas Blvd., S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109


ABOUT:  In its inaugural year, Nevada’s Big Give raised more than $413,000 for local nonprofits. This year, the organization hopes to raise $1 million for Nevada charities within one day. The initiative, launched by NevadaGIVES, is a unique, high-visibility promotion of personal giving designed to bring new donors and dollars to nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Miracle Mile Shops’ partnership with Nevada’s Big Give is part of the center’s Caring, Giving, Changing campaign, celebrating a year of change in 2013.

Casting Announced for Las Vegas Production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas



Performances Begin February 4 at Harrah’s Las Vegas; Tickets Are On-Sale Now

After a nationwide search, full casting has been announced for the Las Vegas production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, which begins performances at Harrah’s Las Vegas on February 4.  The cast will be led by Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Benjamin D. Hale as Johnny Cash, Tyler Hunter as Elvis Presley and Robert Britton Lyons as Carl Perkins. The cast also features Marc Donovan as Sam Phillips, Felice Garicia as Dyanne, and musicians Jim Belk and Mikey Hachey.

Other cast members include Jacob Tolliver, Luke Darnell, Larry “Cole” Cole, Tony Sandrew, Stephanie Mason, Mark Farrett and Josh Jones.

“The performers in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET need to be talent powerhouses who are both incredible musicians and actors,” says producer Gigi Pritzker. “We are very pleased with the talented cast for the Las Vegas production at Harrah’s. While some of the cast have been with the Broadway and National Touring productions of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, many were also found right here in Las Vegas.”

Inspired by an electrifying true story, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET begins performances on February 4.  Ticket prices range from $69 to $94 and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (702) 369-5111. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.       

The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet takes place on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each superstar, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny.  Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,”  “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.


Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis) comes directly from the first world tour of Million Dollar Quartet, having crossed the pond from England two years ago to ply his trade. Having just finished his second album, and now working on a third, Martin has performed around the world, entertaining thousands dancing on pianos in his mismatched socks.

Benjamin D. Hale (Johnny Cash) is thrilled to join the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet as Johnny Cash after a six year run in Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular (Raoul u/s, Swing). He recently performed on the American Country Awards singing backup for Kristen Chenoweth. He has shared his talents throughout Utah and the Las Vegas valley singing for various benefits, showcases and events. He loves to write, record, and perform original music and has a deep respect for recording artists of the early 1950’s.

Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)Tyler Hunter was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and recording artist. For the past two years, Tyler has portrayed Elvis with Legends in Concert in its Atlantic City and Hawaii shows. He now brings his talents to the Las Vegas stage in the hit Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet.

Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins) Since originating the role of Carl Perkins in 2006, Robert has starred in every production of Million Dollar Quartet including Chicago, Broadway, London, Off-Broadway, the National Tour, and now Las Vegas. He also writes and produces original music that he performs with his numerous bands.

Marc D. Donovan (Sam Phillips)is honored to be a part of Million Dollar Quartet in its new home. Regional Theatre: Carousel (West Virginia Public Theater), Annie Get Your Gun (Cider Mill Playhouse), Crazy for You (Oqunquit Playhouse), Fat Pig (12 Miles West), Betty’s Summer Vacation (The Theater Project).  Film: Morris County, Donors Needed, Under the N.  TV: Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Zero Hour, All My Children. www.marcdonovan.com.

Felice Garcia (Dyanne) is no stranger to the Las Vegas Strip.  She has been a headliner at Les Folies Bergere, American Superstars, Fantasy and iCandy Burlesque.  Most recently she has produced, directed, and starred in her own show, twice.  Felice’s Country Diva paid tribute to today’s hottest country stars and her second show called The Cover Girls celebrated the American songbook.  Felice is a Runnin’ Rebel with a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jim Belk (Fluke/Drummer) has been a professional musician for more than 30 years.   Las Vegas Productions include: Chicago, Always, Patsy Cline, Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q, The Producers, and We Will Rock You. Headliner credits include: Don Rickles, Charo, Wayne Newton, Larry Coryell and Michael Grimm. In addition to playing drums, Jim is an accomplished arranger/copyist with a master’s in jazz composition and theory.  A major client utilizing these skills is David Foster.

Mikey Hachey (Jay Perkins/ Bass) is an upright and electric bass player who was born and raised in Anaheim, California. In college, Mikey developed his skills and formal training at California State University, Fullerton. His most notable accomplishments include performing behind such Broadway stars as Carter Calvert (Cats) and Ivan Rutherford (Les Misérables ) in Neil Berg’s Holiday Broadway. Mikey also became an artist on Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS production, where he carried out more than 500 live onstage shows. Currently residing in Las Vegas, Mikey continues to build his name as a top call musician. Please visit www.slmikey.com for more information.

Marc Donovan (Sam Phillips)
Marc Donovan (Sam Phillips)
Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins)
Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins)
Ben Hale (Johnny Cash)
Ben Hale (Johnny Cash)
Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Martin Kaye (Jerry Lee Lewis)


Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)
Tyler Hunter (Elvis Presley)


Felice Garcia (Dyanne)
Felice Garcia (Dyanne)

For more information on Million Dollar Quartet, go to www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.


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