THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – Nov. and Dec. Performance Listings

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

November – December Performance Listings
Address:
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89106

Phone:
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 the 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.

 

 

REYNOLDS HALL

 

Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre – Simply Ella
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Reynolds Hall
The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater wraps up its 2015 season with a very special performance celebrating the music and life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and the incomparable Duke Ellington. The program will include Alvin Ailey’s iconic ballet Night Creature and will feature Las Vegas’ powerhouse vocalists and headliners Clint Holmes and the sensational Reva Rice from Vegas! The Show and the world premiere of Ballet #37 choreographed by founder and artistic director Bernard H. Gaddis.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – A Balanchine Celebration: From Tchaikovsky to Rodgers & Hart to Gershwin
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
ReynoldsHall
From Balanchine, the ballet master who redefined classical ballet, comes three of his most iconic works: Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Who Cares? The celebration begins with his first American ballet, Serenade, featuring a timeless score from Tchaikovsky. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, the tale of Broadway dreams, Russian dancers and the Mob from the Rodgers & Hart comedy On Your Toes, salutes Balanchine’s triumphs on both stage and silver screen. This celebration’s finale will uplift and inspire in an energetic tribute to the bubbly Americana songbook of George Gershwin, in Who Cares?

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God Lives in Glass – A Theatrical Musical Benefit Concert
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $19
Reynolds Hall
Some of Las Vegas’ finest entertainers join hearts and voices in Reynolds Hall for one performance only to benefit The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach Programs.  God Lives in Glass is a popular musical theatre concert that features a funny, powerful, emotionally uplifting, and original score by Keith Thompson with musical styles ranging from pop to gospel, classical to blues, and reggae to R&B. Inspired by the drawings and stories of children from all over the world in Dr. Robert Landy’s book “God Lives in Glass,” this show is great for the whole family.

 

Keith Thompson will conduct a live orchestra while Philip Fortenberry’s virtuoso piano stylings take us through a wide variety of musical genres to create a truly remarkable musical experience. Cast members from some of Las Vegas’ best Broadway and production shows will join members of the Las Vegas community to create this superb musical and theatrical concert complete with a special appearance by the kids from Broadway in the Hood and the CLC Celebration Choir.

 

Dr. Robert Landy’s insightful book that inspired this musical examines the notion of God through the eyes and words of children from all over the world; from many different cultures, races, religions and nationalities. The result is humorous, provocative, and profound.

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Music that encapsulates time and place features in this evocative program celebrating Jean Sibelius’s 100th birthday. The Finnish composer’s first symphony illustrates his heartfelt tonal palette allowing the listener to experience the glories of his natural world. Samuel Barber’s violin concerto performed with Alexi Kenney–a young artist of uncommon depth, poise and instinct–conjures echoes of the turbulent 1930s. The world premiere of “Desert Flight,” a sprightly ode to Southern Nevada’s own landscape composed by principal trombonist Nathan Tanouye, launches the celebration.

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Elf the Musical
Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discovers his true identity, and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.

 

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

 

Las Vegas Philharmonic – The Snowman
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Reynolds Hall
Las Vegas Philharmonic’s traditional holiday gathering launches the city’s festive season with a family-friendly, fun-filled concert that brings the community together on stage and off.  This year’s concerts feature a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the beloved children’s book accompanied by the orchestra performing the beautiful score. In addition, festive favorites including excerpts from The Nutcracker and the traditional sing-along make this a most merry musical celebration you won’t want to miss!

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker
Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19; Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.;
Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Reynolds Hall
Las Vegas’ favorite holiday tradition returns in 2015! Featuring a full orchestra and larger than life landscapes, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been hailed as “the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall” by the Las Vegas Sun. Enter into a wonderland of moonlit snow and waltzing flowers as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dance along the border between imagination and reality. Be a part of this cherished holiday tradition that the Las Vegas Review-Journal calls, “a cannonade of stimuli… visually arresting at nearly every juncture.”

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New Year’s Eve at The Smith Center Hosted by Erich Bergen with Norm Lewis, Capathia Jenkins, Clint Holmes and Patina Miller
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Reynolds Hall
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smith Center with a musical extravaganza featuring Broadway hits and favorite classic songs. One amazing evening, five spectacular performers, and endless musical fireworks.

Currently starring in the hit CBS drama Madam Secretary, Erich Bergen starred in the award-winning stage production of Jersey Boys as well as the film adaptation.

History making Broadway actor and singer, Norm Lewis was The Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway. He’s been nominated for every major stage award and stars on the hit television show Scandal.

An acclaimed singer, soloist and actress on stage and screen, this is one Broadway diva with an unforgettable voice. Capathia Jenkins has starred in Newsies, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, The Look of Love, The Civil War and has performed with the world’s leading orchestras.

More than a singer, Clint Holmes is the consummate entertainer. Every performance, whether in a New York City cabaret or a Vegas showroom, is unforgettable.

Tony Award-winning singer and actress Patina Miller has appeared in movies including The Hunger Games series, hit television shows such as CBS’ Madam Secretary and starred in award-winning Broadway shows including Pippin and Sister Act.

 

 

CABARET JAZZ

 

 

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 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 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.

 

Clint Holmes and Earl Turner – The Two of Us
Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Two of Las Vegas’ ultimate showmen Clint Holmes and Earl Turner join forces for an unforgettable evening of duets. Featuring a special tribute to the music of Bill Withers, with classic songs like “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us” and more!

 

Soul Men and Lady Soul Starring Spectrum and Radiance
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
Award-winning vocal quartet Spectrum and their stunning sister-group, Radiance, perform together in an unbelievable tribute to Motown and R&B music. Returning to The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz, these eight stellar vocalists sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American songbooks of all time.

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The Skivvies
Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning New York City actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Featured in People magazine’s Hottest Bodies issue as the Most Playful performers, The Wall Street Journal calls them “highly original…smart…ingenious.” Get ready for a night of big voices and crazy harmonies. But no pants.

 

Sinatra Behind the Scenes Featuring The Skivvies and Vincent Falcone
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are $25
Cabaret Jazz
Based on conductor Vincent Falcone’s book, “Frankly, Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra’s Music,” this event is a must-see for centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra. The brilliant pianist will share often surprising and sometimes amusing stories about his 10 years of travel around the world with Ol’ Blue Eyes. Featuring hundreds of photos and film clips, LaSpina narrates and sings 25 signature Sinatra songs including show-stoppers “Soliloquy” and “Old Man River.”

 

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

 

Sanchez’s more than 20-years career has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award, and several Grammy nominations. The Los Angeles Times said of Sanchez, “As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa.”

 

Clint Holmes
Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $37
Cabaret Jazz
The acclaimed singer 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 spellbinding evening of holiday music that’s both live and alive.

 

Travis Cloer – Christmas My Place
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $50
Cabaret Jazz
“Spine tingling and goose bump inducing” is how Robin Leach describes Cloer’s annual holiday show. Back by popular demand for two shows, the Jersey Boys star brings his new record, “Christmas at My Place,” to life at Cabaret Jazz. With his swingin’ seven-piece band directed by Keith Thompson, Cloer’s glowing, heartfelt, and versatile voice will leave you with the warm feeling of the season in your heart.

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An Evening with Laura Osnes
Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Cabaret Jazz
Laura Osnes returns to The Smith Center this winter where she will make her Cabaret Jazz debut. Best known for her Tony-nominated performances in Cinderella and Bonnie & Clyde, she has also appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, South Pacific, and Grease. Including tunes from her solo albums If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston and Dream a Little DreamLive at the Cafe Carlyle, Laura Osnes delights audiences with her charm and vocal versatility, sharing her favorite songs and stories from past shows, concerts, and cabarets.

 

Kristen Hertzenberg and Philip Fortenberry – Holidays from the Heart
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $26
Cabaret Jazz
Infinitely versatile songstress Kristen Hertzenberg and critically acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry return to Cabaret Jazz with an encore performance of their sold-out show from last season, Holidays from the Heart.

 

For more than five years, Hertzenberg captivated audiences as Christine in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. She went on to play Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet on the Las Vegas Strip and established herself as a solo artist, as well. Desert Companion magazine named her Best Torch Singer and other publications have described her voice as “a dynamic instrument,” “lilting and limitless” with “incredible color and depth.”

 

Fortenberry is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed his sold-out, one-man show, The Man at the Piano, four times at Cabaret Jazz and released nine solo albums. He provided “the hands of Liberace” in HBO Films’ biopic Behind the Candelabra. With more than a dozen Broadway productions and original cast recordings to his credit, he has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House.

 

 

 

TROESH STUDIO THEATER

 

‘Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical
Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
From the producers of Girls Night: The Musical comes this new Christmas sequel featuring the five ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip, and just let their hair down during the craziest of times – the holidays! This musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season. ‘Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas will feature the touching and hilarious writing by Louise Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide as well as classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.

 

Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays…the Therapy Continues
Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $35
Troesh Studio Theater
From the star and creator of one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, ” this show is about a time of peace–a time of Joy—a time of remembering why you left home in the first place. Steve’s back with more wild and hilarious stories and characterizations about his family, friends, and the other folks we meet whose sole purpose was to drive him into therapy in the first place. Attend holiday dinner at Grandma’s where, if you’re under 55, you’re allowed to sit at the children’s table.

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 244-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.