Blaze in performance. Courtesy photo by Roy Beusker.

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ programming has hit the ground running with an almost full calendar since the high-caliber venue opened in September 2014.

“We’ve had 393 events in 211 days. That’s almost two per day,” said Tobin CEO Mike Fresher during a Monday morning press conference announcing the 2015-16 Signature and Dance Series. This year’s Tobin Center Benefit Concert star, Lionel Richie, also was announced. Tickets to the benefit concert will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Signature Series is a set of seven Broadway-centric performances and the Dance Series includes six, very different performances.

BMW of San Antonio Signature Series 2015-2016

Flashdance the Musical (October 20, 2015)

With dance at its core, Flashdance the Musical tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

Shrek the Halls (November 6-8, 2015)

Everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, along with Princess Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and the whole gang will be live on stage during this world premiere event. Shrek’s attempts to save the holidays will take the audience on a hilarious adventure. This event, based on the 2007 television special, will have its world premiere at the Tobin.

The Producers (January 13, 2016)

A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ classic film. As a Broadway musical, The Producers has won a record twelve Tony Awards.

Bullets over Broadway (March 6, 2016)

Written by Woody Allen and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this musical comedy is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.

Saturday Night Fever (March 28, 2016)

Saturday Night Fever is the coming of age tale of young Tony Manero, who learns the value of life in 1970’s Brooklyn. Based on the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever features several hits from the Bee Gees, in addition to several new songs written especially for this production.

In addition to the core series, the following two productions are companion special events:

The Midtown Men (October 14, 2015)

The Midtown Men appear in a stylization of an album cover. Courtesy image.
The Midtown Men appear in a stylization of an album cover. Courtesy image.

This production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys: Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, celebrate the music that was the ‘60s. These talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances in during the run of Jersey Boys.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (December 21-24, 2015)

After sold out performances at the Tobin Center in 2014, Rudolph and his friends return to make the holidays bright. Come see all of the memorable characters from the original TV special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life.

Signature Series subscribers will receive a 15% discount over single tickets when they subscribe to the first five events listed. For those who add The Midtown Men and/or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to their subscription will save 15% off those events.

Dance Series 2015 – 2016

Ballet Folklorico De Mexico (September 14, 2015)

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Courtesy photo.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Courtesy photo.

Founded in 1952 by Amalia Hernández, Mexico City-based Ballet Folklórico de México presents dances in costumes that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico. Inspired by the essence of Mexican folklore, Hernandez recreated dances using different techniques from modern and classical dance; brining them to the stage and transformed them into a critically-acclaimed show.

Forever Tango (November 10, 2015)

From multiple engagements on Broadway to stages around the world, Forever Tango has received widespread audience acclaim unmatched by any other company. Direct from Argentina, the cast includes sixteen world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and the eleven-piece Forever Tango orchestra.

Shaping Sound (January 26, 2016)

Shaping Sounds in performance. Courtesy photo.
Shaping Sound in performance. Courtesy photo.

Under the Artistic Direction of Travis Wall, and co-created with Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, Shaping Sound is a mash-up of dance styles and musical genres. The dancers bring it all to life through choreography, rhythm, speed and physical strength, giving shape and form to sound. After rising to fame on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars,” these dancers starred in their own reality TV show, Oxygen Network’s “All the Right Moves.”

Blaze (February 18, 2016)

Mixing nightclub vibes with Broadway production values, Blaze is a high-energy, non-stop street-dance and breakdance show. The show directed by Anthony van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Batman Live), and features set designs by Es Devlin. Blaze is choreographed by some well-known names in the street dance scene, like Mike Song, Kenny Wormald and Lyle Beniga.

Celtic Nights (March 24, 2016)

Every dance tune and melody is a separate thread in the broad and colorful tapestry of Celtic music. Celtic Nights captures the essence of a great people from a small Island and their journey of hope and desire.

Ballet Alive! (April 8-10, 2016)

Rania Charalambidou soaring over San Antonio. Photo courtesy Ballet San Antonio/Alexander Devora.
Rania Charalambidou soaring over San Antonio. Photo courtesy Ballet San Antonio/Alexander Devora.

The Tobin Center’s critically-acclaimed resident ballet company presents an eclectic selection of neo-classical works by legendary choreographers. Internationally renowned choreographers will come to San Antonio to personally work with a ballet company that is deeply rooted in San Antonio but increasingly recognized for its artistry beyond the city limits.

OK Computer (June 27, 2015)

Although not a part of either series, this Tobin Center concert is something worth seeing for Radiohead and 1990s alternative music fans. Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) and some of San Antonio’s best-known musical acts will come together to perform Radiohead’s landmark 1997 album “OK Computer” in a unique concert event at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Backed by a full symphony orchestra of YOSA musicians, artists including Nina Diaz, Demitasse, Pop Pistol, and Lonely Horse will reinvent some of the most iconic alternative rock songs of the 1990s.

Youth Orchestra of San Antonio in rehearsal with Branford Marsalis. File photo by Page Graham.
Youth Orchestra of San Antonio in rehearsal with Branford Marsalis. File photo by Page Graham.

Lionel Richie (October 22, 2015)

Last but not least, this year’s Tobin Center Benefit Concert will feature five-time Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie. Other awards include 16 American Music Awards, a Golden Globe, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

*Featured/top image: Blaze in performance. Courtesy photo by Roy Beusker.

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Page Graham has been a resident of San Antonio – on and off – for over 30 years now. He has moved into the corporate world, making a living developing training materials and Powerpoint presentations...