Marathon Center announces 2018-19 lineup

Acts from around the globe will be bringing their talents to Findlay over the next 12 months.

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2018-19 lineup Tuesday evening, packed with music from a former Monkee, a Broadway hit, one of the most famous ballets of all time, and even a naked magic show.

MCPA Executive Director Heather Clow considers the April 4 performance of the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” a highlight of the coming season.

“That’s a big Broadway show for Findlay,” said Clow, explaining the local production marks one of the touring cast’s first performances outside of a residency at a particular theater.

“Kinky Boots” strutted onto the Broadway stage about five years ago, featuring 16 original songs by pop music legend Cindy Lauper.

It tells the story of how an unlikely duo comes to create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike the world has ever seen.

While most MCPA shows average between $25 and $60 per ticket, Clow said “Kinky Boots” is the most expensive, with tickets reaching $99.

The season will kick off Sept. 7 with Session Americana, a Boston-based folk band. Clow said this show marks the least expensive entertainment of the season, with tickets on sale for $15.

The first household name of the season comes just a few weeks later, when former Monkees vocalist and drummer Micky Dolenz performs Sept. 28.

Clow said Dolenz will create a buzz in Findlay: “Of course! He’s a Monkee.”

The Naked Magicians, billed as “The World’s Funniest and Naughtiest Magic Show,” will perform their bare-skinned act on Halloween. The R-rated show combines “magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem,” according to the Aussie pair’s website, www.nakedmagicians.com

On Nov. 30, the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will present Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

“That’s a fantastic group,” Clow said of the ballet theater from Ukraine. “They put on a really quality show.”

As a lead-up to the holidays, the Canadian Brass will present “Christmas Time is Here” on Dec. 2.

Clow said the Canadian Brass is the world’s most famous brass quintet, adding that she considers the group to be “just the best of brass.” The group will also perform a school day show for students in grades 5-12 on Dec. 3.

A laser spectacular set to the legendary music of Pink Floyd will be presented March 15. Clow said the audience will be provided with laser glasses and psychedelic images will fill the theater. The immersive show features songs from “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.”

The Vienna Boys Choir, considered the world’s oldest musical organization, will perform March 23. Clow said the choir is made up of young men ages 10-14 who perform about 300 concerts a year.

Tickets for the 2018-19 season went on sale for MCPA donors and members at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sales will open to the general public on June 26, with packages and season tickets available.

Tickets may be purchased online at marathoncenterarts.org or by calling the box office at 419-423-2787.

Courier Life editor Brenna Griteman will have more on Wednesday.

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