The shows you shouldn’t miss in January

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Dare to Defy Productions presents the legendary rock opus The Who’s Tommy Jan. 12-20 in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED
Dare to Defy Productions presents the legendary rock opus The Who’s Tommy Jan. 12-20 in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED

Happy New Year! Begin 2018 by checking out this slate of shows familiar and new to the area including three symphonic concerts.

Cast of 'The Tutors.' From left to right: Ryan Grissett (Milo), Jenna Gomes (Heidi), A.J. Breslin (Joe), Boyang Zhang (Kwan), Skyler McNeely (Toby). PHOTO CREDIT / KNACK CREATIVE(Knack Creative)


Jan. 4-7, Schuster Center

Playground Theatre supplies local premiere of Erica Lipez’s dramedy about a group of friends longing to change the world with a social networking site while tutoring to pay the rent. Mathile Theatre of Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. $15-$20. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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Jan. 11-14, Victoria Theatre

Muse Machine presents Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s classic 1964 musical comedy about a meddlesome New York matchmaker re-evaluating her life in a joyous and hilarious pursuit of love and happiness. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.


Jan. 12-20, Schuster Center

Dare to Defy Production’s takes on the classic 1969 rock opus about an inspirational pinball-playing whiz whose physical limitations do not hinder him from overcoming adversity. Mathile Theatre of Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 13. $16.50-$25. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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Jan. 15, Xenia Area Community Theater

Writer/director Joyce A. Barnes tells the dramatic story of 15-year-old Ruby Watson who joined thousands of other young people in the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama. Weaving together historic characters of the time including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bull Connor, this multimedia presentation pinpoints the struggle for equality during the Civil Rights Movement. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Xenia Area Community Theater, 45 E. Second St., Xenia. $9-$10. (937) 372-0516 or www.xeniaact.org.


Jan. 19-Feb. 4, Dayton Playhouse

This musical revue pays tribute to female singers of the 1960s such as Leslie Gore, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner. Songs include “It’s My Party,” “To Sir With Love,” “Proud Mary,” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. $16-$18. (937) 424-8477 or www.daytonplayhouse.com.


Jan. 19-Feb. 4, Dayton Theatre Guild

In this local premiere by Bruce Graham, a South Philadelphia bar owner and a regular patron ponder a future together beyond mere friendship. Amy Taint and Geoff Burkman play the titular roles. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. (with the exception of the Jan. 20 performance at 8 p.m.) and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. $13-$20. (937) 278-5993 or www.daytontheatreguild.org.


Jan. 19 and 20, Schuster Center

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra spotlights three of the great first symphonies by Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn and Leonard Bernstein. The second movement of Bernstein’s biblical-themed work (“Jeremiah”) will feature guest soloist Layna Chiankas who has performed many leading roles with Dayton Opera. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Tickets are $15.45-$64.30. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.


Jan. 26 and 27, Schuster Center

Ohio native Steven Reineke, a graduate of Miami University and music director and conductor of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, guest conducts this Dayton Philharmonic SuperPops concert saluting African-American female jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Broadway powerhouses Montego Glover (Tony nominee for “Memphis”), N’Kenge (“Motown”) and Capathia Jenkins (“Newsies”) serve as guest vocalists. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $29-$79. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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Jan. 28, Dayton Art Institute

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Celebrate with the Dayton Philharmonic as selections from “Candide,” “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” and more are featured along with the Dayton Opera’s four Artists-in-Residence. Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. Tickets are $14-$22. (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

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5 reasons to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on its final weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:53 AM


The music of the night returns with a stunning makeover as the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global megahit “The Phantom of the Opera” continues through Sunday, April 22 courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. 

Produced by legendary British powerhouse Cameron Mackintosh and based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells a romantic, mysterious and compelling account of the titular musician who takes young soprano Christine Daae under his wing in late 19th century Paris. Meanwhile, Christine is wooed by the dashing Raoul, infuriating the Phantom and fueling his vengeful takeover of the Paris Opera House.

Here are five reasons why you should see this thrilling spectacle on its final weekend. 

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“The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Schuster Center April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)



Director Laurence Connor brings character-driven finesse and breezy fluidity to this reconceived production. He dials back the cinematic opulence of the original helmed by Harold Prince (which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary on Broadway) while adding new touches. In particular, “Prima Donna,” an ode to diva Carlotta (excellently conceited Trista Moldovan), is treated as a beautiful transition, guiding the audience directly into the operatic sequence “Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh.”

Connor also moves the vibrant “Masquerade” inside the Opera House, another effective departure from the original, and alters the Phantom’s suspenseful final seconds to magical degrees. “The original production was brilliant, but this production is truly spectacular,” said Eva Tavares, who portrays the haunted Christine. “I also feel ours is a grittier production. We want to make our characterizations as real as possible.” 



Despite the Phantom’s treachery and defiance in his obsessive pursuit of Christine, it is imperative to feel some sense of connection to his struggle nonetheless.

“I find the show to be based in a real place of empathy,” Tavares said. “It’s about loving someone and caring for someone even when they don’t love or care for themselves. Even when the people around Christine tell her the Phantom is vicious, she knows the real person inside. He was a tortured individual who was dealt a hard hand at a young age. Christine’s unabashed and unfiltered empathy really speaks to people. She displays a kindness we all need in our lives.” 

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Eva Tavares as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY


As Tavares navigates her role with lovely elegance, she provides a beautifully complex journey from giddy chorus girl (her star-is-born excitement throughout the gorgeous “Think of Me” is an early highpoint) to mature woman.

There is also a very telling moment in Act 1 when Christine grows suicidal, another savvy directorial choice from Connor.

The soaring ballad “All I Ask of You” literally becomes Raoul’s plea to bring Christine off the ledge. 



Standing 6-foot-7, Quentin Oliver Lee, an African-American, firmly leads the production in the vocally demanding titular role. His refreshing and imposing presence certainly gives the material a great deal of renewed subtext.

“Diversity in casting shouldn’t be an issue,” said Tavares, who is 5-foot-1. “The people who are right for a role should be cast. Quentin is an amazing actor who brings a lot to the role. We have a great dynamic as friends. I’m so glad and so grateful to be part of a company that sees the value in diversity in casting.” 

A 52-member cast will come to town for “The Phantom of the Opera” April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)



Even though this tour overall strays from the original’s iconic nature, you’ll still be dazzled by Maria Bjornson’s fabulous costumes, Scott Brown’s scenic design, Scott Ambler’s terrific choreography (notice the Paso Doble intensity within “The Point of No Return”), Nina Dunn’s video/projection design, and one grand chandelier that is a character all its own. 



What: “The Phantom of the Opera” 

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 

When: Through April 22; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 

Cost: $25-$118 

Tickets/more info: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com 


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Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Clara Bement as Joy;  Ana Smith as Grace; Fischer Barnett as step mother and  Kiama As Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of
Clara Bement as Joy; Ana Smith as Grace; Fischer Barnett as step mother and Kiama As Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend. 

Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

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“It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production’s manager. “Each actor brings (his or her) own personality (to the characters). We have a pretty diverse group of kids in the cast.”  

Dave Lewis as the Prince and Kiama Wa Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: Paula Powell, contributed)

Many of the actresses and actors don’t reflect the classic story’s traditional typecasting.

Based on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella,” a 1997 movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood, Stivers’ diverse show includes a black girl,  Kiama Wa-Tenza, as Cinderella and Fischer Barnett, a teen boy, as the stepmother. 

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The diverse casting was no big deal at Stivers, said Powell, Stivers director of choirs, noting that the arts transcends.

“We are pretty easy-going here,” she said. “People auditioned and the characters just sorted themselves out.”

About 70 students from each of the  school’s magnet programs are represented in the production that includes music from a student orchestra. 

The show includes audio and visual elements and Puppets from Zoot Theatre Company.

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Desmond Kingston as the Dove and Trinity Hines Anthony as the Fairy Godmother in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

Beside Wa-Tenza and  Barnett,  key actors and actresses include  Trinity Hines Anthony as Fairy Godmother; David Lewis as the Prince; Isaac Bement  as  Lionel, the royal steward;  Clara Bement  as Joy, a step sister; Ana Smith as Grace, the other step sister; Logan Van Bibber as King; Erin Fultz as Queen;  Brandan Jeffries and Lamorris Render as Mice; Ryan Gibson as Charles the cat and Desmond Kingston as Dove. 

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Stivers School for the Arts' is presenting "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

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‘Phantom of the Opera’ is in Dayton this weekend -- and you’ve never seen it like THIS before

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


Yes, you’ve seen “Phantom.”

But not this “Phantom.”

The new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is playing at the Schuster Center through April 22 as part of a North American tour.

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Based on the French novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, the plot revolves around a deformed but gifted composer who lives beneath the Paris Opera house and becomes obsessed with a beautiful chorus girl, Christine Daaé. As a result of the Phantom’s threats, Christine replaces the opera company’s diva, Carlotta. Although Christine feels sorry for Eric (The Phantom), she falls in love with her childhood friend, Raoul, an opera patron.

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The last time Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “Phantom” came to Dayton was in 2010; this will be the first time the newly interpreted musical has been seen here. According to associate director Seth Sklar-Heyne, those who’ve seen the show over the past 30 years will find much of this new show familiar but will also be surprised by some dramatic changes.

“Cameron MacIntosh’s idea was to take the material and put it through a new lens,” he explains. “The premise for this version is that the Phantom is a real man and that’s what makes this version of the storytelling different than the original.”

Solar-Heyne shares thoughts about the three elements that have been preserved and those that may come as a surprise:

A 52-member cast will come to town for “The Phantom of the Opera” April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)


1. THE COSTUMES. “The hundreds of iconic Victorian costumes designed by Maria Bjornson have been retained. The show is set in Paris in the mid- to late 1800s, so it’s about silhouettes. The men have tailcoats, the women have bodices cinched at the waist and large skirts with bustles and have hair designs to match — large curls, stacked hair with hats. There’s something very opulent about the dress, even the costumes that represent what they’d wear during the day are very stylized and ornate.”

2. THE MUSIC. “The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the things that makes this piece timeless. The music is still the foundation and the backbone to what we do on stage. You’ll leave with a great sense of the melodies and part of that is the way Andrew has structured the musical motif repeatedly. A lot of the themes represent characters. So, for example, the Phantom sings the title song and whenever he is referred to you hear that theme and connect to both his character and the drama. In the way of an old-fashioned musical, a live orchestra fills the theater with a detailed and lush orchestral score.”

3. THE STORY. “People have come to love the story and identify with these characters. There is something to be said for the classic beauty of it. The love triangle is the heart of the production. The message of the story is to love your fellow man no matter what. You can learn to love without judgment, without your eyes. You can see something in someone that may not be on the outside.”

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“The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Schuster Center April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)


 1. THE SET DESIGN. “There have been huge leaps in engineering and mechanics that allow us to achieve a lot with the physical production that we couldn’t have done 30 years ago. The original was set in a black box and very stylized and minimal in terms of its elements. In this production, which tours in 20 trucks, we try to inhabit the nooks and crannies of the Paris Opera house in incredible detail. There’s a chandelier but it does a lot more than it used to do. We don’t have a staircase; we’ve relocated that scene in a mirrored, gilded ballroom. In the past, the manager’s office scenes were suggested by a curtain and a table. Now we have a 10-ton cylindrical wall that cracks open to reveal the slice of a naturalistic office space. And when the Phantom takes Christine on the journey to his lair, we show him controlling and engineering the descent to the catacombs. So the Phantom spectacle still seems like magic but it’s more grounded in the character’s genius as an engineer.”

2. NEW CHOREOGRAPHY. New choreography for this production is by Scott Ambler; new staging is by director Laurence Connor.

2. THE CHARACTERS. “This show is still filled with incredible illusions but at its core we’re seeing a story of a real man who has suffered in life because of this deformity and been misunderstood. In the original production, we think of him as a Svengali existing on another level; he’s able to control things and manipulate people in a way that’s unexplained. In this production, we see a real man who pursues a girl because she’s able to provide something to him that will heal him.”

The Schuster Center will host a new North American tour of "Phantom."Submitted photo by Matthew Murphy.


What: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”

When: April 11-22

Where: The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Second and Main streets in downtown Dayton.

Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $118 at Ticketcenterstage.com or (937) 228-3630

Presented by: Premier Health Broadway Series.

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‘School of Rock,’ ‘Book of Mormon’ are coming to Dayton — and you won’t believe what else

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

9 shows at the Schuster Center

The touring shows the Victoria Theatre Association will be bringing to town for the new theater season that begins this fall have been announced.

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Here are the shows we can’t wait to see:

Premiere Health Broadway Series 2018-19 


Oct. 2-7, 2018, Schuster Center

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICALOCTOBER 2-7, 2018 – SCHUSTER CENTERSCHOOL OF ROCK is based on the hit film. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. CONTRIBUTED

The VTA’s 2018-19 Premiere Health Broadway Series kicks off Oct. 2 with “School of Rock — The Musical.” Based on the hit film, the musical features 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as all of the original songs from the movie. Musical theater’s first-ever kids’ rock band will play their instruments live on stage. 

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Jan. 15-20, 2019, Schuster Center

FINDING NEVERLANDJANUARY 15 - 20, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERFINDING NEVERLAND tells the musical 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. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL(JEREMY DANIEL)

Next up is “Finding Neverland,” which follows the life of playwright J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan.” 

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Feb. 12-17, 2019, Schuster Center

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND IFEBRUARY 12-17, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERTwo worlds collide in this musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL(JEREMY DANIEL)

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most glorious musicals, “The King and I,” comes to the Schuster during Valentine’s Day season. 

Set in 1860s Bangkok, it’s the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and the British schoolteacher who comes to instruct his wives and children. 

The beloved songs from this Tony winner range from “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune” to “Shall We Dance” and “Hello Young Lovers.” 


March 5-10, 2019, Schuster Center

ON YOUR FEET!MARCH 5 - 10, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERFrom their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music. CONTRIBUTED


Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the focus of “On Your Feet!,” the inspiring story of the talented Cuban couple who came to America, faced adversity and managed to break barriers and reach the top of the pop music world. 


April 2-7, 2019, Schuster Center

LES MISÉRABLESAPRIL 2-7, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERCameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. CONTRIBUTED

A new production of the celebrated musical “Les Misérables” featuing new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo will be at the Schuster Center. Classic songs from the Tony winning musical include “I Dreamed a Dream, “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.” 


June 25-30, 2019, Schuster Center

WAITRESSJUNE 25 - 30, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERInspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. This music celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie and contains mature content. CONTRIBUTED


The final treat of the Broadway series is “Waitress,” the story of a small-town waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of escaping her loveless marriage and finding a happier life. The musical is based on the popular film. 


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Oct. 23-25, 2018, Schuster Center

THE WIZARD OF OZOCTOBER 23 - 25, 2018 – SCHUSTER CENTERThere truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Dayton. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. CONTRIBUTED

Catch up with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. Based on the 1939 MGM film, this production includes a tornado touchdown, munchkins and flying monkeys.


Feb. 1-2, 2019, Schuster Center

CHICAGOFEBRUARY 1 & 2, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERThis triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now is the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. CHICAGO is a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz and one show-stopping song and dance number after another. CONTRIBUTED

The Tony and Grammy winner and the longest running American musical on Broadway is headed back to town. The classic tale features show-stopping song and dance numbers.


May 21-26, 2019, Schuster Center

THE BOOK OF MORMONMAY 21 - 26, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERThe nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JULIETA CERVANTES(JULIETA CERVANTES/Photo: Julieta Cervantes)

This hilarious Tony-winning musical comedy returns. The story follows the misadventures of a pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world.

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Thanks to the Morris Furniture Company Family Series, the kids can look forward to live entertainment as well. 

That schedule includes “The Ugly Duckling” (Nov. 10); “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” (Nov. 16-17); “The Phantom Tollbooth” (Feb. 2, 2019); “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (Feb. 23, 2019); “Diary of a Worm, A Spider & A Fly” (March 23, 2019) and “Magic School Bus Live: Lost in the Solar System” (April 27, 2019). 

Also announced is the line-up for the popular National Geographic Live series. The speakers will include former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stone on Feb. 3-4; big wall climber Mark Synnott on March 10-11 and Arctic photographer Florian Schulz on April 14-15. The series takes place at the Victoria Theatre. 


Season tickets are available now. Single-show ticket information will be available at a later time. For ticket information, visit (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.

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