- Big Band on Broadway
- Thursday, March 14 2013 - Sunday, March 17 2013
- Southern Theatre - Columbus
- WMNI Sponsored Events
March 14 – 17, 2013
Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 8:00 p.m., Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Saturday night’s performance broadcast live on WOSU Classical 101.1 FM.
Be our guest in a night of Broadway magic as the CJO puts a jazzy twist on your favorite classic show tunes!
Known for her Tony Award-winning role as leading lady in the musicalJerome Robbin’s Broadway, guest Debbie Gravitte has sung in a variety of settings from stage to symphony orchestra. Since her debut in 1979, this Broadway belter has appeared in numerous classics including Les Miserables, Chicago, and more. Come back where you belong, and experience this unforgettable night as the big band takes Broadway featuring music from Hello Dolly!, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast,The Wiz and much more!
JAZZ ACADEMY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. featuring Debbie Gravitte
Join us for a new workshop series titled “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” hosted by Byron Stripling. Join Byron for a casual and engaging conversation with the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO – adding new perspective to being an audience member. Registration is free for CJO subscribers. Pre-registration is required and available by clicking here.
- Southern Theatre - Website
- 21 E. Main Street
A Piece of Columbus History
The oldest surviving theatre in central Ohio and one of the oldest in the state, the Southern Theatre opened in 1896 as part of a performance space and hotel complex on the corner of High and Main Streets. The Southern was designed for theatrical touring productions and later accommodated silent films, vaudeville, first- and second-run motion pictures, dance, country music reviews, and community events.
Over its stage life, the Southern hosted performing celebrities, including singer Lillian Russell, actors Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, Maude Adams, Sarah Bernhardt, dancers Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan, John Philip Sousa, Al Jolson, George M. Cohan, Mae West, and W.C. Fields. Closed in 1979, the theatre was gifted to CAPA in 1986.
A New Era
In 1998, following an intensive, 14-month CAPA-led restoration, the 925-seat jewel-box Southern Theatre reopened as a beautiful, accessible, and lively link to our community's past and its bright future.
In addition to CAPA concerts and performances, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Music Columbus, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra all call the Southern Theatre stage home.
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