As a premier entertainment showplace for acclaimed international stars, iconic American artists, and celebrated regional performers, The Grand 1894 Opera House continues to produce an annual performing arts season that delivers “living in the moment” entertainment experiences that capture the imagination of its audiences. Its 2018-2019 Performing Arts Season will include many such memorable events.
Explains Maureen M. Patton, Executive Director of The Grand: “The magic of live performance − where talented artists share their creative joy while feeding off the energy of a captivated audience − is like nothing else. And, if ever there were a time to add something joyful and uplifting to our day-to-day lives, this would be it!”
During The Grand’s 2018-2019 season, Wynonna Judd makes her Grand debut, backed by her band, The Big Noise. That’s just the beginning of an array of music from all over the world. The Choir of Man promises an electrifying concert by an amazing group of Irishmen who will transport you to an onstage Grand Pub complete with beer kegs! Next to Mexico and the Queen of Ranchera Music, Aida Cuevas, whose unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music will thrill you; and Gabriel Royal, who made history when he was discovered playing and singing his own sonorous style of music in the New York subways. Love the big band sound, Doo Wop, jazz, Rock and Roll, Country? There’s something for everyone just waiting to be experienced. From Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the breezy sophistication of Pink Martini to Irish history through music, song and dance and the music of WWII, it’s yours for the asking. Experience the best in Broadway with Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten and Spamalot and a range of Holiday Shows that will put you in the spirit and keep you there.
Subscription packages are available now. Contact The Grand's box office at 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or visit The Grand at www.thegrand.com. Non-subscription single tickets (if available) will be on sale beginning July 23, 2018 at 9am. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston's historic downtown Cultural Arts District, and is recognized as "The Official Opera House of the State of Texas." All major credit cards accepted.
The Grand 1894 Opera House Performing Arts Season 2018-2019
SEASON OPENER – Wynonna & The Big Noise | Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 – 8pm
Respected by millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna Judd’s rich and commanding voice was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Wynonna appears with her great backup band, “The Big Noise,” led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser. Get ready for an evening filled with country, Americana, blues, soul and rock!
The Choir of Man | Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 – 8pm
The runaway hit of recent international music festivals, The Choir of Man makes its first U.S. tour! Their joyful performance combines the spirit of party time, an electrifying concert event, and a carefree evening at your favorite pub! Nine energetic performers will thrill you with their roof-raising singing, dancing, stomping, and outrageous renditions of pub tunes, folk, Broadway, and classic rock! “The ultimate-feel good show!”
Aida Cuevas – Totalmente Juan Gabriel | Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 – 8pm
Aida Cuevas, the “Queen of Ranchera Music,” presents a mariachi spectacle, paying tribute to her dear friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel. Aida’s stunning vocals and unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music led to her 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first won by a woman. “Aida Cuevas is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation’s spirit.” (Kansas City Star)
Silent film with Rob Landes – Phantom of the Opera | Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 – 8pm
An annual Halloween tradition, Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent film masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera. With his transformative (and highly secretive) makeup techniques and his exceptional acting abilities, Lon Chaney created iconic big-screen characters that made him one of early Hollywood’s biggest box office stars. Come in costume if you dare!
The Doo Wop Project | Sun., Oct. 28, 2018 – 4pm
From bop to pop…the evolution of a sound! 3 parts Jersey Boys, 2 parts Motown: The Musical and "not your grandma's doo wop", these five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars – with their hot 5-piece band -- tear it up, with musicality, dancing and showmanship not found with any other group in the world! They take classic Doo Wop songs from the 50’s and 60’s and make ‘em sound fresh and new…and they take contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5, and “doowopify” them! Perfect entertainment for people ages 10 to 100!
Gabriel Royal: The Underground Cello Project | Sat., Nov. 10, 2018 – 8pm
Gabriel Royal’s journey from art teacher to modern chamber pop composer-performer began as a fun diversion with friends. His sensual singing voice and sonorous cello accompaniment developed while playing and singing in the New York subways. Gabriel’s musical influences include Stevie Wonder’s groove, Burt Bacharach's relaxed, jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, and the multi-talents of alternative contemporary artists including John Legend, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Jangle Monae and Thundercat.
Asleep at the Wheel – Merry Texas Christmas Y’all | Sat., Nov. 24, 2018 – 8pm
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 47 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, including Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, Asleep at the Wheel has a newfound energy and their own Texas style. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
The Priests | Sun., Nov. 25, 2018 – 7pm
Hailed as a musical match “made in Heaven,” The Priests have achieved international acclaim for their stirring Irish tenor voices. An overnight success almost 40 years in the making, Fathers Eugene and Martin O’ Hagan and Father David Delargy set a Guinness World Record for “the Fastest Selling Classical Debut Album of All Times” in 2008. An evening with The Priests is sure to put a spring in your step!
A Christmas Carol | Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 – 8pm | Sat., Dec. 1, 2018 - 3pm
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843! Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it’s an enchanting event for the entire family!
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis – The Big Band Holiday Tour | Sun., Dec. 2, 2018 – 4pm
With special guest vocalists, Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. For almost 30 years, this Manhattan-based big band has been spreading the gospel of jazz virtues from its early blues roots to swing and awesome improvisations. An evening of potent, passionate, and superbly crafted music!
Jerry Jeff Walker | Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 – 8pm
One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for his annual holiday season concert. Get set for a memorable evening, filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and down-home fun!
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 | Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 – 4pm
This heartrending retelling of a powerful historic event recounts the astounding moment during World War I when Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas Day 1914 together – sharing food and drink, singing carols, and playing soccer. All is Calm weaves first-hand accounts by World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols. “…it puts a human face on WWI.” San Francisco Globe
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage | Sun., Dec. 23, 2018 – 1pm and 4pm
This brand-new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry and it’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.
The Other Mozart | Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 – 8pm
Sylvia Milo’s award-winning drama is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, Nannerl’s work and her story faded away, lost to history. Described by The New York Times as “strikingly beautiful,” this one-woman drama is based on stories and comments pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. The Other Mozart is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight – but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.
The Oak Ridge Boys | Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 – 7:30pm | Sun., Jan. 20, 2019 – 3pm
Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of number one hits from Billboard’s country singles charts!
SOMETHING ROTTEN! | Sat., Jan. 26, 2019 – 3pm and 8pm
Set in 1595, this hilarious Broadway smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
Jersey Boys | Sun., Feb. 3, 2019 – 7pm
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first notes. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story − a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. Hits include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Jersey Boys contains authentic, “profane Jersey language,” and is not recommended for children under high school age.
Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll | Sat., Feb. 16, 2019 – 8pm
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway's greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock & Roll in the1940s, through the glory years of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, through MTV in the early 80s, the show uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic stars as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, FrankieValli, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, and Journey.
Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope | Sat., Mar. 9, 2019 – 8pm
Oceans of Hope – The Epic Journeys of Our Ancestors captures the very essence of Irish history. Through music, song, and dance, audiences experience the struggles and dreams of a people fighting for liberty, freedom, dignity, and above all, family. Oceans of Hope is not only about the past but also the present and the glorious future. It’s the story of America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; a story of a people moving across Oceans from all nations in hopes for a better and brighter future.
The Rob Landes Trio Revisits the Music of WWII | Sun., Mar. 24, 2019 – 4pm
Relive the Big Band sounds that kept this nation’s spirit alive through one of the toughest wars in our history. This trip down memory lane is filled with stories and the subtle piano tunes of the day. Rob not only is a consummate musician but a storyteller who weaves words and music together in his own special style. The Rob Landes Trio will inspire and charm you with the memorable music of our past.
Pink Martini | Fri., Apr. 12, 2019 – 8pm
Pink Martini’s cheeky name is no accident. It speaks to the fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication that this 11-member orchestra, decked out in natty suits and colorful dresses, brings to its music-making. Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire in over 25 languages on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America. Mixing original songs and classic hits, the popular ensemble revels in a hybrid, throwback style that mixes pop, jazz, classical and world music.
Spamalot | Sat., Apr. 27, 2019 – 3pm and 8pm
This Tony Award®-winning Best Musical is lovingly stolen from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez. Spamalot is the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they seek the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are raving about Spamalot.
Kinky Boots | Thurs., June 13, 2019 – 8pm
KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony®, the Grammy® and London’s Olivier Award®. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think! This unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein, this joyous sensation “struts its stuff with sparkles, stilettos and heart!” (Sydney Morning Herald).