Two historic theaters in Kansas announced their 2013 lineups this week. The Orpheum Theatre of Wichita and the Stiefel Theatre of Salina will be bringing a wide variety of acts to their theaters, from comedy to country music and dance illusions to classic rock.
The Orpheum at 200 N. Broadway, which opened in 1922, will host comedian Bill Cosby, plus “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” comedian Tracy Morgan and several dance groups.
Tickets for all of the new shows except Bill Cosby went on sale Friday at www.wichitaorpheum.com, at www.selectaseat.com, by calling 316-755-SEAT or at Select-A-Seat outlets. Cosby tickets go on sale Friday. For information, call the Orpheum at 316-263-0884.
The Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe Ave., Salina, opened in 1931 and is famous for bringing a large variety of shows to the community. Its new slate of shows includes classic names such as the Beach Boys, the Doobie Brothers and Chicago plus the Celtic Tenors and comedian Lewis Black. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday at www.stiefeltheatre.org, ticketmaster.com or by calling 785-827-1998.
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• John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19; tickets $20.50, $25.50, $30.50, $35.50
Folk artist Denver, known for songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” will be represented by vintage film of the artist, who died in 1997. The film of Denver will play as his original touring band performs live, along with a string section.
• Tracy Morgan, 7 p.m. March 13; tickets $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50
“Saturday Night Live” comedian and “30 Rock” star Morgan will perform his act titled, “Excuse My French.” Recommended for mature audiences.
• Trey McIntyre Project, 8 p.m. March 29; tickets $25.50, $35.50, $45.50, $55.50
McIntyre, a Wichita native, started his own nonprofit dance company in 2005, which quickly gained fame, respect and awards. His unique style of dance combines many techniques and eye-catching illusions.
• Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m. May 11; tickets $7.50 for students and children under 12; $15 for adults
The dance company, made up of Wichita State University students, has toured all over the world and will bring the best of its pieces with an eclectic fusion of ballet, jazz, mime and more. Highlights from its spring show will be included in the performance.
• Bill Cosby, 8 p.m. June 21; tickets $49.50, $59.50, $69.50, $79.50, $89.50, $149.50
Actor, comedian and author Cosby will talk about his latest best-seller, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was.” His show will hit on faith, first loves and more.
• MOMIX: “Botanica,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; tickets $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50, $49.50
MOMIX is an illusionary dance group under the direction of Moses Pendleton. The group uses props, lights, mirrors and more to create a surreal art form.
• An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu, 8 p.m. Feb. 2; tickets $29
Matisyahu appeared on the music scene in 2004 and became known for his nearly stereotypical Hasidic Jew curly locks and full beard – and for his reggae-style rapping and beat boxing. He’s now sans beard and locks but still performing the music that made him famous.
• The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; tickets $38, $47
Medley, half of the famous duo the Righteous Brothers and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is known for classic hits such as “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Medley will return to the stage as a solo artist in the wake of the death of his music partner, Bobby Hatfield.
• Mavis Staples, 8 p.m. Feb. 23; tickets $29, $39
Grammy winner Staples (“Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There”) will perform with special guest Pieta Brown.
• Skippyjon Jones, 6 p.m. Feb. 27; tickets $8
An imaginative character from the works of children’s author Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones comes alive in this musical about using imagination and dreaming big.
• Chris Young, 8 p.m. March 7; tickets $37, $46
The country crooner and Grammy nominee will perform songs from several of his albums.
• The Celtic Tenors, 7:30 p.m. March 14; tickets $25, $32, $40
The Celtic Tenors return to the Stiefel Theatre for the third time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
• The Doobie Brothers, 8 p.m. April 9; tickets $76, $88
The Doobie Brothers will perform classic hits such as “What a Fool Believes” as well as songs from their latest release, “World Gone Crazy.”
• Judy Collins, 8 p.m. April 11; tickets $39, $44, $49
Author and folk singer Collins, known for hits such as “Send in the Clowns,” will present a wide variety of pieces from her extensive catalog of music and writing.
• Lewis Black, 8 p.m. April 12; tickets $58
Performing at the Stiefel for the second time, comedian and author Black brings a bit of outrage and frustration into his show, allowing his audience to release their own frustrations.
• David Sedaris, 8 p.m. April 19; tickets $38, $49, $55
The popular author and satirist comes to the Stiefel promoting his newest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” due for release in the spring. This show was announced earlier this year.
• Chicago, 8 p.m. April 22; tickets $76, $88
Grammy-winning band Chicago, known for No. 1 hits such as “Look Away,” will present numerous hits from its “Best of Chicago 40th Anniversary” album.
• Pajanimals Live – Pajama Playdate, 6 p.m. May 7; tickets $27, $37
From the works of the Jim Henson Company, Pajanimals performs with music and interactive audience participation. Parents and children are encouraged to come wearing their favorite pajamas.
• Easton Corbin, 8 p.m. May 10; tickets $37, $46
Corbin, known for his low-toned country drawl and songs such as "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It,” will take to the stage to perform his hits.
• The Beach Boys, 8 p.m. May 19; tickets $67, $77
The Beach Boys, famous for songs such as “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo” and “Surfin’ USA,” will perform with original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.