Big name shows hit the stage this spring in Happy Valley
UNIVERSITY PARK – Through song, lyric and dance, a cultivation of expression and arts is possible.
And what better way to celebrate spring than to blossom through the beauty of story and theatre?
Happy Valley has many theatre performances coming up this spring and each is unique, original and vibrant in its own special way.
Don’t miss out on the following performances sprouting on the State College stage — they can melt your heart more than spring sunlight melts winter’s leftover snow!
“Love in Hate Nation”
This new musical is waving hello to Centre County as a modern love story set between two girls in a 1960s juvie hall. Caught between the changing climate of America and their struggle to break through the chains of society and judgement, this musical ultimately becomes a story of two rebels. The Penn State Musical Theatre chose “Love in Hate Nation” to be its first musical in their new musicals initiative. This theatre performance ranges in dates and times through Feb. 13 to Feb. 24, taking place in the Playhouse Theatre.
This all-male Argentinian dance company focuses on percussive dance for their music spectacles. The men will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Eisenhower Auditorium. Their footwork, drumming, rhythmic stomping and unique song stylings have roots in seventeenth century South American lowland plains. Such movement and dance evolved from Argentine cowboys who had competitive duels to show strength and agility. Such history and evolution of dance is a beautiful experience to capture in your butterfly net this spring!
“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage”
Dig through the journey Baby takes one summer when she’s exposed to love, dance and challenging circumstances that make her question and shake the foundation she sought shelter in all her life. On Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m., “Dirty Dancing” will sweep the stage of the Eisenhower Auditorium to deliver audiences a tale of not only romance, but also of staying true to oneself. Resist the urge to join the cast on stage as they sing the story’s favorites like “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) the Time of my Life.”
In 2006, “Jersey Boys” won the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award for Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The story can truly hit close to home because it’s about a true tale of four blue-collar kids making it big in the pop music industry. They wrote their own songs, created new sound and technique and sold 175 million records worldwide. Enjoy a night of an inspiration and music; the performance will include hit songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Your eyes won’t let go of the stage as the Jersey Boys dance, sing and entertain.
Lady Grey’s Burlesque Meets Broadway
Up in the Attic at the State Theatre, Lady Grey and her Lovelies will perform an array of musical theatre show tunes through dance numbers focused on burlesque. Lady Grey’s Lovelies are ready to transform from the witches of Wicked to Ladies Who Lunch, to the spitfire Kiss Me Kate, to the legendary dames of Chicago. On Saturday, April 28, both at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Lady Grey and the Lovelies will showcase their professional ensemble that breathes life back into vintage performing arts and female empowerment and dance.