Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2016–2017 Season

Tickets go on sale to public July 11

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has announced its 2016–2017 season lineup! From smash Broadway hits to contemporary circus to classical music performances, culture and entertainment await audiences from all walks of life.

The upcoming season will feature 27 presentations and two Penn State School of Music features.

Tickets will be available beginning July 11 online at; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX; and in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and the Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Here’s the rundown of what’s in store:

Broadway lovers – you’re in luck! Enjoy big city theater without big city stress. The CPA’s touring Broadway and contemporary theater season will balance classic favorites and new arrivals, with a variety of genres and topics represented. This year’s productions, kicking off in January 2017, will be “42nd Street,” “Once,” “Wilderness,” “Pippin,” “Rent,” and “Annie.”

Classical music fans can look forward to renowned chamber musicians, orchestras, and classical music supergroups this season. To name a few, the Sphinx Virtuosi, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and Barnatan will make appearances.

Other musical acts will include a cappella and vocal performances from Straight No Chaser and Roomful of Teeth. Jazz and big band performances are also lined up, beginning with a Nat King Cole tribute show. Musical folklore by Bang on a Can All-Stars and world music by DakhaBrakha add an eclectic flair to the season’s lineup.

Theatrical, folk, and ballet troupes will bring fresh dance performances to town.

Children’s programming will include “Odd Squad Live!,” “Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood,” and, last but never least, “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
And of course, contemporary circus acts are a can’t-miss! Cirque Éloize will put on its new show “Saloon, A Musical Acrobatic Adventure” in September. Later in the season, Australia’s Circus Oz will make its Penn State debut with “Straight Up.”

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