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Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces 2016-17 season, includes Patti LaBelle, 3 Doors Down, ‘Mamma Mia!’

Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces 2016-17 season, includes Patti LaBelle, 3 Doors Down, ‘Mamma Mia!’
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From a press release:

The lights on the old theater in downtown Wilkes-Barre are lit more than ever these days, and they will continue shining bright throughout the venue’s 30th anniversary season.

The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2016-2017 Season, which is already jam-packed with 53 new performances, ranging from independent films and top-notch Broadway acts to rock concerts and family programming.

Here are a few of the highlights:

The Wells Fargo Concerts & Comedy Series includes The Fab Faux and John Mellencamp, while the PNC Celebrity Series consists of Joe Walsh and the legendary Patti LaBelle. Look for more titles to be added to these hit series throughout the season.

More not-to-miss performances include comedy troupe The Second City with their timely political satire “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last),” rock bands 3 Doors Down and Pop Evil, the return of The Hit Men with their new “Time Travel Tour,” and many more.

The 2016-2017 Broadway Series is filled with beloved classics, including “Mamma Mia! The Farewell Tour;” “Elvis Lives,” a live musical journey across Elvis’ life; “Annie,” Stomp, and “42nd Street.”

The new season also features a diverse Signature Series, including popular acts like the U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, the Walnut Street Theater performing Neil Simon’s classic “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and the long-awaited return of Scottish sensation Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

And then there are the acts you will love getting to know, like ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and the Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! Rhythmic Circus.

Convenient Food Marts Live from the Chandelier Lobby Series features a free performance with Project Grand Slam, an acclaimed fusion band, along with several others.

The new season also ushers in “Lobby for the Arts,” a brand-new series of artistic programming that will take place inside the Kirby Center’s beautiful art-deco lobby, as well as the return of the W. Curtis Montz Film Series featuring independent and award-winning films on select Wednesdays.

As always, the film series will offer critically-acclaimed features on the area’s largest screen for the area’s lowest ticket price. Matinees cost just $3, while evening screenings cost only $5. Film tickets can be purchased on the day of the show at the Kirby Center.

Individual tickets for the 2016-2017 Season go on sale Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m., but Kirby Members can pre-purchase their seats beginning Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased in person at the box office or by calling 570-826-1100.

Kirby Members are always the first to buy, so join by logging on to or calling 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

The full season schedule is as follows:

Featured performances:

New Riders of the Purple Sage – Friday, July 1
Live from the Chandelier Lobby

Project Grand Slam – Friday, July 15
Live from the Chandelier Lobby

Joe Walsh – Thursday, Aug. 4

Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience – Tuesday, Aug. 9

Celtic Thunder – Tuesday, Aug. 30

3 Doors Down and Pop Evil – Wednesday, Sept. 7

Cory Branan – Friday, Sept. 9
Live from the Chandelier Lobby

The Fab Faux – Saturday, Sept. 10

Adam Ferrara – Friday, Sept. 16
Live from the Chandelier Lobby

God Save the Queen – Saturday, Sept. 24

Brian Regan – Sunday, Sept. 25

Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer – Thursday, Oct. 6

Hunkappella – Friday, Oct. 7

The Second City: Free Speech! (While Supplies Last) – Sunday, Oct. 9

John Mellencamp – Friday, Oct. 14

Foreigner – Friday, Oct. 21

Patti LaBelle – Friday, Oct. 28

Stand Bac and The Idol Kings – Saturday, Nov. 5

U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus – Tuesday, Nov. 15

Octonauts Live! – Wednesday, Nov. 16

Jake Shimabukuro – Friday, Nov. 18

A Christmas Carol – Wednesday, Dec. 14

Mamma Mia! – Sunday, Jan. 8

Elvis Lives – Wednesday, Feb. 1

I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Own Words and Song – Saturday, Feb. 11
Lobby for the Arts

Cirque Zuma Zuma – Thursday, Feb. 16
Lobby for the Arts

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers – Friday, Feb. 17

Annie – Thursday, Feb. 23

Stomp – Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16

Odd Squad Live! – Friday, March 24

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Saturday, March 25

42nd Street – Wednesday, March 29

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus – Saturday, April 1
Lobby for the Arts

The Hit Men: Time Travel Tour – Friday, April 28

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! Rhythmic Circus – Sunday, April 30

Young People’s Theater Series:

Doktor Kaboom Live Wire! The Electricity Tour – Thursday, Jan. 12

I Have a Dream – Thursday, Feb. 9

Bill Blagg’s Science of Magic – Monday, Feb. 13

Story Pirates – Friday, April 7

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! – Tuesday, May 16

W. Curtis Montz Film Series:

Carol (2015) – Wednesday, June 22nd – R, 118 min.

Mediterranea (2015) – Wednesday, June 29th – NR, 107 min.

45 Years (2015) – Wednesday, July 6th – R, 95 min.

The Assassin (2015) – Wednesday, July 20th – NR, 105 min.

Racing Extinction (2015) – Wednesday, July 27th – NR, 94 min.

The Lobster (2015) – Wednesday, August 3rd – R, 118 min.

He Named Me Malala (2015) – Wednesday, August 10th – PG-13, 88 min.

Son of Saul (2015) – Wednesday, August 17th – R, 107 min.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) – Wednesday, August 24th – R, 121 min.

Guantanamo’s Child (2015) – Wednesday, August 31st – NR, 80 min.

Anomalisa (2015) – Wednesday, September 14th – R, 90 min.

Photo by Jesse Faatz Photography