Blumenthal Performing Arts

Charlotte's arts center opened in 1992 at a total cost of construction of $62 million. Theaters included are: Belk Theater, the largest venue, which seats 2,118;

Booth Playhouse, a courtyard-style theater with 434 seats;

Stage Door Theater, which seats 211;

Knight Theater, part of the Levine Center for the Arts which seats 1,193;

McGlohon Theater, which is a former First Bapist Church and seats 716; and

Ovens Auditorium, which is owned and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and seats 2,400.

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The touring production of "Once On This Island" opened Tuesday night at the Belk Theater and runs through Nov. 17. The show opened on Broadway in 1990 and closed after a year, but it was revived in 2017 and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

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As the campaign began in February for a new quarter-cent sales tax for the arts, there was tension as to whether the city’s arts community was in as dire of a situation as some said.

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The Broadway smash "The Lion King" made a return to the Belk Theatre this week and with it a native Charlottean in a major role. 

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Musical theater fans were in a frenzy Wednesday morning as tickets went on sale for "Hamilton" - the blockbuster musical that comes to Charlotte Oct. 10 - Nov. 4.

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John Coltrane's Giant Steps is a song that continues to make legions of saxophonists sweat as a practice template with its dazzling display of technique.

"What are we, almost 60 years later?  I mean it's still considered the measuring stick," says Charlotte saxophonist Phillip Whack.

He's not only taking on the song but the whole album Friday and Saturday nights at the Blumenthal Stage Door Theater. Like most fulltime musicians, Whack wears many hats.  He tours overseas in a funk band. He plays regularly at a local church, and you might also catch him in a cover band at a wedding.  Playing Giant Steps in its entirety is the most difficult project he's ever taken on.  

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The 2017-2018 Broadway series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is sold out. The reason? The Tony Award winning musical Hamilton that comes to Charlotte next fall.  

Sunday night's awards show included performances by students from all 46 schools participating.
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Blumey Awards were handed out Sunday to the Charlotte region's top high school musicals - a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Cramer High in Gaston County and Northwest School of the Arts' show "All Shook Up."

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The theatre critic gets little respect these days. While performers are lavished with praise and adulation, taking extended bows and twirling through planned encores, there the critic sits, scribbling away several rows back, then staying up at night composing a review, only to be lambasted by the cast and crew the day after if the production is described as anything less than a rapturous sensation.

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A Charlotte area high school student has won best actress at Monday night’s National High School Theatre Awards, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards, in New York.

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John Mulaney is a rising young star in the comedy world.  The former Saturday Night Live writer recently created and starred in his own sitcom.  He’s now returned to touring the country doing standup and comes to Charlotte’s Knight Theater on Saturday.  He spoke to Morning Edition host Marshall Terry from the road. 

$800K Renovation Set For Belk Theater Ladies Room

Oct 28, 2013

  Theater-going ladies will rejoice at an $800,000 restroom renovation on the city council's agenda Monday night.