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April 28, 2014

Bill Cosby to perform at Lutcher Theater

ORANGE — One of the greatest entertainers of all time is coming to Orange County this summer.

Comedian, actor and author Bill Cosby will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 25 at the Lutcher Theater in downtown Orange. Tickets are $35-$75 and go on sale Friday, May 2 by calling 409-886-5535 or online at www.lutcher.org.

Although the 2013-2014 season at the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is winding down, the last minute addition of Cosby’s show has created a lot of excitement.

“The buzz surrounding this event is big,” said Lynae Sanford, marketing director of the Lutcher Theater. “We are getting calls from all over the region about this show. It’s a big event for Southeast Texas, and it’s going to be such an intimate show because of the size of our venue.”

Cosby has been a man of many firsts.

He became a wildly successful comedian in the 1960s and recorded eight gold record, five platinum records, and, in the process, won five Grammy Awards for his work.

He made his mark in television through the hit show, “I Spy,” which made him the first African-American to co-star in a television drama. In the 1980s, Cosby once again achieved prime time success thanks to his hit sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” that helped NBC dominate Thursday night TV for nearly a decade.

His popularity was not limited to adults. Popular children’s television programs such as “Fat Albert” and eventually being added to “Captain Kangaroo” only added to his appeal. Throughout his five decade long career, Cosby has maintained a connection with children, even into the 21st century with programming such as “Little Bill.”

Cosby, 76, is no stranger to the big screen either. He has had roles in many well notable box office hits such as “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Mother, Jugs and Speed,” “The Devil and Max Devlin,” “Ghost Dad,” “Jack” and “Fat Albert.”

He has become a recognized author as well during his career and has written several best-selling books to his credit, including “Fatherhood,” in 1986, and, his most recent, “I Didn’t Ask to be Born (But I’m Glad I Was),” in 2011.

“Bill Cosby is an icon,” Sanford added. “He’s been around for years when many of us were just kids. We’ve grown up watching him on television and now he is coming to Orange, Texas. You can’t beat that.”

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