Lutcher season off to a holiday start

Published 10:31 am Saturday, November 11, 2017

Special to The Leader

After temporarily closing due to Harvey recovery efforts, The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts will resume programming of the 2017-18 Season, post-Harvey, just in time to celebrate the holidays. The Lutcher invites all to step into the holiday season with the glow-in-the-dark spectacular, A Very Electric Christmas on Thursday, November 16, and experience the Christmas cheer of The Texas Tenors in Deep in the Heart of Christmas on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Then, the Lutcher offers to make gift-giving easy with tickets to a wide range of shows scheduled for 2018, providing a special and unique gift for any loved one.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 409.886.5535.

A Very Electric Christmas – Thur., Nov. 16, 2017, 7 p.m.

A Very Electric Christmas – Lightwire Theater returns with the story of a young bird named Max and his family heading south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up lost and alone at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins, encountering Nutcracker soldiers, caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. Brighten your holidays with this captivating and magical glow-in- the-dark tale of adventure, friendship and love!

The Texas Tenors– Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Texas Tenors, the number one vocal group in the history of America’s Got Talent bring Christmas cheer in a fun-filled show Deep in the Heart of Christmas that is guaranteed to fill your heart with the holiday spirit! From “Unchained Melody” to “O Holy Night,” The Texas Tenors bring a unique blend of country, classical and holiday favorites to the Lutcher stage. The whole family will enjoy this fun-filled evening featuring breath-taking vocals, humor and irresistible charm.

Kinky Boots – Tues., Jan. 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Kinky Boots – Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

This show features mature themes, language and situations.

Cinderella – Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 2 p.m.

Cinderella – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/ It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

A Night With Janis Joplin – Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

A Night With Janis Joplin – Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now everyone is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin.

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences, icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.

This show features mature themes, language and situations.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – your guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

On Golden Pond – Fri., March 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Montana Rep returns! Something deep and profound resonates through the events that unfold in this American masterpiece brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson. On Golden Pond is a beguilingly simple tale of a single family and how they pull apart and then find each other has been touching audiences for decades and generations. This play has endured because it deals with a family in crisis in a humane, poetic, and often very funny way.

This show features mature themes, language and situations.

Amazing Grace – Wed., March 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Amazing Grace is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.

Symphony at Shangri La – Sun., March 25, 2018, 5 p.m.

Symphony at Shangri La – Directed by Maestro, Chelsea Tipton, returns to Shangri La Gardens at the peak of Scarecrow Festival once again to indulge patrons with a festive evening of seasonal nature and magnificent music. New this year, the program will feature a vocalist, Soprano soloist, Abigail Dueppen.

(Reserved lawn chairs are available for our season subscribers.)

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles – Thurs., April 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, Rain will bring the historic album to like in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular! This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-not theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Chicago the Musical– Fri., April 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 21, 2018, 2 p.m.

Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town!

This show features mature themes, language and situations.

The Lutcher Theater is a 1450-seat, state-of-the-art, world-class performing arts facility and the prominent presenter of Broadway, national and international tours, award-winning artists, renowned dance and acclaimed children’s performances for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The Lutcher presents the largest performing arts series between Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA.

Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main in Orange, Texas, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit, Lutch