The 2018-2019 season has been announced and it promises a ton of concerts, plays and more. As a premier entertainment showplace for acclaimed international stars, iconic American artists, and celebrated regional performers, The Grand 1894 Opera House continues to produce an annual performing arts season that delivers “living in the moment” entertainment experiences that capture the imagination of its audiences. Its 2018-2019 Performing Arts Season will include many such memorable events.
The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or go to thegrand.com.
An Evening with Robert Earl Keen
August 25th (8pm)
Best known for his storytelling lyrics, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen’s signature tunes, “The Road Goes on Forever,” “Gringo Honeymoon,” and “Merry Christmas From the Family,” all tell offbeat tales of ordinary people caught in extraordinary, sometimes funny, situations. Join the fun for this evening of song with this Texas favorite! Tickets range from $27-75.
Wynonna & The Big Noise
Saturday, September 29th (8pm)
Respected by millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Wynonna appears with her great backup band, “The Big Noise,” led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser. Get ready for an evening filled with country, Americana, blues, soul and rock! Tickets are $48-$148.
The Choir of Man
Saturday, October 6th (8pm)
The runaway hit of recent international music festivals, The Choir of Man makes its first U.S. tour! Their joyful performance combines the spirit of party time, an electrifying concert event, and a carefree evening at your favorite pub! Nine energetic performers will thrill you with their roof-raising singing, dancing, stomping, and outrageous renditions of pub tunes, folk, Broadway, and classic rock! “The ultimate-feel good show!” Tickets are $30-$78. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Aida Cuevas – Totalmente Juan Gabriel
Saturday, October 13th (8pm)
Aida Cuevas, the “Queen of Ranchera Music,” presents a mariachi spectacle, paying tribute to her dear friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel. Aida’s stunning vocals and unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music led to her 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first won by a woman. “Aida Cuevas is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation’s spirit.” (Kansas City Star). Tickets are $30-$78. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
“Phantom of the Opera,” A Silent Film with Rob Landes at the Organ
Friday, October 26th (8pm)
An annual Halloween tradition, Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent film masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera. With his transformative (and highly secretive) makeup techniques and his exceptional acting abilities, Lon Chaney created iconic big-screen characters that made him one of early Hollywood’s biggest box office stars. Come in costume if you dare! Tickets are $20.
The Doo Wop Project
Sunday, October 28th (4pm)
From bop to pop…the evolution of a sound! 3 parts Jersey Boys, 2 parts Motown: The Musical and “not your grandma’s doo wop”, these five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars – with their hot 5-piece band — tear it up, with musicality, dancing and showmanship not found with any other group in the world! They take classic Doo Wop songs from the 50’s and 60’s and make ‘em sound fresh and new…and they take contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5, and “doowopify” them! Perfect entertainment for people ages 10 to 100! Tickets are $25-$85.
Gabriel Royal: The Underground Cello Project
Saturday, November 10th (8pm)
Gabriel Royal’s journey from art teacher to modern chamber pop composer-performer began as a fun diversion with friends. His sensual singing voice and sonorous cello accompaniment developed while playing and singing in the New York subways. Gabriel’s musical influences include Stevie Wonder’s groove, Burt Bacharach’s relaxed, jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, and the multi-talents of alternative contemporary artists including John Legend, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Jangle Monae and Thundercat.Tickets are $30-$75. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Asleep at the Wheel: Merry Texas Christmas Y’all
Saturday, November 24th (8pm)
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 47 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys,” their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, Asleep at the Wheel has a newfound energy and their own Texas style. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town! Tickets are $28-$88.
Sunday, November 25th (7pm)
Hailed as a musical match “made in Heaven,” The Priests have achieved international acclaim for their stirring Irish tenor voices. An overnight success almost 40 years in the making, Fathers Eugene and Martin O’ Hagan and Father David Delargy set a Guinness World Record for “the Fastest Selling Classical Debut Album of All Times” in 2008. An evening with The Priests is sure to put a spring in your step! Tickets are $28-$88.
Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, November 30th (8pm) and Saturday, December 1st (3pm)
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843! Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it’s an enchanting event for the entire family! Tickets are $30-$75.
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis: The Big Band Holiday Tour
Sunday, December 2nd (4pm)
With special guest vocalists, Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. For almost 30 years, this Manhattan-based big band has been spreading the gospel of jazz virtues from its early blues roots to swing and awesome improvisations. An evening of potent, passionate, and superbly crafted music! Tickets are $30-$98. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Saturday, December 8th (8pm)
One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for his annual holiday season concert! Get ready for a memorable evening, filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and down-home fun! Tickets are $35-$110.
“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”
Sunday, December 9th (4pm)
This heartrending retelling of a powerful historic event recounts the astounding moment during World War I when Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas Day 1914 together − sharing food and drink, singing carols, and playing soccer. All is Calm weaves first-hand accounts by World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs, and Christmas carols. “… it puts a human face on WWI.” (San Francisco Globe). Tickets are $30-$75. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Live on Stage
Sunday, December 23rd (1pm and 4pm)
This brand-new touring production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage” by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry and it’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Tickets are $25-$60. Sponsored in part by Lyda Kempner Quinn And Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas Fund For The Performing Arts.
“The Other Mozart”
Saturday, January 12th (8pm)
Sylvia Milo’s award-winning drama is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, Nannerl’s work and her story faded away, lost to history. Described by “The New York Times” as “strikingly beautiful,” this one-woman drama is based on stories and comments pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. “The Other Mozart” is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight – but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story. Tickets are $30-$75. Sponsored in part by The Trube Foundation And William J. And Merri S. Edwards Charitable Gift Fund.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, January 19th (7:30pm) and Sunday, January 20th (3pm)
Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of number one hits from Billboard’s country singles charts! Tickets are $37-$112.
Saturday, January 26th (3pm and 8pm)
Set in 1595, this hilarious Broadway smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten” is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine). Tickets are $25-$88.
Sunday, February 3rd (7pm)
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first notes. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story − a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, “Jersey Boys.” Hits include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Jersey Boys contains authentic, “profane Jersey language,” and is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $38-$88.
Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll
Saturday, February 16th (8pm)
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock & Roll in the1940s, through the glory years of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, through MTV in the early 80s, the show uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic stars as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, FrankieValli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, and Journey. Tickets are $25-$85.
Celtic Nights: “Oceans of Hope”
Saturday, March 9th (8pm)
“Oceans of Hope – The Epic Journeys of Our Ancestors” captures the very essence of Irish history. Through music, song, and dance, audiences experience the struggles and dreams of a people fighting for liberty, freedom, dignity, and above all, family. “Oceans of Hope” is not only about the past but also the present and the glorious future. It’s the story of America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; a story of a people moving across Oceans from all nations in hopes for a better and brighter future. Tickets are $25-$85. This project is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Rob Landes Trio Revisits the Music of WWII
Sunday, March 24th (4pm)
Relive the Big Band sounds that kept this nation’s spirit alive through one of the toughest wars in our history. This trip down memory lane is filled with stories and the subtle piano tunes of the day. Rob not only is a consummate musician but a storyteller who weaves words and music together in his own special style. The Rob Landes Trio will inspire and charm you with the memorable music of our past. Tickets are $20.
Friday, April 12th (8pm)
Pink Martini’s cheeky name is no accident. It speaks to the fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication that this 11-member orchestra, decked out in natty suits and colorful dresses, brings to its music-making. Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire in over 25 languages on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America, Mixing original songs and classic hits, the popular ensemble revels in a hybrid, throwback style that mixes pop, jazz, classical and world music. Tickets are $35-$88.
Saturday, April 27th (3pm and 8pm)
The awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most-loved song comes to life in this radiant touring production. Brimming with emotion and adventure, this tale of romance, rebellion, and redemption is “an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.” (Broadway in Chicago). Tickets are $25-$88.
Thursday, June 13th (8pm)
“Kinky Boots” is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony®, the Grammy® and London’s Olivier Award®. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think! This unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein, this joyous sensation “struts its stuff with sparkles, stilettos and heart!” (Syndey Morning Herald). Tickets are $38-$88.