Towering entertainment at the MBT
What: Season of Towering Entertainment
Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
WHEN: Sept. 15-May 18
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
When radio stations start to broadcast “back to school” sales and events during the height of summer, I’m the type that screeches “It’s not even September yet!” to the airwaves when I’m alone in my car.
Interestingly, that’s not the case whenever Amy Guerra at the Mount Baker Theatre sends me a list of the upcoming season’s roster of happenings at the storied space in the heart of downtown Bellingham. Instead, the annual missive from MBT’s associate executive director wakes me up to the fact that after the temperature has dropped and people stop wearing open-toed footwear, world-class entertainment will make the loss of warmth much easier to bear.
The press release for the 2019/20 “Season of Towering Entertainment” didn’t disappoint.
Before summer comes to an end, vocal powerhouse Diana Krall will perform on Sun., Sept. 15 to a sold-out crowd who have come to hear the Grammy and Juno award-winning jazz singer share her formidable talents. Tickets for the show went on sale before the season was formally announced, and only a handful remain.
You’re odds on getting primo seats for the rest of MBT’s season are better, as sales officially opened early this week. But if you see something you don’t want to miss, you’d do well to secure your seats now.
Shortly after Krall kicks off the season with a bang, Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece, comes to town as part of a 20th anniversary touring production. If messages of joy and hope in the face of fear are what gets your creative juices flowing, put Mon., Sept. 23 on your calendar.
October brings An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro (also known as the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”), Take Me to the River LIVE! Celebrating the Music of New Orleans, and a Silent Film Spooktacular: The Phantom of the Operawith Live Score.
On Fri., Nov. 22, cultural icon, political activist and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem—GLORIA STEINEM!—will speak, answer questions from the audience and show us just why she’s a legend in her own time. (Note: You may want to spend Thanksgiving close to home.)
Before the year is over, hear from Juno-winning guitarist Jesse Cook, and watch a delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol before returning to the MBT in January for Sweet Honey in the Rock, a production of An American in Paris, and Sing-a-Long Sound of Music.
Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, the Gatlin Brothers, Ladies of Laughter, Stunt Dog Experience, the dancers and athletes of Catapult, An Evening with Steep Canyon Rangers, the musical Finding Neverland, Pink Martini, Menopause the Musical, trumpeter Chris Botti, the Wailin’ Jennys, and Dance Theatre of Harlem are also on the roster before An Evening with David Sedaris wraps up the season in mid-May.
Bellingham has a history of showing up for the author and humorist in droves, so although you may think you have plenty of time to purchase your tickets, the deadline might be closer than you think—just like back to school season.
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