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March 2017

Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”

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Mixing hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” premiered in 2008 and has gone on to rave reviews, numerous awards, and sold-out venues across the country. The dancers of Rhythmic Circus joined forces with the seven-piece band’s big, brass sound and together they integrate an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres. Their exhilarating and dynamic show presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to host Rhythmic Circus for an evening of a cappella singing, a percussive chair routine, tap number, and so many other lively performances. As you can see on the show’s website, “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp.

History of the Show

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” debuted in the summer of 2008 in Minneapolis when the group’s dancers and founders teamed with a number of well-known musicians in the Twin Cities. What resulted was an inventive, unique style of tap with a variety of musical genres to create a wildly engaging show. For years since its debut, the show has garnered rave reviews and packed venues. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” took home a pair of SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, a Spirit of the Fringe Award, two Upper Midwest Emmys and was named “Best Dance Performance” by City Pages.

If you’ve never been to your local performing arts center or just want to enjoy an evening of live music and dancing, then “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” is for you! We’re certain that you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat of this genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.

“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour of music and dance that adults will enjoy as much as kids.” – Theater Mania

On Tap at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Come join us for a variety of performances in April! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.

Monday, April 3 – The Naked Magicians

Friday, April 7 – The Wonder of Elvis: Tribute

Saturday, April 8 – Transfigurations

Thursday, April 13 – Arlo Guthrie

Saturday, April 15 – Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience

Wednesday, April 19 – Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg

Friday, April 21 – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Sunday, April 23 – Breathtaking Brahms

Thursday, April 27 – Robert L. Gallucci

Friday, April 28 – Riders in the Sky

Saturday, April 29 – Lucie Arnaz

Sunday, April 30 – The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

The Performance

Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” will take place Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Regular tickets range from $30 – $50. Tickets for students or active military are available for $16 (call to confirm.)Purchase now!

For the best theater experience in the area, choose LVPAC. Book your theater and concert tickets today so that you ensure your spot at some of the most highly anticipated musical shows, entertainment shows, and operas of the year.

Intergalactic Nemesis — Twin Infinity

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Intergalactic Nemesis lands with a new and thrilling graphic novel adventure, merging retro radio show with comic book magic to create unforgettable, one-of-a-kind live theater. Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while over 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color comic book images fill the stage. This unique multimedia experience guaranteed to bring out the 12-year-old in everyone will leave behind a space-age aura of wonder that lasts for days.

“Great fun! A happily retro multimedia extravaganza!” —New York Post

Friday, March 17 @8pm

Event Preview: IN THE MOOD

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Are you ready to celebrate the greatest generation of music from the 1940s? The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will be welcoming IN THE MOOD, America’s favorite big band musical. Take a step back time in time with the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, and others of the time period.

As explained on their website, IN THE MOOD is a celebration of the music from 1930s and 40s, what music lovers often refer to as the Big Band era. There hasn’t really been a time since that all Americans have listened and danced to the same kind of music. IN THE MOOD features a one-of-a-kind 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, as well as fabulous singers and dancers. This musical is certain to create some nostalgia for the audience, as the great melodies and lyrics from decades ago are presented in a way that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, and patriotic. When it comes to performances that give a nod to the Big Band era, nobody does it better than IN THE MOOD. From the live music arrangements to the costumes and choreography, this performance is as authentic as it gets.

History buffs tend to look back at the Big Band decades and think of a prosperous, happy America. At this point in time, thousands of young people were leaving home to defend our country, which meant plenty of anxiousness for when the war would end and loved ones would reunite. IN THE MOOD portrays these types of emotions in American life perfectly. Remember that swing music inspired America with a vision for a future filled with hope, promise, and even more prosperity. Overall, this kind of music helped sustain the nation’s morale during World War II.

For decades, IN THE MOOD has captivated audiences to the point where crowds lined up for hours prior to curtain time. Take one of their 1993 performances, for example, when thousands of patrons attended an outside performance on Constitution Avenue and stayed hours after to dance the night away. The next two years, IN THE MOOD went on a series of tours that played to audiences across the nation. The band and singers became so popular that they were selected to be part of the entertainment for one of President Clinton’s inauguration balls.

IN THE MOOD has been touring for nearly 25 years and remains a must-see. The group has even expanded out of the U.S. and into international locales across Canada, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Today, the performance features a unique mix of permanent Swing Era songs and selections from the huge body of music from these decades.

IN THE MOOD Reviews

Here are just a few of the recent reviews from the tour:

“What a great show. My sisters and I absolutely enjoyed every single moment. It was so moving when they had the active and veterans from each branch of the military stand. As well as the sailor and nurse kiss in Times Square at war’s end. The music was wonderful and the singing and dancing on stage had us wanting get up and dance too. Would definitely recommend this show to any age. I am the youngest of the three and I just LOVED it!”

“I loved it. My 14 year old son loved it. My 76 year old father loved it. The music was great. My son plays saxophone, flute and trumpet and thoroughly enjoyed the music. My dad had a memorable time. Favorite moment: When the band, cast, and audience acknowledged the Veterans and Active Duty Servicemen and women for their service to our country.”

The Performance

IN THE MOOD will have two performances Tuesday, March 21. The first will be a 2 p.m., with a second show at 7 p.m.

A Busy March at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Come join us for a variety of performances in March! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.

Friday, March 3 – An Evening with Betty Buckley

Saturday, March 4 – It’s Magic: A Thrilling New Show of Magic and Mystery

Saturday, March 11 – The Marriage of Figaro by Amadeus Mozart, East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band

Thursday, March 16 – Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Friday, March 17 – Intergalactic Nemesis III

Tuesday, March 21 – IN THE MOOD

Thursday, March 23 – Dr. Alan Ashworth

Friday, March 24 – Kahulanui

Saturday, March 25 – Escher Quartet

Friday, March 31 – Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”

Event Preview: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

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In 1969, the play Last of the Red Hot Lovers opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The comedy by Neil Simon finally closed nearly two years later, but not after 706 performances. Several members of the original cast were nominated for Tony Awards. Just a few weeks from now, those in Livermore and the Bay Area will be treated to a live performance of this newly conceived production of Simon’s classic play.

The play gets started as the audience is introduced to the middle-aged Barney Cashman. The happily married father and restaurant owner is essentially going through a midlife crisis. Comedy quickly ensues as Barney looks for something new and different. That change comes when Barney realizes that he wants to experience his secret fantasies and dreams, leading him to have an affair. The 47-year-old tries three different times with different women, but each time, something comes up that prevents the affair from happening.

Over the span of nine months, Barry invites three different women to his mother’s Manhattan apartment. The first two women are pegged as sexually liberated women from the 1960s. Barry’s first is a married woman named Elaine Navazio, who frequently engages in affairs simply because she enjoys the rush. Barry, on the other hand, is nervous and wants their time together to be meaningful. A frustrated Elaine storms out, leaving Barry by himself. Though he promises himself to never be attempted again, he repeats the awkward experience with Bobbi Michele, a younger actress friend and Jeannette Fisher, his wife’s best friend and a staunch moralist.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers takes a variety of themes into consideration, including mortality, the generation gap, an era of drastic changes in accepted standards of mortality, and others. Even more so, Simon’s work examines what it means to grow older and ponder whether or not one has lived life to the fullest.

The comedic plot comes to a close when Barney rediscovers love in the last place he thought to look. In 1972, the play was made into a hit film starring Alan Arkin and Sally Kellerman. Now it’s time to fall in love with it all over again.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers will be performed Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets range from $35-60.

Things to Know About Our Performing Arts Center

After you purchase your tickets to any of our events, we recommend that you plan your visit accordingly so that your time with us is enjoyable.

Here are several tips when planning your visit:

  • Parking is free! Keep in mind that there’s a drop-off/pickup area located on Railroad Avenue, on the right side of the street, before you reach the stoplight to enter the parking garage. Click here for more information regarding directions and parking.
  • Please be aware the wheelchair accessible seats can’t be purchased online. You must call our Ticket Office for seating arrangements. Our center for performing arts offers handicapped-reserved spaces in the parking garage, an elevator on the main lobby, free assistive listening devices, as well as fully accessible restrooms in the main and upper lobbies.
  • In terms of house rules, the theater lobby opens one hour prior to performance time. Every performance will begin promptly at the advertised time on the event calendar. Please note that no food or beverages are permitted in the auditorium and that we don’t allow photography, video, or sound recording. As a service to others, we will ask that patrons silence all electronics and wireless devices.
  • LVPC requires a paid ticket for every person entering the theater, including infants and children. Though we have a number of family shows, please keep in mind that silence is necessary to fully enjoy the performance and that it may not be best for small children to attend certain events.
  • We offer a full-service concessions area located in the Garden Courtyard Foyer on the east side of the theater lobby to enhance your experience. Choose from a variety of desserts, coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks, as well as award-winning wine and beer. The courtyard includes plenty of tables and chairs, in addition to soothing water and colorful garden paintings.

Event Preview: The Marriage of Figaro

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As the calendar flips to March, we are excited to have another event-filled month at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Headlining the next few weeks will be several performances of The Marriage of Figaro by Amadeus Mozart, the comic opera composed by Amadeus Mozart.

The play takes place in the castle of Aguas Frescas outside of Seville in the late eighteenth century. The opening act begins as the engaged Figaro and Susanna are preparing for their wedding day. Figaro is happy with what will be their new room, however, Susanna is perturbed by the room’s proximity to where the Count sleeps. Susanna explains that the Count has been making advances toward her and plans on reinstating the right of a lord to bed a servant girl on her wedding night before her husband can sleep with her. Naturally, Figaro becomes irate and begins his plot to outwit the Count. The Count, meanwhile, plans to do whatever he needs to in order to avoid Figaro’s traps and sleep with Susanna.

Those aren’t the only characters that the audience is introduced to, though. Along with the Countess, we also learn about Dr. Bartolo and Marcellina. It doesn’t take long to realize that Dr. Bartolo holds a grudge against Figaro. Marcellina, who used to work for Dr. Bartolo, is awaiting for money from Figaro. If the Count’s servant fails to pay on his debt to Marcellina, the two are to be married. The final two major characters are Cherubino and Barbarina. Cherubino, who also works for the Count, is constantly having trouble while dealing with puberty. Barbarina, a teenage peasant girl, has a crush on Cherubino.

There are a number of other plots and sub-plots involved in The Marriage of Figaro. While much of the attention is on the Count, Figaro, and Susanna, the other characters find themselves in predicaments throughout the play as well. For example, Marcellina plots with Dr. Bartolo to prevent Figaro’s wedding. Susanna’s goal is to not only avoid the Count, but also restore his love for the Countess. At the same time, Susanna and Figaro go through a power struggle as their wedding day looms.

As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of madness and comedy in the play. Toward the end, the characters wind up in the garden at midnight in an attempt to keep all their secrets. The Count, ironically, winds up wooing his own wife by mistake. A baffled Count then tries to shame his Countess when he thinks he’s caught her with Figaro. However, it backfires and he turns out to be the one who’s embarrassed in front of everyone. The always patient Countess forgives her partner after he falls to his knees and begs forgiveness. After a wild and wacky day for everyone, the characters are finally happy that things ended in love, and that fidelity has been restored.

Even today, The Marriage of Figaro remains one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy in music. We will get started Saturday, March 11 at 4:30 p.m. with an Opening Night Gala Dinner at Uncle Yu’s. The first showing will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Additional Showings   

  • Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

More About the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

For years, the Bankhead Theater has hosted one incredible performance after the next. In its first season, it hosted more than 200 performances and civic events, captivating more than 76,000 individuals. The Bankhead also reached more than 14,000 school children across Livermore and the Bay Area. Our mission continues to be to provide access to performances and events that stir the imagination, creativity, and emotion while serving as the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.

Our LVPAC Presents series features more than 40 performances each year. We feature a wide variety of live music genres, from authentic western swing and the Great American Songbook to classic rock, smooth jazz, and world music. Of course, we’re also the go-to choice for dance, acrobatics, theater, opera shows and comedy. The Bankhead provides a truly extraordinary atmosphere when it comes to experiencing the arts.

Upcoming Events

Sat 25

The Snow Queen

Sat, November 25 @ 2:00 pm
Sun 26
Dec 02
Dec 02

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information