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LexPhil offers New Year’s Eve ‘Mardi Gras in New Orleans’ with Bryon Stripling at Opera House

Ring in the New Year with LexPhil and the one and only, Byron Stripling. on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House. The good times roll with music of New Orleans natives like Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson & Louis Armstrong. From street parades in the French Quarter to late-night jams in the city’s famed clubs, this concert transforms the Lexington Opera House into an unforgettable...

Author David Sedaris coming to Lexington Opera House on Nov. 18; tickets on sale April 19

WUKY presents An Evening with David Sedaris on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., following the release of his newest book and New York Times No. 1 best-seller “Calypso.” Sedaris, a regular National Public Radio contributor, will be appearing for one night only at the Lexington Opera House. Sedaris is the author of previous bestsellers “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress...

Lexington Philharmonic’s ’18-’19 season, ‘A Decade to Celebrate,’ to feature renowned, emerging artists

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly announces the 2018/19 Season, A Decade to Celebrate. The 2018/19 Season is one of celebrations, beautifully curated by Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell to inspire and uplift, and delight. The 2018/19 Season, a Decade to Celebrate, is a season-long celebration of LexPhil’s achievements over the last ten years under the artistic direction of Maestro...

Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame sets events to benefit Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is celebrating its 14th Induction Class in June with benefits going to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Bluegrass in Lexington. The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Lexington with a ring ceremony on Thursday, June 23 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, beginning at 7 p.m. On Friday, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club...

Traditional Christmas entertainment on LexArts calendar — family favorites to enjoy

Make your holiday complete with these family favorites on the LexArts calendar: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL presented by THE REP THEATRE Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) have breathed fantastic new life into Charles Dicken’s classic...

Lexington celebrates theater group’s first production with temporary 42nd Street sign

  Cast members of ’42nd Street’ showed off their dancing feet during a news conference announcing the temporary renaming of a section of Short Street in the production’s honor. A new professional theater company is bringing the popular musical to the Lexington Opera House July 23-26. (Photo provided)   The place to “come and meet those dancing feet” is on a downtown...

Lexington celebrates theater group’s first production with temporary 42nd Street sign

  Cast members of ’42nd Street’ showed off their dancing feet during a news conference announcing the temporary renaming of a section of Short Street in the production’s honor. A new professional theater company is bringing the popular musical to the Lexington Opera House July 23-26. (Photo provided)   The place to “come and meet those dancing feet” is on a downtown...

James Halcomb: Stunning performances from old and new highlight ‘Concert with the Stars’

The Lexington Opera House was overflowing with talent, local and Broadway, last Saturday at the premiere event for The Lexington Theatre Company (The Lex), an aptly titled Concert with the Stars.   It was a stripped down and intimate production (only a three piece stage band was present) that was as much old style revue of the established performers as a showcase for the affectionately termed...

Piano ‘genius,’ Elf, Boz Scaggs highlight first half of Lexington Opera House ’14-’15 season

Marcus Roberts whom Wynton Marsalis calls “the piano genius” officially opens the Lexington Opera House season on Sept. 12. A 60 MInutes interview with Roberts aired in the spring and summer. (Photo from MRTrio/Facebook)   Its history may go back nearly 13 decades, but the Lexington Opera House brings an all new season in September with five Broadway Live plays, Variety Live concerts...

Kaintuckeean: Legend of Lexington’s
roving landmark still has people smiling

A plaque near the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse pays homage to Lexington’s roving landmark, Smiley Pete. (Photo by Peter Brackney)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Two plaques in downtown Lexington recall Lexington’s friendliest pooch, Smiley Pete. He was a roving landmark with a grin resembling a human smile. For that, his nickname was “Smiley.”   Of...

First Lexington production of Les Miserables runs for 10 performances at Opera House

Staff report   Following the success of last fall’s production of Phantom of the Opera, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will open tonight, Oct. 10, its production of Les Miserables at the Lexington Opera House at 7:30 p.m. This is the first full production of the musical in Lexington.   The Broadway production, movie and original novel are about redemption, love and justice...

Lexington Opera House launched '88 Keys' fundraising effort to restore grand piano

  Lexington Center and The Opera House Fund are seeking 88 “key” donors to fund the restoration of the classic 9’ Steinway “D” Concert Grand piano back to original factory condition.   Gifted by an anonymous donor in 1976, at the time of the original Opera House renovation, the valuable instrument has served patrons at the theatre for past 37 years. It has been played by such notable...

‘Dancing with Stars’ pros will swing into Lexington to present ‘Ballroom with a Twist’

Ballroom with a Twist, the critically acclaimed international dance production choreographed by ABC-TVs Dancing With the Stars and Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel will be presented by Broadway Live at the Opera House for five performances January 4 – 6th.   Co-presented by the Opera House Fund and Arthur Murray Dance Studios, this show, starring Dancing With The Stars celebrity pros Jonathan...