Presented by the COB Foundation, the Ohio Homecoming is one of the organization’s many community-wide events that raise funds to help connect residents to career and education resources. With today's deal, music enthusiasts join the celebration during a special concert from Grammy-nominated artist Drake. Just days before the release of his second studio album, Take Care, Drake splits the spotlight with a special guest to rouse fans with infectious beats, unfeigned lyrics, and his family's long list of secret spaghetti recipes. The young flow-master's expanding legend already includes collaborations with rap savants Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, plus a lineup of chart-dominating singles such as "Best I Ever Had," "Make Me Proud," and "Headlines." Ohio Homecoming has billed the show as an encore performance, as its original July date was cancelled due to a local thundercloud's misinterpretation of what making it rain means.
Twenty-two years ago in Sydney, Australia, then-high-school students Andrew Tierney, Mike Tierney, Phil Burton, and Toby Allen were drawn together by an anachronistic passion for Motown and doo-wop. Nine albums and a 2.5-year residency in Las Vegas later, the fresh-faced foursome are touring the land that spawned the music they love with a tour presented by Smokey Robinson, who joined in on the recording Get Ready on their album and also helped polish production values and fend off mood-killingly weepy clowns. Other classics in the crooning quartet's repertoire include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Dancing in the Street," and an a capella take on "Just My Imagination."
For one night, the State Theatre opens its curtained portal to the past so that audiences can glimpse a time when the Philly sound dominated and velvet-voiced singers in synchronized suits crooned soulful songs of love and heartbreak. The Stylistics take center stage with renditions of their classic hits such as "Betcha by Golly, Wow" and the immortal, bittersweet ballad "You Are Everything." Also playing are the Chi-Lites, of the irresistibly funky "Are You My Woman," and the Emotions––the trio of divas that penned 1977's "Best of My Love." The oft-sampled Delfonics heat up the stage with smooth spins, sharp suits, and controlled fires, as do The Blue Notes, who keep up an energetic stage presence in their heartbreaker "The Love I Lost."
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
Every year, Cinema at the Square takes over the Palace Theatre's 20'x47' screen to treat moviegoers to an eclectic lineup of classic flicks. With a restored 1927 Kimball organ played before the films, the month-long festival transports viewers back in time, allowing them to forget their everyday cares and give fellow show-goers new everyday cares by dumping a pack of Milk Duds into their purse. The Palace Theatre was originally built in the roaring '20s, and proffers the perfect locale for breathless escapism, with rich red carpet and a lobby dominated by a sweeping marble staircase.
When it comes to describing Kristin Chenoweth, "multitalented" is an understatement. Overlaying a soaring voice with sparkling charisma, Chenoweth won the 1999 Tony for best featured actress in a musical and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the smash Broadway hit Wicked, earning both fame as the definitive incarnation of that character and the legal right to carry an Oz passport. Her forays into television have included an Emmy win for Pushing Daisies, a stint on The West Wing, a guest appearance on Glee, and a starring role in ABC's new comedy GCB. Mixing classically trained control with the ability to call up a folksy twang from her childhood in Oklahoma, Chenoweth regales audiences with heartbreaking ballads and high-energy romps.