CEDAR FALLS – The future is fun.
That’s Steve Carignan’s mantra as plans fall into place for Spring 2022 at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Lately the news has been all good.
“We are outperforming most centers when it comes to the transition of people to live performances (after COVID). Our sales are pretty good – we are exceeding our forecast, which makes me optimistic. More than anything else, people have fun, people want to have fun. This is exactly what I hoped would happen.
“The future is fun because people are so hungry for optimistic news. People want this escape, ”said Carignan, managing director of GBPAC. “We’ve got a ton of great shows coming up – and there’s a lot of comfort food in this post. We do twice as many shows in the spring as we do this fall.
“DRUMLine Live” hits the beat in January, kicking off a season that will feature 11 world-class artists including Jay Leno, Blue Man Group, “Rumors – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute” “Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles,” Elias String Quartet and the Broadway musical “An Officer and a Gentleman”.
“There are shows that people are going to know, others that they are not going to know. ‘An Officer & A Gentleman’ is brand new. The first was stopped by COVID, and now this tour will be her first. It’s really fun, in terms of novelty, to have a show that’s new to the audience, ”Carignan said.
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Other shows include “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR”, a family-centric production, as well as Voctave, an 11-member a cappella group comprising several artists from Walt Disney World Resort and acclaimed American singer and soprano Renee Fleming. .
“Rain” makes an appearance at GBPAC, while the Fleetwood Mac Tribute pays homage to the group through performances of their greatest hits.
Visit www.gpbac.com for the full line. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on November 17. Tickets can be purchased online at unitix.uni.edu, in person at the GBPAC box office and by phone at (319) 273-7469.
Steps have been taken for the health and safety of guests, including improved ventilation, frequent cleaning, and an easy refund policy that encourages sick people to stay home. In addition, GBPAC encourages the wearing of masks indoors and vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza, if possible.
In addition to the spring season 2022, the Gallagher Bluedorn is also expected to inaugurate a construction project in April. The $ 14.5 million renovation and expansion will enhance the guest experience with amenities such as a secure locker room, modern washrooms and a multi-purpose room for shows, sponsor and patron events, dinners private and gatherings before and after the show. In addition, there will be improved seats and concessions.
The new administrative offices will be part of a new addition on the second level connected to the existing balcony level. A roof terrace at balcony level is also planned.
An elegant guest lounge is planned and a new ticket office will be managed as a concierge service.
Overall, there will be 15,000 square feet of new and renovated space. Exterior upgrades will include alleviating congestion on the driveway by adding an additional driveway near the main entrance to the building. A new entrance plaza will allow customers to use the disembarkation lane to its full potential as well as create an outdoor space for events.
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