Spring Arts Preview 2019

Carol Burnett, Dear Evan Hansen, and 31 more ways to celebrate the arts this spring
The Tony-award winning show Dear Evan Hansen comes to Belk Theater from March 19-24.


By the Numbers: Dear Evan Hansen
March 19-24, Belk Theater

Evan Hansen is a high school senior battling social anxiety. When his classmate commits suicide, he concocts a story to become closer to the family of the deceased. The emotional Broadway hit comes to Belk Theatre this month. 

9: Nominations for a Tony award in 2017. The show won six, including "Best Musical"

23: Age of Ben Platt during Dear Evan Hansen’s premiere on Broadway. Platt starred in the title role, a high school student five years his junior

$115: Millions of dollars earned from Pitch Perfect, a sleeper hit about dueling a cappella groups that Platt starred and sang in as the lovable and nerdy Benji

60: Cities the national tour will visit


Local Spotlight: Theatre Charlotte

Terms of Endearment
March 22-April 7

The dynamics of a decades-long mother-daughter relationship are examined in this adaptation of the best-selling novel and Academy Award-winning movie. The stage production is equal parts dramatic and comedic as it navigates the complexities of life, love, and family.

The Producers
May 24-June 9

Mel Brooks' long-running farce is the story of a conniving producer and his accountant who set out to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in an effort to scam their investors. The only problem is, the show is a smash hit.


George Simian

Diavolo fuses acrobatics, dance, and gymnastics in a show that will get your blood pumping.

3 Things to Know: Diavolo​
March 13, Belk Theater

Seen by more than 95 million people as one of the top 10 finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Diavolo: Architecture in Motion is a fusion of dance, acrobatics, and gymnastics. The program includes Diavolo’s signature work, Trajectoire, as well as their latest work, Voyage, which features meticulously designed architectural structures. Here’s three more things to know about the show that defies the laws of gravity:

1. It’s a metaphor. The Los Angeles-based dance company uses acrobatic and modern dance movements to create metaphors for everyday struggles like relationships and maintaining our humanity in an increasingly technological world.

2. It’s the NFL of dance. “We practice like football players,” says artistic director Jacques Heim. “You have to be a part of a team, because everybody works with one another.”  

3. It’s the dance equivalent of going on a roller coaster. The show pushes dancers beyond their own physical and emotional limits, so brace yourself for incredible feats and acrobatics … or, as Broadway World put it, “a pure shot of adrenaline.”


Most Buzzed About Musical Adaptation

A Bronx Tale
April 16-21, Belk Theater
Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, this musical is based on Chazz Palminteri’s coming-of-age story about growing up on the streets of the Bronx in the 1960s. The Broadway show’s 18-stop tour comes to Belk Theater in April.


Four Events for Kids

American Girl Live 
March 7-9, McGlohon Theater

Charlotte Ballet: Peter Pan 
March 8-17, Knight Theater

Tap Dogs 
April 2-7, Knight Theater

Peter Rabbit’s Garden Adventure
April 6-7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden



The Women in Jazz event celebrates the genre's influential voices, like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a big band in the 1940s.

Women in Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day. Those are some names of the prominent ladies of jazz you know. What about the ones you don’t? To celebrate Women’s History Month, this three-day event (March 14-16, Stage Door Theater) is dedicated to the ladies of jazz, specifically highlighting the work of famous composers. Jazz Arts Initiative is a nonprofit that elevates the genre through its Jazz Room series and through educational workshops at its Jazz Academy uptown. This special event, featuring an all-female group of musicians, is in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts.


Spring Mixtape

Our favorite tracks from some of the acts taking the stage this spring:

➊  Dr. Dog, “Survive” (March 4, Neighborhood Theatre)

➋ Wild Moccasins, “Sponge Won’t Soak” (March 7, The Evening Muse)

➌ Travis Scott, “Butterfly Effect” (March 24, Spectrum Center)

➍ Marshall Tucker Band, “Can’t You See” (March 30, Fillmore Charlotte)

➎ Rnie, “Homeroom” (April 5, Snug Harbor)

➏ Leon Bridges, “Bad Bad News” (April 11, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre)

➐ Cassadee Pope, “Take You Home” (April 19, The Underground)

➑ The 1975, “Sincerity Is Scary” (April 19, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre)


Read our Q&A with local act Hectorina, which appears in our March issue, here.


7 Reasons to Laugh This Spring

Funny Bus
Every Thursday Through Sunday
Hitch a ride on the Funny Bus for a tour of the city led by a comedian. Each 90-minute tour is BYOB. $27. Funny Bus.

Friends! The Musical Parody
March 13-17
You can try to not clap during the theme song for Friends, but it probably won’t work. These comedians take the beloved TV series and turn it into a rousing musical. $25-30. The Comedy Zone.

David Koechner​
March 28-31
Whether you know him as Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies or Todd Packer in The Office, you won’t want to miss David Koechner’s stand-up act. $20-$25. The Comedy Zone.

Off The Cuff
March 30
This local improv troupe is similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in that the audience is encouraged to participate in hilarious games and more. $10, 7 p.m. Charlotte Comedy Theater & Training Center.

Dane Cook
April 27
Dane Cook is best known for his brutally honest, sometimes dark humor. He’s also starred in a few big films including Employee of the Month and My Best Friend’s Girl. $39-$59, 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium.

Carol Burnett
May 14
Burnett’s groundbreaking variety show ran for 11 years in the 1960s and ’70s. And she’s still at it: In 2019, the Golden Globes created the Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television, appropriately honoring Burnett as its first recipient. $87-$127, 7:30 p.m. Ovens Auditorium.



Elder Millennial
May 5
Iliza Shlesinger, often known as just Iliza, recently released her fourth Netflix stand up special, Elder Millennial, ahead of her tour. See her side-splitting set in May. $35-$135, 7 p.m. Knight Theater.


Five Gallery Shows to See

Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era
April 5-Dec. 1, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
An exploration and presentation of tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture.

SOCO gallery

Holly Coulis: New Works
March 27-May 10, Soco Gallery
A showcase of the Athens, Georgia-based artist’s minimal still life paintings and works on paper.

Jose Luis Landet​
March 21-May 11, LaCa Projects
The celebrated Argentine artist repurposes everyday images like paintings and photographs, and creates material objects that reveal new narratives.

Annuale 11
March 28-May 24, The Light Factory
The Light Factory makes its annual call for entries. Juried by Noriko Fuku and John Jacob, the competition showcases work from artists throughout the photographic community.

Beyond the Mountain
March 15-April 27, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art
Beyond the Mountain is a celebration of the outdoors and a look at the effect of humans on the landscape, with paintings by Jessica Singerman and Martha Armstrong.


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Coming to Jerald Melberg Gallery

Revisit the longstanding Jerald Melberg Gallery for two new exhibits this spring. Monotypes (March 23-May 4) features the work of Robert Motherwell, an American abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. From May 11-June 22, check out Reflection, an exhibition by Argentine painter Raul Diaz, whose dreamlike paintings look at the child we all once were.

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