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Joshua Bell | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

What do Brahms, Grieg & Prokofiev Have in Common? Joshua Bell This Saturday

This Saturday, he’ll hit the Dell Hall stage with friend and acclaimed British pianist Sam Haywood for several pieces that’ll make for an engaging night in our large hall. You can expect a Violin Sonata No. 2 from each composer, and be sure to beat the ACL Fest traffic with our rideshare pals at RideAustin! Read More ›

Kevin Kwan | the Long Center for the Performing Arts

Crazy Rich Asians Author Hits Austin in November to Talk Representation, Cultural Impact & Global Phenomenon

Don’t get distracted by that paisley jacket—Kevin Kwan, international bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is at the Long Center this November. Time to call mom! Read More ›

If Wishes Were Fishes | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Pollyanna Theatre Company Teaches Us To Be Wary of Talking Fish (And Other Important Lessons)

If wishes were fishes, then… who knows??? Pollyanna Theatre Company’s summer show IF WISHES WERE FISHES will tell us! With playful characters and lots of imagination, we learned from Pollyanna exactly what our young friends will glean from “Transformational Play” and some good storytelling. You can catch their latest production June 23 – July 1 in our Rollins Studio Theatre. Read More ›

Secret of the Soap and Spin | Pollyanna Theatre Company | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Pollyanna Theatre’s ‘Secret of the Soap & Spin’ Unpacks Tough Subjects for Austin’s Kids

As we all know, tough subjects are tough, but they’re even tougher for the youngest among us. That’s why Pollyanna Theatre Company’s latest production, The Secret of the Soap & Spin, is so out of the ordinary. Opening May 12 and for children in grades 2 – 5, friends who enjoyed playwright Jonathan Graham’s The Thing in Grandma’s Closet from Pollyanna’s last season may find similar comfort in this upcoming play. Read More ›

Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Snappy & Sleeker than Ever, Here are Your 5th Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Award Winners

38 schools, 16 awards, countless scholarships, and 14 musical numbers (yes, can you believe we added another?) made for almost 4 hours of the loudest cheering this town has heard since the last Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards. Snappy, tighter than ever, and graced by a natural host in the form of Tyler Mount, and a few surprises (if you haven’t heard about Councilperson Jimmy Flannigan’s more-than-shocking proclamation, you better check this out), the 5th Annual GAHSMTA was nothing if not more show-stopping than ever before. Read More ›

April Fools! | Tapestry Dance Company | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Tapestry Dance Company’s ‘April Fools’ Is At It Again

April 1st may have come and gone, but Tapestry Dance company and Artistic Director Acia Gray are keeping the jokes rolling! With vaudeville flair and a little cheek, Tapestry has brought this piece back from their 2012 season for another round of entertainment. Gray filled us in on the history of the show, and what we have to look forward to. Read More ›

The Secretary | Theatre en Bloc | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Up in Arms — Q&A With Local Playwright of Theatre en Bloc’s ‘The Secretary’

Addressing issues and sparking conversations about topics that really matter to their Austin community, local company Theatre en Bloc has never shied away from a heavy theme. Kyle John Schmidt’s The Secretary is, of course, no exception. Directed by Jenny Lavery and boasting a host of bombshell, female actors and cutting, comedic lines, we had to know—how did The Secretary, an “offbeat comedy” about one of our most divisive national issues, come about? Read More ›

Texas Arts Project | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Texas Arts Project Exclusive — Q&A With New Songwriting Instructor Kelley McRae

Toiling away at your keyboard but feeling no direction? Jamming out in the car but you can’t put pen to paper? The Long Center and Texas Arts Project has a special treat for you songwriting novices out there! TAP Camp is so excited to welcome Kelley McRae, NYC songwriting and touring artist, to the all-new Songwriting Major at this year’s camp. February 3rd, she’ll be doing a FREE Songwriting Workshop for high school students at the Long Center! Read on for her practical tips and a little sneak peek into what this Saturday’s Workshop and this summer’s TAP camp have to offer. Read More ›

The Seagull | Austin Shakespeare | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Austin Shakespeare: Views on Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

Austin Shakespeare is livening up February with Chekhov’s The Seagull, a beautiful story of family, love and fame. Set in 19th-century Russia, Austin Shakespeare gave us a glimpse into what it’s been like to adapt this famous revolutionary play and what those in it are most looking forward to.   Read More ›

Joseph Keckler | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“The Stra-a-a-angers from the Internet Have Come…” for the Joseph Keckler Show

Not quite classical and not quite opera, Joseph Keckler’s signature form of song, lyric and quirk are all his own. With a 3+ octave voice that defies all expectations (seriously—take a listen below so you know what we’re talking about), Keckler excels at merging a contemporary, downtown flair with the operatic wilds—stretching the medium to its limit and beyond. Plus plenty of humor and sarcasm. Again, don’t be fooled by just the voice! Read More ›

A Christmas Story: The Musical | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

These Cyber Monday Deals Are Just for You!

Okay so you’re probably not singing and dancing like Ralphie’s 1940s A Christmas Story family after the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. BUT we’re here to help on this Cyber Monday filled with internet surfing and holiday shopping! Cyber Monday is here and so are we—check out what we’ve got just for you this year! Read More ›

A Christmas Story: The Musical | The Long Center for the Performing ARts

“Are You Happy Wearing That, Ralph?” How ‘A Christmas Story’ Became a Holiday Tradition and a Musical, Too

Small-town, childish daydreams of fame and recognition, a dare too good to pass up, a kid brother who won’t eat his mashed potatoes… There’s a Ralphie in all of us, right? Why else would we continue to tune in to the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story on television year after year? There’s certainly something to be said about the nostalgia of this 1940s family in the throes of the holidays. So why not also turn that into a musical the whole family can enjoy? Read More ›