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Greater Tuna | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Bailey, Leavon & Mercer — Introducing The New Tuna Trio

With Jaston Williams taking up residence in the Director’s Chair for an “all new reimagined” national tour of the great Texas (or Austin, rather) classic Greater Tuna, that must leave a few of you wondering, but who will be playing all of my favorite characters? That would be Ryan Bailey, Tim Leavon, and Will Mercer. Read More ›

Fela! The Concert | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“Finding Fela”: Sahr Ngaujah and Becoming the Icon of a Genre

Though Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat has influenced the world of music many times over, some generations may be more familiar with the Afrobeat undertones of Paul Simon or classic hip-hop than others. Sahr Ngaujah, once again embodying Fela Kuti for Fela! The Concert as he did for Fela! on Broadway, has been a large part of the musical icon’s resurgence in popularity. See Fela! The Concert his weekend, March 26 at 8pm. Read More ›


Tapestry Dance Company: Rhythm Tap Dance as Music in ‘Listen’

Beginning next week, March 30, Tapestry Dance Company will present LISTEN – With Ears Wide Open for 10 performances. Here, Executive Artistic Director Acia Gray explains how this piece teaches us to listen to each other through rhythm and the art form’s own special kind of music. Read More ›

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

And the Nominees Are… The 2017 Countdown to GAHSMTA Has Begun!

It’s official — the countdown to the 2017 Greater Austin High School Theatre Awards has begun, and the nominations are in! In the early morning of March 7th, representatives from the 31 participating high schools (the highest number yet!) gathered together in the Rollins Studio Theatre to hear the highly-anticipated news. Here are the 2017 GAHSMTA Nominees! Read More ›

Dancestry ...beckoning | Shay Ishii Dance Company | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Dancestry …beckoning: The Story Behind the Shay Ishii Dance Company Production

What do you get when you cross a jellyfish, a century of silk, pine trees and bare feet? With Dancestry …beckoning, a Shay Ishii Dance Company production opening Friday, March 24th, we received some insight on the program from Artistic Director Shay Ishii, herself. Read More ›

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Fall in Love. Again. The Zelda Symphony Returns to Austin.

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a re-imagined score that draws from requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and Majora’s Mask, with your classic Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past thrown in for nostalgia’s sake. Tickets are onsale Friday March 17 at 10am. Read More ›

La La Land in Concert | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

La La Land in Concert — Your Summertime Escape Coming June 30

Come this summer on June 30th, you can relive the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone fantasy on the big screen, but this time we’ve upped the ante. Add in the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Justin Hurwitz’s Academy Award®-winning score, and you’ve got date night magic. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you La La Land in Concert. Read More ›

From the Top | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

In Three… Two… One… NPR’s From the Top is Going Live

“I didn’t actually know what the show was, really,” said Meekyoung Lee, the Long Center’s Education and Outreach Coordinator. At the age of 18 she was chosen to perform on “From the Top” as a high schooler from Michigan — a very big deal. And this Sunday, NPR’s “From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley” will be doing a live taping in Dell Hall. Read More ›

Let It Be | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“Hi Mother!” — The Humor Behind The Beatles’ Mop-Top Fame

Candlestick Park. Shea Stadium. The roof of Apple Studios. The Beatles’ major and iconic concert appearances are legendary — even if you couldn’t hear the music over the roaring crowd during their touring years. With Let It Be coming up March 4 (with an afterparty, we might add!), we’ve been listening to a lot of Beatles in the office lately. Read More ›

Fran Lebowitz | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Let Fran Tell It Like It Is — She’s Really Really Good At It

With no cell phone, no computer, and no wish to touch technology in any way, shape or form, Fran Lebowitz is surprisingly pervasive in today’s culture. Probably because she’s so opinionated. There’s just something about Fran’s class act of witty observation that gets people listening, laughing and nodding along. But the best way to explain Fran is to let Fran explain herself. Read More ›

Billy Crystal | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“I’ll Have What She’s Having” — Billy Crystal’s Iconic Comedy Continues to Satisfy

From Monster’s Inc.’s Mike Wazowski to Mitch Robbins in City Slickers and everything in between, Billy Crystal is still the Laugh Master. With so many iconic film and television roles under his belt, who wouldn’t be excited to see him in the flesh? Catch Billy in Austin Monday night at 8pm on his new ‘Spend the Night with Billy Crystal’ Tour, with special guest Bonnie Hunt. Read More ›

Fela! The Concert | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

When Afrobeat Was Born — Fela! The Concert Celebrates Its Founding Father

It’s no exaggeration to say Afrobeat is one of the most influential genres of music in the last 100 years. Invented in the 1970s through a combination of African and American musical styles, it influenced the musical landscape the world over and continues to be heard today in genres like hip-hop, R&B and even modern pop, electronic and club music. Fela! The Concert celebrates it all. Read More ›