New comedy series highlights line up for the Lincoln Center’s 41st season – Loveland Reporter-Herald

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A scene from “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical,” which will play The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins in February as part of the performing arts center’s 41st season. (Courtesy of The Lincoln Center)

Every once in a while we all need a good laugh. Soon we’ll be able to find one just down the road at Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center.

The performing arts center unveiled the lineup for its 41st season this week, including a new series of comedy shows called The Laugh Riot Series, which will include three performances by touring stand-up comedians.

That series will kick off on Oct. 11 with a performance from veteran comedian Tig Notaro and also bring comedians Paula Poundstone and Rita Rudner to the center on Nov. 8 and April 26, respectively. Rounding out the series will be a “Best of Second City” show that is coming to the center on Feb. 20 and will feature up-and-coming performers performing some of the most iconic acts and improvisations from the 59-year-history of Chicago’s Second City comedy club.

“We know there is lots of enthusiasm for stand-up comedy and comedy in general so we are really excited to see what the response will be for the Laugh Riot series,” said Jack Rogers, the executive director of the Lincoln Center.

Another first for the center is the National Geographic Live series, which brings photographers, adventurers and other figures from National Geographic to cities for informative presentations.  The series will make its Fort Collins debut on Oct. 10 with “On The Trail of Big Cats,” a presentation from photographer Steve Winter.

The series will return on Feb. 13 with “Capturing the Impossible,” during which extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith will discuss his experiences shooting adventure films around the world. Rodgers said he is excited the center will host National Geographic Live, in  part, because “we have long heard demand for a speakers series.”

Other highlights of the season, which begins in November and runs through April, include the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Spectacular, which stopped at the Budweiser Events Center last year.

“Mannheim Steamroller typically plays arenas or much bigger theaters than us,” Rogers said. “So we feel like it’s a coup to get that.”

The Showstoppers Series will bring three major touring Broadway productions to the theater, beginning with the Broadway version of “The Color Purple” on Nov. 21-23. Next up is “An American In Paris,” a 2005 Broadway musical based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film. That series will then conclude with “Beautiful,” a musical celebrating the life and music of Carole King.

“That’s another one I am really excited about,” Rogers said. “People don’t realize how many great songs she wrote. They think of the songs that she’s really known for like “You’ve Got A Friend,” but she wrote a lot of songs for other artists as well.”

Other big names include TV animal expert Jack Hanna, who will bring his “Into the Wild” live wildlife experience to the center on April 19, and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell on Jan. 28.

Season ticket packages, including packages for individual series such as the Laugh Riot series, are on sale now and can be purchased at LCtix.com/season-packages or by calling 970-221-6730. Tickets for individual performances, including deeply discounted Big Deal seats in the final rows of the theater, will go on sale Aug. 7.

Here is the complete season lineup:

Showstoppers Series: “The Color Purple,” Nov 21-23; “An American in Paris,” Jan. 23-25; “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” Feb 27-29.

The Laugh Riot Series: Tig Notaro, Oct 11; Paula Poundstone, Nov 8; “The Best of The Second City,” Feb. 20; Rita Rudner, April 26.

National Geographic Live: “On the Trail of Big Cats,” Oct. 10; “Capturing the Impossible,” Feb. 13.

Anything Goes Series: Eddie Palmieri, Nov. 9; “Piff The Magic Dragon,” Feb. 15; enra, March 22.

Dance Series: Canada’s Ballet Jörgen: “Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet,” Oct. 16; “Plobolus: Come to Your Senses,” March 3; Hubbard Street Dance Company, April 11.

Imagination Series: “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure,” Oct. 19; “Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare,” Feb. 22; “Jungle Book,” April 4.

Classical Convergence Series: “East Marries West” Sept. 22 (University Center for the Arts; Acte II, Oct 24 (UCA); Joshua Bell, Jan. 28; Jason Vieaux, Feb. 11 (UCA); Passion for Bach and Coltrane, March 12; Borromeo String Quartet,  April 9 (UCA).

Other Shows: “Take Me to the River Live: Celebrating the Music of New Orleans,” Oct. 12; ArtWear Fashion Show, Oct. 18; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 19; “The Choir of Man,” Jan. 19; “Ballet Folclórico Nacional de Mexico,” Feb. 9; “Benise: Fuego! – Spirit of Spain,” April 18; “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live,” April 19.

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