WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Nothing Like Live! That’s the theme for the 28th season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.
Responding to audience requests for “more Broadway, more comedy, more music superstars from Bach to rock,” Palm Beach County’s largest and most popular entertainment venue promises a dynamic playbill of award-winning shows, world-class talents and powerful performances that will generate enthusiastic standing ovations from discerning audience members of every age and demographic.
“As we unveil our incredible line-up of artists for the 2019-2020 season, we’re also unveiling the many new enhancements of our expansion project,” said Judith Mitchell, chief executive officer.
“We are thrilled to share all of the exciting changes to the center with our guests and visitors this upcoming season – the expanded Dreyfoos Hall lobby, extensive technological upgrades, a new valet operation” and much more, she said. “Whether it’s comedy, dance or Broadway, there’s nothing like a live performance, and at the Kravis Center we present something for everyone.”
Some highlights of the 2019-2020 season include:
BélO, Oct, 12 at 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m., Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse.
Performing a sublime mixture of jazz, rock, reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms, singer, songwriter BélO is hailed as Haiti’s music ambassador to the world. With five albums under his belt and numerous awards, he’s established himself as a Haitian-International artist – earning admiration from audiences in Germany, France, Rome, London, Canada and the United States. Experience his unique sound and socially-conscious compositions aimed at creating awareness for his country. Tickets: $32. Guests will receive a ticket voucher for one complimentary beverage. (Underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)
Complexions Contemporary Ballet, “Star Dust from Bach to David Bowie,” Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., Alexander W. Dreyfoos Concert Hall.
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Founded by former members of Alvin Ailey, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, the company has been featured several times on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.” This season the company brings an exhilarating program set to music from Bach to David Bowie to the Kravis Center. Tickets start at $15.
Others include The Isley Brothers, and Johnny Mathis; Kravis on Broadway hits from “Hamilton” to “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”; major musicals such as “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” “Cabaret” and “The Color Purple”; TV sensations such as “The Price is Right Live”; musical tributes including to Ella Fitzgerald; and returning events such as the Adults at Leisure Series and the AfricanAmerican Film Festival.
Tickets are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s official website, kravis.org. Kravis Center Donors can purchase tickets by visiting go.kravis.org. For information about becoming a Kravis Center Donor, visit kravis.org/membership or call 561-651-4320.
The not-for-profit Kravis Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving approximately 2.6 million schoolchildren since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.
To enhance and elevate the customer experience, the center has embarked upon a $50 million capital campaign to support a campus redesign and facility expansion that will create a more accessible, comfortable and pedestrian-friendly venue. The Kravis 2020: The Future is Now campaign is at the heart of the center’s vision for the future. For information visit kravis.org or call the Box Office at 561-832-7469.