Don’t Miss These Spring Arts Events

Coastal Virginia spring arts preview

2024 Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition
Various Artists
Through March 30, 2024

Charles H. Taylor Visual Art Center
Showcasing both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, this diverse exhibition represents the talented and unique artists who reside and work in Coastal Virginia. Also upcoming at Charles H. Taylor Visual Art Center: A Dramatic Land: Photographs of Ireland by Glen McClure (Through March 30)
Learn more: hamptonarts.org

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm
Through April 7, 2024
Chrysler Museum of Art
Captured by Paul McCartney using his own Pentax Camera, this exhibit features more than 250 photographs taken between November 1963 and February 1964, illuminating the period
in which The Beatles became international superstars. Also on view or upcoming at the Chrysler Museum of Art: Fantastic Creatures of the
Venetian Lagoon: Glass 1875-1915
(Through Aug. 18),
I Am Copying Nobody: The Art and Political Cartoons of Akinola Lasekan
(April 13-Aug. 11)
Learn more: chrysler.org

Mark Dion And Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld 
Through June 9, 2024
Virginia MOCA
This exhibit unites more than 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for more than 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence and utilize allegory, dark humor and popular culture in their work. Also upcoming at Virginia MOCA: Spencer Tinkham: Witness
(Through June 9)
Learn more: virginiamoca.org

The Three Musketeers
Virginia Stage Company
March 6-24, 2024
Wells Theatre
Follow the adventures of the young d’Artagnan as he joins the king’s Musketeer of the Guard.  Joined by friends and fellow musketeers, they travel through the rustic landscapes of early England and France to protect the royal family. Scandal, intrigue, romance, and good old-fashioned sword-fighting ensue. Also upcoming from Virginia Stage Company: Blues for an Alabama Sky (April 17-May 5), Lay It Down, The Music of the Everly Brothers (May 8-19) 
Learn more: vastage.org

Carmina Burana Virginia Symphony Orchestra
March 8, 2024 Ferguson Center
March 9, 2024 Chrysler Hall
March 10, 2024Sandler Center
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by the Virginia Children’s Chorus to take the stage for one of the most epic works ever written. Join VSO for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, an uproarious and intoxicating depiction of a raucous medieval paradise. Also upcoming from Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
(March 22-23),
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
(April 25-27)
Learn more: virginiasymphony.org

Ellis Island & Rachmaninoff
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Asiya Korepanova, Piano

March 15, 2024
Williamsburg Community Chapel
Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America features the stories of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and weaves their words into an orchestral tapestry. The concert also features Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. Also upcoming from Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra: America The Beautiful: Copland
& Bernstein
(April 11) 
Learn more: williamsburgsymphony.org

Ann Hampton Calloway Sings the 70s
March 23, 2024
American Theatre
Don’t miss the Tony-nominated Broadway star and platinum selling singer for a night of rousing and beautiful classics. Callaway covers hits from the great songwriters of the time Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, John Lennon and more. This is a feel-good journey down memory lane. Also upcoming at The American Theatre: The Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete
History of Comedy (Abridged)
(April 12)
Learn more: hamptonarts.org

Cinderella
Ballet Virginia
March 16, 2024
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
A delightful and contemporary new staging of Cinderella from Ballet Virginia featuring new choreography from Co-Directors Suzanne Lownsbury and Janina Michalski, this enchanting story will come to life with delightful characters and fresh choreography danced by their professional company. 
Learn more: balletvirginia.org

Jesus Christ Superstar
March 22, 2024
Ferguson Center for the Arts
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 album while creating a modern, theatrical world that is fresh and inspiring.
Learn more: fergusoncenter.org

Chicken & Biscuits
March 22-April 7, 2024
Little Theatre of Norfolk
This comedy made its Broadway debut in 2021 and focuses on the Jenkins family coming together to celebrate the life of their father — hopefully without killing each other. Any hopes for a peaceful reunion unravel with the arrival of a family secret. 
Learn more: ltonline.org

A Murder Is Announced
March 22-April 14, 2024
Little Theatre of Virginia Beach
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death and a determined inspector grimly following the case’s twists and turns. Also upcoming at Little Theatre of Virginia Beach:  The Outsider (May 17-June 9)
Learn more: ltvb.com

Hadestown Broadway in Norfolk
March 26-31, 2024
Chrysler Hall
Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight Tony Awards, this acclaimed show is a love story intertwining two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and Persephone. It invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Also upcoming from Broadway in Norfolk: The Book of Mormon
(May 10-12) Learn more: broadwayinnorfolk.com

Fringe Festival
April 5-6, 2024
Zeiders American Dream Theater
Art that pushes the envelope is taking over The Z this April. The Z Fringe Festival showcases unique creative works in a weekend of adventurous theater and performance art. Featuring exciting, self-produced works on two Z stages. Be sure to #MeetMeAtTheZ to celebrate art that makes a statement. 
Learn more: thez.org

Message in a Bottle: Picturing Maritime Culture in Hampton Roads
April 12, 2024-January 5, 2025 
Barry Art Museum
Message in a Bottle considers the rich maritime culture of Hampton Roads through a call and response between past and present. Selections from the Museum’s permanent collection of 19th-century maritime art will appear alongside works from local museums as well contemporary artists. Also on view at the Barry Art Museum: Martha Chase: Progressive Kindness (Through July 28)
Learn more: barryartmuseum.odu.edu

My God, Your God
April 13, 2024
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Geraldine Eley is on fire for the Lord. Problem is, she’s burning up everyone and everything in her path. My God, Your God is a hilarious gospel stage play that follows one woman’s journey
for peace and her discovery that peace cannot be found in a building. Also upcoming at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts: Matilda the Musical! (March 16), The Hit Men of Country (May 18)
Learn more: suffolkcenter.org

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Virginia Arts Festival
April 13, 2024
Chrysler Hall
This orchestra concert with Broadway soloists will feature the Virginia Symphony Orchestra bringing to life Stephen Sondheim’s smash hit musical, which has thrilled audiences around the world in theaters and concert halls since it won eight Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1979.
Learn more: vafest.org

Virginia International Tattoo
Virginia Arts Festival
April 18-21, 2024
Scope Arena
This year’s Tattoo features an incredible international cast of more than 800 performers with bands and drill teams from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps joined by civilian and military performers from seven nations. It will be an emotional Celebration of Freedom, 80 years from the D-Day landings and 75 years from the founding of NATO. 
Learn more: vafest.org

Flourish
April 20-May 11, 2024
d’Art Center
Flourish is an exhibition of artworks that feature floral and botanical artworks from across the country. For the second year in a row, d’Art Center is partnering with local garden clubs during the Historic Garden Week of Virginia with a reception the day after after Norfolk’s Garden Tour. Also upcoming at d’Art Center: Nature Homage: A National Juried Exhibition of Artworks Featuring Animals and Insects (March 16-April 13)
Learn more: d-artcenter.org

PianoRama: Pops!
Symphonicity
April 28, 2024

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Part of their exciting “PianoRama” season featuring piano soloists, Virginia Beach’s Symphonicity brings you an evening with piano showman, Roanoke Symphony’s David Stewart Wiley, and Maestro Daniel Boothe in an unforgettable evening of Broadway and film classics. Also upcoming from Symphonicity: PianoRama: Pretemps (March 24)
Learn more: symphonicity.org

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Virginia Arts Festival
April 30, 2024 Ferguson Center
May 3-5, 2024 Chrysler Hall
Founded in 1969 in a church basement, Dance Theatre of Harlem is now a singular presence in the ballet world, performing repertoire that includes treasured classics as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate their founder Arthur Mitchell’s belief that ballet belongs to everyone. 
Learn more: vafest.org

Jersey Boys
Virginia Musical Theatre
May 3-5, 2024
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 
The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Jersey Boys is a smash hit that showcases inspiring rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Vallie and the rest of the hit musical group The Four Seasons and their most iconic hits. It’s “too good to be true,” so don’t miss  this feel-good show!
Learn more: vmtheatre.org

Calendar Girls
May 3-19, 2024
Peninsula Community Theatre
When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her best friend resolve to raise money for the local hospital. They persuade fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude for an “alternative” calendar, but their friendship is tested with newfound fame.
Learn more: pctlive.org

The Sound of Music
April 26,-May 19, 2024
Smithfield Little Theatre
The inspirational story you know and love, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. 
Learn more: smithfieldlittletheatre.org

Takács Quartet with Olga Kern
Virginia Arts Festival
May 8, 2024  Williamsburg Regional Library
May 9, 2024  Clay and Jay Bar Education Center
Founded in 1975 in Budapest, Hungary, this legendary ensemble will be joined by another musical powerhouse: the Festival’s Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, the Van Cliburn Gold Medal-awarded pianist Olga Kern. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear musicmaking of the highest caliber.
Learn more: vafest.org

Martha Graham Dance Company
Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Arts Festival
May 11, 2024
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th century alongside Picasso, James Joyce, Stravinsky and Frank Lloyd Wright, Martha Graham transformed the art of dance. Celebrate the company’s 100th Anniversary and the 80th Anniversary of Graham’s seminal Appalachian Spring, music by Aaron Copeland. 
Learn more: vafest.org

Indecent
Generic Theater
May 17-June 25, 2024
Little Hall at Chrysler Hall
A deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
Learn more: generictheater.org

Adrienne Warren
Virginia Arts Festival
May 30, 2024
Attucks Theatre
Coastal Virginia native Adrienne Warren leapt into the limelight with her performance in Broadway’s Shuffle Along. She went on to win a Tony Award for her riveting portrayal of the title role in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Hear this powerhouse when she comes home to the fans who love her best.
Learn more: vafest.org

Storm Large
Virginia Arts Festival
May 31, 2024
Perry Pavilion
A Festival fan favorite, this singer, actor, playwright, author, and irresistibly dynamic performer wows audiences with her sultry, powerful performances. She’s got stories to tell—like the ones in her award-winning, Oprah’s Book Club-pick memoir Crazy Enough. Patron advisory: Adult content and language. 
Learn more: vafest.org

Chris Thile
Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Arts Festival
June 13, 2024 Chrysler Hall
June 14, 2024 Sandler Center
June 15, 2024 Ferguson Center
Mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. His ATTENTION!, “a narrative song cycle for extroverted mandolinist and orchestra,” is the true story of the time he tried to impress a Starbucks exec and met Carrie Fisher.
Learn more: vafest.org

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