Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s BEAR COUNTRY
Friday, February 23
All Seats $22
Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s BEAR COUNTRY is the record-setting, critically acclaimed play about legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. The play is an up close and personal journey through the incredible life and times of the iconic Crimson Tide coach. This ASF production, which stars acclaimed actor Rodney Clark as Coach Bryant, holds the record as the best-selling play in the history of ASF’s Octagon stage.
ASF’s statewide tour of BEAR COUNTRY was branded a ‘200 ALABAMA’ Bicentennial project – Year Two: Legendary People of Alabama – and winning six college football national championship titles clearly qualifies as an historic, legendary achievement. Growing up dirt poor, being picked on as a kid, playing a game against arch rival Tennessee with a broken leg, fighting everything from bears to a national magazine to the voices in his head – Bear Bryant came out a winner. Even Auburn
“Bear Country feels like a winning game in a fans appreciated his grit and respected the passion of his mission-driven life to win. championship season.” — Tuscaloosa News
It is a distinct honor for The Ritz to present the ‘State Theatre of Alabama’ for our first time. We are also grateful for a presenting grant from the AL State Council on the Arts and a Production Sponsorship gift from The Family of William B. McGehee III, which made it possible to present this distinguished production to open our Spring 2018 Season.
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The world lost a genuine titan of rock music on October 2, 2017, and it is with pride that The Ritz will present a tribute to the late Tom Petty and the album that propelled him to superstardom, “Damn the Torpedoes” as only Black Jacket Symphony can recreate. Mostly with his long time band The Heartbreakers, Petty sold more than 80 million records over a 50 year career, making him one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Damn the Torpedoes” was Petty’s third album. Its influence not only infused new vitality into the genre in the late ‘70s, but solidified Petty’s reputation as a true rock ‘n roll warrior for the rest of his life. The album included breakthrough singles “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee.” These songs together with later greatest hits like “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Breakdown” are just some of Petty’s songs that became rock anthems. And who can forget Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers heralded halftime performance at the 2008 Super Bowl.
This is definitely a BJS concert not to miss. Get your tickets fast because there is only one concert to experience the unforgettable musical legacy of the late Tom Petty.
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This 1978 Tony Award Best Musical winner is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who helped fuel the Harlem Renaissance – an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride — that takes its name from the 1929 Fats Waller song. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom were the playground of high society, where piano players banged out a new beat known as ‘Swing’.
The original Broadway production ran for over 1,600 performances, and starred Alabama’s own Nell Carter in her Tony Best Featured Actress Musical role, making Ain’t Misbehavin’ the most successful musical revue in Broadway history.
Get ready for five high-powered performers in an evening of rowdy, fun-filled songs that encapsulates various moods of the era. Most exciting, this Virginia Samford Theatre production is a “preview performance” at The Ritz just days before it opens for VST’s Birmingham run.
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Annie Moses Band
As seen on public television
Friday, May 18
All Seats $22
The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade with their distinctive style. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the AMB is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians combining exceptional technical skills and exhilarating showmanship.
The Band’s innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world – in record breaking number of airings on PBS, and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. Members of the Band are also family, six siblings who weave musical styles together into cinematic arrangements with virtuosic Juilliard–honed chops to Nashville-styled music making.
The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. This concert will rank among the most extraordinary musical experiences over 20 years of Ritz presentations.
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Spring 2018 Film Series
All tickets $6
Thurs & Fri, Mar. 15-16, 7 pm
The Ritz joins in the 75th Anniversary celebration of one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved motion pictures ever made. The iconic film stars Hollywood Golden Era legends Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Raines. Everyone has a date with fate in Casablanca.
Thurs & Fri, April 19-20, 7 pm
Based on the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson, this critically acclaimed 2017 film was produced and directed by Denzel Washington, who also stars in the movie along with Viola Davis, who won an Oscar for her powerful performance. Both Washington and Davis reprised their roles from the Tony Award winning Broadway play for the film.
LA LA LAND
Thurs & Fri May 10-11, 7 pm
The 2017 hit movie that brought big-time, award winning musicals back into vogue, and grossed $445 million world-wide in the process. The film won six Oscars, stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Let’s hear it for “City of Stars.”
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2018 FRIENDS of The Ritz Campaign – Tax-deductible FRIENDS membership contributions are a critical funding source for The Ritz as a nonprofit regional performing arts and event center. FRIENDS contributions help underwrite expenses of first-class professional shows and maintain affordable ticket prices. Most importantly, FRIENDS funding help fund Ritz arts education initiatives with areas schools that impacts over 5,000 students each school year. FRIENDS benefits include priority seating with timely ticket orders, public recognition by name in all show playbills, along with an annual social event. 2018 FRIENDS membership contribution may be conveniently added to your Spring 2018 Season ticket order form. Annual membership levels are: $50 Individual/Family Friend, $100 Special Friend, $200 Friend Extraordinaire, $500 Ritz Benefactor, $1000 Ritz Legacy Patron. Of course any preferred gift level will be greatly appreciated.
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