The Ritz Theatre is proud to announce another outstanding season of events for 2016-2017 consisting of music, comedy, dance, community theatre and family entertainment. The season includes celebrated artists such as Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Survivor, Eric Paslay, Air Supply, Melissa Manchester and so much more.
Subscriptions for all events on The Ritz Theatre’s 2016-2017 season go on sale beginning July 11 and individual event ticket sales begin August 8. For ticket and subscription information contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at 30 S. Washington St., downtown Tiffin, 419.448.8544 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available online at ritztheatre.org.
2016-2017 Ritz Theatre Season
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight top ten hits. His live concert showcases all eight top ten hits including “Lady”, “Babe”, “Come Sail Away”, “Too Much Time on My Hands”, “Best of Times”, “Mr. Roboto”, plus classic rock anthems “Renegade”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Suite Madame Blue”, “Rockin’ the Paradise” and more. Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans. All the classic hits…All the memories…One unforgettable evening…One original voice.
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Legendary rock band Survivor is embarking on their next chapter with a new member who has seemingly given new life to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s preeminent bands. With 21-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton assuming lead vocalist duties, the group will take their trademark arena rock sound to their loyal and devoted fan base. Hits include “High on You”, “The Search is Over”, “I Can’t Hold Back” and “Eye of the Tiger”, which is still one of the best selling singles of all time.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Eric Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five #1 hits including “Even if it Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver”, performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current “Song of the Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the ACM Awards. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat-out brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently released his back beat driven groove “High Class”, the lead single from his highly anticipated sophomore album. Other hits include “Song About a Girl” and “She Don’t Love You”.
The True Bob Seger Experience
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 7:30 PM
With a rock solid history of giving it their all at every performance and unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic, the band has helped define the landscape of today’s top tribute acts. Bob Seger’s music put rock and roll back in touch with its roots and Hollywood Nights is humbled to be on the road bringing this past experience alive once more.
Christmas with the Nelsons
Featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Christmas with the Nelsons tells the story of three family Christmases in the lives of America’s First Family Of Entertainment, The Nelsons! This heart-warming multi-media live concert experience stars the third generation of #1 Nelson Family hitmakers, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, multi-platinum recording artists Matthew and Gunnar have been thrilling sellout audiences world-wide for the past decade with their high-integrity Ricky Nelson Remembered show… and they’ve got a new gift for you to open. NOT merely a rock concert with a few holiday songs thrown in…Christmas with the Nelsons delivers Christmas Classics the Nelson Family way.
Nobodies of Comedy
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:30 PM
You've never heard of them… but hey, they've never heard of you either! Here's your chance to see the funniest up-and-coming comedians in America. We've hand-picked these comics from the best unknown talent from across the country and rolled them into one hilarious show. They may be a bunch of nobodies…but not for long! Don't miss this chance to see tomorrow's stars of comedy today. (Intended for mature audiences only)
Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Tap any member of multi Grammy nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. They are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin(fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).
Here Come the Mummies
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Back by popular demand, Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa). Since their discovery Here Come The Mummies has opened for P-Funk, Al Green, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village 2012; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; been invited to play Summer Camp Music Fest 2015/16, Common Ground 2015, Voodoo Fest 2015, Musikfest 2016, Summerfest, and Riverbend 2016; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth. Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies. Hits include “Ra Ra Ra” and “Pants”.
Rhythm of the Dance
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show. Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field. The show features a live band, three tenors & some 22 dancers.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Aficionados of the '60s pop classics have cause to rejoice with the return of Gary Lewis & The Playboys. In 1965 Gary (son of comedian Jerry Lewis) himself was Cash Box magazine's "Male Vocalist of the Year", winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960s to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine's Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. Along with his appearances on various popular television shows including American Bandstand, Hullabaloo, and The Tonight Show. Gary accumulated an impressive five appearances within two years on the Ed Sullivan Show. Hits include “This Diamond Ring”, “Count Me In”, “Save Your Heart for Me” and “She’s Just My Style”.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. The trademark sound of Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever by known as Air Supply. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles. Hits include “Lost in Love” (1980 song of the year), “All Out of Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM
trideaDANCE, the resident dance collaborative of The Ritz Theatre, will return for its eleventh annual spring performance with an all new program featuring an assortment of must-see performers from throughout Ohio. trideaDANCE promotes dance education and awareness in Northwest Ohio, and will also feature young dancers from Tiffin and the surrounding area in this concert. Through its innovative movement style, trideaDANCE explores the quirks and intricacies of everyday life, and strives to make dance accessible and enjoyable to a variety of audiences. These diverse works will broaden your definition of dance, enlighten and delight.
Dream of the Impossible Tour
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 2:00 PM
Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment, and is three times larger than any other touring illusion show. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare and original illusions from around the world with award-winning, jaw-dropping magic. The show combines a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance and comedy with some of the most beautiful and astonishing stage magic in existence today. Highlights include a girl sawn in half in plain view, and elegant lady who floats in circles, a man who melts through a sheet of solid steel and a man who risks death between two, four foot tall spinning saw blades.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Melissa Manchester’s solo career earned critical praise and commercial success. Her recording of the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager anthem “Don’t Cry Out Loud” delivered her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979, and she won the award in the same category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You”. Two of her songs, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Academy Awards in the same year.
Thomas Pandolfi, piano
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2017 - 2:00 PM
The young American pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, is an exciting virtuoso who is becoming more and more sought after by audiences. He has been showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the "Pops" genre, Thomas is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.
Friday Night Live
Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 - 2016
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 5 - 2017
(Fridays - 7:30 PM)
Looking for something to do on a Friday night? The National Theatre at The Ritz will host an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. Each Friday Night Live will feature two or three regional entertainers that may include a folk singer, a jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist who is passionate about the opportunity to showcase their talents. Join us for a glass of wine in this casual, intimate setting.
Golden Age of Hollywood
Matinee Movie Series (Wednesdays - 2:00 PM)
This season’s matinee movie series features the greatest movie musicals of classic Hollywood films.
Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 14 - 2016
Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17 – 2017
Before television, movie complexes and the internet - there were movie theatres. Grand movie palaces were built with great excess including elaborate interior design, conditioned air and the incredible ambiance that became an important part of the movie-going experience. Built in 1928 to capture the huge demand for "talkies", The Ritz Theatre became "the" place to see movies in Tiffin. Take a Wednesday afternoon to enjoy a nostalgic journey down memory lane with the movies that played an integral role in the history of The Ritz. This season's matinee movie series features some of the greatest movie musicals of all-time.
2016-2017 Ritz Players Season
By Doug Grissom
(An event in The National Theatre at The Ritz)
October 7, 8 & 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM
October 16, 2016 – 2:00 PM
No performer before or since has had the impact of Elvis Presley, from the first groundbreaking appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to Las Vegas to Graceland; the magazine American Demographics reports that 84 percent of all Americans say their lives have been touched by Elvis in some way. With the iconic mythology of Elvis as a backdrop, Elvis People is a funny and touching journey through the decades that examines the King's impact on American culture through the eyes of the disparate people he affected throughout and beyond his life. In a series of vignettes and monologues, you'll meet a variety of Elvis fans, worshipers and detractors, such as: an Elvis impersonator who rises from near obscurity to almost-fame, a family torn apart by the daughter's love of Elvis, a daughter who shoulders her elderly mother through one last trip to Graceland, a couple who almost get an amazing present from Elvis until they comically ruin their own good fortune, and a Vietnam vet who makes it through a traumatic episode with the help of Elvis. You'll see how a button torn from Elvis' shirt comes between a young couple in hilarious and complicated ways, how a snapshot of Elvis brings on a marital crisis, and how a recovered filling from Elvis' teeth leads to memorabilia collectors debating the meaning of faith … sort of.
Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
February 17, 18 & 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM
February 26, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler On The Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.
By Jeffry Hatcher
(An event in The National Theatre at The Ritz)
May 12, 13 & 20, 2017 - 7:30 PM
May 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM
1993 winner of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal's fifth-annual New Play Prize, wraps a suspenseful package of intrigue and psychodrama. In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman in nineteenth-century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she says only one word: Titanic. The woman, Winifred, is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her for six days.
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holly Grail”
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.
July 14, 15 & 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM
July 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM
The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”, and received 14 Tony Award nominations. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?
2016 Ritz Teen Thespian Guild Production
Ritz Teen Thespian Guild presents
Rebel Without a Cause
Dramatized by James Fuller from the screenplay by Stewart Stern.
Adaptation by Irving Shulman from a story by Nicholas Ray.
November 18 & 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM
November 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM
In spite of a warning, Jim won't stay away from Judy, even though she is the steady of Buzz, the leader of a gang of high school toughs. Determined to stay out of trouble and yet unwilling to be thought of as a coward, Jim manages successfully until his new friend, Plato, in an effort to help him, is beaten up and the other students start to call him "chicken”. Jim agrees to a fantastic test of courage between himself and Buzz. A tragic accident takes place. Jim, shocked, tries to go to the authorities but only succeeds in arousing the leaderless but vicious remains of Buzz's high school gang, who set out to find and punish him for "betrayal." Jim and Judy begin to discover in each other part of the answer they have been looking for to some of the problems of being teenagers.
TENTATIVE ON-SALE DATES
Subscription Renewals - begin July 11
New Subscriptions - begin July 25
Flex Packages (Three or more shows) - begin August 1
Single Event Ticket Sales - August 8
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Ticket prices, subscription information and corporate sponsors will be announced by July 11, 2016.
The Ritz Theatre
30 S. Washington St.
Tiffin, OH 44883
419.448.8544 Ext. 111