Spring Preview 2014: Theater and dance

rcopley@herald-leader.comMarch 20, 2014 

Modern and pop dance styles, and theater with unlikely subjects highlight the springtime offerings in Central Kentucky theater and dance, and the Bluegrass's annual show-tune revue is the season's grand finale.


Here are some highlights of Central Kentucky's spring theater and dance season.

Motionhouse. The British modern dance troupe brings one of its most successful shows, Scattered: A Meteor Shower of Unlikely Moments, to Centre College. The show explores humankind's relationship to water through movement, film and other mediums. (8 p.m. April 4. Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, 600 W. Walnut St., Danville. $24-$46. 1-877-448-7469. Nortoncenter.com.)

Bring It On: The Musical. OK, stay with us on this one: You might know Bring It On as Kirsten Dunst's cheesy but kind of awesome 2000 movie about competitive high school cheerleading, with dialogue that sounded as if it had been written by high school dropouts. The musical, though, got strong reviews and even garnered a 2013 Tony Award nomination for best musical. This is the first time a show has come to the Lexington Opera House's Broadway Live series fresh off a Tony nomination. (8 p.m. April 11, 2 and 8 p.m. April 12, 1 and 6 p.m. April 13. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. $30-$90. (859) 233-3535, Lexingtonoperahouse.com or Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.)

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. Cirque du Soleil makes its Lexington debut with a show based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop. The show is purported to be one of the largest Rupp Arena shows ever, topping even Taylor Swift's Red tour, and of course, most of us know all the songs by heart. (8 p.m. May 2-3. Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St. $50-$165. (859) 233-3535, Rupparena.com or Ticketmaster.)

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Actors Guild of Lexington brings pro wrestling, or at least a play about pro wrestling, to the stage with Kristoffer Diaz's satire about the real lives of men in the fake sport. Reviewing the 2010 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre, The New York Times' Ben Brantley wrote, "If Chad Deity isn't subtle, it is certainly ingenious in exploiting the entertainment value of the very pseudo-sport it mocks." (May 8-17. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. AGL's South Elkhorn Theatre, 4383 Old Harrodsburg Rd. $15-$20. 1-866-811-4111. Actors-guild.org.)

Perfect Wedding. Studio Players gets in the spirit of wedding season with Robin Hawdon's play, which opens with the groom waking up on the morning of his wedding with a strange woman next to him. (May 8-25. Showtimes: 8 p.m. May 8 and Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Carriage House Theatre, 154 W. Bell Ct. $21. (859) 257-4929. Studioplayers.org.)

Sleeping Beauty. Just in time for Maleficent, the new Angelina Jolie film about the Sleeping Beauty antagonist, Kentucky Ballet Theatre brings the dance version of the story to the Lexington Opera House stage. (2 and 8 p.m. May 17, 2 p.m. May 18. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. Price TBA. KYballet.com.)

It's a Grand Night for Singing. The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre's annual town-and-gown production brings a diverse group of singers together for a production filled with show tunes and chart toppers, and some show tunes that were also chart toppers. (June 13-22. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. UK's Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. $17-$45. (859) 257-4929. UKoperatheatre.org.)

Rich Copley: (859) 231-3217. Twitter: @copiousnotes. Blog: Copiousnotes.bloginky.com.

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