Big shows, short drive at Luhrs Center

New season announced at Shippensburg, Pa., venue

New season announced at Shippensburg, Pa., venue

July 11, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Because one Kenny is never enough.

Both Kenny Loggins and Kenny Rogers, popular solo artists in the 1980s, will perform at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center during the upcoming season.

Luhrs 2009-2010 season was announced this past week with tickets going on sale now for donors and subscribers. Tickets will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. Monday, July 27, said Jeffrey Sommer, Luhrs' director of marketing and administrative services.

Sommer said the shows for Loggins and Messina, Kenny Rogers, America, Frankie Valli, The Neville Brothers and the comedy tour Etta May and the Southern Fried Chicks are expected to sell out early. George Benson and Little Anthony and The Imperials also are expected to do well with ticket sales.


Despite the down economy, early ticket sales have been doing well enough that Sommer expects the season go well.

It helps that the Luhrs Center is more convenient than driving to the big city, and has lots of free parking, Sommer said.

Family shows include Aga-Boom, a theater of physical comedy, with three shows in January 2010. The show is interactive and intimate so only the front orchestra, orchestra, and side balconies will be open for audience seating, Sommer said.

For tickets, go to or call 717-477-7469.

Highlights of the Luhrs' 2009-2010 season are:

Mike Super - Magic & Illusion, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $5 to $15. Super won the "Phenomenon" TV contest in 2007 on NBC.

Loggins & Messina, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Tickets are $35 to $75. Before Kenny Loggins went onto a successful solo career, he was part of this popular 1970s duo with hits like "Your Mama Don't Dance."

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets cost $29 to $45. As a teenager, Noone was lead singer of this popular 1960s pop band with hits like "There's a Kind of Hush."

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Tickets cost $48 to $78. After many Top 40 hits in the 1950s to 1970s, the group's story became a Tony-winning musical, "Jersey Boys." Heath Ledger sang the group's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" in the 1999 movie "10 Things I Hate About You."

America, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Tickets cost $28 to $60. Popular songs from the 1970s include "A Horse With No Name" and "Muskrat Love."

The Legends of Country Rock: Poco, Pure Prairie League and Firefall, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Tickets cost $28 to $50. Hits by the bands include Pure Prairie League's "Amie," Poco's "Crazy Love," and Firefall's "Just Remember I Love You."

The Ten Tenors, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Tickets cost $25 to $45. These 10 Aussies sing traditional and contemporary classics, including Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

"Junie B. Jones," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Songs and stories adapted from the popular children's book series.

Kenny Rogers 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets cost $40 to $75.

Aga-Boom, theater of physical comedy, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Tickets cost $25 or $30.

The Neville Brothers with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Tickets cost $25 to $50.

The Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Tickets cost $22 to $35.

"Jesus Christ Superstar," 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. Tickets cost $28 to $49.

Etta May and the Southern Fried Chicks, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010. Tickets cost $22 to $37. The comedy show is the tale of different kinds of Southern women and their views on life.

Thank You, Gregory! 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Tickets cost $18 to $28. A tribute to legends of tap, including Gregory Hines. Features tap dancers, musicians, photos and film.

An Evening with George Benson, 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2010. Tickets cost $45 to $75. His hits include "On Broadway" and "Turn Your Love Around."

Little Anthony and The Imperials, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Hits include "Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop" and "Tears on My Pillow."

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