As part of the celebration to mark the milestone of its 15th anniversary, The TADA Theatre is proud to announce two special concerts with two-time Grammy Award Winner Laurence Juber!
Mr. Juber, or LJ as he is better known, was the guitar player for the group WINGS with Paul McCartney, a group in which he won his first Grammy. As a world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer, LJ’s work has been heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Harry Styles, Dan Hicks & countless others, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. He even played the James Bond theme for the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Laurence Juber is also a master composer. His album LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. As an arranger and composer his solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy. LJ is known as one to the very top session guitar players and can make his instrument sound like no other. Once you hear him, you’ll understand why Pete Townshend from ‘The Who’ calls him “A Master”!
Mr. Juber will present two entirely different concerts during this weekend. Friday night will be LJ PLAYS THE BEATLES. This includes some amazing hits from The Fab Four heard in a way only Laurence Juber can dazzle and impress an audience. Saturday night’s concert LJ’S WORLD ON 6 STRINGS will feature some wonderful songs from his album featuring Harold Arlen tunes as well as some hits from his own repertoire. As a bonus for area musicians, on Saturday afternoon, LJ will present his MASTERCLASS: GUITARMANIA TO BEATLEMANIA!
Mr. Juber’s connection with The TADA Theatre dates back to the first show that opened the theatre, Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, a show that Juber was the composer of along with his wife and lyricist Hope Juber whose father, the late Sherwood Schwartz, created the iconic television show as well as The Brady Bunch. “Having LJ perform two concerts here is not only a great way to celebrate this milestone but a wonderful opportunity for Nebraska audiences to enjoy the talents of one of the best musicians in the United States,” says Robert D. Rook, Managing Artistic Director of The TADA Theatre.
“I’m looking forward to making a return trip to TADA, “says Mr. Juber. “Previously, I was there for productions of our shows, ‘Gilligan’s Island: The Musical and It’s The Housewives. This will be my first time performing in concert in Lincoln, and I’m thrilled to be a part of TADA’s anniversary celebration.”
LJ PLAYS THE BEATLES will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, May 12th and LJ’S WORLD ON 6 STRINGS will take place at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 13th. The MASTERCLASS: GUITARMANIA TO BEATLEMANIA will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 13th. To register and to reserve tickets patrons should go to www.tadatheatre.info. Mr. Juber’s Lincoln appearance is made possible in part by Schaefer’s, The Mill and Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket.
The award-winning TADA Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Season also includes a great lineup of mainstage productions including:
COMPANY! Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece whose latest incarnation of this show recently won the TONY for best revival of a musical. This musical is a funny, sophisticated exploration of love and commitment as seen through the eyes of a charming perpetual bachelor questioning his single state and his enthusiastically married, slightly envious friends. With a wise and witty Stephen Sondheim score, Companyoffers a creative musical comedy at its finest. This production will run February 9-26 and is sponsored by JDM Insurance, The Mill, Union Bank and Trust and Biggerstaff Insurance Services, Inc.
TICK…TICK BOOM – Recently coming off its award-winning adaptation on NETFLIX, Tick, Tick… Boom! is an intimate, autobiographical pop/rock musical from the creator of RENT that focuses on Jon, a struggling composer who desperately wants to get his show on Broadway before the clock ticks by to his 30th birthday. Filled with comedy and heart, this show defines what it means to be a success on your own terms. This production takes place April 20-May 7, 2023 and is sponsored by Ameritas and The Nebraska Lottery.
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN, THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL – The Joint is Jumpin’! The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in the three-time Tony award-winning musical revue featuring the timeless tunes of Thomas “Fats” Waller. With such classic hits as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big”, “This Joint is Jumpin’” and more, this show is sure to delight and energize every member of the audience! Sponsored by Home Real Estate and Woods Brothers Realty, this show is on stage June 15-July 2!
TADASTOCK 4 – The hit summer outdoor musical concert tradition continues with an evening to enjoy delicious food and first-rate wine from The Mill and a fantastic new line-up of music performed by an array of talented singers from The TADA Theatre, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of The Mill at Telegraph. This is a one night only event, Saturday, July 15!
BEEHIVE the songs of the 60’s – This musical celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s whose music stands the test of time—including Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner! Sponsored by Farmers Mutual of Nebraska and Legacy Retirement Communities, this show takes place August 10-27.
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS – It’s as if Saturday Night Live meets the Great White Way! Experience many of Broadway’s greatest musicals all in one show with this hilarious and entertaining parody to some of the theatre’s most cherished stars and songwriters including Les Misérables, Chicago, Wicked, Annie, and Hairspray. Taking place October 13-23, sponsors include Schafers & Culture Acceleration Group.
CHANEL SAVAGE’S HOT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR – The dynamic songstress Chanel Savage brings her holiday show to the stage for one weekend only, December 8-10! Portrayed by the brilliant Roderick Tilmon, recently seen as Lola in Kinky Boots, Chanel will delight audiences in this one-of-a-kind special event production. This special event is sponsored by The Waffleman.
YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW OF SHOWS – This variety show is packed with some of Nebraska’s finest talent—bringing patrons the gift of entertainment during the holiday season. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including the magic of David Fox, the incomparable Elvis tribute artist Bill Chrastil, Matt Geiler from America’s Got Talent, an array of sensational singers and more surprises! On stage one weekend only December 15-17, this show is sponsored by The Mill.
More shows and special events will be added as the year goes on to help celebrate the little theatre doing BIG things for the performing arts! Patrons are encouraged to keep a lookout on the website www.tadatheatre.info and on The TADA Theatre’s social media pages for updates.