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UT Tyler Cowan Center Announces 2011 – 12 Season Featuring Blue Man Group, Bill Cosby and Huey Lewis and the News

June 23, 2011

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center celebrates its 15th anniversary with a season filled with blockbuster Broadway, concert, dance and lecture events, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center executive director, announced.

New season subscriptions are on sale now at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office, by calling 903.566.7424 or online at www.cowancenter.org. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline to purchase season subscriptions is Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.

“We are so proud of the talent and variety we have put together for East Texas performing arts fans to enjoy this season,” Thomae-Morphew said. “A million memories have been created since our center opened its doors in 1997, and we plan to make more great ones with our fifteenth anniversary celebration.

“From Blue Man Group to Bill Cosby from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to ‘In the Heights,’ this season is loaded with blockbuster events. I can’t wait to witness the beauty of Ailey II as well as Tony Winner Idina Menzel in concert with a 15-piece orchestra!”

Audiences will recognize Menzel from her award-winning work as Elphaba in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’ as well as her guest appearances on the hit television show, GLEE, she added.

“Buying season tickets is the only way to assure patrons of getting the best seats at the lowest price. In addition, our subscribers become part of our Cowan Center family with their loyal attendance. We hope everyone will consider subscribing to one, two or all of our series,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Performing Arts Series:

  • 2004 Tony Award® Winner for Best Actress for Wicked Idina Menzel -Nov. 19
  • Ailey II - Feb. 14
  • Blue Man Group - Feb. 28
  • Bill Cosby - April 14

Performing Arts Series season package prices range from $110-$235. Patrons who purchase season tickets to the Performing Arts Series may add Blast! on Nov. 9 to their season ticket order and are assured of first seating for this Special Event.

Broadway Series:

  • Disney’s Beauty And The Beast - Oct. 22
  • 2008 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical In The Heights - Dec. 3
  • Mel Brooks’ hilarious new musical Young Frankenstein - March 16

Broadway Series package prices range from $101-$182.

Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series:

  • RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles - Sept. 27
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Nov. 15
  • The Rat Pack is Back - Jan.24

Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series season package prices range from $96-$159.

Patrons who purchase season tickets to the Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series may add Huey Lewis and The News Oct. 29 to their season ticket order and are assured of first seating for this Special Event.

Distinguished Lecture Series:

  • An Evening with Senator Fred Thompson - Sept. 13
  • An Evening with P.J. O’Rourke - Jan. 19

The Distinguished Lecture Series season package prices range from $31-$67.

Arts in Education Series:

  • TheatreWorks USA’s Charlotte’s Web for kindergarten through 4th grade Oct. 5 and Ailey II for 4th - 12th grade Feb. 15. School groups may call the Cowan Center Box Office at (903) 566-7424 for order forms.

For more information about the 2011-12 season, visit www.cowancenter.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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