UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler Cowan Center Announces New Show and Matinee Performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’
August 12, 2011
Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.566.7303 or 903.330.0495 (cell)
The Midtown Men will replace Idina Menzel in the 2011-12 season of The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, executive director announced.
The Cowan Center also has added a 2 p.m. matinee performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Saturday, Oct. 22. The matinee is sponsored by Southside Bank.
“We planned on opening our Performing Arts Series this season with Tony-award winner Idina Menzel on November 19, but she regretfully informed us of a conflict in her schedule preventing her from fulfilling her tour this fall,” said Thomae-Morphew.
Menzel will be returning to the third season of the hit television series “Glee.” As a result, her filming schedule caused the cancellation of a majority of her upcoming November tour dates.
As stated in all publications, all dates and programs are subject to change, but the center is nevertheless disappointed when the industry forces this kind of change, she added.
“At the same time, we are thrilled to add The Midtown Men. Backed by a seven-piece band and highlighted by original, energetic choreography, this will open the Performing Arts Series with celebration,” Thomae-Morphew said.
Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Robyn Lieberman, The Midtown Men will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Media sponsors are KTBB, KETK, Fox 51 and KNUE.
This performance is a Braithwaite Performing Arts Program jointly presented by East Texas Symphony Orchestra and UT Tyler Cowan Center.
Season subscriptions can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
After a successful 2010 national tour of nearly 50 cities across the United States and Canada, The Midtown Men bring their highly anticipated concert act to the UT Tyler Cowan Center.
The group’s jump-to-your-feet show features a who’s who of top hits from the ‘60s including The Beach Boys, Motown and The Four Seasons - whose story they brought to life every night as stars in the original cast of Jersey Boys.
“The ‘60s produced some of the greatest songs ever written,” says The Midtown Men’s Christian Hoff, who won the Tony Award for his portrayal of Four Seasons bad boy Tommy DeVito. “So we’re having a ball adding our own style to those great songs everyone loves.”
Their fans agree. In one week last summer, over 45,000 people of all ages came out to enjoy their incredible vocal style and legendary onstage chemistry.
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 almost 6,500 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.