The enticing mix of onstage entertainment starting this fall in Richmond speaks to all different tastes, whether you’re looking for a Tony Award-winning Broadway production or a record-breaking comedy superstar.
“Our venues are host to a wide variety of programming from music and comedy to YouTube sensations and Broadway,” said SMG Richmond General Manager Dolly Vogt. “We strive to create a true experience for our diverse community by connecting fans to a broad array of entertainment that is easily accessible.”
October starts out with an assemblage of soul music legends in ’70s Classic Soul on Oct. 13 at Altria Theater. Current country music artists Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch, along with special guest Lauren Alaina, play Richmond Coliseum at 7:15 p.m. that same day for their “Reason to Drink Another” tour.
On Oct. 21, Altria Theater brings in “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience.” Star of the hit TLC show “Long Island Medium,” Caputo will give live readings to audience members throughout the show. Tony Award-winning Broadway powerhouse “Les Misérables” returns to Altria Theater from Oct. 23-28.
“We feel it is important to keep our seasons fresh by offering a mixture of the newest titles, as well as proven perennials, and try not to book too many return shows, but with careful consideration and selection, often we find they do very well and audiences embrace their return,” said Steve Traxler, president and cofounder of Jam Theatricals, the presenting company for Broadway In Richmond.
Fans of the Beach Boys should look for “Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances” at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Dominion Energy Center. Wilson will perform the group’s 11th studio album.
“Menopause The Musical” visits Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center for one performance on at 2 p.m. Nov. 4. The show is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of or have survived “the dreaded change.”
On Nov. 8, look for comedy superstar and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham at 7 p.m. at Richmond Coliseum for his “Passively Aggressive” tour. “Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!” will bring families to Altria Theater at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. The action-packed live show features everyone’s favorite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters.
Keeping with the family theme, Disney On Ice “Worlds of Enchantment” skates into Richmond Coliseum from Nov. 15-18, featuring all of the Disney favorites. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne brings his “Just Passing Through” acoustic tour to Dominion Energy Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 17.
If you see a red light in the sky this holiday season, it’s just Rudolph making an appearance in “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at Altria Theater, Nov. 23-25. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis follows on Nov. 28 at Altria Theater for one performance only.
On Nov. 29, Dominion Energy Center will host “Home Free: A Country Christmas Tour” at 8 p.m. The five-man band has become known for show-stopping performances that mix no-instrument, all-vocal music with quick-witted humor.
Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her tour to Alice Jepson Theatre at Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
Dorothy and her ruby red slippers make their way to Altria Theater from Dec. 14-16 for “The Wizard of Oz.” The adaptation of the film for this live stage performance re-creates the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene.
The highly anticipated show “Waitress” comes to Altria Theater from Feb. 12-17. The Broadway hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Batsheva Dance Company, one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world, hits the stage at Dominion Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. March 23 for its show “Venezuela.”
The cheeky Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” returns to Altria Theater on March 26-31. The show follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the good word.