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BCPA Announces Diverse Lineup For New Season

Aug 15, 2019
Exterior of the BCPA
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Programmers for the Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts said the city-owned venue had a full and successful season last year and hope to build on that performance. The BCPA has never turned a profit and was not expected to at its founding. But, Assistent Performing Arts Manager Ann-Marie Dittman said last year gross revenue rose by $200,000. The improvement came after some instability and a lower than usual number of bookings in 2017 following the unexpected death of BCPA Director Tina Salamone. This season, Dittman said the BCPA is revving its engines with an even more full and diverse selection of shows.

The Musical 'Rock of Ages' plays the BCPA Wednesday night
Jeremy Daniel

The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” is a send-up to the outrageous hair and costumes especially favored by 1980s hair-metal acts.

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Bloomington’s Coalescence Theatre Project has a curtain call on the national stage in June.

The Prom cast
Deen van Meer

One of this year's hottest Broadway shows this year was produced by an Illinois Wesleyan University alum.

Students sit in classroom and talk.
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Rhys Lovell directs Bob Kinsella and Connie Blick
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It was the door slam heard around the world.

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Connie de veer with her book
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The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

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Don Shandrow / Coalescence Theater Project

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Large theater with chandelier hanging from curved wooden roof in a proposed dinner theater building.
The Barn III

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