Tony Danza Among Performers in 2017-18 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series

Jun 1, 2017 | Stacey Ortman, director of public information

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque will celebrate Heritage Center’s fifth anniversary with a plethora of acts including a famous alumnus, an actor’s folk band, a Grammy-winning a cappella gospel music sextet, a touring Broadway show, and much more as part of the 2017-18 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

“Heritage Center is proud to quickly have become a cornerstone of the tri-state area’s cultural and artistic landscape, serving well over 100,000 patrons in its first four years, 30,000 of which were pre-K through 12th grade students attending the center’s SchoolBus Performance Series,” said Thomas Robbins, executive director of Heritage Center. “Our fifth anniversary is sure to break annual attendance records with performers like Tony Danza, Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band, Take 6, and Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical, our first-ever touring Broadway show presentation.”

The 2017-18 season boasts 21 guest artist performances selected from today’s international touring circuit as well as the fifth annual Christmas at Heritage Center. Performances will be held in Heritage’s John and Alice Butler Hall, except for a new intimate theater series scheduled to occur in the facility’s smaller black box venue, Babka Theatre.

Tony Danza (C’72, HON’04) will return to his alma mater and make his debut appearance on the Butler Hall stage in conjunction with UD’s Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 20. Best known for his starring roles on Taxi and Who’s The Boss, Danza has established himself as a song and dance man who received rave reviews for his performance in the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon In Vegas. His performance, Tony Danza: Standards & Stories, will combine timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances. Danza will be accompanied by a four-piece band.

“It will be wonderful having our talented and esteemed alum Tony Danza showcasing his versatile performance abilities as part of his 45th reunion and our fifth anniversary season,” Robbins said. “This will be Tony’s debut on the Heritage stage – sure to be a tour-de-force not to be missed.”

The 2017-18 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series features the following Butler Hall events:

Sept. 12 - 8:00 p.m.                    Vitaly Beckman: An Evening of Wonders

Sept. 16 - 7:30 p.m.                    The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Sept. 21 - 7:30 p.m.                    Black Violin

Oct. 5 - 7:30 p.m.                        Cirque Zuma Zuma

Oct. 20 - 7:30 p.m.                      Tony Danza: Standards & Stories, Homecoming

Nov. 1 - 7:30 p.m.                       Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

Nov. 11 - 7:30 p.m.                     Sofi and the Baladis

Nov. 12 - 2:00 p.m.                     Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions)

Dec. 1 - 7:30 p.m.                       Christmas at Heritage Center

Jan. 12 - 7:30 p.m.                     Sons of Serendip, Songs in the Key of Wonder: 50 Years of Stevie Wonder

Jan. 20 - 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. Treasure Island (Missoula Children’s Theatre)

Feb. 13 - 7:30 p.m.                     Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

Feb. 17 - 7:30 p.m.                     Ondekoza, taiko drummers from Japan

Feb. 25 - 2:00 p.m.                     Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia)      

March 6 - 7:30 p.m.                    PUPPET UP! - UNCENSORED (Henson Alternative)

March 23 - 7:30 p.m.                  FLY Dance Company: The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop

April 4 - 7:30 p.m.                      Take 6, Grammy-winning a cappella gospel music sextet

April 6 - 7:00 p.m.                      Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey (Lightwire Theater)

New for 2017-2018, Babka Theatre presentations include the following:

Oct. 9 - 7:30 p.m.                       The Kite Runner (Literature to Life)
Oct. 10 - 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 - 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.   The Accidental Hero, starring Patrick Dewane

March 19 - 7:30 p.m.                 Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, starring Steve Carroll
March 20 - 3:30 p.m.

April 13 - 7:30 p.m.                   6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett

Ticket pricing and on-sale dates of performances are to be announced in early July. To receive a 2017-18 season brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW or email