Fall 2017 Performing Arts Events

A New Season Offers Tons Of Reasons To Be Part Of The Theater Action This Fall

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If you’ve never been to the theater before, there is something indescribably exciting about watching a live performance. The performers project a pure passion for their craft. The music fills your entire being and carries you away with the rest of the production. And it’s all live, so there are certain nuances to every word or note—spoken, sung or played.

If you have been to the theater before but it was many years ago and you vowed to never go again because you were uncomfortably dressed and bored to tears with the production, Coastal Virginia venues have some surprises in store this fall that are going to change your mind about stepping out on the town.

Here are just a few of the companies and venues in the area that are hoping to entice you to stretch your imagination and share in some magical moments:



The City of Norfolk’s SevenVenues serves to link Norfolk’s residents, visitors and tourists to Norfolk’s rich cultural arts and entertainment community. Included in their arsenal of facilities are Scope Arena, Chrysler Hall, the Attucks Theatre, the Wells Theatre, Harrison Opera House, Harbor Park and Open Air Events. Here are just a few of the upcoming events coming your way:


Chrysler Hall

Sept. 17
Doug E. Fresh, En Vogue, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition

Sept. 23
From a Five-Time Grammy Winner to Holst’s The Planets

Tom Brokaw, Chrysler Hall

Sept. 26
Tom Brokaw

Sept. 30
Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole

Oct. 3–8
The Book of Mormon

Peppa Pig Live, Chrysler Hall

Oct. 12
Peppa Pig Live!

Oct. 20–Nov. 12
A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff

Oct. 21
The Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Oct. 27
Ronnie Milsap

Faithfully: The Music of Journey, Chrysler Hall

Oct. 28
Faithfully: The Music of Journey


Harrison Opera House

Sept. 29–Oct. 3
Samson and Delilah

Nov. 10–14
The Girl of the Golden West

Dec. 16
Handel’s Messiah


Scope Arena

Sept. 9–Nov. 5
Showmasters Gun Show

Dec. 1
The Comedy Get Down

Dec. 14
Janet Jackson


Wells Theatre

Sept. 13–Oct. 1
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Oct. 6
Men Are From Mars; Women Are From Venus

Oct. 25–Nov. 12
The Parchman Hour

Dec. 6–24
A Christmas Carol


Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

“The big driving force for us is that November is our 10th year,” says Meghan Calvagna, director of marketing for the Sandler Center. “We were dedicated in 2007, so this is a really big year for us. Ten years is a long time to be in the community, and we’ve really looked back and looked at the support the community has given us over the years—the arts organizations, specifically. They fill 150 events out of the 400 events we do a year, so it’s an astonishing number that they bring into our building. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the community support and the arts organizations.

“As we’re celebrating our 10th year this November, we’re realizing what got us to this point, and that’s the arts, the resident companies and the community’s support. We know what got us to this point, but we’re also looking to expand what’s next, what’s up and coming, and what’s fresh to make us stand out from the others. I think we have a secret up our sleeves this year that I think a lot of people will be excited about, and we’ll have some crowd favorites, some nostalgic shows and some new, fresh content coming in as well.”

Oct. 6
Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Oct. 13–15
Virginia Musical Theatre presents Mamma Mia!

Oct. 18
PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero

Nov. 3
Pin Ministry Presents: Comedy Night Featuring Jim Breuer

Nov. 12
The Olate Dogs

Nov. 16
Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman “C.G.P. & Dawg Tour”

Moscow Ballet, The Great Russian Nutcracker, Sandler Center

Nov. 24
Moscow Ballet Presents The Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec. 1-3
Virginia Musical Theatre Presents Disney’s Freaky Friday

Vienna Boys Choir, Virginia Arts Festival, Sandler Center For Performing Arts

Dec. 21
Vienna Boys Choir Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

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