Showstoppers and Smooth Jazz at the Schimmel

Jazz legends and Broadway stars take the stage as curtains go up two nights this week at the Schimmel Theatre. >>Read More

American Showstoppers: An Evening with Harold Arlen Featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra with Stars from the Broadway Stage
On Friday, October 19, noted arranger and producer Fred Barton, whose work is heard regularly in concert halls around the country and on TV shows including The Magic School Bus, Olivia, Magic Pets, and Eureeka’s Castle, is bringing the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel stage. The legendary Harold Arlen won the world over for his score to The Wizard of Oz, and was the composer of countless Broadway and Hollywood songs that will be brought to life backed by a full 12-piece orchestra and stars of the Broadway stage.

Featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra and two-time Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar, Marie Christine), this evening will include iconic songs from the Harold Arlen songbook including Get Happy, Come Rain or Come Shine, and Stormy Weather.  Others performing during the evening are Broadway stars Luba Mason (Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, Capeman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Anatasia Barzee (City of Angels, Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde), Jen Cody (Urinetown, Grease), Stephen Bogardus (Man of Lamancha, Love, Valour, Compassion, City of Angels), Damon Kirsche (Encores’ Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), and Tony-nominated Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles).

Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band
From contemporary jazz to R&B to pop to swing, three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz legend Ramsey Lewis takes the Schimmel stage on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Lewis, whose successes span 50 years, has done everything from hosting a popular radio show, Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, which would go on to become a public television show, performing for President Bill Clinton at the White House, carrying the torch at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and even recently releasing his 80th album of songs. And now, he’s changing his act–after nearly 15 years of playing with an acoustic trio, he is getting back in touch with his electric roots.

$5 students available for purchase the day of the show after 12:00 p.m. for both shows. $10 staff/faculty tickets are also available. For more info, visit