Lincoln Theater Napa Valley: Presents Eclectic, Upbeat Arts for All

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lincolnTheater_Vereen.jpgBy Lisa Adams Walter

Good times and laughter are set to fill Lincoln Theater Napa Valley in Yountville when the Summer / Fall 2009 Season kicks off on Saturday, August 22 with an exclusive Northern California appearance by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Ben Vereen. An eclectic and upbeat slate of performances that will lift spirits follows with acts that range from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, to kid-friendly shows, to jazz with The Brubeck Brothers, to the iconic John Cleese. Tickets, which range from extreme values at $10 to the highest priced tickets at just $69 per seat, are on sale now.

"At Lincoln Theater Napa Valley, we have tried to concentrate on shows that are lighthearted and entertaining and that we can bring to the local community as well as wine country visitors at reasonable prices," said Richard Aldag, Lincoln Theater Napa Valley Executive Director. "We have emphasized comedy, upbeat music, family shows and nostalgia."

The Summer / Fall 2009 Season opens with an Intimate Evening of Broadway with the Tony Award-winning Ben Vereen, Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. Few entertainers are as accomplished and versatile as this incomparable Broadway and screen star, singer, dancer and actor.
The month of September begins with the beloved Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the most successful dance bands of all time, on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Their hits include "Tuxedo Junction," "In The Mood" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

Buckwheat Zydeco, the man and the band who The New York Times has called, "One of the greatest party bands in America," appears on Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m. with a unique, signature, Cajun, zydeco jam.

Boomers will enjoy a return to the early '60s with a stop by Jay and the Americans on Friday, September 18 at 8 p.m. With three original members of the band on the tour, the band is known for their twelve Top Ten hit records including "Tonight" (from West Side Story), "She Cried," "Only in America," "Come A Little Bit Closer," "This Magic Moment" and "Cara Mia."

Chicago Tribute Authority takes the stage on Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. with their tribute, featuring spot-on renditions of the hits of the mega-band Chicago.

Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. brings another generation's rock with The Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute by House of Floyd. The show includes live music, lights, lasers and video to authentically recreate the Pink Floyd experience.

A children's matinee performance of Jack and the Beanstalk is set for Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m. This California Theatre Center production incorporates both live actors and puppets.

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. brings The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a highly-sought jazz group that features two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, Daniel Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone) sons of the legendary Dave Brubeck along with Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb..

Wildly entertaining and hilarious too, MacHomer is set for Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m. This one-man vocal spectacular features impressions of over 50 voices from TV's "The Simpsons" in a hilarious performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth!"

lincolnTheater_JohnCleese.jpgComedy continues in November with an appearance by the iconic John Cleese on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. British writer, actor and comedian John Cleese is best known for his stint on the Monty Python Show.

Rounding out the 2009 Summer / Fall Season on Saturday, November 21 at 3 p.m. is a family-friendly show by Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with a bevy of live animals and a performance based on a long-standing commitment to conservation.

 "We are focused on the needs of the community and look forward to welcoming Napa Valley visitors to the theater," added Aldag, " we are pleased to have so many wonderful artists and productions coming up for the summer and fall seasons which are the most highly-traveled seasons of the year in our region."

 When Lincoln Theater opened in 1957 on the historic grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, it was not the top-quality performing arts center it is today. But thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers and hundreds of generous donors, the recent $20 million renovation transformed Lincoln Theater Napa Valley.

For tickets, contact the Lincoln Theater Napa Valley Box Office, 100 California Drive, Yountville, Napa Valley, call (707) 944-1300 or go to Friend Lincoln Theater Napa Valley on Facebook or follow on Twitter @lincoln_theater go to

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