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LeAnn Rimes, MAMMA MIA and VeggieTales to Perform

Posted Apr. 20, 2012

Three dynamic performances scheduled for summer and fall are being announced for the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The two summer events include a return engagement of the Broadway hit MAMMA MIA! on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and LeAnn Rimes Acoustic on July 26 at 7:30 p.m. VeggieTales Live – God Made You Special is scheduled for September 23 with shows at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

"We are thrilled to have back the highly sought and well-loved musical, MAMMA MIA!," said Mike Morelli, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. "We are hoping to accommodate those folks who were not able to get tickets to the sold out November 2011 performance."


MAMMA MIA! is the smash hit musical that combines the songs of ABBA with an enchanting story of love, laughter and friendship. Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

"LeAnn Rimes is a country icon and we are fortunate to have her perform here at Kent State Tuscarawas," Morelli explained. "We are excited to be able to showcase LeAnn in an acoustic performance which will utilize the outstanding sound in our theatre, which has been praised by artists Michael Bolton, Clint Black and Darius Rucker."


Rimes is a country and pop singer who has received two Grammy awards, three Academy of Country Music awards, a Country Music Association award,12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music Award.


A sneak peek at the 2012-2013 season, which will not be announced in full until July, highlights the VeggiesTales performance in September. "VeggieTales Live: God Made You Special  is a faith-based show that we have scheduled for a matinee and an evening performance," commented Morelli. "Families love this traveling show based on the extremely popular TV series and feature –length films. It brings to life Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and Junior the Asparagus."


Families everywhere can enjoy seeing their favorite Veggies live and on stage.  Larry the Cucumber at eight feet and green and Bob the Tomato at five feet round and red make for an eye-popping event that charms and delights children. A high energy song and dance spectacular, this show will have fans singing along, dancing in the aisles and smiling so hard their teeth ache!  Fan favorites include classic silly songs like His Cheeseburger, I Love My Lips, The Hairbrush Song and many more.  

Tickets prices are: MAMMA MIA! $48-$70, LeAnn Rimes Acoustic $49 –$ 69 and VeggieTales Live – God Made You Special $15 – $30. Tickets for these three events go on sale to Performing Arts Center members on April 30 and to the public on May 14 at 8 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 330-308-6400. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.


Media Contact:
Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
April 20, 2012