In the past several days there have been a number of developments regarding last week’s fire at The Kentucky Center and I wanted to share the latest information.
As you may know, The Kentucky Center is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving forward, our friends and partners at the Commonwealth Finance and Administration Cabinet are working very closely with us on all remediation, restoration efforts and the schedule for completion of the building project. The Finance Cabinet is working in coordination with Metro Louisville, The Kentucky Center, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and others to work through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible. We thank Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III and his team for their support and leadership during this challenging time. State inspectors are currently conducting the thorough damage assessment necessary to determine the building’s safety, and time needed to complete that assessment precluded our ability to present the PNC Broadway in Louisville’s production of Waitress, scheduled June 26-July 1. This was a tough decision, but PNC Broadway in Louisville president Leslie Broecker understands and supports the decision. All ticket buyers will be issued refunds.
In the coming days, we will be in a better position to determine plans for future performances. The Center will remain closed to the public for now, but the business of The Center continues. With the Kentucky Center Foundation’s recent purchase of the Brown Theatre, we now have an alternate space in our family of venues that can accommodate a number of events and performances.
In our nearly 35 year history, The Kentucky Center building has faced other calamities, and always comes back stronger than ever. Just like the proud community we serve, when disaster strikes we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to work. The dedication of our staff and love from our community reminds us all that The Kentucky Center is more than a building, it is an idea that binds us together through the joy, love and power of the arts. The wonderful artists and audiences we serve at The Kentucky Center can rest assured we are doing everything in our power to get the building up and operational just as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued support,
President & CEO
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Kentucky to the World
In collaboration with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts presents
The Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series
Life of an Olympic Champion
Imagine you’re on the world stage. People from around the globe are watching you, critiquing you, and telling you who you should be without knowing who you truly are in the first place. You have the support of your country, but it’s contingent on your success. You’re not even 25 years old, and the pressure of the world is on your shoulders. How do you handle it? And what happens after you succeed?
WHAS 11's Whitney Harding will explore these very questions in a conversation with Louisville’s own Olympic Gold Medalists Mary T. Meagher and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia.
Mary T. Meagher, a world record holder and 3-time Olympic Gold champion born and raised in Louisville, Ky, is coming back home to share her story. Known as “Madame Butterfly”, Mary T. successfully competed in the 1984 Olympics, and has since retired from swimming. Joining Mary T. on stage is Kelsi Worrell Dahlia. Kelsi, Louisville’s newest Olympic resident and a UofL graduate, is a world record holder and won gold in swimming at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Exactly 30 years apart in age and both specialists in the butterfly stroke, Mary T. and Kelsi have a lot in common. They’ll talk about how many things have changed in the world of swimming -- and how many haven’t -- as well as how Kentucky impacted their path to success. Most importantly, they’ll discuss how to navigate life when it seems like your greatest accomplishment is behind you, and whether or not winning gold really is the most important thing when you look at the bigger picture of life, love, and parenthood.
Join us on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at The Brown Theatre on Broadway as we dive deep into their stories about life in, out, and after the pool. Purchase tickets here.
About Kentucky to the World
Kentucky to the World is a local nonprofit dedicated to highlighting the extraordinary stories of men and women with strong Kentucky ties who are changing the world. By sharing these true stories, Kentucky to the World aims to inspire, excite, and educate people at home and beyond about the incredible wealth of cultural and intellectual capital within Kentucky. In doing so, we are creating the new narrative of the Commonwealth - one we can all be proud of.
Contact: Matthew Porter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LOUISVILLE ENGAGEMENT CANCELLED DUE TO RECENT FIRE DAMAGE AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER
Louisville, KY – Please be advised that we were notified by officials at The Kentucky Center that WAITRESS, originally scheduled to play The Kentucky Center June 26-July 1, must be cancelled due to recent fire damage within the venue. As the owner of the building, the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, working in partnership with officials at The Kentucky Center, decided to close the building for next week's performance based on initial assessments.
Safety of patrons, staff, and performers is of utmost importance. All purchased tickets will be automatically refunded within the next several weeks.
"It's regrettable that the presentation of WAITRESS must be cancelled, but safety is a priority", said Leslie Broecker, President of PNC Broadway in Louisville. “We appreciate all of the hard work that The Kentucky Center staff and contractors have done thus far, but because the venue must have more time to ensure the safety of our patrons, the engagement must be cancelled and we will unfortunately be unable to reschedule or relocate this production.”
“The producers of WAITRESS are appreciative of the efforts put forth by The Kentucky Center and Broadway Across America, but are extremely disappointed not to be able to bring the show to the fantastic audiences in Louisville.”
For more information from each authorized ticket source, contact:
PNC Broadway in Louisville subscribers: 502-561-1003
The Kentucky Center single ticket holders: 502-584-7777
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Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: New Orleans Live
Thursday, October 18, 8 p.m.
315 W. Broadway, Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/7F2WjV5KBXv
This authentic musical celebration of the Big Easy features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan and Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo, 79rs Gang, and Terrence Higgins.
The Kentucky Center is the official ticket service for this event. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 22, at 10am, online, by phone (584-7777), and at the box office (501 W. Main). Tickets start at $25, reserved seating, fees apply. Click here for tickets.
The Kentucky Center suffered significant fire and water damage on June 13.
Our business update for today includes the following:
The Kentucky Center building and garage will remain closed to the public Monday, 6.18 and Tuesday 6.19.
Regarding PNC Broadway in Louisville's production of Waitress, we are still working to get an answer on whether or not the show will be able to happen as scheduled. We will update as soon as possible.
Building cleanup is still underway and going well. We will share additional information as soon as we are able.
Thank you for your concern and support.
Part of the Coors Lite Iroquois Amphitheater Concert Series
Thursday, September 27
Gates 6:30pm, Concert 8pm
1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, 40214
A remarkable thing happened to The Revivalists as they came upon their tenth anniversary as a band. The New Orleans-based septet scored a game-changing hit with “Wish I Knew You,” a wistful song from their third album, Men Amongst Mountains. Guided by dynamic percussion and punchy horns, the single features a contagious hook and feel-good chorus that has resonated with fans across all different genres, sitting on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart for 9 weeks.
The Revivalists, “Wish I Knew You” Official Video
The success of “Wish I Knew You” has opened many doors for the band, earning them praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Flaunt, Paste and Interview, nabbing them a nod as a ‘YouTube Artist on the Rise,’ and landing them performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (the host called the song his “summer jam”), Conan, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 22, via Ticketfly.
Hobo Fabulous Tour
Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m.
315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television, and the stage. In December 2014, Ferguson concluded his ten-year run as the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which set all-time viewer records, earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
As the host of “Celebrity Name Game,” Ferguson was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row. As of February 2017, Craig launched his new SiriusXM program “The Craig Ferguson Show” which is broadcast live on Comedy Greats every evening.
The Kentucky Center is the official ticket service for this event. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m., online, by phone (584-7777), and at The Kentucky Center box office (501 W. Main). Tickets start at $59.50, reserved seating, fees apply.
Update on Aladdin on sale Monday, 6.18.18
Due to the building closure, tickets for PNC Broadway in Louisville’s production of Aladdin can be purchased in person at the PNC Broadway in Louisville office, 620 West Main Street, as well as by phone at 502-584-7777 and online at www.kentuckycenter.org