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  • Resurrection - A Journey Tribute
    Resurrection - A Journey Tribute
  • Zoe & Cloyd - Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady
    Zoe & Cloyd - Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady
  • The Sauce Boss
    The Sauce Boss
  • The Hot Sardines
    The Hot Sardines
  • Aaron Tippin
    Aaron Tippin
  • My Sinatra - Starring Cary Hoffman
    My Sinatra - Starring Cary Hoffman
  • What Would Mary Ann Do? - Dawn Wells Tells All!
    What Would Mary Ann Do? - Dawn Wells Tells All!
  • Steel Magnolias Movie Screening
    Steel Magnolias Movie Screening
  • Keith Allynn - A Neil Diamond Tribute
    Keith Allynn - A Neil Diamond Tribute
  • Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre presents Three Billy Goats Gruff
    Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre presents Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Yesterday - A Tribute to the Beatles
    Yesterday - A Tribute to the Beatles
  • Give the gift of entertainment!
    Give the gift of entertainment!
  • "A Very Electric Christmas" Lightwire Theatre
  • Lisa Rock in  Carpenters' Christmas
    Lisa Rock in Carpenters' Christmas
  • Messiah Sing-A-Long
    Messiah Sing-A-Long
  • New Year's Eve Masquerade
    New Year's Eve Masquerade
  • Kinky Boots
    Kinky Boots
  • "We Shall Overcome" A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ft. Damien Sneed
  • Carolina Blue
    Carolina Blue
  • Cirque Eloize - Saloon
    Cirque Eloize - Saloon
  • Rock of Ages
    Rock of Ages
  • Peter Pan and Friends on Ice
    Peter Pan and Friends on Ice
  • Jersey Boys
    Jersey Boys
  • Traveling Down an Irish Road with Switchback
    Traveling Down an Irish Road with Switchback
  • An Evening with Alberta Hall
    An Evening with Alberta Hall
  • Tied up in Knotts - Starring Karen Knotts
    Tied up in Knotts - Starring Karen Knotts
  • The Sound of Music
    The Sound of Music

Since 1986, MainStage Morganton has consistently provided the City of Morganton, Burke County and the surrounding areas with quality entertainment and world class acts. All MainStage performances are presented in CoMMA's main theatre. Reserved seating tickets to MainStage Morganton events are available at a significantly discounted subscriber rate, saving patrons off the Adult individual tickets rates. Single tickets vary in price depending on the type of event and seating selection. The word is out that the best of the best of live concerts, Broadway musicals and other special stage attractions are to be found and enjoyed in Morganton at CoMMA.

Monday, August 20, 2018at 7:30 PM

The gold standard by which all Journey tributes are measured, Resurrection - A Journey Tribute faithfully recreates the experience of a 1980’s Journey concert. This dynamic and compelling band features some of Nashville’s hottest musicians, many whom have performed, written, or recorded with the biggest names in the music industry - including Journey and Steve Perry. Every show is a brilliant reproduction of sights and sounds that captivate and transport audiences to the glorious age of arena rock. Lead singer Ryan Christopher delivers the vocal precision, appearance, and stage presence of the legendary Steve Perry. Fans across the country rave that Resurrection - A Journey Tribute is THE Journey experience!

www.notjourney.com

Tier I $25 Tier II $23 Youth $20 

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Chris Rodrigues is a multi-instrumentalist from the Asheville NC area. Growing up learning traditional songs from his family, he has carved out his own unique blues- Appalachian style. Abby the Spoon Lady is a folk percussionist, storyteller, and free speech activist. After riding the rails for 8 years, she now lives in Asheville NC and is a full-time musician and street performer. Together the two create a dynamic duo, with very complex rhythms.

www.spoonladymusic.com
www.zoeandcloyd.com

Tier I $11 Tier II $ Youth $9

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Legendary performer (as chronicled in Jimmy Buffett’s 1999 hit “I Will Play for Gumbo”) Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his Florida slide guitar blues, his gumbo, and his own hot sauce to every multi-sensory performance. His show includes a culinary demonstration with audience stirring and sampling the gumbo. Sauce Boss is a powerhouse of energy with his one-man band.

www.sauceboss.com

Tier I $21 Youth $12

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. Returning to the CoMMA stage for the second time, The Hot Sardines bring the sounds of the 20s, 30s, and 40s to the 21st century. A beloved jazz ensemble in their home of New York City, The Hot Sardines have garnered a following of music lovers and critics alike with their unique covers of classic standards. Led by vocalist “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol and Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, the jazz group brings together sounds from New Orleans, Paris, and New York to make music unlike any other.

www.hotsardines.com

Tier I $30 Tier II $25 Youth $23

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Aaron Tippin is a force of nature, a man whose passion for music fuels an array of other vigorous enthusiasms. Apart from writing and recording songs and wowing crowds with his live appearances, Tippin is also a pilot, farmer, winemaker, outdoorsman, avid bodybuilder and devoted family man. He even runs his own record label.

www.aarontippin.com

Tier I $30 Tier II $25 Youth $23

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. Hoffman captivates the audience with his intimate journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra’s greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings Sinatra “Dead On!” (The New York Times), as he weaves in over 20 classic Sinatra songs, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession.

www.mysinatra.com

Tier I $30 Tier II $25 Youth $23

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

An amazing evening of heartwarming and hilarious storytelling by one of the world’s most beloved actors. Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of “Gilligan’s Island” and her book “What Would Mary Ann Do?” Dawn Wells shares anecdotes of her life and career including being trapped on an island. A very funny & candid self-portrait featuring a multi-media presentation filled with vintage family slides, rare clips and hysterical outtakes. Dawn wraps up the show by taking questions from the audience leaving them with a memorable experience they talk about for months to come.

Tier I $30 Tier II $28 Youth $23

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Join us on The BackPorch for a screening of the original movie “Steel Magnolias”.
Sponsored by the Burke County Public Library

Drink & Popcorn $6

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Keith Allynn began his career in stand-up comedy at the age of 14 opening for such greats as Chris Rock, Tim Allen and Robin Williams. At 21, Keith discovered his musical talents while performing “All Shook Up” at a karaoke night. The girls went wild, and Keith was hooked. For several years he continued to perform as an Elvis tribute artist and was voted a top-ten Elvis by Graceland. Later, trying to impress a girl who was a huge Neil Diamond fan, he called her on the phone and in his best “Neil” voice sang “Hello Again” from the Jazz Singer. It became their song, she became his wife, and he became The Diamond Image. Recently Keith was selected to be one of only 6 Neil Diamond Tribute artists in the world to be featured in an upcoming movie entitled “Play Me”.

www.aneildiamondtribute.com

Tier I $23 Tier II $19 Youth $18

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Thursday, November 1,2018 at 7:30 PM

Founded in 1976 by Executive Director Jerry Bickel, Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre is dedicated to influencing the world of tomorrow by enchanting the children of today. Through the theatrical retelling of classic children’s stories, each with its own unique life lesson and moral, Bits ‘N Pieces brings to life the magical wonderment of children’s fantasy and reinforces the core values long told and emphasized by our great storytellers.

Tier I $10 Tier II $9 Youth $5

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Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Yesterday has performed around the world portraying musical icons “The Beatles,” transporting its audience to a bygone era of magical innocence. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spell binding enactment of the best loved Pop group in the history of modern music.

www.yesterdaybeatlestribute.com

Tier I $23 Tier II $19 Youth $17

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Since bursting to national acclaim after appearing as semifinalists on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and winning the top honors on TRU TV’s ‘Fake Off’, Lightwire Theatre has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters. People of all ages will be captivated by the dazzling visuals and unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. Combining the arts of puppetry, theatre and dance with the music of timeless holiday hits, this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope creates a truly one-of-a kind, inspired and exhilarating holiday experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come. (Family Show).

Tier I $21 Tier II $18 Youth $15

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

One of the great holiday TV specials was that of The Carpenters. Now, singer Lisa Rock and her band are keeping the tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable holiday songs to the stage. Based on the music from The Carpenters two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, it’s a concert that spreads joy and cheer to all! Featuring students from the Burke Youth Crescendo Choir.

www.closetoyouonline.com

Tier I $23 Tier II $19 Youth $18

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Join us for the 2nd Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-a-long! Nearly 275 years after it was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Experience the joy of the season by singing along (or just listening!) to the much beloved music of Handel’s Messiah. Singers are encouraged to bring a copy of the score if they have one (a limited number will be available at the door). The experience is unique and the chorus is you!

Event will be held at First Baptist Church – 502 West Union Street.

Tier I $11 Youth $8

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Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Join us for a Masquerade Party to ring in the New Year!! We’re pulling out all the stops with a Champagne toast at midnight, a DJ, Dancing, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and a ball drop! Dress Code: Cocktail or Costume / Masquerade Mask Mandatory Age: 21+

$28

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Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out.

www.kinkybootsthemusical.com

Tier I $60 Tier II $58 Youth $50

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The National Tour of Kinky Boots
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrifed generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

Tier I $24 Tier II $22 Youth $22

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album “Nothing So Blue” by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. The band’s repertoire consists of original songs; including Tim Jones’, “Spring Will Bring Flowers”, which was recorded by 2014 IBMA entertainers of the year Balsam Range, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel too, all done in the traditional style. In 2016 Carolina Blue recorded a set on Song of the Mountains in Marion, VA.

www.carolinablueband.com

Single Ticket $10

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Saturday, February 9,2019 at 7:30 PM

America is expanding. The railroad is stretching westward to lands of untold promise. In the middle of the desert, a town comes to life. The Saloon doors swing open to reveal a motley cast of individuals, each with a tale to tell. In Cirque Éloize’s Saloon, the infectious energy of folk music and strains of fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that sweeps spectators away in a mad flurry. Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts, Cirque Éloize has been creating moving performances filled with magic and emotion since 1993. Continually striving for artistic perfection, it is one of the leaders in contemporary circus arts. (Family Show)

www.cirque-eloize.com

Tier I $48 Tier II $45 Youth $43

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America! Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon. This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

Tier I $60 Tier II $58 Youth $50

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM

There is a place where magic takes flight - a place where dreams are reality, and where your happiest memories last longer than before. Think of your happiest thoughts - think of laughter, think of snow, think of triple axels around they go! There is nothing quite as thrilling as the tale of Peter Pan - until you add ice! Pack your bags for an adventure to Neverland like never before! The magic begins when you skate inside the whimsical world of Neverland with Peter and his enchanted companions. But beware - the forces of swashbuckling pirates are just around the corner. Ahoy Mateys! Accompany Sarge Hook and his motley crew for a voyage to Neverland with big flips, jumps, and tricks sure to keep you on the edge of your sails! (Family Show)

Tier I $25 Tier II $23 Youth $15

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

Jersey Boys contains authentic,"profane Jersey language" and is recommended for ages 12+.

www.jerseyboysinfo.com

Tier I $60 Tier II $58 Youth $58

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said of Switchback: “The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique...there is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo.”

www.waygoodmusic.com

Tier I $20 Tier II $18 Youth $13

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Join us for an evening with Morganton’s own “Karaoke Queen” Alberta Hall. From Jazz and Motown to Contemporary Soul, Alberta performs it all! After a background of singing with her family, church and in the community, the time has come for Alberta to be in her own spotlight. In 2017 she was the first TGIF Show Down winner, and had the crowd up and on their feet. Alberta comes to life when there is a microphone in her hand! CoMMA Director, Jim Smith, finds a local artist to show off every year in our line up, and Alberta has definitely earned her place in the 2018-2019 season! The CoMMA staff heard Alberta at the winners stage last year and knew our patrons would absolutely love her unique style and energy. She will bring the Rhythm and Blues to the stage just like no one else!

Adults $10Youth $8

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM

A Daughters Tribute to a Funny and Terrifc Dad A must-see for kids of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s who grew up laughing at Don Knotts as Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith show! It’s a father- daughter story about growing up in a celebrity ‘Diva’ world with the love of Mayberry.

www.karenknotts.com

Tier I $21 Tier II $20 Youth $13

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Morganton. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!”aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

www.thesoundofmusicontour.com

Tier I $60 Tier II $58 Youth $50

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Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy