Old-school Motown, Disney costumes, favorite comedians, and world music are among the shows that the Grand will bring to Wilmington for its 2023-24 season.
The season will start Sept. 6 with Byrds co-founder and acclaimed guitarist Roger McGuinn.
Also set to appear are Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Together on Stage Oct. 5; Disney Junior and Marvel characters Sept. 26 in Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza!; comedians Tig Notaro Sept. 17, David Sedaris April 5, and Lewis Black May 2; the Pedrito Martinez Group Sept. 29, and Tablao Flamenco Sept. 30; Alan Cumming Oct. 28; and Sutton Foster March 2.
“There is absolutely something for everyone” says Pamelyn Manocchio, executive director. “It is our sincere hope that we continue the rich history of this historic building as Delaware’s home for the performing arts and place to create lasting memories.”
The performing arts center also plans an announcement later this summer about The Grand’s 47th annual Grand Gala. It will feature the Commodores and a return to the Hotel Du Pont fo the Ultimate After Party.
The Grand also wll party with the Christina Cultural Arts Center to celebrate the music and culture of the community with the annual Soul of the City Festival Sept. 16 from noon until 4 This year’s festival will celebrate unique Wilmington’s arts organizations while highlighting the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
The hip hop continues on Sept. 22 at Frawley Stadium with the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Concert featuring Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, EPMD, Rakim and Slick Rick.
Universal Attractions Agency’s Co-Owner Jeff Epstein, who conceived the collaboration with Doug E. Fresh, says the concert is unprecedented.
“To have such an elite group of Hip Hop icons from the golden era coming together to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop music this way… it’s truly mind blowing,” he said.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public and can be purchased online at TheGrandWilmington.org or by calling 302-652-5577 or 302-888-0200. The fastest and easiest way to guarantee the best seats is to purchase online.
The Grand offers discounts for purchasing multiple shows. Buying three will save you 10% per ticket and buying 6 will save you 20% per ticket and give you free parking vouchers as well as a dining discount card.
Up Market Street, the Grand’s Broadway in Wilmington series will take place at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. It opens in October with “Pretty Woman: The Musical” Oct. 13-15. From March 7-10, see “On Your Feet!” featuring the lives and music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. “Come From Away,” an uplifting story about the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, plays April 19-21. “Little Women” runs May 9-1; “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” will play Nov 17-19 and “Annie” will play Jan. 5-7.
The Grand presents
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – Roger McGuinn (the baby grand)
Sunday, September 17, 2023 – Tig Notaro: Hello Again (Copeland Hall)
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Direct from Sweden The Music of ABBA(Copeland Hall)
Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Ryan Adams (Copeland Hall)
Friday, September 22, 2023 – Hip Hop 50th Anniversary Concert (Frawley Stadium)
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza (The Playhouse)
Friday, September 29, 2023 – Pedrito Martinez Group (the baby grand)
Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Tablao Flamenco (the baby grand)
Thursday, October 5, 2023 – Preacher Lawson (the baby grand)
Thursday, October 5, 2023 – Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Together on Stage (Copeland Hall)
Friday, October 6, 2023 – Pinky Patel: New Crown, Who Dhis? (the baby grand)
Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Bob Mould (the baby grand)
Sunday, October 8, 2023 – An Evening with Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Copeland Hall)
Sunday, October 8, 2023 – Al Stewart & The Empty Pockets (the baby grand)
Saturday, October 28, 2023 – Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age (The Playhouse)
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – Pink Martini featuring China Forbes (Copeland Hall)
Thursday, November 2, 2023 – Sons of Serendip (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, November 4, 2023 – The Moth – True Stories Told Live (Copeland Hall)
Thursday, November 9, 2023 – Masters of Illusion (The Playhouse)
Friday, November 10, 2023 – Deadgrass (the baby grand)
Saturday, November 11, 2023 – Menopause The Musical ® (The Playhouse)
Saturday, November 11, 2023 – The Rock Orchestra plays David Bowie (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, November 18, 2023 – Graham Nash – Sixty Years of Songs and Stories (Copeland Hall)
Friday, November 24, 2023 – The Underwater Bubble Show (The Playhouse)
Thursday, November 30, 2023 – Tab Benoit & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Copeland Hall)
Thursday, December 7, 2023 – Watchhouse (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, December 9, 2023 – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (Copeland Hall)
Sunday, December 10, 2023 – An Evening with Judy Collins – Holidays & Hits (Copeland Hall)
Monday, December 18, 2023 – A Christmas Carol (The Playhouse)
Thursday, January 11, 2024 – The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston Starring Belinda Davids (Not Associated with the Estate of Whitney Houston) (Copeland Hall)
Thursday, January 25, 2024 – Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, February 17, 2024 – The Rock Orchestra plays Bruce Springsteen (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, March 2, 2024 – The Joni Project – a Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Court and Spark (the baby grand)
Saturday, March 2, 2024 – An Evening with Sutton Foster (The Playhouse)
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, March 16, 2024 – The Irish Comedy Tour (the baby grand)
Sunday, March 24, 2024 – Gaelic Storm and High Kings (Copeland Hall)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen and The Works (Copeland Hall)
Friday, April 5, 2024 – An Evening with David Sedaris (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, April 13, 2024 – DuPont Brass (the baby grand)
Friday, April 26, 2024 – An Evening with Tom Rush accompanied by Matt Nakoa (the baby grand)
Thursday, May 2, 2024 – Lewis Black Live (Copeland Hall)
Saturday, May 4, 2024 – The Rock Orchestra plays Fleetwood Mac (including “Rumours” and more) (Copeland Hall)
Thursday, May 9, 2024 – The Temptations and the Four Tops (Copeland Hall)
Sunday, May 19, 2024 – An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee (The Playhouse)
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 – Shrek-The Musical (The Playhouse)
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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