10 shows to see at the Smith Center
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 (midnight)
Photo: Steve Hall
1. Lights! Camera! The Oscars! By Las Vegas Philharmonic (March 9, Reynolds Hall, $46-$94) Classic songs from Oscar-winning films get the philharmonic treatment with the help of guest vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler.
2. Shen Yun (March 15-17, Reynolds Hall, $50-$180) Chinese dance and music from various regions and eras come to life in this powerful show featuring almost 100 artists and 400 costumes.
3. Nevada Ballet Theatre Studio Series: Extending Boundaries (March 19-21, 22, 23, 24, Troesh Studio Theatre [subscription only]) This pared down NBT performance in the Smith Center’s intimate black-box space brings dancers and audience members together for a pure, personal experience.
4. Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duet (March 29, Reynolds Hall, $36-$79) Two master musicians. Two instruments. One night of bluegrass, rock, flamenco and jazz songs showcased by the stunning acoustics of Reynolds Hall.
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5. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (April 23, Reynolds Hall, $26-$79) Tutus and pirouettes take a satirical turn when this all-male ballet troupe dances through classic choreography from Swan Lake, Giselle and George Balanchine.
6. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass (April 27, Reynolds Hall, $26-$99) Part of the Audi Speaker Series, This American Life creator Glass offers a behind-the-scenes look at the popular public radio show, combining live storytelling and pre-recorded interviews onstage.
7. Billy Elliot the Musical (May 14-19, Reynolds Hall, $24-$141, tickets on sale March 22) This story of a working-class boy who falls in love with ballet seems destined for the stage. The touring musical lands in town as part of the Smith Center’s Broadway Las Vegas series.
8. Frank Abagnale: Catch Me If You Can (May 30, Reynolds Hall, $24-$59) Countless people believed Abagnale really was a pilot, pediatrician, stockbroker and professor. Now, the con man immortalized by Hollywood in Catch Me If You Can tells his own story.
9. American Idiot (June 11-16, Reynolds Hall, $24-$141, tickets on sale March 8) Based on Green Day’s 2004 concept album, this show follows Jesus of Suburbia as he leaves his hometown and discovers the city.
10. Les Misérables (August 7-11, Reynolds Hall, $24-$141, tickets on sale May 10) The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel is an epic story of love, poverty and revolution. Bring tissues.