Norton Celebrates 49th Performing Arts Season – The Advocate-Messenger


Tickets go on sale today for the Norton Center for the Arts’ 49th Performing Arts Season.

Continuing its trend of making the arts accessible to everyone, the Norton Center will once again offer tickets starting at $19 for all shows.

“World-class performing arts experiences are available right here in Danville,” said Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “Anyone who visits the Norton Center knows there’s no bad place in the house.”

The season kicks off with Tami Neilson on September 11 at the Weisiger Theatre, followed by virtuoso Swedish folk duo Symbio (September 30). Stage Africa! (Nov. 13), a dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping, will bring energy and passion to the stage this fall.

Blockbuster Broadway hits Chicago: The Musical (October 11) and Hairspray (November 1) highlight the fall schedule, while CATS (February 27) and the fan-favorite Pirates of Penzance (March 24) arrive in Spring 2023.

“We had tremendous success with our performances on Broadway last year, and this year will be no different,” Hoffman said. “The local community can catch world-class Broadway shows at great prices and enjoy all that Danville has to offer.”

Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the hilarious “Unauthorized Harry Experience” of seven books played in 70 fast-paced minutes in Potted Potter on December 1. From there, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy return to Newlin Hall to perform with their musical family in A Celtic Family Christmas on December 9. Fun and festive programs highlight this year’s Norton Center schedule, including social media a cappella sensations Voctave performing on Broadway and Disney favorites on February 17. Acclaimed pianist Dominic Cheli (February 24) will perform “The Sound of Paintings” on stage at the Weisiger Theater in a truly unique performance that includes inspiring visual arts that have influenced classical music.

Country music legends Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss will be “Together at Last” for a tour this season, arriving at the Norton Center on March 10.

“Two icons like Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss will be the ones you don’t want to miss,” Hoffman said. “They are friends who will share heartwarming stories and the two of them will be on stage together singing their greatest hits.”

Another highlight of the spring program: musicians Maestro Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer with special guest Rakesh Chaurasia (April 27). Together they have been nominated for 47 Grammy Awards, with 21 Grammys combined, including one for the trio’s own recording.

Legendary rock band The Guess Who, best known for their 14 Top 40 hits, including “American Woman,” will be released on April 14. Circus DuBois, featured in the hit film The Greatest Showman, will perform on May 4. The season will end with an amazing concert given by the Galvin Cello Quartet at the Weisiger Theater on May 12.

As part of a very special collaboration between Norton Center, Center College and the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society, the Norton Center will host the art exhibit “We Were Here”: The African American Experiences in Boyle County, a free exhibit featuring photographs, artifacts and oral histories from the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society. Two fall performances will tie directly into the exhibition: Makin’ Cake (October 4), featuring creative changemaker and writer Dasha Kelly Hamilton; Crystal Wilkinson, current Kentucky Poet Laureate and Casey County native; and Danville native Frank X Walker, the first African-American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate. Eric Owens and singers from the Curtis Opera Theater will perform on November 19. Each event will feature a free community conversation.

“Artistic storytelling has long been our focus at the Norton Center, and the We Were Here project is no different,” Hoffman said. “It’s a broad campus-community collaboration that will bring together esteemed authors, artists, and educators to build bridges for our connected future.”

The Norton Center box office and lobby are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skip the lines and buy tickets on our website, You can unlock the best benefits Norton Center has to offer by hosting three or more shows and becoming a subscriber. Learn more about the season by visiting, emailing [email protected], or calling the box office at 859-236-4692. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operational support to the Norton Center for the Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2022-23 Norton Center Performing Arts Season

“We Were Here”: The Boyle County African American Experience Art Exhibit – August 2022 through May 2023

Sponsored by Farmers National Bank with support from the Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Humanities Council, Center College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and many others.


• September 11: Tami Neilson

• September 30: Symbio

• Oct. 4: Makin’ Cake and Other Stories, featuring Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Crystal Wilkinson and Frank X Walker, sponsored by Farmers National Bank

• October 11: Chicago: the musical

• November 1: hairspray

• Nov. 13: Step Afrika!

• Nov. 19: Eric Owens and the singers of the Curtis Opera Theatre, sponsored by the Farmers National Bank

• December 1: potter in pot

• December 9: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present: A Celtic Family Christmas, sponsored by Ephraim McDowell Health


• February 17: Voctave

• February 24: Dominic Cheli: the sound of paintings

• February 27: CATS

• March 10: Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss: Together at Last, sponsored by Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda

• March 24: The Penzance Pirates

• April 14: The Guess Who, sponsored by G&J Pepsi

• 27 April: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer with special guest Rakesh Chaurasia

• May 4: Cirque DuBois

• May 12: Galvin Cello Quartet

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