Star Plaza Theatre to debut new shows

2013-08-22T23:43:00Z 2014-02-12T12:31:32Z Star Plaza Theatre to debut new showsEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

A concert season that kicks off with Diana Ross and proceeds with a PBS taping of quartet crooners Under the Streetlamp is surely destined to be a winner.

Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville recently unveiled its upcoming season of shows and the roster boasts luminaries in all genres of entertainment.

"What I'm always looking to do at Star Plaza is to offer something for everyone," said Charlie Blum, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre.

"I'm on the phone daily looking for (concert) opportunities. There are so many elements that go into scheduling shows," Blum said.

The upcoming season offers no shortage of entertaining productions which will surely attract audiences from 8 to 80.

"We have everything from classic rock and Engelbert to Teresa Caputo and the Oak Ridge Boys," he said.

Legendary Supremes' singer Diana Ross will kick off the fun with a concert Saturday. Her show is a benefit for Ingalls Hospital in Harvey, Ill. but the concert is also open to the general public.

Blum is particularly excited about the "official" season opening concert Sept. 7 presented by Under the Streetlamp, a quartet he manages.

"This is a concert we'll be filming for PBS," Blum said, adding Star Plaza fans will be part of the taping experience during the show which will be broadcast at a later time.

Blum said he's also in the process of scheduling the male singing group Gentleman's Rule for a concert sometime this fall. Gentleman's Rule was founded by Blum and former Straight No Chaser member/founder Dan Ponce.

Another show that's creating quite a buzz is  "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo Live - The Experience, scheduled for Oct. 15.

Dance fans will be happy to know  Blum has another movement-oriented project on the burner as well. An "Adrenaline Rush" dance competition will be presented sometime during the new season and Blum is putting the finishing touches on that project now.

Youngsters will also find something on the agenda with various shows including Dinosaur Train, which runs at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

In addition, the Star Plaza Theatre environment has undergone updated changes to welcome a new season of guests.

"We have a theater that's been refreshed (in various ways) and the stars will shine a little brighter," Blum said.

"We've redone the interior of the theater and have brand new carpeting, a new stage and sound system."

The theater's staff has also upped their interaction on social media with audience members able to visit the theater's website, Facebook page and more to learn about upcoming shows, purchase tickets and other activities.

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