NBC's "The Tonight Show" bandleader Doc Severinsen, who turns 87 in 2014, greets Amy Scamerhorn backstage at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, in this April 1999 photo, following his performance with the Northwest Indiana Symphony.
A PBS television special was taped at Star Plaza Theater in August 2011 to capture a live concert by the group Under the Streetlamp. The one-hour performance begins national airings this weekend on public television stations for a 2012 pledge campaign.
Michael Cunio (left), Christopher Kale Jones, Shonn Wiley and Michael Ingersoll of the singing group Under the Streetlamp rehearse last week for their concert Saturday, which will also be captured on camera for an upcoming PBS show.
The members of Under the Streetlamp rehearse last week at the
Star Plaza Theatre as they prepare for their PBS TV special, which
will be taped Saturday before a live audience in Merrillville. The
group includes four former members from the cast of Broadway's "The
A visit to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville has guests welcomed into the vast lobby overlooking the large atrium tropical waterfall swimming pool. Located just above the waterfall is the sprawling luxury two-level celebrity penthouse suite, which was once the extended stay home to stars performing at the adjoining Star Plaza Theatre. The posh hotel master bedroom used to include a glass enclosed hot tub with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lobby area. However, after incidents of partying and semi-clothed celebrities and their guests provided unplanned "free shows" in the hot tub area following their paid performance at the theater, the hot tub was removed and area transformed into a far more sedate private patio with tables and chairs.
Charlie Blum, president of the Star Plaza Theatre, far right,
talks with former members of the cast of "Jersey Boys," left, as
they take questions from Merrillville High School students and
members of the cast of "Hairspray" at the Star Plaza Theatre. The
workshop was sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Theatre Alliance in
conjunction with Saturday's Showfest.
Michael Cunio, one of the singers from Under the Streetlamp, does a final dressing room check prior to dress rehearsals this week as the star in the regional theater production of the Broadway hit "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Star Plaza Theatre.
Hanging out backstage at Star Plaza Theater after a rehearsal for the "Harmonies For Health" concert/taping coming up Saturday are, from left, Chris Jones, Adam Gawlikowski, Shonn Wiley and Brandon Wardell.
American Rock Hall of Famer, often referred to as the "Godfather of Rock" Alice Cooper performs live at Star Plaza Theater in Summer 2013 during this 'Raise The Dead' Tour. Cooper's music career spans five decades featuring makeup, electric chairs, snakes.
ALL SET - - Actor Zachary Gipson plays Rooster Hannigan, shown here with actresses Michele Craig (far left) as Miss Hannigan and Katie Taylor (center) as Lily St. Regis, in "Annie" at Star Plaza Theatre closing Sunday. Gipson also designed the set (pictured) for the musical.
TONY V. MARTIN | THE TIMES Culinary specialist Dana Elliott presents the first recipe of the evening -- a caramel apple twist -- during the Taste of Home Cooking School at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville on Monday night.
TONY V. MARTIN | THE TIMES Guests check out vendor booths before the Taste of Home Cooking School on Monday night at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The event, sponsored by The Times, featured, culinary specialist Dana Elliott.
John Luke / The Times Members of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra tune their instruments Tuesday as students from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties fill the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The orchestra perfromed music set to a presentation of students' artwork, the culmination of the Fusion of Concert Colors 2004 contest.
Alice Cooper Guitarist Ryan Roxie, second from right, meets with Books, Brushes and Bands for Education (BBB4E) students, from left, Jessica Chavez, Mario Garcia, Fabiola Cortes and William Barney prior to the concert at The Star Plaza Theatre. Roxie and Drummer Glen Sobel gave the students words of advice and encouragement and the students were treated to the concert with donations from local leaders.
JOHN LUKE / THE TIMES Legendary singer Tony Bennett performs Friday to what appeared to be a sold-out house during the "A Night for Northwest Indiana" fund-raiser at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The event was designed to raise money for the support of the quality of life missions that are shared within the fine arts, higher education and public broadcasting in Northwest Indiana.
Charlie Blum, who has many show biz memories, donned his costume as Professor Harold Hill from 'The Music Man' when he met Shirley Jones in 2008 during her performance at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Jones played the female lead in the 1962 film of the same name.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY RANDY SCOTT The vocal group Surrender from Pentecostals of Southlake performs a "Come Holy Spirit Medley" at the Northwest Indiana Community Easter Sunrise Celebration held at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Members of the group are, from left to right, Jenny Brasel, Cara Stewart, Abby Kochek, Nathalie Brasel and Amy Kochek.
Tony V. Martin | The Times Fluid Productions CEO Renae Brantley announces the MJ Fanvention to be held in August at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Brantley's firm is heading up the tribute to the late pop star Michael Jaskson, who grew up in Gary.
Tony V. Martin | The Times Star Plaza Theatre CEO Charlie Blum and singer Genevieve Jackson address a news conference Monday at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville to announce a Michael Jackson fan convention to be held at the theater and adjoining Radisson hotel in August. Genevieve is Michael Jackson's niece.
Tom Lounges, Charlie Blum, Jesse James Dupree (of the band Jackyl and host of TV's "Full Throttle Saloon") and Mark Bishop mugging for the camera at Star Plaza Theatre in 1997 when Blum and Bishop honored Tom Lounges for his years of promoting Local Music in The Region. It remains the only time the Star Plaza has singled out an individual for such a theatre-presented honor.
A full crowd at the Star Plaza Theatre listens to science teacher Kelly Loving give his honored faculty address at Crown Point High School’s commencement ceremony Tuesday night. 704 students and their families heard Loving’s humorous speech, which also detailed his journey with inoperable brain cancer.
Culinary expert Dana Elliott prepares a stock Tuesday night during the Taste of Home Cooking School sponsored by The Times Media Co. and Taste of Home magazine at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
JOHN LUKE | THE TIMES Star Plaza Theatre CEO Charlie Blum has been with the theater for nearly 30 years. Initially he served as a consultant, but, for the previous 21 years, Blum has been in charge, bringing big-name performers to the Merrillville site.
An all new, action-packed, live production comes to Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, in Merrillville at 8 p.m. Saturday. The production will feature memorable numbers from the show as well as choreography never before seen. For more information, call 800-745-3000 or visit starplazatheatre.com.