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THE SCENE PERFORMING ARTS


DIERKS BENTLEY, WITH THE ELI YOUNG BAND AND WILL HOGE – Bentley did not take the usual route to Nashville super-stardom. He graduated from Nashville’s Vanderbilt University and spent his spare time playing in the city’s bluegrass underground. In any case, it worked. He has been a top- charting artist since 2003 and last month he


scored his ninth No. 1 country single, Home. This is a patriotic song that subtly celebrates America’s diversity with lines such as, “Same? No, we’re not the same, but that’s what makes us strong.” The tour is called the Country & Cold Cans Tour, which apparently


refers to the great American sport of drinking cold adult beverages out of a can. April 18, 8 p.m., Spokane Arena, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.


ANNIE AND PREMIERE! – Occasionally, people ask me if there are certain old chestnuts I dread after 30-plus years as a theater critic. Yes, there are. No, Annie is not one of them. Why? Because Annie, as oft-produced as it is, has three things going for it. It’s funny, it’s tuneful


and kids absolutely love it. This is a show that should be revived for every new crop of 8-year-olds. Yvonne A.K. Johnson will direct what promises to be a big, splashy and bright production. Meanwhile, downstairs at the Firth Chew Studio Theatre, the Civic is


planning a lower-profile show with plenty of promise. It’s called Premiere! and it’s about a playwright who is tired of being pigeon-holed as a comedy writer. So he forges a play titled The Tragedy of Alcibiades and claims it’s a lost Shakespeare masterpiece. This comedy-satire is by the late Dale Was- serman, who wrote Man of La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Apparently, Wasserman is also a pretty good fake-Shakespeare writer. Annie runs May 18 through June 17 on the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage; Premiere! runs May 4 to June 3 at the Civic’s Firth Chew Studio Theatre, tickets by calling (509) 325-2507 or through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.


SPOKANE SYMPHONY CLASSICS AND POPS -- The Spokane Symphony’s final Classics concert of the season is also its most intriguing. For one thing, it features young cello phenom Joshua Roman performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. For another, it features the orchestra,


under the direction of music director Eckart Preu, performing Strauss’ epic Don Quixote. This is an orchestral fantasy in which the cello – again played by Roman – represents the famous Cervantes character. It’s an opportunity to hear a legendary piece, with an up-and-coming star. Over on the SuperPops side of the calendar, the Spokane Symphony


will perform A Night to Remember – Music of the Titanic. Preu’s program will include music from the hit movie’s score by James Horner as well as music from White Star Line Songbook – meaning, music that the Titan- ic’s orchestra would have played. Music of the Titanic, April 28, 8 p.m., and Don Quixote – A Grand Finale, May 5 at 8 p.m. and May 6 at 3 p.m., all at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com, or through the Spokane Symphony box office, (509) 624-1200.


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CELTIC WOMAN – If you’re not familiar with Celtic Woman, you’re apparently not a watcher of PBS. Because if you have taken even sporadic for-


ays into public television, you know that Celtic Woman is the Irish-themed vocal ensemble described as Riverdance for voice. They’re com- ing to Spokane with their Believe tour, based on


their latest CD and TV special. Expect to hear some Irish tunes (maybe even in Gaelic), some pop


standards (Bridge Over Troubled Water) and some ethereal classics (Ave Maria). Oh yes, there will also be gorgeous gowns, pure soprano voices and high-end production values. April 22, 3 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest. com.


BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET – Is there any style of music more joyous and infectious than Celtic music? Well, there’s Cajun. Beausoleil, the kings of Cajun and zydeco


music, will play the Bing along with fiddler Doucet in a fundraiser concert for Spokane


Public Radio. Here’s my advice: Have a big bowl of crawfish etouffee to get you into the correct mood before show time. May 10, 7:30 p.m., the Bing Crosby Theater, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www. ticketswest.com.


TAKING STEPS – Those of us who saw the original Interplayers production in 1994 still remember it as two acts of hysterical chaos. Now, Interplayers is reviving this Alan Ayck-


bourn comedy classic as its last show of the season. Ayckbourn uses a truly ingenious comic device: All three floors of a Victorian country


house – including, rooms, hallways and staircases – are portrayed on a single level on stage. To say that the characters have trouble staying out of each other’s business is an understatement. Rodger Sorenson, a BYU theater prof, will direct. May 3 through May 20, Interplayers Professional Theatre, tickets by calling (509) 455-PLAY or through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.


CHEECH & CHONG – Yes, these ‘70s outlaws are together again, doing comedy tours. And if you were wondering whether they still do the same stoner-shtick, they’re calling it their Get It Legal Tour. You’ll hear some classic routines, new material


and comedy songs. Unlike in the Beausoleil item above, I will make absolutely zero suggestions


about how to get in the correct mood for this show. May 11, 7:30 p.m., Northern Quest Resort and Casino, tickets available through www.northern- quest.com.


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