Chinese superstar pianist, in his third San Antonio performance, performed a program of J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

03/04/2015 - 12:45pm
Maybe it’s not the right question whether Lang Lang is the world’s best pianist. Perhaps what everyone knows, or at least the 1,200 people who attended Lang Lang’s recital Monday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, is that the pianist is in a class unto himself. His stage presence, his total technical control, his broad repertory, his youth at age 32 and his total belief in his musical powers all set him apart. By the time Lang Lang finished “June: Barcarolle,” the sixth of Tchaikovsky’s 12 pieces in “Seasons,” the audience was in a trance.

Chris Tucker's silver lining jokebook

03/02/2015 - 9:15am
SAN ANTONIO – Extraordinarily talented comedic actor Chris Tucker brought his very fun, very musical and very physical style stand-up comedy act to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday. The man is just plain funny – whether trash-talking about his publicized tax problems or singing and whispering and giggling like Michael Jackson.

Australian Bee Gees note-perfect – down to the hairline

02/26/2015 - 12:15pm
SAN ANTONIO – Barry’s wide-legged stance and masterful falsetto. Robin’s warbling vibrato. Maurice’s comb-over hairline. The toothy grins — to a man. The Australian Bee Gees’ tribute show disco-danced its way into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday. About 1,000 aging, die-hard fans took in the Las Vegas-style, multimedia concert that spanned the Bee Gees late 1960s era and the Brothers Gibb’s disco comeback. The costuming and hairlines are worthy of Jimmy Fallon’s and Justin Timberlake’s goofing around on “Saturday Night Live.”

Children's Fine Arts Series Launches International Puppet Festival

02/23/2015 - 10:15am

For the past 31 years, the Children's Fine Arts Series-under the direction of its creator and sole director Kathleen Miller-has brought premier performing arts programs by acclaimed national and international touring companies to the young children of San Antonio and south Texas. It has long been a dream to Miller to expand her series to include an international puppet festival for children.

BWW Reviews: JEKYLL & HYDE Comes to The Tobin Center in San Antonio

02/18/2015 - 4:30pm
Everyone knows the story of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Good versus evil. Right and wrong. It's an inner struggle in many people but Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's musical adaptation really brings the story to a different level. Such is the touring production of JEKYLL & HYDE currently playing at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

An Appointment with Dr. Jekyll at the Tobin

02/13/2015 - 3:15pm

Today is Friday the 13th, a great day to set up an appointment with the doctor. Dr. Jekyll will be seeing patients at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 17-19. One of the stars of “Jekyll and Hyde,” the musical by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, is Eryn LeCroy, a former San Antonio resident. She plays the role of Emma Carew, Dr. Jekyll’s fiancée, and has been seeing the doctor since this traveling production started last fall. I caught up with her on phone while she was in New Jersey for an interview with the Rivard Report.

Buddy Holly musical draws 1,600

02/05/2015 - 2:00pm

SAN ANTONIO – On a fateful anniversary, Tuesday was really the night the music lived. “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” arrived Tuesday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on the 56th anniversary of the deaths of pioneering rock ‘n’ rollers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on Feb. 3, 1959. The one-night-only gig attracted a crowd just shy of 1,600, continuing the Tobin’s successful run and mix of shows. As jukebox musicals go, “Buddy” was straight-ahead and fast-paced. Its producers were wise not to pump up the drama on this well-known (to rock ‘n’ roll lovers) story and instead let the innocent and universal appeal of Holly’s youthful, still fresh, songs carry the show. A creatively sleek stage set also moved the action along.

BWW Reviews: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in San Antonio

02/04/2015 - 4:00pm
Many of us were not yet born when Buddy Holly died. But, so many of us remember the Don McLean hit, "American Pie. "The lyrics still get to many today. "I can't remember if I cried, When I read about his widowed bride, But something touched me deep inside, The day the music died." The hit show THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY has been performed all over the world. Audiences are touched and become emotional as they are swept away into the life of the iconic performer, Buddy Holly. The performance at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas was no exception.

On Fateful Anniversary, The Buddy Holly Story At The Tobin

02/03/2015 - 2:45pm

Fifty-six years ago this Tuesday night, February 3, Buddy Holly’s plane crashed. He perished, and some say the music died along with him. Local Holly fans should know there’s a significant event here that night in San Antonio. The very music-filled "Buddy Holly Story" is coming to the Tobin Center, and Todd Meredith plays Buddy. “It’ll be really cool to do it on the Anniversary there" he said.

San Antonio Symphony shines in superb Tobin Center

02/02/2015 - 10:45am
The city of the Alamo and the River Walk has a dandy new attraction. At least for symphonic music, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, opened in September, may be the finest such venue since Dallas’ 25-year-old Meyerson Symphony Center. Judging by a Jan. 24 concert, the San Antonio Symphony is in excellent shape, too, under its German music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

AtticRep’s ‘True West’ Removes Delusions from Dreams

01/30/2015 - 11:00am
The friction between brothers has been a theme in literature since Cain and Abel. “True West,” the AtticRep production at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, explores this relationship in a modern setting. The siblings are as different as day and night. The thieving alcoholic Lee (Andrew Thornton) taunts his younger brother. The hardworking writer Austin (Rick Frederick) is taking care of their mother’s home while she is out of town. One has been vagabonding in the desert, the other is on the verge of success with a screenplay.

First impression: ‘True West’

01/29/2015 - 1:45pm
When AtticRep is in the house at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, that’s the place to be. Case in point: The company’s reprise of “True West,” which is bracing, violent and hilarious. Director David Connelly re-assembled most of his original cast, and they’re all in top form. Andrew Thornton radiates a near-feral intensity as Lee, and Rick Frederick gives a nuanced, canny turn as his once-estranged brother Austin. Rita Crosby gives their mother just the right off-kilter energy, and cast newcomer Guy Schaafs is spot-on as a Hollywood producer.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Opens in San Antonio

01/07/2015 - 12:45pm
The new, highly anticipated Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is considered a huge boon for the arts and culture scene in San Antonio, Texas! The city has been waiting years for an upscale, sophisticated venue of this size that can accommodate world-class acts.

Best of classical 2014

12/26/2014 - 2:00pm

2014 was an exceptional year for classical music in San Antonio, if only for the Sept. 4 opening of the $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts after years of construction at the downtown site of the former Municipal Auditorium. The Tobin Center is the home to 10 performing arts groups, the largest being the San Antonio Symphony, Highlights were....

Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama ride the ‘Freedom Highway’ at the Tobin Center

12/17/2014 - 9:45am
SAN ANTONIO – Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama not only delivered the spirit of the season Tuesday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts but served as guideposts to how to live in these troubled times. In many ways, it was back to the future. More than 1,300 joined in the rapturous freedom road, including a cousin of Staples and a nephew, Roebuck II, named for her father. Backed by her small combo and two backup singers, Staples growled and grunted and moaned her way through songs she made famous with the legendary Staples Singers and as a solo artist.