COLDWATER –With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous
glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage
at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm.
Yellow Brick Road will entertain at the evening Elton John tribute concert,
featuring performer Gerald Brann and his five-piece band. Brann not only bears
an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar-complete with gap-toothed
smile and many of his mannerisms, but recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing.
A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan. His
admiration for and love of this music comes shining through as he plays one hit
after another with remarkable likeness to the pop music icon while singing
along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or
hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.”
With an unprecedented nod from the man himself, Gerald Brann was granted
permission to use Elton John’s own orchestral scores to perform with the August
Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Brann and Yellow Brick Road have been
officially endorsed by Hercules, the International Elton John Fan Club, and
have played extensively through the world to rave reviews.
Tickets for Yellow Brick Road go on sale to Tibbits
members on June 1, with tickets to the general public on sale June 8. Ticket
prices range from $20-34 with Tibbits member discounts. Yellow Brick Road
begins at 7:30pm with doors to the theatre and Ghost Light Bar open 45 minutes
The performance, generously sponsored by Coldwater Sunrise Rotary, will take place at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029.
COLDWATER – With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous
glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage
at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by Coldwater Township
“Yellow Brick Road” features trained jazz pianist and Elton John performer
Gerald Brann, along with his talented five-piece band. They will entertain at
the evening concert with classic Elton John hits including “Rocket Man,” “Your
Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Crocodile Rock.”
The performance is being sponsored by Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary. Rotary
International is a service-oriented club that provides humanitarian service and
support to people and organizations, and advances goodwill and peace in the
communities they serve. The Sunrise Rotary has supported scholarships at KCC,
the food bank, numerous shelters and non-profit organizations in Branch County.
It helped form the COVID Task Force which joined with other organizations to purchase
masks for all area schools and a low temp freezer for Vaccine storage to
Promedica Hospital in the past year.
“As a club who values Service above Self, we strive to support projects
and activities that improve the quality of life for all residents of
Coldwater and Branch County,” said Sunrise Rotary President David
Tickets for “Yellow Brick Road” go on sale to Tibbits members on June 1,
with tickets to the general public on sale June 8. For more information or to purchase
tickets once they go on sale, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business
offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The
performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St.
in Coldwater, MI. All current restrictions and guidelines such as social
distancing and universal masking will be followed at the time of the concert.
Coldwater— Experience the magic of the holidays as Santa presents a special reading of several classic Christmas tales with “Santa’s North Pole Tales,” a virtual Tibbits production December 19 at 7pm.
Filmed at the historic Tibbits Opera House, Santa
will read two books, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as well as “The Night
Before Christmas or a Visit From St Nicholas.” The program will also include
Santa’s responses to videos sent in advance from audience members with their
“We know it’s going to be hard to meet with Santa this
year, so we have arranged for him to visit the opera house to film this special
message,” said Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney. “Even though we
haven’t been able to open our doors, we’re so excited to continue to provide
arts opportunities to everyone.”
is no cost to view this event. The link
will be posted at Tibbits.org and on Tibbits’ Facebook page on Dec 19. To stay
up-to-date on future events at Tibbits, please visit Tibbits.org.
COLDWATER— Emmy award-winning actor,
director, singer/song-writer Jeff Daniels returns to Tibbits Sunday, September
20, this time in an online format customized for the opera house.
Last seen at Tibbits in 2017 with his
son Ben Daniels’ band, Michigan-native Jeff Daniels will live-stream a concert full of
original songs, personal stories from his stage and movie career that only he
can tell – and plenty of smiles. The
hour-long performance, “Jeff Daniels: Online and Unplugged”, tailored to
Tibbits’ audience will also feature a 15 to 30-minute Q&A session following
the show. Audience questions will be reviewed with some of them passed along to
Jeff for reply.
With his five prior appearances at
Tibbits, Jeff Daniels revealed his mastery of guitar, song-writing, and
story-telling. His own songs, some poignant, some funny, tell stories of his
life and loves. Most were written on location during his extensive film career,
offering a glimpse of the celebrities with whom he’s worked and a
behind-the-scenes view of his career. Since his last appearance in Coldwater he
won a second Emmy for “Godless” plus a nomination for “The Looming Tower,” as
well as Tony nominations for “God of Carnage,” “Blackbird,” and “To Kill a
Mockingbird” on Broadway.
Between his film and theatre work,
Daniels intersperses concert appearances and has performed at clubs, theatres,
opera houses and performance centers across the country. With his son’s band,
the Ben Daniels Band, he has toured both coasts. He has shared the stage with
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Cheryl Wheeler, Guy Clark, Christine Lavin,
Keb Mo’ and Bruce Hornsby. He performed at David Bromberg’s 70th Birthday Bash
at NYC’s Town Hall. In 2012, the Martin Guitar Company began selling the OM
Jeff Daniels Custom Artist Edition Guitar. He also narrated their award winning
documentary, “The Ballad of The Dreadnought.”
Daniels said, “In 1976, I moved to New
York City to become an actor. What I didn’t plan on was being so influenced by
so many Off Broadway playwrights. In particular, Lanford Wilson, who would
later go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his play TALLEY’S FOLLY. Lanford taught
me so much about the writing process, imagery, the love/hate relationship one
has with such a solitary pursuit and the endless rewriting as you search for a
better way to say it. In Hollywood, the joke is if you ask any actor what he
really wants to do, he’ll say, ‘Direct.’ Not me. I wanted to write. So I did.
With a guitar in my hands.”
“Jeff Daniels: Online and Unplugged” opens
Tibbits Entertainment Series at 7pm Sunday, September 20. All tickets for this
live online event are $15 and available at Tibbits.org. Ticket buyers will
receive a unique, non-shareable link prior to the concert to view from the
comfort of their home.
COLDWATER – Called “one of the tightest joke writers in the business,” Tony
Deyo will headline Tibbits’ Annual Coldwater Comedy Fest March 14 at the
historic opera house.
An evening of laughter with three professional stand-up comedians will help
the audience shake off their winter blues. In addition to Deyo, Jeff Scheen and
Will Green will perform.
It was New York City’s Village Voice that praised Deyo’s comedy writing.
Making his late night television debut on CONAN in 2013, within a year, Deyo added
appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy
Live, and Comics Unleashed with Byron
Allen. His latest album, Comedy Road Trip, landed on the Billboard Magazine
comedy charts, and debuted as the #1 selling stand-up album on iTunes. He
performed at the prestigious HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, was named one of the
year’s best by the New York Post. He can be heard regularly on SiriusXM
The featured comic for the evening is Chicago native Jeff Scheen. Featured
on the FOX TV series Laughs, Scheen was also a finalist in the 2016 Laughing
Skull Festival in Atlanta, GA. He’s been in a number of other comedy festivals
including The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Montreux’s Jokenation Festival, Laugh
Your Asheville Off in North Carolina, and Laughfest in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Emceeing the evening will be Michigan-based Will Green. His material draws
on years working as an elementary teacher, his own anxiety about life, death,
and aging, and any other absurdity that catches his eye. Despite his jokes
coming primarily from personal experience, his delivery and style make them
engaging and relatable to any audience. He performs in clubs and venues
all across the Midwest and has garnered attention at various festivals –
including Gilda’s Laughfest, Whiskey Bear and the Maine and Milwaukee Comedy
Comedy Fest begins at 7pm with doors to the theatre and Ghost Light bar open
at 6pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop in
at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call
517.278.6029. The cost is $18-25 including fees. Tibbits Opera House is located
at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.
COLDWATER – A salute
to two great rock groups—Abba and the Bee Gees – combine in one concert during
Coldwater’s Winter Fest weekend on Saturday, January 25 at 7pm as Tibbits presents
AbbaMania and Night Fever.
The concert takes the audience back in time when Abba and The Bee Gees
ruled the pop music world! With authentic costumes, made by the seamstress from
MAMA MIA, and incredible vocals, ABBAMANIA recreates the look and sound when
ABBA was on stage, live in concert. Backed by a live band, Abbamania is the
world’s number one production of Abba, featuring hits such as “Dancing Queen,”
“Waterloo,” “S.O.S.” They are the only Abba production to perform twice
for the cast of Mama Mia. Called “fantastic” by the Chicago Tribune, and
“vocally superb” by The New York Times, this show is complete with costume
changes, choreography, and comedy.
The evening continues with Night Fever recreating the soundtrack that
ruled the 70s. Rolling Stone Magazine called this group “incredible!” With all
the high harmonies and stage presence of the Bee Gees, they will perform
favorites like “Jive Talking,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and “You Should Be Dancing.”
The concert at Tibbits caps off a day full of fun in Coldwater, with
the downtown Winter Fest that will feature sled dogs, wood carvings, snowmen
contest, soup contest, warming stations, kids activities and more leading up to
AbbaMania and Night Fever, which begins at 7pm.
AbbaMania and Night Fever are generously sponsored by HaasCaywood
PC. This local law firm was established over 100 years ago in Sturgis and has
assisted Coldwater area clients throughout its history. HaasCaywood established
an office in Coldwater in 2017 and just moved into its renovated office in
downtown Coldwater. HaasCaywood’s legal services cover a wide range of civil
matters including banking, business, family, and municipal law, as well as
estate planning, probate, litigation, real estate, and more. Michael Caywood
and Joe Haas are each approaching 30 years of practicing law and are supported
by upcoming attorneys David Hughes and Tiffany Edwards.
is proud to sponsor and support Tibbits. Tibbits is truly a historical icon and
its strong calendar of events provides a tremendous support for the arts that
collaterally delivers a positive economic impact to the area,” said show
sponsor Michael Caywood.
AbbaMania and Night Fever includes a cash bar along with an “On Your Feet” section for audience members who enjoy a livelier viewing experience. Ticket prices range from $20 to $38 (including fees). Tickets are available at Tibbits.org, at the Tibbits Admin offices at 93 W. Chicago St in Coldwater, or by calling 517-278-6029. This performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI 49036.
Coldwater—Experience the magic of the holidays in Trans-Siberian-Orchestra style as Siberian Solstice presents a one-night Christmas show at Tibbits Opera House, December 21 at 7pm.
Solstice provides an exciting and inspirational Christmas show with music
performed in the style of the nationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian
Orchestra (TSO). With
more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to
rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. On the road, they
have become one of the world’s top acts, with Billboard magazine naming TSO one
of the top touring artists of the past decade.
Siberian Solstice captures that energy in a performance to fit the intimacy of Tibbits Opera House. Enhanced by lighting and video to tell the story of “The Angel’s Gift,” this musical show features traditional Christmas music and classical pieces presented with a rock feel using electronic keyboards, drums, and guitars. Siberian Solstice has 8 members on stage to accurately reproduce the TSO style. Band members include founding member Dave Coonrod on bass, Dave Deal and Marie Moore on keyboard, Chuck Mauk on percussion, Jamie Blank as narrator, Mary Jackson and Jenn (Britsch) Shook on vocals, Garnet McGladdery on guitar and vocals, and Kevin Peters on guitar. All are accomplished musicians with extensive
recording and performance experience.
Tibbits Entertainment Series continues January 25 2020
with Abbamania/Night Fever, a 2-part tribute to both ABBA and the Bee Gees, as
part of Coldwater’s Winter Fest. The annual Coldwater Comedy Fest on March 14 will
feature 3 professional comedians. Additional performances for the spring are
being finalized. From the theatre’s opening in 1882, touring artists have been
offered for the community. Tibbits continues the tradition with a season of concerts,
cultural events, movies and other such programs for all ages.
Tickets for the Siberian Solstice range from $10-$20, with discounts available for Tibbits members. Information and tickets for the 2019-2020 Entertainment Series and all other events at Tibbits can be found by visiting Tibbits.org, stopping in to the Tibbits administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or by calling 517.278.6029.
Coldwater- Named one of Yahoo Music’s “Top ten
bands to watch,” The
Accidentals, a Michigan-based band with a unique style of music, will play in concert
on the Tibbits stage on Saturday, November 30 at 7pm.
Traverse City’s female-fronted,
multi-instrumentalist power trio The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and
Michael Dause) have been called “Defiant, young- powerful, and undaunted” by
Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Quickly growing regional attention, The Accidentals
bring an eclectic blend of Indie, folk, pop, and rock that melds their
orchestral roots with classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, and alt-rock
influences. This genre-hopping trio puts on an interactive show that has been
wowing audiences across the globe.
This regional phenomenon is
rising in popularity with a just-released self-titled LIVE album and tour of
the UK. They are currently scoring an indie film, teaching workshops across the
country, playing with symphonies, and recording their much anticipated Vessel
Album to be released in 2020.
(Sav) was born in Nashville, TN and her love of music
began on a tour bus with her multi-instrumentalist father and R&B vocalist
mother when she was three months old. At 11, she picked up violin and dove
headfirst into improvisational folk and jazz, reggae, funk, and rock. By
sixteen, she’d become a versatile session player, composer, arranger, and
performer. Later she followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming proficient
in a wide range of instruments. Sav has been described by IPR as “one of the
most compelling songwriters of our day.”
Larson grew up in Northern Michigan. Her musical family encouraged a range of
eclectic influences, and in 2006 she started playing cello in her elementary
school’s music program. Now she is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and
composer, who participates in film, design, art, and culinary adventures. Katie
graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014, and has since been a full-time
studio session player, songwriter, and touring musician. In 2017 she started
cataloging her stories about the food she finds on the road in a visual food
from the suburb of Northville, in Detroit, Michael Dause banged on pots and
pans at the early age of one. At the age of four, Dause’s grandfather got him a
full-sized drum set and at seven, he began his first lessons. In middle school,
Dause taught himself how to play the guitar, and began writing his own songs. Dause joined the
Accidentals in 2014 after they met at a Michigan music festival. “They’re
fantastic musicians, and I love being able to lock in with them on stage,”
Dause said about playing with Larson and Buist.
This one-night engagement will be at Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. Tickets range from $15-28 including fees, with a discount for Tibbits members. There is also an “on your feet” section for those who want a livelier concert experience. Tickets are currently on sale and are available at Tibbits.org, at Tibbits administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or by calling 517.278.6029. This event also features a cash bar.
COLDWATER – With a gripping story and a surging contemporary
rock score, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, Pines Behavioral Health, and
Tibbits Summer Theatre present the dramatic rock musical “Next to Normal” on
the Tibbits stage for six performances, September 6-8 and 12-14, 2019.
on the book by Brian Yorkey, with lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt,
“Next to Normal” won the 2010 Pulitzer
Prize for drama and three 2009 Tony awards, including Best Musical Score. “Next to Normal” is a very real depiction of a
family in crisis trying to overcome the past. The story centers on a mother who
struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the
effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life through humor and tears.
Director Charles Burr says, “I find ‘Next to Normal’
exciting and rather daunting. It won every award possible for its
writing. That makes me excited to get my hands on it and determined to get it
right,” adding, “I love the music, a combo of rock and contemporary Broadway.
But it is not an easy score to sing. Fortunately, we have 6 wonderful
Along with Tibbits Artistic Director Charles Burr, Matthew Everingham joins “Next to Normal” as musical director. The cast, with returning professional summer theatre company members, is comprised of Stephanie Burdick as Diana, Taylor Joseph Rivera as Gabe, Matthew C. Scott as Dan, Jennifer Barnaba as Natalie, Michael Motkowski as Henry, and Sean Noonan as Doctor Madden/Doctor Fine. The technical staff includes set design by Aaron Bell and Rachel Lucas, lighting design by Catie Blencow, costume design by Marie Green, sound design by Ken Delaney, and props by Rachel Marengere.
Burr added, “I love how the story is told, but it is
told in a very non-linear, almost dream like sequence of short scenes. I
think we have designed a set that will help clarify the action. It has
been a long time since I have been able to work on show that is highly
dramatic, but has wonderfully humorous moments…you know–just like life.”
Pines and ProMedica have teamed with Tibbits to
present the show as a means of opening the dialogue on the very real issues of
mental health. ProMedica is
a mission-based, not-for-profit integrated healthcare organization
headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Driven by its mission to improve health and
well-being, ProMedica has been nationally recognized for its advocacy programs
and efforts to address social determinants of health. Pines,
as the Community Mental Health Authority for Branch County, specializes in assisting
those with serious mental illness such as Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder,
Schizophrenia, Severe Anxiety and other brain conditions that impair functional
abilities due to the severity of symptoms. Tibbits has been producing
professional theatre for 55 years and has established its reputation for
This collaborative activity is sponsored by ProMedica
with additional support from Pines. The performance also received support from
the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program
administered by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.
“Next to Normal” will be presented September 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 pm and September 8 at 2 pm.
The show does include mature content and
some explicit language. The goal of the production is to bring
attention to mental health issues, dispel stigmas, and open up dialogues
through the art of live theatre. To encourage the open dialogue, each
performance will include informal discussions and Talkbacks to engage audience
members in the conversation with the performers and others involved.
Discussions will include health care professionals available for questions,
information, and assistance.
Burr says, “I know our sponsors are looking for this show to spark
a discussion about mental health, a topic that even in 2019 is still a really
taboo subject. The arts, and theatre in particular, have a long history
of shining a light on issues and helping to get that conversation going.”
Tickets for “Next to Normal” range from $10-$27 (including fees) with student and Tibbits member pricing. Tickets are currently available online at Tibbits.org, through the Tibbits Box Office at the theatre, or by calling 517-278-6029. To add to the Tibbits experience, Tibbits Ghost Light Bar in the theatre’s elevator lobby is open before the show and at intermission. All performances are held at the beautiful historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett Street, in Coldwater. For more information, call or visit Tibbits.org.
COLDWATER – The unique world class
sounds of The Ragbirds return to Tibbits theatre Saturday, August 24 for a
concert that fuses folk, pop, rock and global rhythms which Jamie Bradish, from
The Ypsilanti Courier called “inspiring and powerful.”
The Ann Arbor, MI based Ragbirds and
their music defy simple description. Called world-beat-folk-rockers, they fuse
folk, rock and pop hooks with danceable world rhythms that often
include accents from Celtic fiddle, violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and
The group led by dynamic, energetic
front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, utilizes instruments from
around the world, a sweet voice and versatile songwriting. Surrounding Zindle’s
earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Shannon Wade, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Loren Kranz.
The Ragbirds create music that is
equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. Since 2005 they have gathered
and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing
themselves with an ever-evolving sound, while remaining rooted in the
high-energy, world-inspired folk-rock that they have become known for. Thom
Jurek of All Music said, “This [band] is evidence of the very best of what
independent contemporary pop music has to offer.”
Focused on keeping their music
fresh, in 2019 the band added vocalists to create and explore more vocal
harmonies. Show by show, across the country and abroad, in venues ranging from
rock clubs and performing arts centers to music festivals, The Ragbirds have
developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited
live bands in roots music. The Ragbirds’ albums have received local and
national praise, hailed “Highly impressive!” by USA Today and touted as
“Astounding international eclecticism” by Reveal Arts. The band has performed
in 47 states, averaging 150 shows a year.
The Ragbirds perform in concert at
7:30 pm at the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 South Hanchett Street,
Coldwater. Tickets range from $15-$22 including fees with discounts for Tibbits
members. An “on your feet” section offers the option for those who prefer to
view the concert while standing. All tickets are available on line at
Tibbits.org, by calling 517-278-6029 or by visiting the theatre’s box office
weekdays 9am-5pm. Tibbits’ Ghost Light Bar in the theatre’s elevator lobby will
be open for the concert.
“The first time I heard them play I was stunned….I heard their music and literally stopped in my tracks. Their music is not only inspiring and powerful, but a successful experiment in teleportation as well” -Jamie Bradish, The Ypsilanti Courier
“Like a well-worn suitcase covered with travel stickers of world-music styles” -Alan Goldsmith, The Ann Arbor Observer