Between Charlie and Elphaba, George Balanchine and The Sugarplum Fairy, and Donato and Voigt, this fall’s performance arts season is sure to delight!

Written by Jennifer Cornet

The curtain will soon rise on The Smith Center’s third season, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s sixteenth season and Nevada Ballet Theatre’s forty-third season. Alone, each organization is spectacular, but together they have redefined the performing arts scene in Las Vegas. The architecture of The Smith Center creates the most unforgettable setting; the history of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s ballerinas is unparalleled in Las Vegas; and the Philharmonic’s musicians bring it all to life.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
This season, The Smith Center’s Broadway Series will launch the national tour of Kinky Boots (September 4-15). Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be.
After seeing Myron Martin sporting his own pair of red, glitter thigh highs to celebrate the season opener, I knew this one had to be special. I can’t wait to tap my boring, black peep toes along to the award-winning Cyndi Lauper score. Other season highlights include Wicked (October 8 – November 9) and Pippen (November 25 – 30).

Nevada Ballet Theatre
In December, Clara will celebrate her third Christmas on the Reynolds Hall stage when Nevada Ballet Theatre presents James Canfield’s The Nutcracker. Each year this holiday classic has evolved, and I can’t wait to see what Canfield brings this season. From the mischievous mice to the moonlit snow, Act I will surely redefine the meaning of tradition. In Act II, I look forward to watching Clara dream through the divertissements with elegance and grace and tiptoe between imagination and reality. NBT will feature eight shows, all with musical accompaniment by members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic (December 13 – 21). Other autumn highlights include George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 1 and Paul Vasterling’s Seasons (September 20 and 21) and A Choreographers’ Showcase in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil (October 26 and November 2).

Las Vegas Philharmonic
On September 27, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will mark a new era by introducing Maestro Donato Cabrera as its music director. Cabrera shares, “As I begin my first year as music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic… I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this talented group of musicians and to become a part of this vibrant musical community. As I think about future seasons, I am truly excited by the endless possibilities we have for creativity and something else that Las Vegas is known for— delivering spectacular, unforgettable performances.”
I am excited to meet Maestro Donato through his musical dialogue this season. Highlights include Donato’s opener Masterworks Series I featuring special guest soprano, internationally renowned opera superstar Deborah Voigt (September 27). In addition, I look forward to the Pops Series II where Maestro Donato will lead the Las Vegas Philharmonic along with the men and women of the Las Vegas Master Singers and other special guests to present the annual holiday favorite celebrating with classics from Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, and Leroy Anderson in a symphonic sleigh ride (December 6).