OVERLAND PARK – Three shows have been added to this season’s Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.
The Broadway hit “The Color Purple” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Jake Shimabukuro, on ukulele, will appear at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. And singer Suzanne Vega will take her turn at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. All of the performances will take place in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center.
Tickets are available at the college box office at 913-469-4445 or at jccc.edu/TheSeries.
“The Color Purple” is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and the inspiring film produced by Stephen Spielberg. It is the moving story of Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her own voice in the world. The musical score, which features gospel jazz, pop and the blues, was nominated for a Grammy.
Shimabukuro, a Hawaiian in his mid-30s, has been playing and recording music on the ukulele for a decade. In his hands, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. His most recent album, “Peace Love Ukulele,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Album Chart.
Vega is considered by many as one of the brilliant songwriters of her generation. She emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when she began writing and singing contemporary folk songs in Greenwich Village clubs.
Since the release of her self-titled album in 1985, she has played at sold-out concerts around the world.
Appearing with Vega will be Duncan Sheik, a songwriter who won Tony and Grammy awards for the Broadway hit, “Spring Awakening.”
Tickets for “The Color Purple” are $50, $40; for Shimabukuro $35, $25; and for Vega $45, $35.