MASON CITY | The NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership series offers a long calendar of entertainment for the coming 20th anniversary season.
Broadway hit, Tony and Grammy best musical winner "Jersey Boys" will be one of the biggest shows of the season.
"Jersey Boys" is a musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons and features songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Lily Tomlin will speak Oct. 5, remembering her characters over the years. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G takes the stage in April 2018.
Audra McDonald presents an evening of show tunes, classic songs from movies, and other pieces in July 2018.
She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. McDonald is a record-breaking winner of six Tony Awards as well as a 2-time Grammy winner and an Emmy award winner.
“These are artists that don’t go to towns of 28,000 people,” said Elizabeth Gales, director of the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series.
During the past 20 years, NIACC has brought Nobel Peace Prize winners, Tony Award-winning productions along with Grammy and Oscar-winning performers to Mason City.
The season kicks off with a free concert downtown as part of Friday Night Live in Mason City on July 28. Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, will take the stage.
“They know every single Beatles tune ever written,” Gales said.
The group performed last season with an interactive, audience-driven show where audience members were able to request their favorite Beatles song.
Straight No Chaser, an a capella group, will return in September. The show sold out last season.
"Motown The Musical," "The Purple Xperience," "Disenchanted," "Shopkins," "Home Free," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Mannheim Steamroller, "Mr. Popper’s Penguins," Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, comedian Brian Regan, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and more will take the NIACC stage from July 2017 to July 2018.