SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 2, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Eccles Theater has announced 11 new shows booked for the fall theater season.
Comic legends are on their way. Steve Martin and Martin Short arrive together for an Aug. 27 show, and John Cleese comes to town for a one-man show on Nov. 19.
Musical acts include Gregory Porter, Huey Lewis and the News and Allman Brothers band. Rounding out the season are dance shows and more.
All shows are at the Eccles unless otherwise noted. Here’s everything newly announced, with the promise of more to be come.
• Steve Martin & Martin Short — An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives, Aug. 27. The legendary comedians will be joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers. S. Martin and Martin S. will recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented through a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.
• Seu Jorge — The Life Aquatic, a Tribute to David Bowie, Sept. 7. Jorge, who rose to fame for his role in the film, performs a tribute to Bowie while recreating the set to the film “A Life Aquatic” on stage alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will be displaying images from the film.
• The Doobie Brothers band, Sept. 26. The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts. The touring lineup for The Doobie Brothers includes original members Patrick Simmons – Guitars/Vocals, and Tom Johnston – Guitars/Vocals.
• Conor Oberst, Oct. 1. Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.
• Huey Lewis & The News, Oct. 19. Huey Lewis & The News is entering its 36th year together. Its hits include “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.”
• The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Oct. 24 (at the Capitol Theatre). The concert-style theater show follows two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo. The show features hits including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,:” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Boxer” and “The Sound Of Silence.”
• Shaping Sound, Oct. 24. Dancers tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love.
• Snap Judgement, Oct. 27. Based on the storytelling show, created and hosted by Detroit native Glynn Washington, Snap Judgement delivers an intimate, musical brand of narrative — daring audiences to see the world through the eyes of another.
• Gregory Porter, Nov. 6. Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with “Take Me to the Alley,” winner of the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
• White Rabbit Project — Down the Rabbit Hole, Nov. 18. “Mythbusters” alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara, coming off their successful launch of the White Rabbit Project on Netflix, hit the road using their scientific sleuth skills, as they investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history.
• John Cleese — Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Nov. 19. Cleese is heading in our general direction for an evening of conversation and audience Q&A.
Tickets for all shows go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. June 9 through www.live-at-the-eccles.com, by phone (801-355-ARTS) and at the Eccles Theater box office (131 S. Main St.) Fans can visit www.live-at-the-eccles.com and join the email list to get priority access to tickets starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.