2015-2016 BROADWAY IN ERIE Series Announced!

(Erie, PA) – NAC Entertainment (NAC), the producers of BROADWAY IN ERIE announced today the shows for the upcoming 2015-2016 season, the 35th season of NAC bringing national touring Broadway to the historic Warner Theatre. The 2015-2016 season will consist of six shows.

Albert Nocciolino, the President – CEO of NAC and multiple Tony Award winning producer remarked “We are thrilled with the support that the Erie community continues to provide Broadway and the Warner Theatre. The shows continue to perform to capacity crowds and I could not have imagined back in January of 1981 when we presented our first show at the Warner (a sold-out “A Chorus Line”) that BROADWAY IN ERIE would be flourishing 35 seasons later.” Nocciolino went on to talk about the current season, “We are excited with the shows, they include four classic Broadway titles, a holiday show for the entire family and a brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history.”



Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat

THE PRODUCERS | Wednesday, Nov. 11 • 7:30pm

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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE | Monday / Tuesday, Dec. 14-15 • 7:00pm

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

42ND STREET | Thursday, Feb. 11 • 7:30pm

42nd Street

ANNIE | Tuesday, March 8 • 7:00pm


Season tickets for this six (6) show season are now on sale and are priced at $202, $262 and $322.

Season Tickets are available in person at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office (809 French Street) or by calling the box office at 814.452.4857.

Season Ticket benefits include:

The Best Seats | Select your seats prior to shows going on sale

Same Great Seat | The same seat for each show

Value | Over buying individual show tickets… Season tickets provide for a savings of time & money if purchasing individual show tickets over the phone or internet up to an additional $10 PER ticket is added to each ticket and if individual show tickets are purchased in person at the box office additional money could be spent on gas and parking not to mention the additional time incurred to go to the box office, and of course your valuable time.

Convenience | One order and you get tickets to all of the shows

• Guaranteed Nights Out | Season Tickets provide you the opportunity to pre-plan six (6) Nights Out

Free Ticket Insurance | Lose your tickets? No problem! We’ll replace them at no charge right up to show time

Extra Shows & Tickets | Season Ticket holders are the first to hear about any extra shows that are added throughout the season and receive advance purchase privilege

For additional information on the 2015-2016 BROADWAY IN ERIE season visit the website http://www.BroadwayInErie.com



Arlo Guthrie Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Event that Inspired the Iconic Song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre”

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00am and they can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, http://www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.

Prices: $62.00, $51.50, $41.25.

“A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues.” –Rolling Stone

“A quintessential Guthrie composition in the way it turns a true story into an amusing folk tale.” –New York Times

“The strength of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ is its feel of truth — and how it speaks that truth to power.” –Washington Post

“If there’s one Turkey Day custom in our city that people actually enjoy, it’s the airing of the classic 1967 Arlo Guthrie yarn ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’.” –Philadelphia Weekly

Washington, MA – Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie embarks on a 18-month North American tour launching January 21, 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired the seminal song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree“. A musical monologue running more than 18 minutes, “Alice’s Restaurant” has become a Thanksgiving holiday anthem to families across the globe and it all originates from Guthrie’s experience on Thanksgiving. Kicking off the tour in Daytona Beach, FL (Jan. 21, 2015), Guthrie will perform his most prominent work in its entirety each night on the tour, as well as selections from every full-length studio album he’s released since his debut, Alice’s Restaurant (1967). The forthcoming tour dates from January – May 2015 have been announced on http://www.risingsonrecords.com,and all of the confirmed shows thus far are listed below; additional dates will be announced in the coming months. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

“I didn’t think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ again,” Arlo Guthrie says with a smile. “It was a quirky kinda thing to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune. The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone else. The fact that I have contended with it for five decades either by having to learn it again or by not doing it, has been an interesting balancing act. I’m surely looking forward to adding it to the repertoire though for the 50th anniversary tour.”

Folk songs enduring many decades of change only become classics when storylines remain just as relevant today as they were when originally composed. “Alice’s Restaurant” is of this ilk; it’s now weaved into the fabric of American society. Fans have embraced “Alice’s Restaurant” as part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition, but also view it as one of the more pronounced anti-war rally songs. Every year, Arlo receives handfuls of letters from Vietnam vets and soldiers currently at war expressing their heartfelt connection to the song. Today, times are eerily similar to the mid-60’s, with unpopular wars being fought far away from home, and soldiers finding ways to cope. Music is often the best thing to soothe the soul. However listeners interpret the quintessential tune, we can be rest assured that people of all different walks of life come together singing that famous chorus, “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant¼”.

“Alice’s Restaurant’s” hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo Guthrie from military service (1966) became a platinum selling record (1967) and full-length motion picture (1969) at the outset of his lauded career. Interestingly enough, the song’s lyrics reference the number 50 several times (i.e. “¼there was five police officers, and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last 50 years¼ I had to pay $50 to pick up the garbage¼”), and here we are 50 years later commemorating the lengthiest hit single in music history. Due of its length, Arlo has only added the complete “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” to his touring menu on the 10-year anniversaries.

For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics to audiences far and wide. “The Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour” brings together an ensemble of fine musicians never to grace the stage together at one time. Arlo’s deft band includes Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren

Todd (guitar), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Each show is also curated with a special multi-media presentation featuring previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected along with Peter Star’s claymation film depicting Arlo’s “Motorcycle Song”.

For the dedicated lovers of “Alice’s Restaurant”, they’ll be happy to know the Old Trinity Church is still around. Arlo bought it over 20 years ago and renamed it “The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church”. He runs his non-profit foundation from the building, and it’s his hope that it’ll continue to be of service to the local community.

On “Alice’s Restaurant” becoming such a cultural phenomenon, Arlo says, “Well, I’ve always loved good stories. And I’ve loved telling tall tales. Why people enjoy it is beyond me. I haven’t sung ‘Alice’ for years and people still keep coming to the gigs. ‘Alice’ has taken on a life of its own and become attached to Thanksgiving. If I had to guess though, maybe because it’s a story about a little guy against a big world.”

VIP Packages Available for Upcoming Shows!

From the desk of Dawn Betza, Marking Coordinator for Erie Events:

When I started working for the Erie County Convention Center Authority in 2001, VIP packages to shows did not exist. Fans would need to win those front row seats or meet & greet passes through a promotional partner such as a radio/TV station or directly through the record label. VIP packages have gained popularity through the years and they offer loyal fans the chance to “experience” their favorite artist in a much more special way. Packages typically include a pre-show party with meet & greet, backstage access, front row tickets, photo with the artist, autographs and commemorative tour items such as t-shirts, posters and laminates. These packages are a unique opportunity to get up close & personal; however, they do come with a steep price tag – the average cost is $300-$400 per package. While many see this as an opportunity of a lifetime, others view it as gouging the fans. Artists and managers say that VIP programs allow them to reward their biggest fans with the red-carpet treatment while opponents argue that these packages deceive those fans who have an emotional attachment to the artist. There are two-sides to every story and in my opinion, I feel that those artists who give access to their fans will develop a stronger relationship with them and will also have a longer lasting career. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments.

We have three upcoming shows that are offering VIP packages: Slipknot, Dancing With The Stars and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Please check out all the details for your chance to schmooze with these artists! Wouldn’t you love to tell someone that you partied with Weird Al?

Here’s a sample of one Weird Al package:

The Mandatory Czar Experience

  • One (1) Premium Reserved ticket in the first five rows
  • Meet and greet with Weird Al
  • Invitation to a pre-show party at the Mandatory Lounge including cash bar
  • Personally Autographed Limited Edition Mandatory World Tour Poster
  • Complete Set of Weird Al Trading Cards (including brand new cards from Mandatory Fun – over 125 cards in all!)
  • Additional exclusive Weird Al merchandise gift
  • On-site concert concierge

Click on the show for package information.

Slipknot: https://vipnation.com/tours/slipknot/prepare-for-hell-tour-spring-2015/f615537c64e7e98a37a4a9a5c27ff16aVwZ3ZvV%3D/0c526a662e78c52ec6346062b5a4784eVwt3ZQVv

Dancing With The Stars: https://vipnation.com/tours/dancing-with-the-stars/perfect-ten-tour/c4e57542b8ca85fe7d4bb1b1cfc56917VwZ5ZvV%3D/1b876eb2ac6a5526e79c7b59a40299efVwxlZmZv


Weird Al: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7947510

Erie Otters Announce Western Conference Finals Schedule

(April 16, 2015) The Erie Otters will face the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the opening games of the OHL Western Conference Finals that will be played on Thursday, April 23, 2015 and Friday, April 24, 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie. The Otters return to home ice for games 3 & 4 which are scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7:00pm and Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Erie Insurance Arena. Both home games will be televised on SportsNet 360, a sports specialty channel that reaches 8.2 million Canadian homes. The opportunity for the home games to be televised was made possible through the generous efforts of Bill Stafford and the Erie Explosion football team. Mr. Stafford graciously rescheduled the Erie Explosion football game slated for Sunday, April 26, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00pm. “The chance to showcase Erie twice on a national TV network is important to our community and an opportunity that could not be missed,” said Mr. Stafford. Mr. Stafford secured approval from the PIFL and the opposing team to help the Otters, the arena and the Erie community achieve national recognition.

All tickets purchased for the Erie Explosion game on Sunday, April 26th will be honored on the rescheduled date. Erie Otters tickets for games 3 & 4 will go on sale Friday, April 17th at 10:00am and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.


Thursday, April 23 @ Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00 pm

Friday, April 24 @ Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 26 @ Erie – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 28 @ Erie – 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 30 @ Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 2 @ Erie – 7:00 pm

Monday, May 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00 pm




A Day in the Life: BCC Sales Manager

Hello! My name is Sandra Olsen and I am the Sales Manager at the Bayfront Convention Center. I began working here just over four years ago. I am responsible for selling the Corporate, Trade Show, Consumer Show and Entertainment Market Segments. Let’s just say this keeps me busy! We have events that range from as few as five guests up to more than 10,000 and everything in between! No two days here are alike.

We are likely to have the AKC Dog show in the BCC one week and a food show the next. Each event that is hosted here at the Bayfront Convention Center is so unique in their own way. We have had events that have brought in a train, carousel, reindeer, dunking booth, cars, RVs, 178 pool tables, a HOUSE, more than 800 dogs, 1,400 gymnasts, 100 Christmas Trees, more than 550 wrestlers, 30 wineries and in one evening we served more than 1,350 dinners between two separate banquets! WHEW! And that was just off the top of my head! I haven’t even mentioned the juggler, girls on swings, showgirls, or the Cirque De Soleil type acts during dinner!

I can’t really say I have a favorite event. I am excited to see them all come to the BCC and grow! The possibilities here are limitless! We have such a fantastic team here to help from Carolyn Phillips who keeps us all on track, to Mike Kelly who buys our wine, Dave Yusz who makes it all happen, Gwen O’Brien who makes sure the food and beverages get where they need to be, and my favorite guy EVER, Executive Chef David Robbinson! I look forward to the next call when I head … “Hey Sandra, I was thinking. Do you think we can do _______?” Because between us all, where there is a will there’s a way!

But seriously, I have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people in my position here at the Bayfront Convention Center. I have booked a lot of Corporate meetings, sold thousands of tickets and helped some groups raise a lot of money for their non-profit group. It has been extremely fulfilling. I am truly blessed to have this beautiful venue to work in and the beautiful bay it sits on. Please call me when you need to book your next meeting or event. I will look forward to working with you!

The Table Tour Showcasing Christian Artists Cancelled

The Table Tour scheduled for April 30, 2015 at the Warner Theatre has been cancelled due to soft ticket sales. The tour was to feature Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, Love & The Outcome and Ellie Holcomb coming together to share both song and story and raise awareness and support for Feed the Children and their efforts to end childhood hunger in the United States.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase. For additional information, please call the Erie Insurance Arena box office at (814) 452-4857.

DWTS Live! Tour Coming to Erie Insurance Arena June 24th




All-Stars Champion Melissa Rycroft to Headline Tour Dancing Alongside Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater

Tickets on Sale Now at the Arena Box Office and erieevents.com.

(April 6, 2015) – Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th Anniversary Season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Live!  is going back on the road giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite stars dance live in their hometowns, visiting over 40 cities across America.  Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the ‘Perfect Ten Tour’ is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring production to THE ERIE INSURANCE ARENA JUNE 24, 2015 AT 7:30 PM

Kicking off this summer, Dancing with the Stars: Live! features the faces you know and love including pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers are unleashed  in the 90-minute action packed live show, produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances, from choreography never before seen on the show, to some of the most memorable numbers from all ten years of Dancing with the Stars.

“I’m looking forward to dusting off my dance shoes and heading out on the road on tour with Dancing with the Stars.  My children Ava and Beckett and my husband Tye will be traveling with me in what can only be described as the greatest road trip across America, dancing from city to city and reconnecting with the fans that make Dancing with the Stars so special,” said Melissa Rycroft.

Tickets for Dancing with the Stars: Live!  go on sale Monday, April 6. For up to date information and to purchase tickets, go to dwtstour.com. VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, meet and greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities.

Don’t forget to tune-in to the 10th anniversary season of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ airing Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


A Day in the Life: BCC Operations Manager

From the desk of Mike Kelly, the operations manager at the BCC and the man behind choosing which wine is served at the venue:

When I first started with Erie Events in 2007 I was the Director of Food and Beverage.  One of my duties was to present a wine selection a notch above what is usually found in the Erie area.  I spoke with my wine representatives and produced a line of wines Erie could be proud of. I continue to do so today.

A question I often get is “how do you pick what wines you serve your customers?”  I select wines  I think are a good value for the dollar.  There are a lot of wines most people don’t know exist and are not available at the liquor stores on a daily basis.  These SLO wines (special liquor order) are what I am looking for – unknown to most, a great value and a very good wine.  Our wines constantly change so we can take advantage of a great value as it comes along.  I think our customers can attest to the value they receive!

It can be a tough job constantly tasting and selecting wines, but someone has to do it!