RPAA’s Legends on Grace To Feature an Array of Local Artists
Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) is excited to present the 2023-24 Legends on Grace – Nightcaps & Stories season. This five part series features up-close and personal conversations and traditional cabaret style performances designed to showcase the amazing talent budding and thriving in the state of Virginia. The upcoming season will feature a number of artists local to the Richmond area including Ali Thibodeau, Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers, Crystal Monee Hall, and DJ Harrison. You can expect an array of performance styles and experiences ranging from a theatrical concert that explores the relationship between Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen to an inside look into the world of Broadway and music production.
Season subscriptions are on sale now with single tickets following on July 10. You won’t want to miss this exciting season hosted out of the venues of Dominion Energy Center in the downtown arts district. To purchase tickets visit rpaalliance.com.
FULL SEASON LINEUP: All performances will run 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.
Legends on Grace: Bobby Smith
September 23, 2023 at 8pm | Rhythm Hall
Virginia native, actor, teacher, choreographer, and director, Bobby Smith has graced the stages of Broadway and national theatres across the country – receiving numerous nominations and winning 3 Helen Hayes Awards. He has also directed and choreographed and is featured in the new film Burst the Silence, based on a world premiere musical by Robbie Schaefer that will be released later this year. The evening will be hosted by Richmond native, music director, and pianist, R.L. Rowsey.
Legends on Grace: Both Sides Now
December 2, 2023 at 8pm and December 3, 2023 at 2pm | Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse
Fresh off a two-week sold-out run at Signature Theatre, Both Sides Now is a theatrical concert that explores the music and lives of long-time friends and one-time lovers, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Starring Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz, the evening navigates decades alongside songs such as A Case of You, Hallelujah, Big Yellow Taxi, Suzanne, and many more, offering us a story about the messiness of being human, the struggle to stay connected, and the importance of truly seeing one another.
Legends on Grace: DJ Harrison
February 24, 2024 at 8pm | Rhythm Hall
Grammy-Nominated producer, singer, and songwriter, Devonne Harris – better known as DJ Harrison – grew up with music inspired by the diverse local music scene in the greater Richmond area. Harris founded Jellowstone Studio and co-founded the record label of the same name with No BS! Brass Band leader Reggie Pace. The studio has birthed countless projects by local artists in Virginia — including Harris and his bandmates in Butcher Brown. The evening will be hosted by Style Weekly music journalist and photographer, Peter McElhinney.
Legends on Grace: Crystal Monee Hall
April 13, 2024 at 8pm | Rhythm Hall
Richmond native, singer, songwriter, actor, and professor, Crystal Monee Hall’s varied career includes roles on Broadway, tours with award-winning artists, and three albums. Her original songs have been sung by numerous artists, including Kristin Chenoweth, and she has been a featured singer and performed alongside award-winning artists, Thomas Rhett, Ben Platt,
Cynthia Erivo, Mariah Carey, and Kanye West. The evening will be hosted by TEDx speaker and author Sheila E. Battle.
Legends on Grace: River City Spotlight
May 25, 2024 at 8pm | Rhythm Hall
Some of RVA’s hottest artists come together to close out the season to deliver a celebration of local talent. Ali Thibodeau – better known as Deau Eyes creates music from a melting pot of influences. She was recently recognized on NPR as Slingshot’s 2023 Artist to Watch and her sophomore album Legacies won the 2023 Newlin Music Prize. Ali will be joined by Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers whose band blends blues and folk in a way that takes you from the New Orleans Bayou to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance the performing arts in the Richmond region through programs and resources that SUPPORT the artists of today, NURTURE the artists of tomorrow, and provide spaces for the arts to THRIVE. RPAA venues include Dominion Energy Center, home to the historic Carpenter Theatre, Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Rhythm Hall, and the Genworth BrightLights Education Center, as well as Altria Theater – the largest performance venue between New York and Atlanta. Its arts education initiatives operate out of the Genworth BrightLights Education Center and reach students of all ages in the City of Richmond and surrounding counties.