New Ritz music season is a little country, little rock ’n’ roll

PHOTO SUBMITTED Here Come the Mummies

The Ritz Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season “with something for everyone,” according to Theatre Director Michael Strong.

The season is to kick off in Sept. 7 with Bostyx, a tribute to the bands Boston and Styx.

“Those who grew up listening to both Boston and Styx will enjoy this show,” Strong said.

Following will be Blue Oyster Cult Sept. 21 with guest Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad. Blue Oyster Cult is best known for hit singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ For You” and “Godzilla.”

The Ritz also is to welcome the tribute band Live Wire, the ultimate AC/DC experience, Oct. 26. Live Wire is to perform songs from AC/DC’s early roots to hits showcasing the rock band’s superstar status.

The Midtown Men

Strong described this year’s season as, “little country and a little rock ‘n’ roll.”

For country fans, the Roots & Boots Tour is to come to The Ritz stage Nov. 2 with voices that defined 1990s country, including Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye.

Furthering the country theme, Sara Evans is to make a visit to Tiffin April 13. Evans has had five No. 1 singles, sold millions of records, won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and a County Music Association award for her song, “Born To Fly.” She also is known for songs “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

The Midtown Men, from the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” are to perform March 16 with hits like “Let’s Hang On,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Happy Together.

From Chicago, The Buckinghams are to perform April 6. Original founding members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna still are touring and continue to deliver a powerful replay of their hits, including their No. 1 hit “Kind of a Drag,” along with “Don’t You Care” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”

Sara Evans

Music from the four-decade chart-toppers and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers are to be performed May 4. Bill Medley is to join forces with Bucky Heard to bring The Righteous Brothers back to the stage. Music is to include hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” and Medley’s Grammy-winning “Dirty Dancing” theme, “The Time of My Life.”

Also, Doug Neel is to perform a classical instrumental May 17.

Making a return to The Ritz will be the 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies, Here Come the Mummies, April 20 with their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave.”

For its 13th annual spring performance, trideaDANCE, is to return to The Ritz April 27.

For what Strong states as a “fun night, funny, light in the middle of the winter doldrums,” Nobodies of Comedy again are to come to Tiffin Jan. 26.

Roots & Boots Tour, featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye

Returning will be The Ritz’s Friday Night Live series and Golden Age of Hollywood matinee movie series.

The Friday Night Live series is to feature, “old favorites and new talent,” Strong said. Performance dates are Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 22, April 5 and May 3.

This year’s Gold Age of Hollywood movies are to feature actors who have not won the Academy Award for Best Actor in “Close but No Cigar.” Series dates are Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13, April 17 and May 15.

For the Christmas season, The Ritz is to present Michael McDonald’s “This Christmas” Dec. 12; Theater Latté Da’s “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” Dec. 14; and A Brenda Lee Christmas Dec. 22, for which she is best known for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Sweet Nothings” and “I’m Sorry.”

The Ritz Players’ season is to feature plays and musicals based on television and film.

The Righteous Brothers

The players are to present “Arsenic and Old Lace” Oct. 5, 6, 13 and 14; “12 Angry Jurors” Feb. 15, 16, 23 and 24; “Next to Normal” May 10, 11, 18 and 19; and “Titanic” July 12, 13, 20 and 21.

The Ritz Teen Thespian Guild is to produce “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

All audition times and dates are online at

The educational Discovery Series is to return. The series includes ArtsPower presentation of “Biscuit” Nov. 19 and “Madeline and the Bad Hat” April 26.

Ritz Teen Thespian Guild members are to present “The Bullying Plays’ Jan. 29; and the Mad River Theatre Works presentation of “Freedom Bound” Feb. 19.


The Ritz’s tentative on-sale dates for tickets is to begin July 9 with subscription renewals, July 23 for new subscriptions, July 30 for flex packages – three or more shows – and Aug. 6 for single event tickets.

Ticket prices, subscription information and corporate sponsors are to be announced by July 13.

For more information, visit or call the box office at (419) 448-8544.

Michael McDonald