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For Immediate Release – 10/04/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-214-4809

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels Over the Rainbow to Toledo!

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Toledo as The Valentine Theatre brings this national treasure to The Valentine stage on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM.

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City. Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.

Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ are available at The Valentine box or online at To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787.

For Immediate Release – 10/03/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-214-4809

Amazing A Cappella And Beatboxing Show Announces North American Tour Debut GOBSMACKED!

LIVE AT THE VALENTINE -  Nic Doodson, producer and creator of GOBSMACKED!, is delighted to announce that the sensational, next-generation a cappella show, GOBSMACKED!, will begin its first U.S. tour set to play 120 performances throughout North America.  The tour will kick-off in Detroit and highlights include Charlotte, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Chicago.  Additional cities will be announced at a later date.

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Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice.  Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping. 

Critics in the UK call GOBSMACKED! "entertainment, not to be missed," (Broadway Baby) and "better than Glee...mesmerizing," (EdFest Magazine).  Audiences will experience heart-stopping singing and jaw-dropping beatboxing in this latest break-out show that everyone is talking about – it's funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!

Though one of the oldest forms of music, a cappella singing has only recently broken through to mainstream popularity. Movies such as Pitch Perfect, TV shows such as Glee and groups like Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and Naturally 7 have catapulted a cappella from street corners to stadiums.  The producers of GOBSMACKED! have created a show for the whole family that takes the audience on a journey through music.  GOBSMACKED! not only showcases modern a cappella at its best but also tells an urban tale of love, loss and redemption.

For Immediate Release – 04/10/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-214-4809

The Fantastick’s To Play The Valenitne Theatre’s Studio A In May! The World’s Longest Running Musical!

THE FANTASTICKS Book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, Directed by Toledo’s Jim Norman, opens May 12 through May 21, 2017 – weekends only, Friday through Sunday. The original production of The Fantasticks opened on May 3, 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse - a small theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. The musical tradition created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt continues to this day. The Fantasticks is now scheduled to close at NYC’s the Snapple Theatre this summer. Director Jim Norman commented, “On this 57th anniversary of my favorite musical, I could not resist the opportunity to take a look at The Fantasticks for The Valentine’s Studio A Black Box theatre off of Adams and adjacent to The Valentine.

Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) created The Fantasticks in the spirit of a whimsical Romeo & Juliet. The Boy and The Girl grow up next door to each other, separated by a wall their feuding fathers built to keep them apart. Knowing their children would do anything they said "no" to, the forbidden wall makes The Boy and The Girl fall wildly in love with each other. Once they discover that their fathers actually planned the whole thing to get them together, their romance suffers a series of whimsical and melodramatic developments. In the end, aided by a mysterious swashbuckling dream-weaver and his comical associates, the lovers mature, and love conquers all.

Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) first began collaborating while students at the University of Texas. The Fantasticks – originally titled Joy Comes to Dead Horse – was their first full-length musical written after graduation. Originally staged at Barnard College in the summer of 1959 as a one-act musical, The Fantasticks was then rewritten at the urging of producer Lore Noto and received its official premiere at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960. Other Schmidt/Jones collaborations include 110 in the Shade, I Do, I Do, and the original ritual musical Celebration.

The score, which includes  to Remember, They Were You, and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself. Tickets for The Fantasticks, playing weekends only, Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM are available now at The Valentine Box Office and Tickets can be ordered by phoning 419/242-2787 as well. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for student tickets with valid ID .

For Immediate Release – 03/16/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-214-4809

Toledo’s Paul Causman to Reprise An Iliad at The Valentine’s Intimate Studio A April 7-9

A storm of violence is brewing, a roaring thunder of revenge and destruction. It’s a tragedy thousands of years old— soon to come to life through vocal lightning strikes, uttered by a single actor. 

This violence, which started with Homer’s epic, will be remembered through The Valentine Theatre’s upcoming Studio A reading of Denis O’Hare, Lisa Peterson and Robert Fagle’s 2012 staged translation of An Iliad, performed and directed by Paul Causman

The man most of Toledo knows as Scrooge— in his yearly persona with The Toledo Rep’s “A Christmas Carol” staged on The Valentines main stage— is currently preparing to take on a markedly different role. Causman will have no chorus, no props, no dialogue— he will be the single actor, a storyteller, with a script based on a story that has stood the test of time. 

“It’s a lot of play,” said Causman, laughing. “The poem is about war. It’s not so much anti-war, but it’s about the humanity of war, the human condition, and our being in war all the time. It’s about violence, our addiction to rage and destruction… It is still so incredibly relevant to things going on in the world today.”

Using parts from Homer’s original epic, translated and woven with modern concerns— like someone cutting you off on the highway— “An Iliad” exposes revenge, vengeance, and violence to be nothing more than part of our humanity. Exhibiting the same illustrious metaphor, “An Iliad” is weighted by its own hidden meanings: the nameless man Causman will portray is all of us. 

Additions of multi-media components and a new take on Homer’s tale will be reflected in this Studio A presentation at 410 Adams Street, Friday & Saturday , April 7 & 8 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM, adjacent to the Valentine Theatre. Tickets priced at $20 (student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID), are available now at, by calling 419/242-2787 or visiting The Valentine Theatre box office.

For Immediate Release – 03/14/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-377-7918

The Phantom’s Leading Ladies Perform at The Valentine Theatre Thursday. April 6 at 7:30 PM!

April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Valentine Theatre will feature Phantom’s Leading Ladies, a trio of Broadway veterans who have all performed the role of “Christine” from The Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running Broadway show and the most financially successful theatrical show in history). The women will sing everything from Broadway classics to the Beatles as solo artists and in their distinctively-intricate three-part harmony. The evening will be full of surprises and flirtatious fun with exquisite musicianship, humor and class. Tickets for this show are $38 to $68. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the theater Box Office at 419/242-2787.

The women that comprise The Phantom’s Leading Ladies have collectively starred in hundreds of musicals across the country, including Broadway shows such as Show Boat, Singin’ In The Rain, Sunday In The Park With George and She Loves Me, plus more than 4,000 performances as “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera. Together and/or individually they have sung with the New York Pops, the City of London Philharmonic, the California Philharmonic, and various symphonies; performing in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Library of Congress and London's Royal Albert Hall. Since their debut in 2001, the Ladies have appeared in numerous galas and concerts and have shared the stage with Michael Feinstein, Lucie Arnaz, Tony Danza, Jack Jones and many others along the way.

The Phantom’s Leading Ladies are: Teri Bibb played “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and with the national tour, during which she sang for both former President Clinton and for former President Bush at a command performance at the White House, and earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination and a Carbonell Award. Karen Culliver played “Christine Daaé” in The Phantom of the Opera, and performed in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Show Boat on Broadway. Off-Broadway she appeared in The Fantasticks (filmed for Lincoln Center) and has toured in productions of Singin’ In The Rain, Annie, The Most Happy Fella, The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music and The Music Man Mary D’Arcy starred as “Christine Daaé” opposite both Michael Crawford and Colm Wilkinson in Los Angeles, Toronto, and on Broadway. Ms. D’Arcy also starred on Broadway in Singin’ In The Rain and originated the roles of “Celeste II / Elaine” in Sunday In The Park With George, and “Cinderella” in the Playwright’s Horizon workshop of Into The Woods. She starred opposite James Woods and Drew Barrymore in Steven King’s cult classic film Cat’s Eye and performed songs on Sondheim, a recorded tribute to the composer.

For Immediate Release – 03/14/2017

Contact: Matt Lentz: 419-377-7918

Jungle Jack Hanna Brings Into the Wild LIVE! to Toledo’s Valentine Theatre on Saturday, April 8, 2017
- Tickets are on sale now!

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live! at The Valentine on Saturday, April 8 at 7 PM Tickets $28 $38 $48 are on sale now and can be purchased at, The Valentine box office or by phoning 419/242-2787.

In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes you into the wild with a spectacular array of incredible animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. He will also inspire with his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

Audiences can expect to see approximately fifteen animals in the live experience. The exact animals to appear aren’t confirmed until soon before the show since each animal must receive medical clearance, however, fans can expect to see animals such as a baby cheetah, kangaroo, baby tiger, two-toed sloth, penguin and much more.

Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Ellen, and The Late Show with David Letterman where he has made over 100 appearances and appeared as one of the featured guests for David Letterman’s final episodes in 2015.

In 2013, Jack celebrated his 35th “Hanna-versary” as Director Emeritus with the Columbus Zoo and Good Morning America celebrated their 30 year relationship with Jack with a series of special segments. In 1993, Jack became the host of Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, a nationally syndicated television series which ran for over ten years. In October 2007, his current tv series, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, was born. This unscripted and action-packed series shows Jack and his family as they explore the corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. Jack Hanna's Into the Wild is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, winning in the category of Outstanding Children's Series.

His second and newest TV show, Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, airs on Saturday mornings around the country on ABC. Wild Countdown features some of Jack’s favorite experiences with the world's rarest, most endearing, and fascinating animals. You'll even get to see his base camp at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Both television series exist because of Jack’s longstanding partnerships with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium whom Jack has worked with for decades to protect and spread the word about wildlife conservation. Jack Hanna’s Toledo appearance has been generously underwritten by Medical Mutual and the late Dorothy McKenzie Price.