EVANSVILLE — Monster trucks, motorcycles, lizards and serpents, a classic musical, a classical concert, country, Christian and children’s acts will take to area stages, arenas and exhibition halls this month.
They’re part of the eclectic lineup of acts, attractions and activities scheduled to usher in the 2013 entertainment year.
After a holiday hiatus, it will roar to life Jan. 11, when Monster Jam charges back through the Ford Center. This time around, a half-dozen USHRA Monster Trucks, including Evansville’s own Quadzilla, will compete with one another in a megadecibel ballet of 5-ton, overpowered creations lurching, jumping onto and crunching rows of sacrificial sedans under their 51/2-foot-tall tires.
Evansville Civic Theatre’s NEXTWAVE program will feature young community players in a couple of shows at Civic’s Washington Square Annex. Two one-acts, “A Thousand Cranes” and “The Boy Who Stole the Stars,” will play Jan. 10 through 13. And a stage adaptation of “The Outsiders,” will open a four-day run on an. 24.
A touring company will offer up a classic of American musical theater in The Centre, with a Jan. 13 performance of “West Side Story,” the 20-century, urban version by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set among the gangs of New York in the 1960s.
Country singer Luke Bryan will launch his Dirt Road Diaries Tour in Evansville with a Jan. 17 performance in the Ford Center. Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line will open for the ACM and CMT award-winner, whose “Tailgates & Tanlines” album sold more than a million copies last year.
The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a classical contrast in The Victory on Jan. 19, with a performance featuring soloists from the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble in a program of symphonic and operatic music by W.A. Mozart and Johann Strauss Jr.
Another classic act, the Harlem Globetrotters, will cut, caper and clown through their annual show of basketball virtuosity in the Ford Center on Jan. 22, offering an entertaining counterpoint to the Aces and Icemen athletic contests that normally play that hall.
In programming aimed at our youngest audiences, a touring company will present a stage adaptation of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” in The Centre on Jan. 25.
The next day, Jan. 26, the Mid-American Motorcycle Expo and the Kentucky Reptile Expo will open in The Centre’s exhibition halls.
New Harmony’s Under the Beams series will pick up again, Jan. 26, with music for four hands, two people and one Steinway grand piano. Italian pianist Davide Cabassi and his Russian-born wife, Tatiana Larionova, will share the keyboard in the historic Rapp-Owen Granary in New Harmony, Ind.
The calendar will close Jan. 31 in the Ford Center with the contemporary Christian music of Tobymac, Newsong, Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor in the touring show Winter Jam 2013.