Brownwood Area Live on Stage will open its 2009-2010 season Tuesday with a Neil Diamond tribune artist and band, and four more unique programs will follow in the months ahead.
Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band, a Neil Diamond tribute show led by Vancouver native Bobby Bruce, will take the Victory Life stage at 7:30 p.m.
Annual membership sales will close when his show begins, but anyone who has not enrolled – nor renewed – may do so immediately before the concert.
Others shows on the schedule are classic pianist Rudolf Budginas, who successfully brings those pieces a wider audience appeal, on Friday, Nov. 13; The Canadian Tenors, dubbed “Canada’s National Treasure,” on Tuesday, March 23, 2010; former New York City police officer Daniel Rodriguez, on Friday, April 9, 2010; and Chapter 6, an Illinois a capella troupe that creates its own instrumentation, on Monday, May 17, 2010.
Perhaps best-known among this year line-up is, Rodriguez the singing policeman who drew national acclaim after his appearances following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Life auditorium.
BALOS board members said the price for a ticket to all five shows is comparable or less than prices for one such show in a metropolitan area. The membership procedure plus sponsorships of local corporations make it possible for the organization to book top talent.
Annual member fees are $50 for each adult, $45 for senior citizens age 60 and older, $25 for students ages 6 to 21, and $115 for families including parents and all children age 18 and under living at home.
Sponsor levels include Platinum, $1,200 or more, including 16 tickets; Gold, $600 to $1,199, eight tickets; Silver, $300 to $599, four tickets; and Bronze, $150 to $299, two tickets.
Bruce is an actor, musican, writer and painter who with his band creates a variety of characters for differing shows, but it’s his Neil Diamond tribute that he is offering Brownwood Area Live on Stage members. Most recently, Bruce returned to his musical theater roots in 2005 and 2006 by playing the role of the emcee in “Cabaret.” He has toured throughout North America, New Zealand, southeast Asia and Australia.