Stambaugh, Robins Theatre Announce Shows for 2020

Newsboys Coming to Stambaugh Auditorium

YOUNGSTOWN – Christian pop supergroup Newsboys will bring the 2020 leg of its Greatness of Our God tour to Stambaugh Auditorium on March 12, with opening acts Mandisa and Adam Agee.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at StambaughAuditorium.com, by phone at 330 259 0555 and at the box office, 1000 Fifth Ave. A limited number of VIP packages will be available; details will be announced at a later date. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The tour comes on the heels of the band’s 2018 album “United,” which saw the supergroup reunite. It brings together former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel with Newsboys’ Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis. 

The iconic band will perform several songs from the new album as well as a set of songs spanning their three-decade career, from recent chart-toppers “God’s Not Dead” and “We Believe,” to classics like “Shine” and “Entertaining Angels.”

One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys have sold more than 10 million units, amassed eight Gold certifications, 33  No. 1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards.

‘Be More Chill!’ to Get Valley Premiere at Robins Theatre

WARREN – The Millennial Theatre Company will present the area premiere of Broadway hit “Be More Chill!” next summer at the Robins Theatre.

Performances will be on July 31 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. The Robins Theatre, on East Market Street near Courthouse Square, is currently in the final phases of a renovation project and will reopen in December.

Millennial had promised an impact-making musical in the summer slot when it announced its 2020 season in September.

Joe Asente will direct “Be More Chill!” with Savannah Fiorkowski as music director and Aubrie Morrison as choreographer.

The musical tells the story of Jeremy Heere, who was an average teenager until he finds out about The Squip – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires: a date with Christine, an invite to the best party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But it comes with risks.

“Be More Chill!” is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.

Millennial was originally planning to produce a different  musical in the summer but when the rights to “Be More Chill!” became available in October it jumped on the opportunity.

Asente, who is also the founder of the theater company, sees it as perfect fit for Millennial.

“When we announced that we were withholding our summer title until later in the year, almost everyone immediately guessed that it was ‘Be More Chill!,’ ” says Asente. “Although we wanted to do the show, the rights were not yet available. As we were gearing up to announce another show for the summer slot, we received an email that we were granted the rights, and we decided to drop everything we had planned and go all-in on ‘Be More Chill!.’ ”

Asente says the show has more than 350 million cast album streams, which inspired its Broadway run, which was a hit among younger audiences.

Tickets for the production are on sale now at RobinsTheatre.com, by phone at 234 430 0005. Season subscriptions for Millennial’s 2020 season are also on sale.

Pictured: Newsboys will play Stambaugh Auditorium March 12, 2020.

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