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Champaign Park District released the 2018-2019 Virginia Theatre performing arts season

Some highlights: REO Speedwagon has been rescheduled, you can see loads of classic Disney movies this summer, 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm, some blues with Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, plus the return of favorite special events such as 5 Nights of Hitch. Oh, and for all of you boy bands of the nineties fans, 98° will be headed to the stage in November. See the press release below for ticket release dates and other notable events. You can view the entire season here.


Champaign, IL – The Champaign Park District has announced the initial lineup of concerts, films, dance, theatre, comedy, and other special events to take place in the 2018-2019 season at the historic Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, IL.  Season Subscriptions (to four or more shows in the theatre’s ‘VT Series’) go on sale Friday, June 29, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. at the Virginia box office, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063. Individual tickets to most shows go on sale at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018. For more information, visit The 2018-2019 Virginia Theatre Performing Arts Season is sponsored by The News-Gazette, WILL-Illinois Public Media, and WCIA-TV.

The 2018-2019 Virginia Theatre Performing Arts Season includes R&B sensations The O’Jays (appearing at the Virginia for the first time), Scottish-American comedian, author, and actor Craig Ferguson, and one of the country’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, Rosanne Cash. The Virginia Theatre also proudly welcomes back Lyle Lovett, touring this year with singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen. The schedule’s Winter events include holiday performances by 98°, Michael McDonald, and an appearance by the touring Broadway family show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Also returning for the 2018-2019 season is the Virginia’s flexible Subscription package, with a specially-curated selection of over a dozen events to choose from. Subscribers pick four or more ‘VT Series’ shows and receive benefits like discounted tickets, first choice of premium seats, and  the option to keep the same seats next season. Subscribers who purchase tickets to six or more ‘VT Series’ shows receive free admission to News-Gazette, Reel Deal and Rewind series movies all season long. Subscribers also get first choice of seats to events as they are added to the Virginia calendar throughout the year.

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