August 3 | The 2017-2018 Season is Here!

Hooray! Our complete 2017-2018 season has been announced. This year we are proud to bring you thoughtful speakers, uproarious comedians, and captivating live music — plus family favorites, powerful plays, and classic films galore.

“Putting together a season is always an adventure, as our goal is to present a diverse list of events,” says John Healey, our Executive Theater Manager. “The upcoming season presents some old favorites, but quite a few newcomers that help us fulfill our mission.”

Our 39th season of live entertainment kicks off on September 29 with powerhouse singer Storm Large, best known for her work with the band Pink Martini. From there, our Live! Series will feature “America’s Got Talent” comedian Tape Face, rock n’ roll icon Darlene Love, Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, veteran movie-riffers Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, and a ton more. They will be joined by dozens of other talented performers, from celebrated favorites like Mandolin Orange to fresh faces like Alicia Olatuja.

We will once again host the Frederick Speaker Series, which is celebrating six seasons of bringing world-class leaders into the community. As previously announced, the lineup features Dr. Temple Grandin, Ted Koppel, Mitch Albom, and Rita Moreno. Word on the street is that tickets for these inspiring events will be the first to go… you’d better move quickly!

Our 2017-2018 Family Series will feature familiar and new characters alike in performances appropriate for all ages. Acrobats swing from the rafters, magicians make the impossible possible, and beloved TV characters jump to life on stage. Make it a family outing when you see Champions of Magic, Flip FabriQue: Catch Me!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – LIVE!, Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas, and Catapult.

As part of our commitment to keeping the arts affordable, we’ll continue to showcase emerging artists in our pay-what-you-want Tivoli Discovery Series. The 2017-2018 lineup includes Bailen, The Commonheart, Cyrille Aimée, New Breed Brass Band, and Dead Horses. Take a chance and you just may discover your new favorite artist!

Honoring our roots as the former Tivoli movie palace, we’ll continue to present our beloved Silent Film Series, featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ. The series begins November 4 with a screening of 1925’s stop motion spectacle “The Lost World.” The popular Flying Dog Film Series returns September 27 with “Tombstone” and will feature films such as “The Princess Bride” and “Dirty Dancing.”

Tickets to all shows are available to Weinberg Center members as of Thursday, August 10. Tickets will become available to the general public on Thursday, August 17 at 10am. Not a member? Join today for as little as $50 (or $35 if you’re under the age of 35)!

So, make your list and mark your calendars! Just a few days until those coveted tickets can be yours. See you at the theater!

July 27 | Meet Your 2018 Speakers

We are pleased to announce the complete lineup for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series! The celebrated series is entering its sixth year, and its willingness to bring poignant and thought-provoking speakers and their stories to Frederick shows no signs of slowing. From inspirational topics to sensational perspectives, you’ll find it all in the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series. Here’s who’s who this season:

Dr. Temple Grandin is living proof that an individual can thrive against tough odds. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed with autism at a young age and did not even speak until she was four, but her parents fought to keep her out of institutions and in school. Though adversities and challenges were prominent in her adolescence, Dr. Grandin eventually thrived, developing a love for animals. Now, having been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2011, she has revolutionized the livestock industry by designing cattle facilities and working with heavy-hitters such as McDonald’s on animal welfare guidelines. The author of numerous books and the subject of an award-winning HBO film, Dr. Temple Grandin is ready to bring her inspirational story to the citizens of Frederick.

Ted Koppel is best known as the editor and anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” from 1980 to 2005. He continues to be one of the most trusted names in journalism and has won eight George Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards (television’s equivalent of the Pulitzer), and 42 Emmys. With his trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth, Koppel takes the Weinberg stage to share his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of the important foreign policy and political headlines of the day — and, of course, the people behind the scenes.

Mitch Albom is an internationally-renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. From “Tuesdays with Morrie” to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, have been published in 45 languages, and have been made into Emmy award-winning television movies. A mainstay in American sports journalism, Albom will take his bow in Frederick by weaving personal stories and anecdotes with a captivating message about the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

Rita Moreno is one of the busiest actresses, singers, and dancers in show business. With star-making turns in “West Side Story,” “The Ritz,” and “The Electric Company” under her belt, the entertainment icon belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers to have won all four of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony. A Kennedy Center honoree for lifetime contributions to American culture and a recipient of the coveted Presidential Medal of Freedom, Moreno represents the intersection of selfless service and professional achievement. Appearing in Frederick for the first time, the feisty entertainer brings a sense of humor and wealth of personal stories to the stage, exploring the value of diversity, the power of language, and getting older without getting old.


Tickets for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series will go on sale with the remainder of the Weinberg Center season. Members can gain early access to tickets on August 10 before they’re available to the general public on August 17. (Not a member? Awesome benefits, including early ticket-buying privileges, can be yours for as little as $35!)

These four distinguished guests will join the likes of past speakers that include Dr. Michio Kaku, Cal Ripken Jr., General Colin Powell, Jane Fonda, Tom Brokaw, Bryan Stevenson, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Will you be there, too? See you at the theater!

Rita Moreno

Award-winning singer, dancer, and actress

At just 82 years young, Rita Moreno remains one of the busiest stars in show business. In January 2014, Moreno received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her first book, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir,” instantly became a New York Times Bestseller. In 2011, she premiered her one-woman show, “Life Without Make-Up,” an original play about her life and appeared regularly as Fran Drescher’s mother in the TVLand series “Happily Divorced.” She has recently begun production on the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “One Day at a Time,” for Netflix. This creative diversity has been the hallmark of Moreno’s nearly 70-year career.

She belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers who have won entertainment’s grand slam of the industry’s most prestigious awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy. Her Oscar win came in 1962 as spitfire Anita in the film version of “West Side Story,” for which she also won a Golden Globe. Her Tony win was for her 1975 comedic triumph as Googie Gomez in Broadway’s “The Ritz.” Moreno was awarded a Grammy for her 1972 performance on “The Electric Company Album,” based on the long-running children’s television series. She has won not one, but two Emmys: the first for a 1977 variety appearance on “The Muppet Show” and the following year for a dramatic turn on “The Rockford Files.”

Over the decades, she has collected dozens of other show business awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. A favorite of Chicago audiences and critics, Moreno received the city’s coveted Joseph Jefferson Award in 1968 as Serafina in “The Rose Tattoo” and in 1985 was awarded the prestigious Sara Siddons Award for her hilarious portrayal of Olive Madison in the female version of “The Odd Couple.”

Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Humacao, a small town near the Puerto Rican rain forest. At age 5, she moved with her mother to New York where she soon began dance lessons. She made her Broadway debut at just 13 in “Skydrift,” starring Eli Wallach. Then, in true Hollywood tradition, a talent scout spotted her and arranged for the teen to meet MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who signed her to a film contract.

Her Hollywood career advanced steadily, including early films with stars such as Richard Widmark, Esther Williams, Mario Lanza, Susan Hayward, Tyrone Power and Gary Cooper. She appeared in “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly and was featured as Tuptim in the classic “The King and I” with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Although early roles sometimes found her typecast as a Mexican spitfire or Indian maiden, she also broke the Latina mold playing an Irish teacher, an Italian widow, a female evangelist, a proper Englishwoman and a Southern belle. After her Academy Award for “West Side Story,” Moreno was acknowledged as a major big-screen talent.

Other significant film appearances include: “The Night of the Following Day” with Marlon Brando in 1967, with James Garner in “Marlowe,” as Alan Arkin’s girlfriend in “Popi,” and in Mike Nichol’s production of “Carnal Knowledge.” She reprised the role of Googie Gomez in the film version of “The Ritz,” followed by Alan Alda’s “The Four Seasons,” Columbia Pictures’ acclaimed “I Like it Like That” and “Angus” with George C. Scott.

Her long stage career has included starring roles on both sides of the Atlantic. In London, she appeared in Hal Prince’s 1962 production of “She Loves Me” and in the 1997 West End run of “Sunset Boulevard.” In New York, she has starred in Lorraine Hansbury’s “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” opposite Robert Shaw in “Gantry,” and with Jimmy Coco in “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” She received a Tony Award nomination for her role in “The National Health” in 1974.

Moreno has guest starred on a wide variety of television productions in the U.S. and abroad. She is proud to have been a featured artist for many years on “The Electric Company,” the highly regarded educational show for children. She starred in her own TV series based on the film 9” to 5.” In 2007, she starred in the CBS series “Cane” and most recently she was one of the leads in the highly acclaimed HBO series “OZ.” Moreno’s latest endeavor has been in cabaret. where she has met with great critical success.

She is involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations and events. Moreno has served on the National Endowment for the Arts and as a Commissioner for the President’s White House Fellowships. She has also served as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. At a White House ceremony in June 2004, Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. The medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian and ranks only second to the Congressional Medal of Honor as the nation’s highest award. It is conferred on individuals for a lifetime of meritorious service. In 2007, Moreno was inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2010, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama as well as the Here I Stand Award for activism in the arts and the HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award. In December 2016, she received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture.

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