News & Updates
An Evening with DAWES: Passwords Tour comes to the Peace Center on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m
Rodney Carrington comes to the Peace Center on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Discover some of the things you’ll learn at the first FREE Peace Interlude. This musical happy hour is all about the Renaissance – Monteverdi and Merlot.
For the past year, the arrival of “Hamilton,” the Tony Award-winning cultural juggernaut, has generated the biggest buzz at the Peace Center.
The Peace Center has partnered with The Music Club of Greenville to collect used and new instruments leading up to and during the week-long run of School of Rock. The instruments will be donated to local schools through the organization’s PITCH Project, which focuses on providing instruments to children.
Peace Center patrons can buy the best seat in the house – or at least a seat in the Concert Hall – as a part of a new fundraising campaign.
At first, Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” doesn’t exactly seem like ideal source material for a hit Broadway musical. The graphic memoir is an often-sober exploration of Bechdel’s identity as a lesbian and complicated relationship with her father, a closeted gay man who may have died by suicide.
Deborah Cox was a little-known singer from Toronto when the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” was released, but it had a profound impact on the performer that she would one day become.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The King and I” has been around for more than 65 years. In fact, when “The King and I” made its Broadway debut, it had only been a few years since the country it depicts, Thailand, was officially known as Siam.
Last time John Davidson came to Greenville, he was starring as the Wizard in the Broadway production “Wicked.”
It’s been five years since Simba, Nala and the other animals of Pride Rock last sauntered into the Peace Center, but half a decade has dimmed none of the spectacle of the visually arresting Broadway production of “Disney’s The Lion King.”
Riddled with potty humor and F-bombs, “The Book of Mormon” might not seem like the catalyst to serious conversation about religious beliefs. But that’s exactly what the Broadway musical written by the creators of “South Park” is, according to Gabe Gibbs.
Two decades ago, when singer Edwin McCain was building his career, he found a warm reception in Charleston.
Before bringing “An American in Paris” to Broadway, the musical’s producers decided to give the lavish show a trial run in — you guessed it — Paris.
A musical comedy about a serial killer?
The question provokes a hearty guffaw from John Rapson.
“Yeah, that’s basically it,” said Rapson, one of the stars of the national tour of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Robert James Waller’s best-seller “The Bridges of Madison County” proved to be a perfect novel for a musical adaptation.
In 1994, 7-year-old Lauren Smyth was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on TV with her family at home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
During the interval, the explosive “Riverdance” made its first-ever appearance onstage.
In a flash, Smyth had found her life’s ambition.
Dolly Parton has never been known for subtlety, for fading gracefully into the background. Everything about her is super-sized, from her voice to her songwriting talent to her fashion sense and best-known physical attributes.
A roar of approval rose up from an enthusiastic Peace Center audience at the news that “The Book of Mormon” is returning to Greenville.
The creators of “Cabaret” knew they had a bombshell on their hands.
Superhuman feats of strength, endurance and agility?
It’s all in a dazzling day’s work for The Peking Acrobats, who arrive at Greenville’s Peace Center on Sunday at 3 p.m.
A Hot Sardines concert ranges from high to low.
South Carolina Homes
With the hope that a cultural center would help revitalize the city of Greenville, SC, the Peace Center was born.
Greenville’s downtown was dying.
Without a $10 million pledge from three branches of the Peace family – one of Greenville’s most prominent – the idea to build a performing arts center beside the Reedy River likely would have died long before it ever got started.
Never got to see the Jackson 5 perform live?
That group and other musical legends will be on stage — at least in spirit — as the Broadway tour of “Motown: The Musical” roars into the Peace Center Tuesday for eight performances through Sunday.
The onstage chemistry at a Cooder-White-Skaggs concert flows not just from a shared musical passion.
The musicians are connected by blood, marriage, history, vocal harmony and enough critical acclaim to power all of the amps and microphones in the concert hall.
There’s something special about classical guitars and the dancing rhythms of Spanish music.
They seem made for each other.
The national tour of “Jersey Boys” visited the Peace Center only two years ago but its return to Greenville this week is still cause for cheer.
You can’t get too much of this dynamite jukebox musical.
Audra McDonald doesn’t sing “Summertime” very often.
But maybe — just maybe — the Broadway superstar will offer the classic song from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” at her concert Tuesday at the Peace Center.
“Kinky Boots” is not as kinky as it sounds.
Sure, Cyndi Lauper’s Tony Award-winning blockbuster, opening Tuesday at the Peace Center, features a bevy of drag queens and some sexy songs.
But scratch the surface and what you’ll find is a show that touches on such traditional musical themes as finding your way in the world and learning to accept others.
Memphis, TN singer/songwriter/guitarist Drew Holcomb is a Bruce Springsteen fan; that much should be obvious from his incisive lyrics and his ability to bang out a ragged rocker and pen a heartfelt ballad with equal skill. So it was a thrill for Holcomb and his band, The Neighbors, recently when they played the Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, NJ, where Springsteen got his start.
For Drew Holcomb, music isn’t just art or entertainment or emotional connection.
In Holcomb’s view, music also possesses healing powers. The singer has always found solace in song, even during the most difficult moments of his life.
Rock icon Eric Clapton and rapper Pitbull might seem unlikely influences for a flamenco band, but the Gipsy Kings have never relied on only one style in their musical explorations.
In 2012, Douglas Carter Beane was given the task of creating a “Cinderella” for our times — with a plucky, idealistic title character.
Beane’s dialogue would be used in a new stage version of the classic TV musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Dailey and Vincent have been called the rock stars of bluegrass, but don’t look for tales of rock ’n’roll debauchery from the duo.
Renowned conductor Keith Lockhart, a frequent visitor to Greenville, will present an admission-free concert with the Brevard Music Center orchestra on Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center.
Earth, Wind and Fire has been around for more than four decades, burning up the music charts, and the dance floor, with hits like “Let’s Groove” and “Boogie Wonderland.”
With Memorial Day around the corner, the Christmas season seems far away. But Mannheim Steamroller is already making plans.
WARRIOR POET Glenis Redmond’s voice carries far and wide, from the Peace Center to the Kennedy Center
In recent years, Glenis Redmond has logged more than 360,000 miles on her car. She travels the country, meeting students and elders, teachers, and administrators. She shares and encourages. She cries and laughs and dances (a lot!). She inspires.
And she is a poet.
April 21, 2015
Audra McDonald has not been singing "Summertime" during her nationwide tour. But maybe — just maybe — the Broadway star will offer the classic song from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" at her concert in Greenville.
April 13, 2015
Comic Lewis Black is known for his rants, and it doesn't take much to get him worked up. But with the presidential election season getting started, it seems like his routines just about write themselves.
April 7, 2015
Pilobolus is a dance company that appeals even to people who’ve never attended a dance concert.
March 19, 2015
When the motley players of “Pippin” sing “We’ve got magic to do,” you better believe them.
March 17, 2015
When the circus-inspired revival of “Pippin” leaps, flips and tumbles into Greenville, there’ll be two Pippins on the Peace Center stage.
March 17, 2015
To be successful, musicals — particularly the ones that focus on struggle and human nature — must be able to pull at the audience's heartstrings.
March 5, 2015
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts has become a zero waste to landfill building and is believed to be the first performing arts center in the country to do so.
February 4, 2015
The national tour of "Wicked" has roared back into Greenville's Peace Center — and the production is pure magic.
January 6, 2015
Violist Miles Hoffman believes that some classical music pieces should include a warning label:
"Don't try this at home."
He's only half-joking.
December 30, 2014
The national tour of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has returned to Greenville in a streamlined production that’s colorful, rambunctious, warmhearted and splendidly sung.
December 18, 2014
Whether they’re 5 years old or 75, most Americans have watched Disney’s timeless animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” and have fallen in love with the gorgeous musical compositions and witty dialogue revolving around far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells and a prince in disguise.
December 18, 2014
Belle is not your typical Disney princess.
December 16, 2014
Renowned poet and performer Allan Wolf visited the Peace Center, December 3 – 6, 2014, as part of the Peace Voices program.
November 25, 2014
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is a big fan of Christmas, so recording a holiday album just seemed like a natural fit.
September 18, 2014
Poet-In-Residence Glenis Redmond was recently invited by The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to mentor the 2014 National Student Poets.
September 11, 2014
Three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo' blends his own musical recipe
July 26, 2014
The Peace Center's 2014-15 season of performances includes several debuts and a host of familiar faces. Among the debuts this season will be singing sensation Susan Boyle, celebrity chef Alton Brown, teen vocalist Jackie Evancho, comedian Ron White, and the innovative Martha Graham Dance Company.
July 3, 2014
There are bands that stay together for the paycheck or the glory, and then there's the Fantastic Shakers, a three-decade-plus institution that is bringing its classic soul, beach and R&B revue to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts' TD Stage tonight.
June 14, 2014
Adam Duritz, frontman for Counting Crows, talks about his new album, beautiful women and the band's Peace Center Concert on Sunday.
June 6, 2014
For Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, life is indeed a laughing matter.
June 3, 2014
Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown will bring his Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour to Greenville in October.
May 29, 2014
Edwin McCain reflects on music, opens up Peace Center summer concert series
May 16, 2014
Tickets are selling briskly for the new, grittier staging of the "Phantom of the Opera," running through May 25 at the Peace Center.
April 25, 2014
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. for eight shows making up The Peace Center for the Performing Arts' "Summer Nights" concerts. The dynamic collection of shows will be held at the beautiful TD Stage at the Peace Center nestled on the banks of the Reedy River in downtown Grenville. The eight-show schedule runs from May 30 through September 11 and features some of the most highly acclaimed artists in genres like alternative rock, country, blues and beach music.
April 17, 2014
It's easy to see why the Peace Center's 2014-15 Broadway Series lineup is being called the best ever to come to Greenville.
April 17, 2014
"It's the most challenging role I've ever done," said Morton. "Nothing has come easy. Like Alex, there have been times when I felt like an underdog," she said. "I think it's good to have struggles. It gives you more motivation to achieve your goals and more appreciation when you do have success."
April 11, 2014
The Peace Center is offering an out-of-the ordinary ticket price for an extraordinary performance. The April 29 concert of internationally renowned gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is being billed as a "Pay Your Passion" performance where patrons may attend by simply reserving a seat through the box office and at its conclusion asked to pay an amount equal to their enjoyment of the evening.
March 31, 2014
On May 10, the Peace Center will feature a 6:30 pm. showing of the 2013 Dutch movie thriller App. Prior to the screening, moviegoers will be encouraged to download a free app to their smartphone (available for Android and iPhone) that will allow them to enhance the plot during the screening.
March 26, 2014
Counting crows will perform at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 15 as part of a major worldwide tour this summer. The tour will feature songs from the band's forthcoming album - their first new material in seven years - scheduled for release in Fall 2014, along with the band's extensive catalogue of hit songs.
Colin Mochrie And Brad Sherwood of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' To Appear at The Peace Center on Saturday, June 14
March 18, 2014
Two masters of improv comedy, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of "Whose Line Is It Anyway," have teamed up to present a night of hilarious improvisational comedy with their live tour, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: The Two Man Group Tour. The performance is coming to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are now available for Peacekeepers and may be purchased by calling (864) 467-3029. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at www.peacecenter.org, by phone at (864) 467-3000 or at the Peace Center Box Office located at 300 S. Main Street, Greenville. Tickets start at $35.
March 14, 2014
Contemporary country music superstar Martina McBride will bring her current tour featuring a soon-to-be-released album to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 13. Tickets are currently on-sale to Peacekeepers until Saturday, March 15 at 10a.m. when they go on sale to the general public. Ticket prices start at $65.
January 15, 2014
January 5, 2014
October 4, 2012
Creating PEACE VOICES, a new outreach program for the Center