The Embassy Theatre is a 2,471-seat performing arts theater in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. It was built in 1928 as a movie palace and today it is the home of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Event tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster and the Embassy Theatre box office Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. or two hours prior to showtime.
Box Office Hours:
Monday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Open two hours before every show
Fort Wayne Philharmonic — Philarmonic Pops performance of music from Star Wars at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $29-$72
Under the Streetlamp — Leading cast members from Jersey Boys perform music from the Broadway musical based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $32.50-$59.50 thru Ticketmaster and Embassy box office, 424-5665
Under the Streetlamp — Pop at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $29-$56
Jay Owenhouse — Illusion at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $32.50-$72.50
Fort Wayne Philharmonic — Masterworks performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $19-$69
Tears for Fears — Pop at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$99.50
Christian Elliott — Buddy Nolan tribute at Embassy Theatre, 7 p.m., $8
Rent — Broadway at the Embassy musical loosely based on Pucciniâ€™s La Boheme, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $35-$62.50 thru Ticketmaster and Embassy box office, 424-5665
Ghost — Rock/metal at Embassy Theatre, 8 p.m., $29.50-$54
Tesla — Rock at Embassy Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $28.50-$63
Ron White — Comedy at Embassy Theatre, 8 p.m., $42-$57
Under the Streetlamp
by Evan Gillespie
UNDER THE STREETLAMP
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5
125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne
$29-$56 thru Ticketmaster and Embassy box office, 260-424-5665
Is there life after Jersey Boys? Chris Kale Jones, Michael Cunio, Shonn Wiley and Michael Ingersoll certainly hoped so when their time in the show's touring company came to an end. That's when they realized that they wanted to keep singing the classic songs in their own way.
Their solution was to create their own touring show in which they perform songs from the era of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but in which they also contribute a bit of their own personalities through stories and audience interaction. The program for Under the Streetlamp is something the boys call the "American Radio Songbook," a collection of well-known tunes from the time when radio played a huge role in American popular culture.
Since their debut five years ago, Under the Streetlamp have enjoyed warm welcomes every time they've gone on the road, and they've built a reputation through the medium that replaced radio in the culture spotlight, too. Three specials on PBS have made the boys recognizable in households across the country and kept that old, beloved music alive well into the digital age.
For 2017, Under the Streetlamp have something of a new look. Ingersoll has been on the road with the group since the beginning, but this spring he's decided to pursue a solo career. Taking his place is Eric Gutman, who has the same Jersey Boys pedigree as the group's other members, where he performed on the national tour with Jones and Cunio. Since then, Gutman has been with both the Broadway and Chicago companies of the show. Gutman's presence adds a new dimension to the show and ensures that the American Radio Songbook will remain open for the foreseeable future.
The Wayback Show
by Michele DeVinney
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27
125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne
Tix: $35-$45 thru Ticketmaster and box office, 424-5665
The continued popularity of classic pop and rock songs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s can't be simply explained away as mere nostalgia.
It's true that the generations who came of age during those decades, particularly Baby Boomers, still feel attached to the music and themes of their youth and enjoy reliving those times through the era's soundtrack. But it's also true that those people shared a love of that music with their children - even their grandchildren - and helped keep the music alive through a new and eager audience. The renewed popularity of vinyl has also allowed millennials to discover older music anew.
All of this means that the performers from years ago are still viable and active, something which would have no doubt seemed impossible in the 60s when turning 30 was akin to a crime. But with the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen (to name but a few) still filling arenas after all these years, it's clear that the music of those years won't be lost or forgotten any time soon.
Already busy in bar bands down in Florida, a couple of enterprising musicians decided to address the unquenchable thirst for the music of the 60s-80s. Keyboardist Paul Gatti and drummer Mark Blinkhorn looked to take that music and package it into a highly polished and professionally produced show which could travel the county and keep their favorite music alive. Decades Rewind, which visits the Embassy Theatre this month, was born.
"The response to the show has been great," says Gatti. "When it comes to the 60s, 70s and 80s, there's just so much music and culture, and people will tell us that they've sometimes been in tears from all of the great memories. People tell us 'You made me feel young again.'"
Propelling backward through time, Decades Rewind is more than just a clever name. Starting with the music of the 80s, the production winds back through the 70s and ends with the tumultuous 60s, when music and culture were inextricably intertwined. Through use of video screens, the show also features film footage of what was happening culturally during the time of the songs, with the finale, which focuses on the 60s counterculture and Woodstock, bringing it all together.
"It's a crazy world, and people like to come spend a few hours and listen to the music," says Gatti. "It's like stepping into a time machine and then it becomes a party. We do medleys and songs from every genre. We do rock, disco, the music of the hippies. And then with the video screens we can relive some of what was happening in our history and culture. We have footage of all the presidents during those years. We really cover a lot of things."
Of course, a production like that involves a lot of planning. When Gatti was first developing the concept behind Decades Rewind in 2015, there was a lot to consider, and much of it fell outside his expertise.
"I'd been in bands my whole life," he says, "but it's very different to take on jobs like producer and promoter and still focus on my job on keyboards. I'd never done anything like this before. The video footage alone was difficult because you can't just go on YouTube and pull videos and project them. So we hired a law firm to handle all of the copyright issues, and I started to focus on content.
"It's a blessing and a curse, really, because there's just so much great material and so many options. I'd line up 60-65 songs, but could just as easily pick an entirely different 60-65 songs that were just as great. It's a lot of work, but we're constantly changing the show so that, if people see us more than once, it's not just the same show every night."
Although Gatti mostly hears happy responses to the show, he admits that there are some things that are less happy but still must be addressed.
"The Woodstock era is always popular, but we also have to deal with Vietnam which means they're not always going to be happy memories. But we also have a lot of choreography and theatrical elements to the show which people really enjoy."
In fact, Gatti says one of the most popular moments of the evening revolves around a period when dance was a key element to the music.
"I was one of those 'disco sucks' guys, like a lot of people, but I have to say that when we do songs from the disco era, everyone gets up on their feet. We have a disco ball, and everyone starts dancing. That's really the thing that gets the biggest response. People either love it or hate it, but it always gets a big reaction."
The group on stage features eight band members and six vocalists (three male and three female) to cover an eclectic set which features something for everyone.
"I was totally a 70s and 80s rocker and loved arena rock - Boston and groups like that. We do a lot of different songs from the 70s, from Billy Joel to Journey. And we do the entire 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which not a lot of groups will try to cover. We go back to the 60s and pay tribute to the British Invasion with bands like the Stones and the Beatles. That always goes over well because everyone loves the Beatles. Then we do the hippies and Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, the whole Woodstock era."
Although originally from Pennsylvania, Gatti now calls Tampa, Florida home, and Decades Rewind plays a lot of shows closer to home but are now venturing out, visiting the northeast and other regions more. On the eve of their first anniversary performing as Decades Rewind, Gatti is enjoying the response and feeling the rewards of the hard work it took to pull all of the elements of the show together.
"There are the songs that I've been listening to and playing since I was 16," he says. "When you play this music now, people just go cuckoo for it. I can't see that happening with the music of the 90s or 2000s. There's just something special about these decades that the music makes people happy. I can see it in parents and in the kids. They all really respond to this music."
Saturday, April 29
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Fort Wayne March for Babies — 3.5 mile walk to support March of Dimes, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, 918-6343 (register at marchforbabies.org
Michiana Wine Festival — Local and regional wine sampling, live music, 5K, and more, 12-6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Headwaters Park East, Fort Wayne, $10-$35, eventbrite
Touch-a-Truck — Over 50 vehicles including limos, fire trucks, police cars and tow trucks for children to explore, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Northeast parking lot, Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne, free, 480-4120
Tour for the Blind and Visually Impaired — Guided tour of the Expressions of Existence exhibition, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, free with museum admission ($6-$8, free to FWMoA members), 422-6467
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4 Clicks North — Variety at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Big Dick and the Penetrators — Classic rock at Danny's Sports Bar, Barbee Hotel, Warsaw, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., no cover, 574-834-1111
Brent LaCasce Quartet — Jazz/variety at Club Soda, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 426-3442
Cougar Hunter — 80s glam rock at Rusty Spur, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $10, 260-755-3465
Fort Wayne Karaoke — Karaoke at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10:30 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Philharmonic — Philarmonic Pops performance of music from Star Wars at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $29-$72, 424-5665
He Said She Said — Variety at Mitchell's Sports Bar & Neighborhood Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $3, (260) 387-5063
Hubie Ashcraft — Acoustic at Michiana Wine Festival, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, 3-4 p.m., $10, 710-0199
Hubie Ashcraft Band — Country at The Venue, Angola, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $3, 665-3922
Joe Stabelli — Jazz at Don Hall's Gas House, Fort Wayne, 5:45-9 p.m., no cover, 426-3411
Jon Durnell Band — Variety at Beamer's Sports Grill, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., no cover, 625-1002
Kat Bowser — Variety at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 489-2524
Mark Garr and Blues Trio — Blues at Eagles Post 3512, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 436-3512
Oferle — Variety at Two-EE's Winery, Huntington, 7:30-9:30 p.m., no cover, 672-2000
The Rescue Plan — Rock at O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 422-5896
Samuel Harness Music w/Sunny Taylor, Hubie Ashcraft, Moser Woods — Variety at Michiana Wine Festival, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, 12-6 p.m., $10-$35, eventbrite
Shane & Eric — Acoustic at Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto, 5-8 p.m., no cover, 637-2980
Todd Harrold & Nick Bobay Duo — R&B/blues/variety at American Legion Post 148, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., no cover, 423-4751
Tone Junkies — Rock at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., cover, 483-1311
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Ambitious Blondes Karaoke — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Bucca Karaoke w/Bucca — Variety at Tower Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 436-6310
Classic City Karaoke w/Bryan Lee — Karaoke at Corner Pocket Tavern, Fremont, 10 p.m., no cover, 495-9255
Classic City Karaoke w/Tobin — Karaoke at Toad's Tavern, Monroeville, 10 p.m., no cover, 623-6226
DJ Shawn — Karaoke/variety at Club Paradise, Angola, 10 p.m., no cover, 833-7082
Fort Wayne Karaoke — Karaoke at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10:30 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., , 434-1980
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Josh — Variety at Arena Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 557-1563
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Chevvy's, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 436-4748
House DJ — Variety at Early Bird's Ultra Lounge, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., cover, 483-1979
House DJ — Variety at Flashback on the Landing, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., cover, 422-5292
Karaoke — Variety at Crooner's Karaoke Bar, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., no cover, 486-1979
Live DJ — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
Rockstar Karaoke & DJ w/Scotty — Variety at Pine Valley Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 490-9464
Shooting Star Prod. w/Barbie — Variety at Uncle Lou's Steel Mill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 436-5787
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Pike's Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 478-6200
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Funny Little Thing Called Love — Romantic comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Home and Jamie Wooten, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. curtain, Saturday, April 29 and Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 and May 12-13, Arena Dinner Theatre, Fort Wayne, $40 (includes dinner & show), 424-5622
The Little Mermaid — Fort Wayne Civic Theatre musical based on the Disney movie, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30; 8 p.m. Friday, May 5; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Arts United Center, Fort Wayne, $17-$29, 424-5220
Little Shop of Horrors — IPFW Department of Theatre performance of Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical comedy, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Williams Theatre, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$18, 481-6555
Next to Normal — Tony Award- and Pulitzer-winning musical about coping with mental illness, 8 p.m.Saturday, April 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Three Rivers Music Theatre, Fort Wayne, $10-$20, 498-2270
The Taming of the Shrew — William Shakespeare’s now somewhat controversial comedy about the battle between the sexes, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and Friday-Saturday, May 5-6; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, $12-$20, 426-7421 ext. 121
A Wrinkle in Time — all for One productions’ adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s young adult science fiction novel, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 5-6; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, PPG ArtsLab, Auer Center for Arts & Culture, Fort Wayne, $11-20, 422-4226
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37th National Print Exhibition — Juried exhibition featuring contemporary printmakers from around the nation, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Diane Allen Groenert — Exhibition of local artist’s Downtown Series and new works, Monday-Saturday thru June 24, West Central Microcreamery & Cafe, Fort Wayne, 415-9293
Echolilia — Works from Timothy Archibald and his autistic son, Eli, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Expressions of Existence — An exhibition of works by artists through history, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya and others whose works have been influenced by disabilities, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Fort Wayne Photographers Club — Exhibition featuring local photographers, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 30, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Jan Krist-Finkbeiner — Exhibition of ceramic reliefs, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Juxtapoz Magazine: 25 Years Under the Influence — A chronicle of the iconic magazine’s evolution into one of the most influential magazines of art of the counterculture, Tuesday-Sunday thru July 9, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Kathy Funderburg & Diane Schafer-King — Acrylic paintings (Funderburg) and works in marbled paper and fabric (Schaefer-King), Monday-Saturday thru April 29, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Norman Bradley and Friends — Exhibition of works by friends and colleagues of the late Fort Wayne artist, Tuesday-Saturday thru May 20 , Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Perspectives Live Butterfly Display — Up close and personal perspectives of the Conservatory’s newest collection of live butterflies, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 25, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics! — An exhibition of new work by the artist considered the godfather of the lowbrow, pop surrealist and colloquial realism art movements, Tuesday-Sunday thru July 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Sharon — An exhibition of Leon Borensztein photographs chronicling the struggles he faced raising his severely disabled daughter, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Graduate Program: Student Highlights — Juried exhibition of works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts graduate program, Monday-Friday thru April 30, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3, Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring Palette — New original works by more than 50 nationally recognized artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru May 20 (Cinco de Mayo Fiesta featuring mariachi music by Mark Meussling 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 5), Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568