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Best of Broadway Series for 2018-2019 Season

Pittsburg State University is proud to present the Best of Broadway Series, which continues this fall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

Pittsburg State University and the city of Pittsburg are once again a destination for the biggest and best Broadway musicals in the nation.

Season tickets will go on sale through the Pitt State Ticket Office on July 19th.

Shows & Times

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Broadway’s “Wizard of Oz”

"For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return ...and to the Young in Heart ...we dedicate this picture."

When the dedication for the opening credits of the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz was written, no one could’ve imagined the lasting impact the movie would have on American culture.  Or how accurate the assertion that ‘Time’ would be powerless to stop the story, was going to be. A treasured film, The Wizard of Oz’s infiltration into American culture is undeniable and virtually unparalleled.

This production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. It’s a new, refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. It truly is a wonderful show for the whole family. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, THE WIZARD OF OZ.


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Broadway’s “Sound of Music”

“Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


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  • Sound of Music
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Cinderella
    • April 22, 2018
  • RENT
    • October 29, 2017
  • 42nd Street
    • February 27, 2017
  • Once
    • September 29, 2016
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
    • March 22, 2016
  • Million Dollar Quartet
    • February 6, 2016
  • Mamma Mia
    • November 22, 2015

Bicknell Center Presents


The 2018-19 Bicknell Season

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts revealed its 2018-2019 season today, and from beloved Broadway musicals and a Johnny Cash Tribute to an extreme juggler to a comedy written especially for children, it has something for everyone.

On Aug. 23, selected works from the University Archives will go on display in the Bicknell Gallery in an exhibit titled "The Vault: Unlocked." Curated by an art student, this exhibit includes nearly two dozen art pieces from the Special Collections in Axe Library. The works include reproductions and originals from local and internationally-acclaimed artists such as Marc Chagall, Francisco Goya, Kathe Kollwitz, Harry Brodsky, Jamie Oliver, Mick Lindsey, Cheryl Church, and Michael Young. Some are by former or current Art Department professors and students.

On Sept. 15, a live version of the popular NPR program, "Thomas Jefferson Hour," will be presented on stage rather than on the radio. Clay Jenkinson, a nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, will portray Jefferson to enlighten the audience and bring Jeffersonian ideals to today’s Americans. 

On Sept. 29, O Sole Trio will take the audience on a fast-paced, humorous musical journey, to reveal how Italian Americans influenced the American popular musical scene throughout the decades, from Pavarotti to pop music.

On Oct. 9, the greatest family musical of all time, Broadway's "The Wizard of Oz," will touch down in Kansas. This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, and will be presented with breathtaking special effects.

From Oct. 18-21, Pitt State Theatre will present “Cabaret,” one of the most popular, yet dark, American musicals, in the Miller Theatre inside the Center. Directed by Cynthia Allan, it's set in a 1920’s Berlin nightclub, where a garish master of ceremonies welcomes the audience and bawdy songs provide commentary. The show explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Oct. 29, Bicknell Center will present the US Army Jazz Ambassadors in concert. The 19-member ensemble is the U.S. Army's premier big band and has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Its diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.

On Nov. 2, The 100-voice University Choir and the 25-voice Chorale will perform their Fall concert under the direction of Susan Marchant. Music for the concert will be drawn from multiple centuries of significant choral repertoire and will offer a variety of styles, texts, and colors.

On Nov. 4, Bicknell Center will present the Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble, a six-member ensemble that has toured from New York to San Francisco. Mixing accoustic folk, jazz, and world fusion, the group includes Grammy-nominated and Grammy Award-winning performers who engage the audience on many levels through lights, sound, story, media, and staging.

On Nov. 15, the Pittsburg State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, under the direction of Robert Kehle, and the KMEA Southeast District Honor Jazz Ensemble, guest conducted by Freddie Green, will perform in concert.

From Feb. 21-24, 2019, Pitt State Theatre will present "The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock” in the Miller Theatre inside the Center. Directed by Megan Westhoff, it's been a staple of the Chicago theatre scene for years. Often described as the funniest and most entertaining children’s play written, the story centers on Binky, his friend Viv, and a sheep named Bob as they confront the Giant Space Pandas, with humor that appeals to audiences of all ages.

On March 9, 2019, the Pittsburg State University Department of Music will present the Barbara Rondelli Kansas Statewide Classical Voice Competition. Open to all undergraduate vocal students in Kansas, judges will narrow the field to 16, and those finalists along with the winners will perform for the public.

On March 21, 2019, the Bicknell Center will present Mark Nizer 4D, who has opened for scores of celebrities and been the featured entertainer at world-famous venues such as Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Known for show-stopping tricks and technology, he's juggled the unlikely combination of a 16-pound bowling ball, a lit propane torch, and a buzzing chain saw, and has been known to launch a handful of ping pong balls some 20 feet into the air then juggle them with his mouth.

On March 29, 2019, another beloved family musical, Broadway’s “The Sound of Music," will come to life on stage. Featuring the music and lyrics of Rodgers & Hammerstein, the story of Maria and the von Trapp Family earned a Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award.

On April 13, 2019, the Bicknell Center will present "Walkin’ the Line," a Johnny Cash Tribute, by powerhouse vocalist Bennie Wheels. He'll bring Cash back to life with all the greatest hits, and many forgotten treasures, with the sound everyone loves and remembers.

On April 18, 2019, the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble and the Pittsburg High School Wind Ensemble will perform in concert under the direction of Andrew Chybowski and Cooper Neil. The concert will include a variety of compositions, from cornerstone masterpieces to new music by living composers, and the world premiere of a composition written for the PSU Wind Ensemble by composer Kimberly Osberg.

From April 25-28, 2019, Pitt State Theatre will present "House of Blue Leaves" in the Miller Theatre inside the Center. Directed by Linden Little, the farce features a no-talent songwriter, his depressed wife, his mistress, and a visit from the Pope. The painfully funny, anarchic comedy premiered Off-Broadway in 1971, but still rings true today.

Tickets are on sale at the Pittsburg State ticket office located within the Weede Building, online at BicknellCenter.com or by calling 620-235-4796. 
Discounted tickets for PSU students, faculty, and staff are available, with valid PSU ID, purchased and picked up in person, at PSU Ticket Office in Room 137 of the Weede Physical Education Building.

2018-19 Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Season

Aug. 23 - The Vault: Unlocked Works from Special Collections & University Archives

Sept. 15 - Bicknell Center presents: Thomas Jefferson Hour

Sept. 29 - Bicknell Center presents: O-Sole-Trio

Oct. 9 - Broadway's "Wizard of Oz"

Oct. 18-21 - Pitt State Theatre presents: "Cabaret"

Oct. 29 - Bicknell Center presents: US Army Jazz Ambassadors

Nov. 2 - Pitt State Music presents: The University Chiors

Nov. 4 - Bicknell Center presents: Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble

Nov. 15 - Pitt State Music presents: PSU's Jazz Enxemble and KMEA SEK District Honor Jazz Ensemble

Feb. 21-24 - Pitt State Theatre presents: "The Revenge of teh Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock"

Mar. 9 - Pitt State Music presents: Barbara Rondelli Voice Competition

Mar. 21 - Bicknell Center presents: Mark Nizer 4D

Mar. 29 - Broadway's "The Sound of Music"

Apr. 13 - Bicknell Center presents: Walkin' the Line (Johnny Cash Tribute)

Apr. 18 - Pitt State Music presents: PSU Wind Ensemble and PHS Wind Ensemble

Apr. 25-28 - Pitt State Theatre presents: "House of Blue Leaves"

In addition to the major performances listed above, the Bicknell Center also hosts scores of other performances and events including the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, November 10. Information about these events is also available on the center’s website as they are scheduled.

For continued updates and announcements, follow the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @bicknellcenter.

Speaker Series


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H. Lee Scott Speaker Series

The “H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life” at Pittsburg State University was created in 2015 as a result of a $2.079 million gift made by PSU alum and former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife, Linda.

The mission of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series is to deepen the level of discourse, enrich the university experience, and elevate the university’s reputation by examining American life from the perspective of nationally prominent leaders and innovators.

In making the gift for the speaker series, Lee Scott said: “We hope that the exposure to these successful leaders will enhance the educational experiences for students and inspire them to someday be invited to speak about leadership on this same stage.”

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Women in Government

The Women in Government Lecture Series was established at Pittsburg State University in 2001 through a generous gift from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation to the PSU Foundation. The Boylan Foundation provided a special grant to bring the former first lady to the PSU campus.

Speakers have included former First Lady Laura Bush, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

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Tilford Lecture Series

The Michael Tilford Conference and Lecture Series provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators at the Kansas Board of Regents' institutions to approach diversity in higher education by examining the challenges and opportunities in Kansas including:

Inspire awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity, related practices of inclusion, and the transformation of higher education in Kansas.
Participate in workshops to learn about challenges and strategies for teaching diverse populations on Kansas campuses.
Share your passion for teaching and interacting with students from all backgrounds.