Tickets $25/$35/$45. Children 12 years and under admitted for half of the ticket price. $10 tickets available for patrons aged 13 to 30 years old.
A promise made in Jamestown 33 years ago by legendary musician Harry Chapin will be carried out this fall at The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Harry Chapin: A Family Celebration on October 3, will unite the late singer-songwriter’s brother, nieces and touring bandmates in a concert that has been three decades in the making.
Steve Chapin and Tom Chapin will be joined onstage by Abigail and Lily Chapin and Harry’s bandmates, Big John Wallace and Howard Fields. Rounding out the lineup are Steve’s son Jonathan and Wallace’s son Clark.
In a June 1981 concert (the first live show on the then “Palace” stage in 25 years), Harry Chapin performed on a decrepit stage under a leaky roof to an enthusiastic and umbrella-carrying audience. Before the end of the show, Chapin pledged to return to Jamestown for a fundraiser if the community committed to restoring the theater. Harry Chapin was tragically killed in an auto accident a month later, but the movement had already begun. In less than ten years, the Palace had been restored to its former glory and re-christened, The Reg Lenna Civic Center.
More than three decades later and a few name and organizational changes, The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is proud to present what might have been if Harry Chapin had returned. The recreations of his songs by the people who loved and knew him best are a stirring musical tribute for both the legions of Chapin fans from over 30 years ago, and the flourishing next-generation of Chapin enthusiasts.
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