For the first time in four years, the Charles W. Eisemann Center in Richardson announced it plans to have at least 26 shows as part of the 2023-24 Eisemann Center Presents season.

Quote of note: “These performances celebrate many of the world's most talented artists and creative professionals,” Executive Director Ally Haynes-Hamblen said during a May 8 City Council meeting. “[The center] gives [residents] the opportunity to experience world-class multimedia performing arts right here in our own backyard.”

The details: The 2023-24 performance season will kick off Sept. 23 with two performances of "Frankenstein" from production company Manual Cinema. According to its website, Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and “innovative sound and music” to create immersive stories for stage and screen.

Other performances in the schedule include musical acts spanning from jazz to classical piano and mariachi.
  • Sept. 29: The Herederos Tour: Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, featuring La Marisoul
  • Oct. 13: Ranky Tanky with Very Special Guest Lisa Fischer
  • Oct. 16: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Power and Passion of Beethoven
  • Oct. 22: Step Afrika
  • Oct. 26: The Manhattan Transfer’s 50th Anniversary and Final World Tour
  • Nov. 10: When You Wish Upon A Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney
  • Nov. 11: Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial
  • Nov. 17: Versa-Style Dance Company: Freemind Freestyle
  • Dec. 4: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin and Liszt
  • Dec. 29: Nochebuena: A Christmas Spectacular featuring Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles & Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar
  • Jan. 6: Sensing Deep Space: Pandora’s Cluster (Eisemann Edge Initiative project)
  • Jan. 19: The Hot Sardines
  • Jan. 27: Judy Collins with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra: The Wildflowers Tour
  • Feb. 1: The Sound of {Black} Music
  • Feb. 5: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Festive French Fare
  • Feb. 24: Brian Stokes Mitchell Trio
  • March 17: Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story
  • March 23: Patti LuPone: A Life In Notes
  • March 30: Contemporary West Dance Theatre
  • April 5: 360 All Stars
  • April 13: 123 Andrés
  • April 15: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Three Great Romantics
  • April 24: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
  • April 26-27: Compagnia TPO: Farfalle (two shows)
The backstory: During the 2019-20 season, the Eisemann Center, which is located at 2351 Performance Drive, scheduled 26 shows before having to cancel six of those due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The center was forced to cancel all 16 planned shows for the 2020-21 season due to of concerns over live events during the pandemic, while the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons were limited to seven shows and nine initial shows, respectively, due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

Also of note: For the upcoming season, the Eisemann Center is expected to generate more than $1.5 million in revenue, with nearly $1.3 million generated from ticket sales, according to Haynes-Hamblen.

The center is expected to provide further information on add-ons for the center's season and a relaunch of the Friends of the Eisemann Center membership program.

For information on upcoming events and to purchase tickets, click here.