Celebrity Series History

"Bringing the Best in the World of Entertainment to the Campus and the Community"

The Westminster Celebrity Series started as part of an Artist-Lecture series and has developed over the years into its present format and identity. Many great performers have graced the stage of Orr Auditorium since the inception of the program in 1967.

The programs and performers that have appeared in Orr Auditorium since the 1989-90 season constitute a new approach to the kinds of shown booked for the Series. These shows are listed inside.


The Midtown Men: 4 Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys!
LeAnn Rimes
Straight No Chaser
A Christmas Carol
A Chorus Line
Yesterday Once More: A Musical Tribute to the Carpenters Produced by Jim Brickman
The Velveteen Rabbit

2012-13 brochure


An Evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Debby Boone: Reflections of Rosemary
John Tesh: Big Band Christmas
The Texas Tenors
Ricky Nelson Remembered
The Golden Dragon Acrobats

2011-12 brochure


The Oakridge Boys
Amy Grant
Jim Brickman: Christmas
Franc D'Ambrosio: Broadway
1964...The Tribute
Strega Nona the Musical

2010-11 brochure


The Lettermen
An Evening with Paul Anka
The Ten Tenors Christmas Show
Abbamania/Stayin' Alive
The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon

2009-10 brochure


Neil Sedaka
Altar Boyz
The Spirit of Christmas
Vicki Lawrence: A Two Woman Show
Bye Bye Birdie
Magic Tree House

2008-09 brochure


Wayne Newton
Mac Frampton & The Hollywood Hills Orchestra
"Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy"
Brian Stokes Mitchell in Concert
War Bonds - The Letters and Songs of World War II
Marie Osmond - "The Magic of Christmas"
The Lowe Family

2007-08 brochure


Michael Feinstein & Linda Eder
"Rhythm of the Dance"
"Christmas in Vienna"
Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party
Bobby Vinton
Three Phantoms in Concert
Wonderful Town

2006-07 brochure


"42nd Street"
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
The Spirit of Christmas
A Broadway Celebration
The Ten Tenors
*SPECIAL SHOW: In the Mood*

2005-06 brochure


The Ten Tenors
"Crazy for You"
Mendelssohn Choir
John Pizzarelli and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra
Over the Rainbow with Faith Prince and Tom Wopat
Chrystal Gayle
Ben Vereen

2004-05 brochure


Tony Danza
Bob New Hart
Don McLean Christmas Show
Linda Eder
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain
"Sound of Music"
*SPECIAL SHOWS: "CATS" and In the Mood*
*FAMILY SHOWS: Caillou and Tom Chapin*


5th Dimension
South Pacific
Anne Murray
Georgian State Dance
Glen Campbell
Youngstown Symphony Orchestra "A Grand Night for Singing"
Roger Williams
*SPECIAL SHOWS: Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris and Friends*
*FAMILY SHOWS: Tom Chapin*


Jack Jones
My Fair Lady
Craig Schulman on Broadway with Youngstown Symphony Orchestra
A Christmas Carol
Curtain Up Strike Up the Band
Our Sinatra
*SPECIAL SHOW: "The River City Brass Band "Christmas Bells are Ringing"*


Melissa Manchester
Paul Anka
An Evening with Tony Orlando
Lee Greenwood
Sandy Duncan
Maureen McGovern & John Pizzarelli
The Lettermen
*SPECIAL SHOW: The Glenn Miller Orchestra*


Debbie Reynolds
Mark Russell
River City Brass Band
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Burt Bacharach
Triple Gold
*SPECIAL SHOW: Harvey Korman & Tim Conway *


Spirit of The Dance
The Temptations
Neil Sedaka
Sandi Patty Christmas Show
The Oak Ridge Boys
Rich Little
Smokey Joe's Café
*SPECIAL SHOW: "Grease" *


Tommy Tune & The Manhattan Rhythm Kings
The Coasters, Drifters, and Platters
Judy Collins Christmas Show
The Youngstown Symphony "The Met to Broadway"
Paul Anka
"Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
*SPECIAL SHOW: Bill Cosby *


Betty Buckley
Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
"42nd Street"
Tom Wopat and the Moffats
The Youngstown Symphony Valentine's Day Concert
"Annie Get Your Gun"
Marvin Hamlisch


The Youngstown Symphony "Stars of Broadway"
"Crazy For You"
Landsberg & Yount (pianists)
"A Christmas Carol"
"The Will Rogers Follies"
The Lettermen
Regis Philbin


Chita Rivera
"The Secret Garden"
Ben Vereen
Christmas With The Mantovani Orchestra
Keith Brion and the New Sousa Band
"Guys and Dolls"
Victor Borge


Maureen McGovern
The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Rosemary Clooney's White Christmas Party
The Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band
Roy Clark
Mark Russell


"Fiddler on the Roof"
"429 Miles off Broadway"
Tony Bennett
The Glenn Miller Christmas Show
"Peter Pan"
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Peking Acrobats


Mark Russell
"Side By Side By Sondheim"
"Yuletime Celebration"
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Hal Linden


Mel Torme & George Shearing
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Mozart Orchestra of Hamburg
"A Christmas Carol"
The Mendelssohn Choir
"South Pacific"


Peter Samuelson-Magician
The New Grass Revival
"My Fair Lady"
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
"Absent Friends"
Leon Bates, pianist
Pittsburgh Dance Alloy
River City Brass Band
The Four Freshman