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Fall arts preview

Tilles Center's 2019-20 season will surprise and delight


Long Island audiences can find a vibrant cultural scene close to home. One popular local venue, LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, unveils an exciting slate of entertainment for its new season, which opens Sept. 7.

Perhaps the biggest event of the fall is the appearance of Jerry Seinfeld, who performs at Tilles Center’s annual gala on Oct. 12. The Massapequa-raised Seinfeld hasn’t done a public show on Long Island in many years. His last performance was a Superstorm Sandy benefit at NYCB Theatre at Westbury in 2012.

“Coming off the success of last season, we’re excited to build on that momentum and bring a wide range of programming that appeals to a variety of ages and interests for the Long Island community,” says Executive Director Bill Biddle.

“We are especially thrilled to include Long Island’s own legendary Jerry Seinfeld in our lineup this year along with other recognizable names such as Itzhak Perlman, Carol Burnett, Patti LaBelle, Bernadette Peters and strong national Broadway tours like “Rent” and “The SpongeBob Musical.” The classic and pop shows continue to be in demand so look for performances from America, Guess Who, Ambrosia and Poco.”

He adds that “an exciting rock legend that will be announced at a later date.”

The season also includes series of films with live orchestra beginning with the Star Wars Film Concert Series,” Star Wars: A New Hope,” in September and “Disney in Concert: The Little Mermaid,” in January.

There’s also plenty more to come. The schedule includes, as always, holiday entertainment, additional theater and family programs throughout the season, which finishes up in May.

Pre-show entertainment also continues in the Goldsmith Atrium prior to each event, as an ongoing way of showcasing Long Island’s local talent.

For information and tickets, visit www.tillescenter.org or www.tickemaster.com or call (516) 299-3100 or (800) 745-3000. The box office, located at 720 Northern Blvd., (Route 25A) in Brookville, is open Monday-Saturday from 1-6 pm.

Season Snapshot

Creedence Clearwater Revisited – Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.

Star Wars Film Concert Series: Star Wars: A New Hope – Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 and 8 p.m.

Gala 2019 featuring Jerry Seinfeld – Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m.

Patti LaBelle – Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.

Bernadette Peters – Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p .m.

The SpongeBob Musical – Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Disney in Concert: The Little Mermaid – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Sunday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

Rent National Tour – Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 and 8 p.m.

America – Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.

Bandstand National Tour – Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman – Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.

The Guess Who and Rare Earth – Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.

An American in Paris – April 17, 8 p.m.

The Underwater Bubble Show – Saturday, May 9, 2 p.m.