Melissa Etheridge, Chaka Khan, “Dirty Dancing” all part of Kravis Center’s new season

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Summer’s coming to a close, no matter what the thermometer says, which means looking forward to the cultural season. Around these parts, that means the announcement of the Kravis Center‘s season. And it’s a good one, with not only an impressive selection of Broadway favorites, but a varied list of rock, soul, country, crooning and Chaka Khan, who is every woman and therefore a category all of her own. Here are five I’m looking forward to:

Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio, Nov. 28: I’m not sure what songs the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and activist is going to be crooning for your Christmas spirit, but I really want her to adapt “Come To My Window” into something Yuletide-like. (“Come Through My Chimney?”)

“Dirty Dancing,” Jan. 3-8: It’s always humbling to have a project dating back to ones adolescence described as a “classic story.” (Millennials, I guarantee you that when “Taylor Swift: The Musical” happens, you’re going to take pause.) But I’ll be there, carrying a watermelon, practicing my lifts and having the “Time Of My Life.”

Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour – The Gambler’s Last Deal, Jan. 18: Wherein the legend reminds that he knows when to fold ’em…which would seem to be right now.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Feb. 1-5: This stage tribute to one of the most prolific singer/songwriters of our time looks like an emotional and sing-along stunner. I imagine I’ll be weeping by the time “So Far Away” starts.

Chaka Khan, Feb. 18: Before Whitney, before Beyonce, before Rihanna, there was Chaka. And that billowing mane. And that voice. She’s the queen.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the full lineup.