April, May CCA performances to include ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ ‘Cabaret’ and orchestral variety

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ORONO – The Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine is offering a variety of performances throughout the 2017–18 season.

Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The comedy tells the story of Monty Navarro, a “gentleman” who secures his place as heir to the family fortune by ridding himself of eight relatives, all in time for tea.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13. The current ensemble has been together for more than 20 years, and this will be the group’s second time performing at the CCA.

The bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Hailing from North Carolina, the versatile group easily transitions between a danceable festival style and a more serious orchestra rendition compatible with a full symphony.

The musician-led Palaver Strings orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The group with Maine connections is dedicated to sharing classical masterworks with a broad audience. The concert is a selection in the John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series. A reception for patrons and artists will follow.

Finally, Tony Award-winning “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Featuring Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the musical celebrates following your heart while transcending a world in decline. The show is for mature audiences.

For more details, a complete season schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit the CCA website at collinscenterforthe arts.com.