There’s a lot to love about February’s performances at the Norton Center

Published 6:10 am Tuesday, January 17, 2023


With crazy crooning cats, singing social sensations, and a prodigious pianist playing to paintings, February is sure to impress at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

Guaranteed to give a purr-fectly magical performance, the record-breaking musical spectacular CATS hits the Newlin Hall stage on Feb. 27.

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Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

“The national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit, CATS is out of this world,” said Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “The cats portrayed on stage pull from the quirky and unpredictable antics and behaviors of their real-life four-legged counterparts. Whether you’ve seen the show years ago or for the first time, this is a blockbuster and timeless musical.”

Sing along with one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre, “Memory,” and enjoy the all-new sound design, direction and choreography of “a new CATS for a new generation.”

Viral sensation Voctave is bringing a modern take to classic songs, with Broadway show tunes and Disney medleys sung in fresh a cappella vocal arrangements.

“The smooth blending of the Voctave singers’ voices can be deceptively thought of as simple, yet their harmonizing is acutely tight and pristine,” said Hoffman. “The selection of songs for the performance are memorable, lovable and recognizable; fun for all ages.”

Celebrated for their high-energy performances, Voctave will take to the Newlin Hall stage on Feb. 17.

Experience music and visual art intertwined before your eyes with pianist Dominic Cheli’s “The Sound of Paintings,” coming to Weisiger Theatre on Feb. 24.

“The evening’s program features dynamic works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Mussurgsky’s beloved, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’,” said Hoffman. “As the program title suggests, these music compositions were influenced and inspired by paintings, so we get the chance to see what the composers saw when creating these works.”

Cheli gives the audience an opportunity to experience the world of art in a multi-dimensional way, by playing classic compositions while also featuring a display of paintings by artists such as van Gogh, Watteau, Böcklin and Hartmann.

CATS is sponsored by Bob Allen. Dominic Cheli: The Sound of Paintings is supported by Joe A and Cecil Dulin Wallace Fund.

It’s not too late to subscribe and save this season. Subscription packages are still available-buy more and save up to 20%. For pricing and other information, call the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW or visit

The Norton Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the public welcome to visit the current exhibit: “We Were Here: The African American Experience in Boyle County.”