Unforgettable Van Singel fine arts lineup


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD): It’s a fresh start to a new season at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. They’re kicking off the new season with the return of rock legends, The Hit Men featuring their brand new show. they’re adding some sparkle to the holiday season with the family musical, Miracle on 34th Street. Then, the New Year opens with the fabulous musical comedy Pump Boys and Dinettes, followed by the Freddy Cole Quartet celebrating the music of his brother, Nat “King” Cole, and niece, Natalie. Star War fans will have a great time at The One Man Star Wars Trilogy, a hilarious parody on one of the most popular films of all time, and then the Van Singel concludes the season with the ever popular Cool Jazz.

This season’s shows are (in order of presentation):

THE HIT MEN Time Travel Tour

Starring Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon & More!

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:00 pm

Want to feel like you’re 23 years old again? Time travel through the most magnificent years of rock ‘n roll with The Hit Men – legendary performers who toured and recorded with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Carly Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and many more huge stars. The Hit Men have audiences all over America on their feet cheering, singing and dancing in the aisles. Experience a show full of number one hits, sung and played by these amazing artists the way you first heard them…the way you remember them. thehitmenlive.com During this exciting multi-media production, The Hit Men will also take you behind the scenes with never-heard-before stories about their unforgettable times on the road and in the recording studios with these world class rock stars! Come travel back in time with The Hit Men to relive the music, the magic and the memories!


Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Miracle on 34th Street, a musical based on a favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies and made famous by the 1947 movie of the same name fills the Van Singel stage for two performances on Saturday, December 17. Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the store on 34th Street. Kringle subsequently causes an uproar when he sends Macy’s customers to a rival store for better deals. But, when he claims he is the real Santa Claus, Kringle is forced to go on trial to defend his own sanity! Will he be able to prove he is who he claims


Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

Those filling-station attendants with farmer tans and those waitresses with hot pots of java will make harmony when the Tony Award-nominated, country-and-pop-flavored musical Pump Boys and Dinettes routes its way into the Van Singel Fine Arts Center on Thursday, January 26th at 7:30 pm. It’s a fun evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, the group perform on guitars, piano, bass and, kitchen utensils. 

THE FREDDY COLE QUARTET featuring FREDDY COLE, piano and vocals

Elias Bailey (Bass), Quentin Baxter (Drums) and Randy Napoleon (Guitar)

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30 pm

It’s an unforgettable evening when Freddy Cole (piano/vocals), Elias Bailey (Bass), Quentin Baxter (Drums), and Randy Napoleon (Guitar) continues the legacy of Nat “King” Cole and niece, Natalie, with musical memories that will always be remembered. Now in his 55th year of performing, this great singer and pianist has developed a huge following of his own. The instantly recognizable Cole voice and his veteran quartet, play the classics as well as new compositions and interpretations from a huge repertoire for one performance only on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm. freddycolemusic.com

ONE MAN STAR WARS starring Charles Ross

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

May the farce be with you….From the producer that brought you Potted Potter comes the only Star Wars parody permitted by Lucasfilm Ltd. Charles Ross will stun you with his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. Much of Ross’ childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over – and over – and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hysterical One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into one hilarious show! onemanstarwars.com


Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

Get ready, set and go once again for a hot night of Cool Jazz featuring the nationally recognized Byron Center Jazz Ensembles along with an international jazz musician.


Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

The Van Singel Fine Arts Foundation presents homegrown singer/songwriter, Mallory Skilling in a benefit concert Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. Mallory attended Byron Center Public Schools as a young girl and is a graduate of Cornerstone University. She is currently living in Nashville where she is pursuing her musical career. malloryskilling.com.


**Ticket prices for each of the shows of the CHEMICAL BANK series are:

$16.50 for adults, and $11.50 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

Cool Jazz

$24.50 for adults, and $16.50 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

One Man Star Wars

$25.00 for adults, and $15.00 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

Mallory Skilling Concert

 $36.50 for adults, and $22.50 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

The Freddy Cole Quartet

$42.50 for adults, and $22.50 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

Pump Boys and Dinettes

$45.50 for adults, and $25.50 for students (college age included with proper ID) for:

The Hit Men

Miracle on 34th Street

All shows are reserved seating. Van Singel ticket patrons can design their own season and save from 5% to 15% off the cost of a full price ticket depending on the number of shows purchased:

  • 5% discount when you purchase 3 shows
  • 10% discount when you purchase 4-5 shows
  • 15% discount when you purchase 6-7 shows

Groups also receive ticket discounts depending on the number of tickets purchased per performance.

  • 5% discount with a purchase of 10-19 tickets
  • 10% discount with a purchase of 20-49 tickets
  • 15% discount with a purchase of 50 tickets or more

Patrons who order three or more shows can choose the three-payment plan if tickets are ordered by August 31st – an easy way to pay for a full year of entertainment with three equal monthly payments will automatically be charged to a credit card.

To reserve seats, call or visit the Van Singel Fine Arts Center box office Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 5 pm, 616.878.6800. The Van Singel Box Office Summer hours through September 2 are Monday through Wednesday only, 12 noon – 5pm.

Less than 15 minutes south of Grand Rapids, the Van Singel Fine Arts Center, is located at 84th & Burlingame SW, just 1.5 miles west of US-131 in Byron Center. The venue is at the east end of the Byron Center High School complex. For more information go on-line to www.vsfac.com.