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Smith Center’s awesome spring program

Just ahead of its first anniversary, The Smith Center released its program for the spring season, and it’s a capital-C cultural doozer.

Highlights of the March-June roster include: The dramatic, war-themed play Letters Home (Troesch Studio, March 1-2); Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with icon Wynton Marsalis (Reynolds Hall, March 7); the return of SFJazz Collective, which will play originals and the work of Chick Corea (who will himself play Reynolds Hall on March 29 with Bela Fleck) (Cabaret Jazz, March 22-23); pop songwriting legend Burt Bacharach (Reynolds Hall, March 28); Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody (Reynolds Hall, April 11); NPR’s This American Life host Ira Glass (Reynolds Hall, April 27); and the also-return of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, playing with The Del McCoury Band (Reynolds Hall, May 31).

Those highlights complement the previously announced Broadway Las Vegas Series selections — which include, among other productions, Billy Elliot (May 14-19), Green Day’s American Idiot (June 11-16), and the stage adaptation of the hit film Catch Me If You Can (June 18-23) — as well as programs from residents the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre. An impressive bounty of quality entertainment for the months ahead, indeed.