Free hugs, country stars and, of course, Broadway shows are making their way to The Pullo Center for the performing arts center’s 2017-18 season.
The events — starting with a free interactive event in late August and ending with a free musical performance by acclaimed musicians next April — will keep a steady stream of talent coming to the facility located on the Penn State York campus.
To entice music lovers, The Pullo Center has introduced a Broadway Bundle option, which will offer a discounted price for those who buy tickets for all three musicals scheduled for the upcoming season. Tickets to Broadway hits "Elf," "Cabaret" and "Gobsmacked" can be purchased with a savings of $12 per person.
"Elf" comes to the Pullo stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7; tickets are $35-$65. "Cabaret" is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, tickets are $35-$65. "Gobsmacked! The Musical" is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, tickets are $29-$45.
Several high-profile musicians also will make their way to The Pullo Center, which is entering its 12th year in existence.
Highlights include singers Michael Bolton, Wynonna Judd and Ronnie Milsap, as well as musician John Brickman.
In conjunction with Penn State’s Office of Student Affairs, there will be several events at The Pullo that will be free and open to the public.
Free events are “Free Hugs Guy” Ken Nwadike, who will open the season at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28; gay improvisational artist Anthony Ward, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12; and the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, among other shows. The season ends with a free "Tribute to Hans Christian Andersen" by musicians Marcia Boyesen and Roger Latzgo, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
A few highlights:
Elijah Cross: Rise, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Tickets: $25
The local artist, who released his debut album a year ago, will perform a special benefit show at Pullo that will include music, comedy and magic tricks during a talk about his struggles with mental illness. $10,000 in ticket sales from the event will benefit the York Chapter National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Wynonna & The Big Noise, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Tickets: $49-$69
Five-time Grammy winner and best-selling author Wynonna Judd will perform songs from her storied career, which has spanned three decades. Her band, The Big Noise, led by her husband, Cactus Moser, released its debut album last year. Fans can expect to hear old classics and new hits from the country artist.
Anthony Ward, improvisational floral sculptor and dancer, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Tickets: Free
LGBT performance artist Anthony Ward will hold a free performance at Pullo that will tell his story about self acceptance and coming out in a conservative military family. Ward created unique floral assemblies for 12 years at the New York educational retreat Omega Institute. His performance is brought by Penn State York’s Office of Student Affairs.
An Evening with Michael Bolton, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $60, VIP meet and greet $88
Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist Michael Bolton will make his way to York as part of his latest theater tour. The acclaimed artist has sold more than 65 million records and has been involved in charitable work for more than two decades. He has recently gotten into the comedic space with YouTube videos and a Netflix special that debuted last Valentine’s Day.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday.
The full list of events — a total of 18 so far — is on The Pullo Center website at www.pullocenter.york.psu.edu.