What do Rick Springfield and Jack Hanna have in common? Well, they both were on television a lot in the 1980s, and they’ll both be at Chandler Center for the Arts as part of the upcoming 2008-09 season, announced Tuesday.
“General Hospital” actor and “Jessie’s Girl” singer/songwriter Springfield will be performing 7 p.m. Oct. 19. “Jungle” Jack Hanna, known for his frequent appearances with various wildlife on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 19, 2009.
The center starts its season with ventriloquist, impressionist and Season 2 “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator, performing as part of its Annual Endowment Gala, 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Linda Ronstadt, a Tucson native and multiple Grammy winner, will bring her “Romantic Evening in Mexico” show to Chandler a month later, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Fellow Grammy winners, the Los Angeles-based mariacha ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, will open.
The music of the 1970s will be represented, with disco superstars KC & The Sunshine Band (8 p.m. April 25) and Queen tribute band One Night of Queen (7 p.m. March 1).
The Ballet Etudes production of “The Nutcracker” returns from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7. An entirely different type of stage production, the Moscow Cat Theater (yes, trained cats doing circus tricks as best they can) returns to the East Valley 7 p.m. Feb. 4.
For the full schedule and ticket information, visit Chandler Center for the Arts online at chandlercenter.org or call the box office at (480) 782-2680.