We’re still two months away—fingers crossed—from full-fledged musical productions at the Wick, when “Mamma Mia!” is scheduled to end a 10-month dry spell Jan. 7. But in a surprise announcement last week, the theater will be reopening this weekend for its first main-stage concerts since the pandemic.
It all kicks off Friday and Saturday with, appropriately enough, “Back Home Again,” a tribute to folk troubadour John Denver. Tom Becker, a former member of the New Christy Minstrels and a lifelong Denver acolyte, will bring a full set of Denver favorites to the Wick stage, exploring the singer-songwriter’s illustrious career and the passions that drove him along the way—especially the environmental advocacy he held so dear. This is far from Becker’s first John Denver rodeo; he has previously performed this concert for PBS. Tickets run $68 or $100.
Two more concerts will follow before year’s end. On Nov. 19-21, the Wick will present “Blast From the Past,” a ‘50s doo-wop revue featuring hits from the “Malt Shop” decade (with $65 or $100 price points). The theater will ring in 2021 with the Lance Lipinsky New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. One of the original cast members of the Broadway and touring sensation “Million Dollar Quartet,” pianist Lipinsky channels the rollicking spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets run $75 for the New Year’s Eve 5 p.m. show, $250 for the 10 p.m. show with dinner and Champagne toast, and $75 for the Jan. 1 “hangover show” at 3 p.m. I don’t think we need to tell you that all performances will be socially distanced and will require all audience members to wear face coverings.
For the Wick, these limited engagements are an extension of the smaller-scale performances the theater had been bringing audiences even during the shuttered summer. The Wick had one of the most limited closures of all cultural venues, with its Tavern at the Wick restaurant and in-lobby cabaret performances keeping select patrons fed and entertained. Onward and upward!