Country music, oldies, Broadway celebrated in upcoming State Theatre season | Entertainment

Whether it’s country music, rock ‘n’ roll oldies, holiday classics or the best of Broadway, the upcoming 2017-18 season at the State Theatre in Uniontown has a little bit for everyone.

“Every year, we look for shows that we feel would draw in a lot of people — shows that speak to the current audience, and perhaps reach out to people who don’t regularly attend theater,” said Erica Miller with the State Theatre.

This year, the season opens with a performance by Darlene Love at 8 p.m., Oct. 7. Miller said it’s an interesting show to present because while people might not know her name, they would likely recognize her voice.

“She wasn’t always credited for her work,” Miller said, noting that Love was contracted under Phil Spector for a time. She went on to record her own music, as well as star on Broadway.

David Letterman fans likely know Love from her annual holiday performance on the show with “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home.)”

The show, sponsored in memory of Retta Semans, an active member of the Uniontown community who died in 2014, will feature Love’s hits from her early days through today’s tunes.

To enhance the upcoming show, the theater will also show the documentary film “20 Feet From Stardom” at 7 p.m., Sept. 29, which highlights a number of background vocalists, including Love, and their journey through fame.

“It’s not every day you have the chance to see someone of this caliber in Uniontown,” Miller said.

The season continues with “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience” at 8 p.m., Nov. 17.

Sponsored in part by The Producers’ Unit, the show follows the man that “changed the world of music.”

“There’s so many oldies music fans in the area, and you can’t love oldies music without loving Buddy…

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