Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 9:41 a.m.
Golda’s Balcony. Yo-Yo Ma. The Philharmonic. Alvin Ailey.
The Smith Center kicked off its inaugural season in Las Vegas with an impressive lineup of music, theater and dance. And the action won’t slow down as temperatures go up. The performing arts venue released its summer music schedule today, with names from Broadway to Hollywood taking the big stage in Reynolds Hall.
The summer stretch gets started with Broadway alum and Glee actress Idina Menzel playing a solo show on June 10. Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti follows on July 6, with CTA featuring Danny Seraphine and k.d. lang also playing Reynolds in July. On July 14, the Smith Center turns to musical theater, hosting 82-year-old composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who created the scores for shows like Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and wrote the lyrics for West Side Story. Sondheim’s show, A Life in the Theater: An Evening of Music and Conversation, will feature an unscripted conversation with Sondheim, along with performances by Broadway stars Christine Ebesole and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Grammy-winner Diana Krall performs August 13, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers bring a comedy/bluegrass show to the hall on August 22. Finally, Brody Dolyniuk’s Symphonic Rock Show hits Smith on August 24.