Back to Bettersworth: Music by Whitney Houston, title of the ‘Great Gatsby’ production for the 2021-22 Lyceum season



Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — This year’s highly anticipated Lyceum series in the state of Mississippi returns to Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium and welcomes a live audience after being closed last season during the pandemic.

MSU’s long-running performing arts program opens with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on December 1. Audiences will be entertained through an array of theatrical, dancing and singing performances which also include a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning music by Whitney Houston and the Aquila Theater production. from the classic American Jazz Age novel “The Great Gatsby”.

The organizers of the Lyceum offer traditional seasonal packages. A mini-series ticket option is also available and offers guaranteed reserved seats at a reduced rate. Mini-series purchases include participation in three programs.

Current Lyceum customers can renew their subscriptions until July 11, and new subscription packages can be purchased from July 12 to 30. Tickets for the mini-series go on sale August 3 to 20; individual tickets, August 23.

General public season tickets are $ 150 per person; $ 135 for MSU employees and the elderly. Tickets for the mini-series are available to the general public for $ 75 and $ 65 for MSU employees and the elderly.

Individual tickets are available for the general public at $ 30 for adults; $ 25 for MSU employees and the elderly; $ 10 for children aged 3 to 12 or with an ID card / school uniform; and free for MSU students with a valid student card

Purchases can be made online at If available, individual tickets can be purchased at the door prior to each program.

Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the curtain rises at 7 p.m. for all shows.

The December 1 season premiere features the only professional ensemble in the world to play “America’s original music” year-round – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent film, and vintage dance. In addition to the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Lyceum 2021-22 events include:

-Feb. On the 15th, Showtime Australia presents “The Greatest Love Of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston with Belinda Davids”. Featuring the stunning voice of South African singer Davids accompanied by a six-piece band and dancers, the critically acclaimed live concert celebrates one of the world’s most revered singers.

-Feb. On the 23rd, Aquila Theater presents “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald as part of its 2021-22 US National Tour. The company is one of the leading producers of classical theater in the United States and has performed in the White House and for the United States Supreme Court.

—On March 1, Los Angeles Tap Group Syncopated Ladies, created by Emmy-nominated tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold. The group has worked with superstar Beyoncé, performed on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Good Morning America” ​​and at the US Open, and have viral videos garnering over 50 million views.

—March 9 ETHEL string quartet with Native American musician Robert Mirabal, winner of a Grammy Award. Established in New York in 1998, ETHEL is considered one of America’s most adventurous string quartets and has been described by The New York Times as “tireless and eclectic.”

In addition to these five productions, the performing arts programming includes performances presented by MSU jazz, symphony and community groups, the Wind Ensemble, MSU Choral concert groups, as well as the MSU Theater. Details on these performances can be found online at or by phone at 662-325-2713.

For more information on the MSU Lyceum Series, contact the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930, visit or email [email protected]. To make a contribution to the Lyceum series, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918.

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