MSU Riley Center announces 2023 spring/summer season

The Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts unveils a 2023 Spring/Summer Performing Arts Series of musical superstars, theater and comedy featuring one of Mississippi’s own.

The always innovative Aquila Theatre presents Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice on February 9, featuring African American actors in leading roles. As a bonus, area schoolchildren can attend an additional daytime performance just for them.

On March 9, comeback queen and country music troubadour Tanya Tucker performs, followed by a March 18 performance by The Kingdom Choir, the international gospel group made famous at Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding for their mesmerizing rendition of Stand By Me.

Mississippi’s own multitalented comedian and actress Tig Notaro will entertain audiences with her relatable stand-up on April 13. The Beach Boys take the stage May 16, delivering nothing but good vibrations as they perform their catalog of hits. Just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Lee Greenwood is sure to get everyone in a patriotic mood when he performs on June 23.

Closing out the season on July 27, the King of Motown, Smokey Robinson, will leave audiences swooning with his ethereal voice. 

“From theater and comedy to a variety of musical acts, we aim to provide something for a range of audiences,” said Terry Dale Cruse, associate vice president and head of the Meridian Campus. “We are pleased to attract patrons from the local community as well as the rest of the state and region for quality arts and entertainment – plus the restaurants, shops and other attractions that are thriving today in historic downtown Meridian, including the new Threefoot Hotel.”

Season subscriptions to the MSU Riley Center’s 2023 Spring/Summer Performing Arts Series are on sale now, starting at $285 and going up to $575 per person for premium seats.

Special mini-packs are also available, allowing patrons to purchase a bundle of three predetermined shows and claim highly sought-after seats ahead of individual ticket buyers. Ranging from $80 to $285 per person, mini-packs go on sale January 25.

Ticket prices to individual shows vary, starting at $20 and going up to $165 per ticket based on performance and seat selection. Ticket sales to individual shows begin on February 6.

All shows (except the school performance of Pride and Prejudice) start at 7:30 p.m. The MSU Riley Center is at 2200 Fifth Street in downtown Meridian.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 601-696-2200.

The MSU Riley Center thanks The Riley Foundation, The Phil Hardin Foundation, Mississippi State University and Friends of the Lady members. Their continued support helps make these shows possible.

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