Music of Ray Charles at Coronado Nov. 29

Direct from London’s West End and a sold-out European Tour, I Can’t Stop Loving You—The Music of Ray Charles will make its Rockford premiere at the Coronado Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Tickets range in price from $31 to $51, and can be purchased at the MetroCentre box office, online at or by calling 968-5222.

Featuring a live, on-stage orchestra, stunning dancers and six amazing singers, I Can’t Stop Loving You—The Music of Ray Charles takes audiences on a musical review of Ray Charles’ life and music. This nonstop celebration embraces the diversity of Ray Charles’ musical genres. From rhythm and blues to gospel and country, from soul to rock and roll, from jazz to big band, Ray Charles’ music has influenced generations of artists and styles throughout his 50-year career.

The musical delivers hit after hit of the music that Ray Charles made famous, including “Georgia On My Mind,” “Hit The Road, Jack,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Shake A Tail Feather,” “What’d I Say,” “Bye Bye, Love” and many more timeless classics.

Known as “Brother Ray” or simply “The Genius,” Ray Charles was one of the greatest musical legends of the 20th century. Born in 1930 in Albany, Ga., and blind by the age of 7, Ray Charles started his recording career in the late 1940s. He soon began his mixture and experimentation within musical genres, winning him 17 Grammy awards.

Throughout his career, Ray Charles was featured on more than 250 albums, appeared in film and on television, and was one of the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France’s Legion of Honor and the Kennedy Center Honors.

In 2004, Ray Charles’ life story was chronicled in the award-winning film Ray starring Jamie Foxx. The biography of his life Brother Ray has become an international best-seller. Ray Charles’ bestselling album to date, Genius Loves Company, was released in 2005, one year after his death. The Genius may be gone, but his music lives on in our hearts and minds.

For more about the musical, visit

Special discounts are available for Broadway in the Coronado season subscribers and groups of 20 or more by calling 800-714-5331.

From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue

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