The Majestic Unplugged

November 16 – 18, 2018

Majestic Theatre



November 16-18, 2018


Referred to by many as the “singer’s singer” and called “The most awesome voice in gospel music” by Billboard Magazine, Cynthia Clawson has received a Grammy and five Dove awards for her work as a songwriter, vocal artist and musician. Her career has spanned over four decades with 22 recordings to her credit.

She was three years old when her father first asked her to sing in the small church he pastored, and Cynthia has not stopped since – from local neighborhood churches to London’s Wembley Stadium. Though never considered a southern gospel singer by critics and fans, she has been honored to be a frequent guest on Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming Series. Cynthia has reached millions throughout the world with her music.

A graduate of Howard Payne University with a major in vocal performance and a minor in piano, Cynthia was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater in 2007. She holds the same honorary degree from Houston Baptist University in 1995.

Her rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” set the evocative tone for the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning movie The Trip to Bountiful.

Her talents bridge the arts of music, theater and cabaret. Her eclectic style allows her artistry full expression.

Cynthia currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and is married to lyricist, poet and playwright, Ragan Courtney.

Enjoy splendid songs and side-splitting comedy from the glory days of The Majestic Theatre — unamplified by electronics — in the magnificent acoustic space of this National historic landmark.

Architect John Eberson, under the direction of Karl Hoblitzelle, designed The Majestic Theatre to be the preeminent vaudeville house of the southwest. Constructed as Interstate Amusement Company’s flagship theater, the $2 million Renaissance Revival style structure opened on April 11, 1921 to great fanfare. THE MAJESTIC UNPLUGGED will celebrate the wonderful sound of the unamplified human voice with an all-acoustic performance of some of the greatest music of the golden years of the theater, from its opening as a vaudeville house in 1921 to its closing as a movie palace in 1973. The show will feature songs from SHOW BOAT to THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE including “Make Believe,” “My Man,” “The Trolley Song” and “The Morning After.” Modern audiences will experience these classic melodies the way they were originally heard, with no microphones.

Cynthia Clawson joins the previously announced Christopher J. Deaton (Sky Masterson GUYS AND DOLLS), Kristen Lassiter (Penelope THE GOLDEN APPLE), Catherine Carpenter Cox (Adelaide GUYS AND DOLLS), Daron Cockerell (Reno Sweeney ANYTHING GOES), Feleceia Benton (Medda Larkin NEWSIES), Max Swarner (Sir Evelyn Oakley ANYTING GOES), Christine Cornish Smith (MY FAIR LADY Broadway) and Andy Baldwin (Nathan Detroit GUYS AND DOLLS). Join us as we experience the purity of the human voice in its natural state, enhanced only by the acclaimed acoustics of The Majestic Theatre.

Dove Award winner and NEWSIES music director Bruce Greer returns to Lyric Stage as music director and orchestrator.