CANCELED: ‘Night Train 57’ to visit Eisenhower April 5

March 09, 2020

Editor’s note: This event has been canceled as a result of the statewide response to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Patrons who bought tickets to the performance will automatically receive refunds. 

The Arts Ticket Center’s two locations — at Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Downtown Theatre — are closed to the public. Patrons can contact a ticketing associate at 814‑863‑0255, between 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, or via email at

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Enter the freewheeling musical world of Grammy Award-winning singer Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Zanes and percussionist Yuriana Sobrino for “Night Train 57,” a sensory-friendly comic folk opera that will take audiences on a far-out ride to the galaxies and back. The family show comes to Penn State at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

A People magazine critic called Dan Zanes “the crown prince of contemporary kid’s music. A New York Times reviewer observed that he creates “true children’s music, but executed with such sweet (and un-gooey!) humor, casual multiculturalism and shambling groove that you can call it your own.”

During a joyous dusk-to-dawn trip through the stars, “Night Train 57” passengers will discover the power of friendship and community through the sounds of 21st-centruy handmade sing-along music.

It’s an adventure welcoming to all, including young children, people with autism spectrum disorders and those with other sensory sensitivities. A relaxed atmosphere will be established, in which singing along and wiggling in seats are expected.

Festive original folk singing — backed by guitar, trombone, mandolin, flute, harmonica, ukulele and percussion — powers the train. Homespun sets and video projections generate an intergalactic atmosphere.

Patrons should expect to visit psychedelic stars, navigate the challenges of whimsical space travel, and celebrate communal music-making while singing, laughing and dancing toward a deeper understanding of life’s best possibilities.

Visit Center for the Performing Arts online or call 814-863-0255 for more information.

Learn about the modifications being made to help this show be welcoming to everyone.

Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place in Eisenhower one hour before the show. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.

McQuaide Blasko Endowment provides support for the presentation.

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Last Updated March 26, 2020