Murphy Theatre’s Dancing with the Stars

Join us as we kick off the season with our annual fundraiser, Murphy Theatre’s Dancing with the Stars. Come see our group of talented dancers shimmy, shake, and slide their way to the Grand Prize Trophy and support our hometown treasure.

September 22, 2018


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The Fortunate Sons

Following Craft Beer and Chili on Main Street, we’re pleased to welcome back The Fortunate Sons. They are the world’s greatest tribute to America’s greatest band: Creedence Clearwater Revival. Based in Chicago, the band tours nationally and internationally to keep the tradition of CCR’s timeless music alive. Using original vintage gear and instruments, accurate costumes, and spot-on musical ability, The Fortunate Sons instantly conjure up the full experience of seeing Creedence in their prime.

October 13, 2018


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Downtown Halloween Party

Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party at The Murphy Theatre! We’ll have games, crafts, face painting, treats, and special Halloween guests starting at 1 p.m., and a FREE showing of Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie at 2:30 p.m.!



October 27, 2018



The Rocky Horror Picture Show

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Party begins at 11, movie begins at 12.

October 27, 2018


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McGuffey Lane

McGuffey Lane is a country rock band from central Ohio. In 1972 founding members Steve George Reis (bass/ vocals) and Terry Efaw (steel guitar/ gut string guitar/ electric guitar) were a duo called “Scotch and Soda”. When they added Bobby Gene McNelley (vocalist/ guitarist) they renamed themselves McGuffey Lane after the street of Steve’s Athens Ohio home. As their popularity grew they added Dick Smith (drums/ vocals) and Stephen “Tebes” Douglass (keyboards/ harmonica/ vocals). In 1977 McGuffey Lane started playing at Zachariah’s Red Eye Saloon and soon became the house band.

November 3, 2018


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Veteran’s Tribute ft. The Scioto Valley Brass & Percussion Co.

Today we honor our veterans with a free show featuring the talents of the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company. Limit 8 tickets per order.



November 11, 2018


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The Murphy Christmas Show

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Join us for the annual Murphy Christmas Show, directed by Timothy Larrick.



December 7-9, 2018

2:00PM or 7:30PM

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TCT on Tour presents: Reindeer Games

 “Join in all our Reindeer Games” as TCT takes on the holidays – game-show style – featuring Santa’s four-hoofed sleigh team as both hosts and contestants. This TCT world premiere, written by Kenneth Jones, has plenty of audience participation, laughs, good cheer and celebration!



November 11, 2018


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Past Events Below:

The WARWE Ignore

An informational forum to learn about the heroin/opiate problem, and talk with providers ready to help.

Information tables will be staffed before and after the event.

More details at

October 5, 2017


Night Fever: A Tribute to the Bee Gees

“Night Fever” – This Bee Gees Tribute is the largest production of the Bee Gees in the world. The group has been touring for the past ten years, from Disneyland to Russia, recreating the look and sound of the Bee Gees.

Capturing a full history of the Bee Gees, “Night Fever” includes songs from “To Love Somebody”, “Massachusetts”, “I Got to Get A Message”, “I Started A Joke”, “Jive Talking”, “More Than A Woman”, “Nite Fever”, “You Should Be Dancing”, “Tragedy”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and many more.

October 14, 2017


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From Gettysburg to Baghdad: Movie Premiere

From Gettysburg to Baghdad – A time-machine intersects the lives of two soldiers from different periods in history.

This short film was written and directed by former Wilmington resident Artie Knapp. The film stars Christine Jones, Donald Smith, Patrick Taft, and former world heavyweight boxing champion, James “Buster” Douglas, who will be on hand for an early meet and greet with fans.

A premium ticket of $15.00 with allow attendees to meet Buster Douglas and get a picture with him. This price also includes one free alcoholic drink for those 21 and older. Other beverage choices may be substituted. All other ticket prices for the event are $10.00.

Buster’s meet and greet with fans will begin at 1:30 pm, and will run till 2:45 pm. At 3:00 pm, Artie Knapp will introduce the film to the audience. The movie will begin at 3:15 pm sharp.

After the movie has concluded there will be a short intermission break, followed by a showing of Buster Douglas’s championship fight with Mike Tyson!

To view a trailer for the film, please click here.

October 21, 2017


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The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book is brought alive on stage by TCT On Tour, a division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. This event is presented by National Cooperative Bank.


October 22, 2017


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join us for our annual screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring a live cast from The Dayton Affair to bring this experience to life.

October 28, 2017

10:00 PM – Doors & Box Office Open

10:30 PM – Dance on the Street

11:00PM – Stage Games Begin

Midnight – Movie Begins

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PCS Orion presents: “Beauty and the Beast”

As a thank you for all their support during the year, the theatre is proud to open its doors to present this production of Beauty and the Beast. It is a free program with the humble request of a small donation to PCS Orion to support their program.

November 9, 2017

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Veterans’ Remembrance

In honor of our Veteran’s, the Unified Christians Men’s Chorus presents an afternoon of song, a free event presented by Ohio Living Cape May, in cooperation with New Sabina Industries. Limit 4 tickets per transaction.


November 12, 2017


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Merry TubaChristmas & Hometown Holidazzle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We begin our holiday festivities with Merry TubaChristmas, a free public event that helps kick off the annual Holidazzle parade. Join us here to see some spectacularly talented low brass musicians from all across Southwest Ohio. Be sure to stick around for the annual Holidazzle parade down Main Street in the evening!


November 25, 2017


Murphy’s Cartoon Christmas

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the annual Murphy Christmas Show. The show is sure to delight audiences and usher in the Christmas magic you know and love. This event is presented by The Tom E. Dailey Foundation, Wilmington Savings Bank, and United Healthcare, with additional funding from The Charlie Fischer Trust Fund.

December 8 & 9, 2017


December 9 & 10, 2017


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Ferno Washington presents Phil Dirt and the Dozers

“What could be better than the familiar sound of Phil Dirt and the Dozers? Ferno Washington has once again made this fantastic show possible in cooperation with the Ohio Arts Council.”

January 13, 2018


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Kids Comedy at the Murphy: Matthew David Stanley

Matthew David Stanley, combines Stand-Up Comedy with Mind Blowing Magic for a result that can only be described as Entertaining.  He is the proud recipient of the prestigious “Lance Burton Award” presented in Las Vegas, NV as well as the “International Brotherhood of Magicians Stage Champion Award” presented in Kansas City, MO.  He has been featured on NBC and FOX television networks and currently tours the United States and performs internationally at Comedy Clubs, Colleges, Theatres, and Corporate Events. He has opened for such names as Master Illusionist David Copperfield, Country Music Star Mark Wills, Funny Man Gary Owen, and Tom Wilson a.k.a. “Biff” from the Back to the Future Trilogy.  Matthew is a seasoned professional and there is a little bit for everyone in his performances.  Bring the entire family out for this fun filled afternoon of clean comedy and magic. Pizza from Donatos starts at noon, be sure to bring the family for lunch in the lobby!

January 20, 2018


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Comedy Night at the Murphy: Mike Armstrong

Comedy Night at the Murphy is back again, this time featuring comedy by Mike Armstrong, the ex-cop on The Bob and Tom Show. He has also appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, CMT, FOX, and Comedy on Broadway. This show is meant for adults, and contains, clean adult humor. The is an optional pre-show open bar meet and greet with Mike beginning at 6 pm in the second floor Community Room and adds an additional $25 to the face value of each ticket. This is only available to the first 50 patrons to place their order. To select the VIP option, change the ticket type from “ADULT” to “VIP”.

February 3, 2018


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The Bellowing Pines and the Allen Talbott Trio

Join us for a night of local sound as we invite the Bellowing Pines and the Allen Talbott Trio to our stage. Tickets will be general admission, sold at door for $10.


February 10, 2018



The Stranger: A Tribute to Billy Joel

The sweet sound of Billy Joel is perfectly emulated by Mike Santoro, lead singer of The Stranger. Featuring the timeless songs of one of our generation’s most talented performers, this show is sure to leave you speechless by the end of the night. This event is sponsored by Rome Jewelers.


February 17, 2018


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The Drowsy Lads

Your toes will be tapping and there will be a smile on your face for a long time after.” Join the spirit of Irish music in the midwest to kick off Saint Patrick’s weekend at the Murphy with the Drowsy Lads and Guinness!

March 16, 2018


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Mutts Gone Nuts

Wanna hear a joke? ”What’s happens when it rains cats and dogs? You can step in a poodle!” If you think that joke was terrible, that’s because it was written by a person. To see how funny dogs can be, come check out Mutts Gone Nuts, a comedy show that lets the pups shine, instead of letting their trainers tell the jokes.

March 18, 2018


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Fresh Horses: A Tribute to Garth Brooks

Fresh Horses is a high energy show band that performs all the hits of Garth Brooks. Fresh Horses tours North America and has received excellent reviews along with a great following of fans.

Les Smith the Band Leader looks and sounds so much like Brooks that people comment that they forget they are watching a Tribute Act.

Fresh Horses please crowds of all ages with their music and entertaining show. All music lovers can enjoy the songs of Garth Brooks as the music crosses all barriers.

Fresh Horses is known for their professional attitude and excellent showmanship. They will leave you with a sense of “more than your money’s worth”. Fresh Horses will definitely be an asset to your lineup of entertainment!

April 7, 2018


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Hotel California: A Tribute to the Eagles

When The Eagles stopped to catch their breath a few decades ago, having sold over 100 million records, collected six Grammy’s, and enjoyed six #1 albums, Hotel California began a pioneering journey through their history-making music that has taken them around the globe and thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans. It’s been a journey they could never have imagined back in 1986, but their dedication, unique musical gifts, and an obsessive commitment to doing this legendary music true justice in performance, set them apart from the many Eagles bands that came after them.

Today Hotel California continues to tour internationally, and their stage show has evolved into one of the most impressive and popular productions on the North American soft-seat and festival circuits. Featuring original members within their strongest lineup to date, the band is enjoying what they do today more than ever –and it sure sounds like it!

April 21, 2018


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Hadden Sayers

Fiery blues quartet, scorching ears with burning grooves. Better pray for rain, cause Hadden Sayers is back again on the Murphy stage.

May 5, 2018


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Bill Marine Ford presents Mike Albert and the Big “E” Band

Spending the night watching Mike is more than just watching another tribute band; Mike pulls you in with an experience that leaves you spellbound. We guarantee that you won’t want to leave your seat once Mike takes the stage. This event is presented by Bill Marine Ford.

May 12, 2018


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Ticket office opens two hours prior to event.

50 W. Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio

Phone: 937-382-3643

Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday –  Friday.

Ticket Office Opens day of show at 5 p.m.

Matinee is 1.5 hours in advance of show.

Group Discounts

A 10% discount is available for large groups of 20 or more patrons.  The group must be attending the same event and payment must be made in one lump payment at the time of ordering.  Please call our office at 937-382-3643 to schedule your groups visit to the Murphy Theatre.

Wheelchair Seating

Accessible seating for patrons with disabilities is available. This seating is only available on the main floor. Our balcony is not wheelchair accessible. Please call the Box Office at 937-382-3643 as far in advance as possible to reserve this seating.


There are no ticket refunds. All Sales are Final. Members of the Murphy Theatre who are unable to attend a show may exchange their tickets for another regular season series show. Any difference in price must be paid. Exchange these tickets in person or by calling the Box Office at 937-382-3643.


The Murphy Theatre is very proud to offer freshly popped popcorn and a variety of Coca-Cola products. Beer and Wine at select shows.

The Soda Shop is open one hour prior to most live shows and during intermission .

No outside food or drink permitted


During the Show

Concessions are available at most events both before the performance and during intermission (when applicable).

Every patron, including children, must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Parents are asked to please use discretion when bringing very young children to the theatre, as disruptive children can become distracting to other patrons and to performers.


For the consideration of other patrons, latecomers may be placed in Latecomer Seating at the back of the theatre until there is an appropriate break in the performance. Patrons leaving their seats during a performance for any reason may be seated on a seat-available basis to the rear of the house at the house manager’s discretion.

Photographs and Recording Devices

All video or recording of any portion of this show is strictly prohibited. The taking of photographs is also prohibited.

Theatre Etiquette

Please turn off alarms, pagers and cellular phones. For everyone’s enjoyment of the show, please refrain from talking, text messaging or the excessive use of perfume. If you experience a disturbance, please notify an usher and the situation will be handled discreetly. Remember to turn off your cell phone again after intermission.

In case of emergency or fire, please follow the directions of the staff and volunteers. When exiting, please walk in a calm and orderly fashion to the nearest exit. Do not run.