Fall 2015 Lineup


WC_Weidner_Logo_blackBY Patrick Mares

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Friday, October 9, 2015, 7:30 They’re back with a brand new show! Join “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” stars Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and special guest Joel Murray from the TV show “Mad Men” for Whose Live Anyway?. It’s 90 minutes of hilarious improv comedy and song made up before your eyes and based entirely on your suggestions. Bring your ideas and you might be asked to join the cast onstage to participate in a scene. See your favorite games from the Emmy® Nominated hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” plus many new ones. It’s a night of comedy that will leave you laughing for many days after. Whose Live Anyway? is “feel-good comedy.”

CIRQUE MECHANICS: PEDAL PUNK Friday, November 6, 2015, 7:30 Enter the world of Pedal Punk, a Steampunk-inspired place where cycling is the way to escape the technology-obsessed society. In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes. He repairs more than broken pieces, he creates wondrous machines and inspires the cyclist in all of us to become a Pedal Punk. Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike or inside a German Wheel. His fascination with bicycles and passion for cycling are evidenced in this new production. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is exposed in a magnificent way in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”

CELTIC WOMAN Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary World Tour across North America in 2015. The enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish, classical and contemporary favorites in the group’s unforgettable signature style. The 10th Anniversary World Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women—three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist accompanied by a full band, bagpipers, and Irish dancers whose talent and charisma bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. The show is a true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has already captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert!,/a>

RONNIE MILSAP Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3:00 With 40 #1 hits, six Grammy® Awards and a dozen CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year and four turns at Male Vocalist of the Year, Ronnie Milsap is a true legend. In the early ’60s he worked as a session musician in Memphis and can be heard playing the piano on Elvis’s “Kentucky Rain” and singing back-up on “Don’t Cry Daddy.” When Ronnie decided to move to Nashville, he took it by storm. Starting with his first hit “Pure Love,” he started a remarkable run where he didn’t leave the Top Ten for 15 straight years. During that time, he had a number of pop crossover smashes, beginning with “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smokey Mountain Rain,” “No Gettin’ Over Me,” and “Any Day Now.” Ronnie Milsap has been a consistent chart topper and true icon in the industry. A Ronnie Milsap show is a true event!

HOME FREE Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30 When country vocal band HOME FREE was crowned champion of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. They have become known for their high-energy performances, peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Since their “Sing-Off” win, HOME FREE has released two albums, Crazy Life and Full Of Cheer, selling more than 150,000 copies; they’ve embarked on two major national tours, selling more than 100,000 tickets in North America; they’ve released more than 20 music videos, amassing more than 35-million YouTube views. They continue to build a national audience as they bring their Don’t It Feel Good Tour to town in support of their third major release on Columbia Records out in Fall 2015.

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:30 One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Book your tickets and be part of the magic!

THE MIDTOWN MEN Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:30 They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time! Now, THE MIDTOWN MEN are bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons and more, back to life! This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ‘60s. Don’t miss this electrifying and soulful new production with its top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry. Not a performance of, nor affiliated with, the show Jersey Boys.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Adapted by Joe Landry From the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling November 19 & 20, 2015, 7:30 Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Set in New York City’s Studio A at WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946, you will become members of a studio audience for a live radio broadcast, complete with live music, commercials and sound effects in the tradition of the period.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY TRADITION! Saturday, November 28, 2015, 7:30 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy® Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

HOLIDAY POPS Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:30 Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2:30 The 150-voice DUDLEY BIRDER CHORALE of St. Norbert College joins the 90 voices of the BIRDER STUDIO OF PERFORMING ARTS and the Holiday Pops Orchestra for a musical extravaganza! Thrill to the spirit of the season with lush carols and seasonal pops favorites. Conducted by Dudley Birder, the program is the perfect way to begin the Christmas season … with maybe a visit from Santa.

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