Performance Series 2016-2017

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM
The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer present The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue.

This live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago's rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem.
Upbeat and uplifting, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue is fun for all ages!
Featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood.

“Infectious and unbridled energy . . . it blows the roof off”
Chicago Sun-Times

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Music City Hit-Makers
Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Music City Hit-Makers

“The most famous people you never heard of”
Scott Speck, Music Director of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra

Music City Hit-Makers is "classin' up country" with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville's hottest songwriters and a 14 piece orchestra. In this Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer's round, three of Nashville's elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for today's most iconic country stars, all set to the sounds of a live orchestra. With over 30 #1 hits, these GRAMMY® winning song-writers have had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and many more. Music City Hit-Makers features symphonic scores by Charles Judge, arranger and conductor for Carrie Underwood’s triumphant performances with the Hollywood Bowl & Ravinia Festival Orchestras and Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas Special, aired on NBC.

“Music City Hit-Makers are the real deal. They are all phenomenal performers in their own right. It was fantastic to hear their hits with the backing of an orchestra and a thrill to make music with such talented performers.”
Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Conductor

“The recording superstars were superseded by the talent of the composers during the Music City Hit-Makers show.”
Muskegon Chronicle

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The Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You're Electing
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:30 PM
The Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You're Electing

Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Washington, D.C. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, “What to Expect When You’re Electing.” They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

“Clapped like mad for the Capitol Steps!... The best musical satire on Washington I’ve ever seen!”
-The Washington Times

“The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were funnier and could sing.”
-P.J. O’Rourke, Humorist

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Ballet Nebraska presents The Nutcracker
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Ballet Nebraska presents The Nutcracker

Always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining, Ballet Nebraska's The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Piotr Tchaikovsky's most famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets, featuring an exciting new Spanish scene.

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

The ladies are serving it up again! Back by popular demand is their holiday show. Troupe America, Inc., the Producer of the nationally acclaimed musical comedy Church Basement Ladies, opens the holiday season with a revival of their popular musical comedy “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas.”
“Away in the Basement” takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations and sprinklings of love in the air, the ladies in their witty, down-to-earth style are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. Content to do things the way they have always been done yet pondering new ideas, the reality of everyday life hits home as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags filled with apples, peanuts and ribbon candy while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. As they mend old bathrobe costumes, discuss the politics of who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!

“Feel-good holiday entertainment”
-Twin Cities Daily Planet

“Hilarious and true to life”
-The Southern

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Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

The ladies are serving it up again! Back by popular demand is their holiday show. Troupe America, Inc., the Producer of the nationally acclaimed musical comedy Church Basement Ladies, opens the holiday season with a revival of their popular musical comedy “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas.”
“Away in the Basement” takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations and sprinklings of love in the air, the ladies in their witty, down-to-earth style are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. Content to do things the way they have always been done yet pondering new ideas, the reality of everyday life hits home as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags filled with apples, peanuts and ribbon candy while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. As they mend old bathrobe costumes, discuss the politics of who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!

“Feel-good holiday entertainment”
-Twin Cities Daily Planet

“Hilarious and true to life”
-The Southern

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Jim Brickman: Pure Piano, The Greatest Hits
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Jim Brickman: Pure Piano, The Greatest Hits

The best-selling solo pianist of our time!
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year, Pure Piano The Greatest Hits to the Arts Center.

Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music to touch the heart in a special way, letting fan’s imaginations take them wherever they want to go. He will lead the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like “Angel Eyes,” “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life”. Jim Brickman Pure Piano, The Greatest Hits strikes the perfect balance between musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and audience interaction.

“A crowd pleaser... His rhapsodic melodies coupled with considerable stage charm have made him a phenomenon!”
- Boston Herald

“His music touches both the heart and soul.”
- Leeza Gibbons

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Cirk La Putyka in Slapstick Sonata
Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Cirk La Putyka in Slapstick Sonata

A darkened warehouse in Prague. The night shift goes through the motions of another tedious
overnight. But all is not what it seems. Slowly, this group of late night laborers breaks out of their
mundane routine, shedding their drab existence for a vibrant and glorious explosion of color, humor, movement, silliness, and physical theater. Scratch the surface- who knows what we’ll find? See what happens overnight and join the thousands who have cheered as these characters find joy in the most unlikely of places.
Set to the music of Mozart, Handel, Shostakovich and others, Slapstick Sonata is an absurd yet
poetic theater piece without text or words. Visual poetry meets physical comedy with a dash of
contemporary circus... and the nightshift will never be the same!
Prague’s Cirk La Putyka is one of Europe’s most pioneering physical theater companies. The
collective brings together a multi-talented cast of dancers, actors, mimes, and comedians and has toured throughout Eastern Europe as well as in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Australia.

“...spend 90 minutes at the edge of (your) seat alternating between hysterical laughter and awe.”
® - Helsingin Sanomat - Helsinki, Finland

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