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Cs the Day
2016/17 Bach Dancing
Cs the Day
We welcome back audience favorites Hye-Jin Kim, violin; Ara Gregorian, viola; Parry Karp, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone. They are joined by violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, a new member of the UW-Madison music faculty.

Cs the Day includes the midwest premiere of Paul Moravec’s thrilling Cool Fire for flute, string quartet, and piano and Mozart’s great “Coronation Concerto” arranged for the entire ensemble. Timothy Jones will be featured in Gerald Finzi’s fantastic song cycle Let Us Garlands Bring, settings of carpe diem poems of Shakespeare. (Carpe diem is Latin for “seize the day” = “Cs the Day”—get it?) At the center of this program is Carl Czerny’s Sonata in C minor for piano four-hands. We’ll be suspending a camera over the keyboard so the audience can see how the hands of the pianists cross and interlock throughout this virtuosic masterpiece.


Harry Potter in Concert
2016/17 Promoter Performances
Harry Potter in Concert
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Madison Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.


R&B
2016/17 Bach Dancing
R&B
We welcome back audience favorites Hye-Jin Kim, violin; Ara Gregorian, viola; Parry Karp, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone. They are joined by violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino, a new member of the UW-Madison music faculty.

R&B features Kevin Puts’ Rounds for Robin, a short work for flute and piano he wrote in memory of Robin Williams, and Boccherini’s bubblicious Flute Quintet in G minor. Ned Rorem’s Santa Fe Songs for baritone and piano quartet features the mesmerizing voice of Timothy Jones in one of the great American song cycles. Our 26th season concludes with Brahms’ towering Piano Quintet in F minor.


Chris Isaak
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Chris Isaak
In the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair has its own fan club.

And to what does he attribute the longevity of his career? “You know, I’ve never tried to jump on a trend, and I’ve never had to jump off of one,” he says. “I try to do what feels right for each song. So I never have to go, ‘Well, no more disco for me.’”


Blind Pilot & Gregory Alan Isakov
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Blind Pilot & Gregory Alan Isakov
Blind Pilot most recent album is 'And Then Like Lions' on ATO Records. It is their third LP. Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Local Natives, Andrew Bird, and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle.

Gregory Alan Isakov's songs hone a masterful quality and tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place. His song-craft lends to deep lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius.” Isakov has recently released an album of his songs played in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony.


An Evening With<br><br>Dave Rawlings Machine
2017/18 Promoter Performances
An Evening With

Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings Machine’s rousing live show has prompted critics and fans alike to call them “one of the hottest string bands on the planet” (SF Weekly). Nashville Obsolete marks the 7th studio album on which Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch have collaborated together in their acclaimed two decade long creative partnership.


Bonnie Raitt
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Bonnie Raitt
With ‘Dig In Deep’, her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. The follow-up to 2012’s triumphant ‘Slipstream’ — the Grammy-winning, Top Ten-charting first release on her own Redwing Records label — the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt’s remarkable career for more than forty-five years.

“I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,“says Raitt. “This period of my life is more exciting and vital than I was expecting, and for that I’m really grateful. At this point, I have a lot less to prove and hey, if you’re not going to ‘Dig In Deep’ now, what’s the point?”


Rhiannon Giddens
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Rhiannon Giddens
Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy nominated solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens' follow-up album Freedom Highway, largely comprised of original songs, was released to widespread critical acclaim in February. She performed at the Obama White House and duets with country star Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism hit “Kill a Word.” Last year she received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. Giddens also has a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville.


Mike Birbiglia's "The New One"
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Mike Birbiglia's "The New One"
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called Mike Birbiglia’s recent show Thank God For Jokes “the best night I’ve spent in a theater in a very long time.” In The New One the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss the new one. It may be the best one.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra<br><br>
with Wynton Marsalis
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with all-star Wynton Marsalis, one of today’s most outstanding jazz musicians, is widely considered “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune). This electrifying, one-night-only event includes classical works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own “Swing Symphony.”


Straight No Chaser
2017/18 Overture Season
Straight No Chaser
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.


Emmylou Harris
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Emmylou Harris
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for “Best Americana album”), three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards.


La Santa Cecilia
2017/18 Overture Season
La Santa Cecilia
Grammy®-winning La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music, drawing inspiration from their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. With a captivating songs about love, loss and disappointment, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the U.S. - fully immersed in modern music while utilizing rhythms from cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz rock and klezmer music.

See this show after attending the fifth annual Latino Art Fair at Overture on OCT 6!


Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey<br><br>
of Peter, Paul, and Mary
Forming at the dawn of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, when the tight lid of repression was about to blow off of the American sociopolitical stew pot, Peter, Paul, and Mary emerged just as their nation was coming to grips with long-deferred issues of social and political justice, foremost among these the demand for racial equality.

Through the airwaves, which came to be dominated by their music of conscience, and their relentless schedule of concert performances, many of which took place on college campuses, they helped to inspire and awaken the nation as it united in song and spirit, to finally stand up for its pledge to be a country with liberty and justice for all. During this remarkable era of reckoning, Peter, Paul and Mary reached out to personally touch the lives and hearts of tens of millions of Americans with their songs—a message they lived as much as they sang.


WPR- The Power of Story: <br><br>A Centennial Celebration
Why do we tell stories? To understand the world around us? To explain the unexplainable? To escape or connect with others? Fact, fiction and wonder combine for “The Power of Story,” a special event to celebrate 100 years of public broadcasting in Wisconsin.

Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, will emcee an evening of performance, conversation and music to honor our history, illuminate our future and celebrate Wisconsin.


Graham Nash
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Graham Nash
Legendary artist Graham Nash has announced a new batch of U.S tour dates as he continues to support his recent studio aldbum, This Path Tonight, which was released worldwide last year. Nash is joined on stage by longtime collaborator and This Path Tonight producer Shane Fontayne. Together, the duo performs songs from his days in the Hollies through his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash and from his beloved solo recordings, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career throughout the evening.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his first seventy-five years on this planet, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus, including “Stop Stop Stop” and “Carrie Anne,” his signature CSN offerings like “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” and “Marrakesh Express” and his solo standouts “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” are lightning rods embedded in our DNA.


Mary Chapin Carpenter
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May 6, 2016.

Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness."


Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique
2017/18 Overture Season
Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique
With contagious energy and a transformative score by sound artist Martin Tetreault, eight dancers of Cas Public shed new light on Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed love. Embrace the contemporary movement infused with passion and ultimate sadness that pays homage to one of the greatest stories every told. William Taylor, Overture’s 2016 Rising Star grand prize winner, will perform as the opening act!


My Father's Dragon
2017/18 Overture Season
My Father's Dragon
Children and adults alike will be enchanted as movement, magic and masks combine to bring to life the unlikely friendship between a young hero and a dragon. The unique stage adaptation of the beloved Newbery Honor-winning book series by Ruth Stiles, celebrating its 70th anniversary, brings the audience along on an adventure of talking animals, a rescue and buried treasure.


David Sedaris
2017/18 Overture Season
David Sedaris
Join David Sedaris for an evening featuring all-new stories and observations. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.




Bumper Jacksons
2017/18 Overture Season
Bumper Jacksons
The band that refuses to be put into a box, the Bumper Jacksons blend roots jazz, country swing and street blues for a raucous night of unforgettable music. Tapping into sounds from vintage 78s and its own DIY style, the group, voted 2015 Artist of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards, will have you dancing in the aisles.


Jeremy Stolle Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Jeremy Stolle Cabaret
Jeremy Stolle, best known for his eight-year run in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, recently released his debut album In The Moment following completing the original cast recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been seen across the country on symphony and performing arts stages, bringing a powerful concert filled with heart and laughter.


Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace
2017/18 Overture Season
Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace
This inspiring film, featuring an all African-American cast, is based on real people who fought in World War I. It tells the story of a fighter ace breaking through racial barriers to serve the nation and his return to the U.S. after the war.


An Evening with Bernadette Peters
2017/18 Overture Season
An Evening with Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters, Broadway's brightest star currently seen in Amazon’s Golden Globe®-winning Mozart in the Jungle and CBS’ The Good Fight, will dazzle Overture Hall during a glamorous evening as only she can do. Her performance will include pieces from Broadway shows she's received accolades for, as well as from all her Grammy® Award-winning and nominated albums including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.


Peppa Pig
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!


A Night With Janis Joplin
2017/18 Overture Season
A Night With Janis Joplin
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, Madison is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.


Nat Geo Live: Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice: David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes
Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic. Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish and harp seals. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of “behind-the-camera” adventures.

National Geographic Live Series Sponsored by Exact Sciences


Gregory Porter
2017/18 Overture Season
Gregory Porter
This soulful singer-songwriter won Grammy Awards® in 2014 and 2017 for ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album.’ The New York Times describedand "jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift" will fill Capitol Theater with music influenced by blues, soul gospel.

Fun fact! He was a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.


Kansas
2017/18 Promoter Performances
Kansas
With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic of classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

2016 marks the release of “The Prelude Implicit,” KANSAS’s fifteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album is released on InsideOut Music, and marks the band’s first studio album release in 16 years. The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.


Mr. Popper's Penguins
2017/18 Overture Season
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Painter and decorator Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation is the perfect family treat!


Ken Page
2017/18 Overture Season
Ken Page
You may not place the face but you’ll recognize the voice when singer and voice actor Ken Page performs as part of the center’ cabaret series. Best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Old Deuteronomy in the original Broadway production and filmed stage production of Cats, Page will tap into Broadway favorites, the blues and more.


Nat Geo Live: Point of No Return
2017/18 Overture Season
Nat Geo Live: Point of No Return
Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill, named by Outside magazine as one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports, is celebrated for being the first woman to have climbed both Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, in a single 24-hour period.

In Point of No Return, she’ll share the gripping story of leading a five-person team to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi and how they encountered one pitfall after another, including interminable overland train rides, sketchy motorcycle trips in the rain, hellish jungle slogs, dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, howling winds, false summits, hypothermia, perilous gendarmes and —perhaps the most threatening of all — personality clashes that threatened to unravel the expedition.


Frostiball
2017/18 Overture Season
Frostiball
Madison’s premier fundraising event continues to get bigger and better! Make your plans now and purchase your tickets in advance!


MOMIX Opus Cactus
2017/18 Overture Season
MOMIX Opus Cactus
After a ten-year rest period, MOMIX’s Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Artistic director Moses Pendleton brings the desert landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style, creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers on stage in this unique, modern dance experience for all ages.


GOBSMACKED!
2017/18 Overture Season
GOBSMACKED!
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes GOBSMACKED! the amazing and uplifting a cappella and beatboxing show. Featuring heart-stopping harmonies and reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee, this UK group pushes the limits of the human voice.


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
2017/18 Overture Season
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
Since marrying in 2002, two of Canada’s brightest stars - Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - have been captivating audiences all over North America with their joy and exceptional playing of the fiddle together. Through “Flying notes, fast-paced jigs and reels and polkas, paint can percussion and Gaelic lyrics, original music and tunes from Scotland, Ireland, the Maritimes...” --Music Road, audiences will have an unforgettable musical experience.

The perfect concert to celebrate Valentine’s Day!


Shopkins Live!
2017/18 Overture Season
Shopkins Live!
Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions.

Featuring innovative set design, creative costuming, and state of the art projections, this is one theatrical you don’t want to miss!


On the Trail of the Big Cats
2017/18 Overture Season
On the Trail of the Big Cats
Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him intothe rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar?and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

“By saving the world’s top predators, we save huge forests, rivers, wildlife, and ultimately, our planet.” —Steve Winter


PostSecret: The Show
2017/18 Overture Season
PostSecret: The Show
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, which became six best-selling books. Frank Warren, internet phenomenon and recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, collaborated with an award-winning team of theater professionals to bring PostSecret to life, theatrically, for the first time.

With the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that secrets can be both walls and bridges.


Rain
2017/18 Overture Season
Rain
If you subscribe to our 2017-18 season, you will receive a link in your confirmation e-mail to purhcse this show early.

RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular!

This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.


Shh! We Have A Plan
2017/18 Overture Season
Shh! We Have A Plan
Cahoots NI brings Chris Haughton’s book to life through magic, music and puppetry. Follow this delightful non-verbal journey through the woods - when three madcap characters see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of them have a plan to capture it! Prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this new and exciting theatrical adventure.


Puppet Up! Uncensored
2017/18 Overture Season
Puppet Up! Uncensored
It’s two shows in one! For over 10 years, Puppet Up! – Uncensored has been selling out shows and thrilling critics worldwide. Created by award-winning director, producer and writer Brian Henson with actor, director and improv expert Patrick Bristow, this unique experience combines dynamic comedy and outrageous story lines with the unmatched talent of Henson puppeteers.

The sketches in this live show are all true improv and are performed based on audience suggestions.


Guess How Much I Love You and<br><br>I Love My Little Storybook
The Madison favorite children’s touring company, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, returns! Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues… Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram.

In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading.


The Pirates of Penzance
2017/18 Overture Season
The Pirates of Penzance
Set sail with “the very model of a modern Major-General” in this New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience.

On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy - until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life! Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King, the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley and you've got what The New York Times calls "an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances.”


Brandon Uranowitz Cabaret
2017/18 Overture Season
Brandon Uranowitz Cabaret
Tony Award® nominee Brandon Uranowitz makes his concert debut at Overture Center. Fresh off his acclaimed turn as Mendel in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, Uranowitz gets up close and personal with audiences while sharing songs by the one-and-only Tony Award®-winning William Finn and his experience in the Gershwin Musical An American In Paris.

Expect everything from Finn’s In Trousers to Falsettos to A New Brain to Elegies, with some Gershwin sprinkled in. Uranowitz lends his unstoppable talent to a selection of work from our greatest living Broadway writers. At turns hilarious and soaringly emotional, this is one evening you won’t want to miss.


Nat Geo Live - A Rare Look: <br><br>North Korea and Cuba
Renowned photojournalist David Guttenfelder has spent the past 20 years covering world events in more than 100 counties. In 2011, he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korea—the first-ever western news agency in this mysterious, isolated country. Since then, David has visited more than 40 times, making dubious allies and broadcasting formerly forbidden images around the world. In 2016, David was on the first tourist cruise liner to Cuba and, since then, has returned on several occasions—including Fidel Castor’s funeral procession—to document this largely unknown and fascinating country for National Geographic. As a leading influencer in smartphone photography and social media, David engages with almost one million followers.


Reduced Shakespeare Company:
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Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play
Madison favorite Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with a strangely familiar, yet excitingly new, comic misadventure. In this “tale told by idiots,” a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord erupts when Puck & Ariel hijack the plot of Comedy of Errors, creating such new and strange bedfellows as Kate and Beatrice, Hamlet and master motivator Lady Macbeth, Dromio and Juliet, as well as King Lear and his three daughters who turn out to be the three weird sisters from Macbeth.


Scrap Arts Music
2017/18 Overture Season
Scrap Arts Music
Take some old bike parts, shiny construction salvage, PVC pipes, and other recycled odds and ends. Add five hyperactive hipsters and a set of drumsticks, and the result is a dizzying shower of beats. Children of Metropolis is the greatly anticipated new production by the creative team of Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy. Featuring all-new invented instruments, original melodic music and the same outstanding athletic multi-instrumentalists for which Scrap Arts Music has rightly gained world-wide acclaim since 2001.

A musician’s curious quest changes the fate of the world… The future of humankind depends on making the most from the least. This all new production chronicles one musician’s whimsical quest for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world that’s been forever changed.


Disenchanted!
2017/18 Overture Season
Disenchanted!
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. These royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies hit off-Broadway musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

This show contains adult language and content and may not be suitable for children.


Black Violin
2017/18 Overture Season
Black Violin
Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) bridge the gap between classical and hip-hop as they create hard-hitting beats with lush string sounds. Black Violin, who have collaborated with P. Diddy, Kanye West, Tom Petty and more, blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their band, featuring turntable whiz DJ SPS.

“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” – The New York Times


Arch8's Tetris
2017/18 Overture Season
Arch8's Tetris
Bring the whole family to play a game with Arch8! Inspired by the game, the extremely physical dance quartet from the Netherlands explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to encourage audience participation. It is for the individuals who can’t sit still, the ones who like to climb walls and those who can imagine further than they can see.


Dance Theatre of Harlem
2017/18 Overture Season
Dance Theatre of Harlem
After four decades, the Dance Theatre of Harlem promises a thrilling program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that is of the moment and timeless. With cutting-edge contemporary and ballet works to celebrate African American culture, the racially diverse dance artists carry a message of empowerment. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). After four decades, they promise a thrilling program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that is of the moment and timeless. With cutting-edge contemporary and ballet works to celebrate African American culture, the racially diverse dance artists carry a message of empowerment.


Second City
2017/18 Overture Season
Second City
"The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!" -- Chicago Tribune

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.