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Jay Owenhouse
2018/19 Promoter
Jay Owenhouse
The phenomenal touring Owenhouse show breaks new ground across the nation with a brand new elaborate stage show called “Dare To Believe”, a mind boggling, spell-binding experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat!


Skeleton Crew
2018/19 Forward Theater
Skeleton Crew
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. When the line between blue-collar and white- collar gets blurred, how much are people willing to risk for each other?


Iliza
2018/19 Promoter
Iliza
Iliza is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows. She recently completed hosting her late night limited run talk show “Truth & Iliza,” on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). The self styled talk show is a cross between social commentary, politics, pop culture and Iliza’s specific brand of feminism.In November 2017, she released her first book Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity (Hachette Book Group) a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman’s approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships.


Greg Zelek, Organ
2018/19 MSO
Greg Zelek, Organ
Virtuoso Greg Zelek opens the 2018-2019 season as the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and Curator of MSO’s Overture Concert Organ. His exciting program features “organ favorites” by Vierne, Bach, Franck and more. Join Madison’s premier organist in a colorful display of artistry and skill in Overture Hall.


Gordon Lightfoot
2018/19 Promoter
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen #1s, Eighteen Top 10s and Twenty One Top 40 hits.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists including: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith and George Hamilton IV.


Jeff Tweedy
2018/19 Promoter
Jeff Tweedy
As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for ten Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014 he released Sukierae, a musical collaboration with his son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. Jeff's latest release, Together At Last, is an 11-song retrospective featuring intricate acoustic versions of songs from the Wilco, Loose Fur and Golden Smog catalogs.


Jake Shimabukuro
2018/19 Promoter
Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.


MSO: Emanuel Ax, Piano
John DeMain’s 25th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra opens with return of Emanuel Ax performing a demanding and dynamic interpretation of Brahms’ Concerto No. 2, and the MSO presents Higdon’s Fanfare Ritmico and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.


iLuminate
2018/19 Overture Season
iLuminate
Technology and dance merge during iLuminate, an exhilarating visual performance of artists wearing glow-in-the-dark suits executing dynamic choreography. As seen on America’s Got Talent, this electrifying dance crew drops their moves to Latin, contemporary and hip-hop tunes alongside colorful multimedia projections on a darkened stage. With their unique brand of storytelling and explosive dance movies, iLuminate casts light into the darkness for an experience you have to see to believe.


Trixie Mattel
2018/19 Promoter
Trixie Mattel
An evening of live music, outrageous comedy and flawless drag.


Whose Live Anyway?
2018/19 Overture Season
Whose Live Anyway?
It’s like Whose Line Anyway, only it’s Whose LIVE Anyway. Enjoy a completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes and songs that will tickle not only your funny bone, but every bone in your body. Bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! Starring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray and Bob Derkach.


Snatam Kaur
2018/19 Promoter
Snatam Kaur
Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. Snatam’s Light of the Beloved Tour will bring her joyous, uplifting music to audiences everywhere as she performs compositions from her new album Beloved and much-beloved songs from her rich catalog of classic world devotional CDs. Timeless Snatam Kaur recordings such as Prem, Grace, Anand, Liberation’s Door and Light of the Naam, have brought inspiration and a deep sense of peace to listeners worldwide with their captivating blend of traditional sacred mantras and expansive musical settings blending Eastern and Western influences. But the best way to experience the music, warmth and wisdom of Snatam Kaur is live in concert.


Welcome to Night Vale
2018/19 Promoter
Welcome to Night Vale
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.


Something Rotten!
2018/19 Overture Season
Something Rotten!
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).


Kenny G
2018/19 Promoter
Kenny G
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.


MSO: Zuill Bailey, Cello
Canadian guest conductor Tania Miller and Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey bring evocative displays of musicianship to the Madison Symphony Orchestra through a performance of Oesterle’s Home, a solo interlude by Bailey on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and a conclusive, remarkable interpretation by Miller on Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.


Maria Bamford
2018/19 Promoter
Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park).

Maria is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie.


wellRED Comedy Tour:<br><br>From Dixie With Love
wellRED: From Dixie With Love is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!). From Dixie With Love is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.


Life on the Vertical
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with Mark Synnott
2018/19 Overture Season
Life on the Vertical

with Mark Synnott
His mission in life is simple: to seek out and climb the world’s largest and most remote big walls. From scaling the sea cliffs of Oman with Alex Honnold to exploring Uzbekistan’s Dark Star cave, climber Mark Synnott has led an unparalleled life of adventure. Join him for an evening of superb storytelling and spectacular imagery.


Paul Jacobs, Organ
2018/19 MSO
Paul Jacobs, Organ
Paul Jacobs, Grammy-winning artist and established member of the Juilliard School Organ Department made history performing Bach’s organ works in their entirety — over an 18-hour period. The former mentor and teacher of MSO’s Principal Organist Greg Zelek will bring MSO’s magnificent Overture Concert Organ to life when he makes his Madison debut with an all-Bach program.


E Faye Butler Cabaret
2018/19 Overture Season
E Faye Butler Cabaret
Ten Chimneys presents an evening of extraordinary entertainment by cabaret sensation, E. Faye Butler, in the historic Capitol Theater as part of Overture’s Cabaret Series. You will experience an electrifying night of storytelling and live music as she performs songs by the artists who defined our culture through the evolution of American Jazz. E. Faye Butler is a 2012 recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.


So You Think You Can Dance
2018/19 Promoter
So You Think You Can Dance
Following the continued success of the hit summer competition series and 15 Emmy® wins, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is packing up its best dancers of 2018 and touring the country this Fall with SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018 will feature the show’s Top 10 Finalists plus soon to be announced All Star guests.


Randy Rainbow Live
2018/19 Promoter
Randy Rainbow Live
Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He is the creator and star of the long-running BroadwayWorld.com web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow.


Fun Home
2018/19 Forward Theater
Fun Home
This unique, funny and heart-shattering new musical zig-zags across Alison Bechdel’s past and present as she tries to make sense of her parents’ lives, her own sexuality, and how she maps the terrain of her adult world.


Paula Poundstone
2018/19 Promoter
Paula Poundstone
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.


Simon & Garfunkel Story
2018/19 Overture Season
Simon & Garfunkel Story
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this show also features a full live band performing all the hits including “Mrs Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound” and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

“Fantastic” – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2 “Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage


Tedeschi Trucks Band
2018/19 Promoter
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Go back to December 31, 2008 when guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, were preparing to ring in the New Year. Married since 1999, these two soulmates, equally steeped in the musical roots of blues, jazz, and gospel, had finally decided the time was right to set aside their successful solo careers and commit to a new band melding their vision and talent. It wasn’t the first time they had collaborated; they had shared a stage countless times and traded album guest appearances, all while starting a family together. But on that night, hitting the stage together with members of the Derek Trucks Band and a guest horn section they heard the future. Two years later, the couple debuted Tedeschi Trucks Band.

With Special Guest Todd Snider


Ballet Folklórico de México
2018/19 Overture Season
Ballet Folklórico de México
In 2018, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad.


MSO: Christopher Taylor, Piano
The Madison Symphony Orchestra remembers and commemorates the storied and significant impacts of Leonard Bernstein; visiting Bernstein’s original scores as well as Beethoven, John DeMain and the MSO observe and reminisce on the groundbreaking compositions and legacy of the iconic American figure.


Wild Kratts Live 2.0
2018/19 Overture Season
Wild Kratts Live 2.0
The Wild Kratts LIVE! stage show that has kids across North America buzzing is coming to Madison with a new and exciting adventure! Join Martin and Chris as they activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits and go “Off to the Creature Rescue!” With the help of the Wild Kratts team – and their audience members – the Kratt Brothers confront a comic villain and help bring the creatures of the animal world to safety once again.

**Please note that Wild Kratts is not eligible for installment billing for season orders.


Soweto Gospel Choir
2018/19 Overture Season
Soweto Gospel Choir
Your spirits can’t help but be lifted by the Soweto Gospel Choir, a more than 30-member ensemble that blends African gospel, spirituals, reggae and American pop into its concert performances. The two-time Grammy-winning choir has performed with some of the greatest recording stars including Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Bono of U2. With joyful South African harmonies, this powerful show offers hope to everyone.


Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk
Al Chez is well-known for playing trumpet over 25 years on “Late Night” (NBC) and “The Late Show with David Letterman” (CBS). He is the second-longest network TV trumpet player after Doc Severinsen, with over 2,800 shows. He toured with Tower of Power, Bon Jovi, Robert Cray, Young Rascals, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Maynard Ferguson, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds Band, Ben E King, Sam & Dave, among others. Forming his own band in 2008, he continues touring as well as giving back to students through band and drum corps clinics. The recently-released CD, “Chapter One: Reinvented,” features his own take on many classic rock and standard tunes, as well as his first original song, For Your Love.


John Cleese
2018/19 Promoter
John Cleese
Come spend a hilarious evening with the “One and Only” John Cleese. John is a legendary comedic actor best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda.

“The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s and has gone on to write, produce, direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for A Fish Called Wanda. But John is far from your garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in.

Don’t miss a hilarious minute as John Cleese shares his humorous insights on the world and politics and his life.


School of Rock
2018/19 Overture Season
School of Rock
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!”


Mannheim Steamroller
2018/19 Overture Season
Mannheim Steamroller
The ultimate holiday tradition, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, brightens the season featuring familiar Mannheim holiday classics. The show also celebrates the group’s recent 30th anniversary since its first Christmas album and includes selections from the groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced Mannheim to the U.S. You’ll be infused with the spirit of the season through the dazzling multimedia effects and the signature sound of these unique performers.


Madison Symphony Christmas
John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with a myriad of musical collaborations, including Christmas classics alongside regional choirs such as the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, the Madison Youth Choirs, and esteemed opera singers Cecelia Violetta Lopez and Kyle Ketelsen.


The Second City 
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Dysfuntional Holiday Revue
“Ha, ha, ha” becomes “ho, ho, ho” when Chicago’s legendary comedy theater slays the season in The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue. Nothing is sacred, including holiday film classics, family gatherings and Christmas carols, in a show that delivers anything but typical holiday fare. See upcoming comedy stars, hilarious satire and world-famous improvisation with a slightly naughty twist in a performance recommended for mature audiences only due to its adult content.



2018/19 CTM
A Christmas Carol

Finding Neverland
2018/19 Overture Season
Finding Neverland
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.


The Rainbow Fish
2018/19 Overture Season
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfizer’s award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid’s striking puppetry production includes two delightful companion stories, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.


View from Above 
<br><br>with Terry Virts
2018/19 Overture Season
View from Above

with Terry Virts
Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.


Heisenberg
2018/19 Forward Theater
Heisenberg
A chance encounter between Georgie (flirtatious, mysterious) and Alex (a much older man) starts with a kiss that changes both of their lives. What does Georgie want? And can she be trusted? These two strangers, set adrift by life and loss, embark upon a fascinating game of cat and mouse that changes course with each new revelation. There are many possible lives we can live – but each choice we make alters the journey.


Beyond the Score: Why Italy?
Beyond the Score® is a multimedia presentation featuring APT actors, stunning visual projections, and musical examples. Join Mendelssohn on his travels across the historic cities of Italy and discover how the country became the inspiration for this buoyant symphonic work. The entire work is performed in the second half.


One Funny Mother
2018/19 Overture Season
One Funny Mother
One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard?, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage.


ABBA MANIA
2018/19 Overture Season
ABBA MANIA
ABBA MANIA is now accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. ABBA MANIA brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed.If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you! Join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Voulez Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Winner Takes It All’,‘Super Trouper’ and many more. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music.


Rock of Ages
2018/19 Overture Season
Rock of Ages
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.


Josh Young Cabaret
2018/19 Overture Season
Josh Young Cabaret
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MSO: James Ehnes, Violin
Violinist James Ehnes and John DeMain’s Madison Symphony Orchestra team up for an event of colossal talent; featuring Madison-resident Harbison’s The Most Often Used Chords, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights
2018/19 Overture Season
Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights
Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis, who is a NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music.


Chelsea Chen, Organ
2018/19 MSO
Chelsea Chen, Organ
Chelsea Chen is a highly accomplished organist and composer; her work, albeit classical, is expanded upon with inflections of her own compositions, based on Asian folksongs. Chen’s Overture Hall debut features her original Taiwanese Suite, plus works by Grieg, Holst’s The Planets, and more. Experience the nuances of her lively and personalized style brought to life on the Mighty Klais organ.


Los Vivancos: Born to Dance
2018/19 Overture Season
Los Vivancos: Born to Dance
Seven brothers set fire to the stage with tap-dance, humor, martial arts and musical virtuosity in dazzling display of physical prowess in a flamenco fusion show that will have you wanting to leap on stage and join them. You’ll feel their passion and commitment to dance in this daring technical production performed on an innovative set that turns dance into a aerial ballet and near balancing act. Modern times merge with tradition in a display of athleticism and artistry in Los Vivancos presents Born to Dance.


King and I, The
2018/19 Overture Season
King and I, The
Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).


Standing at the Water's Edge
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with Cristina Mittermeier
Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused. During her time with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, she documented a society that relied on their local waterway to survive—and found their way of life threatened by a massive new dam. In British Columbia, she found First Nations protecting their sacred headwaters, and in Hawaii, a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. She learned that one concept bound these three disparate communities together: “Enoughness,” or taking only that which you need.


MSO: Three Virtuosi
2018/19 MSO
MSO: Three Virtuosi
The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates three of its own artists — Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, Clarinetist JJ Koh, and Tubist Joshua Biere — exhibiting a technical and evocative mastery of their respectful instruments via a series of solo pieces from Prokofiev, Debussy, and Vaughan Williams. Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 opens, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris closes the concert.


The Choir of Man
2018/19 Overture Season
The Choir of Man
It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.


Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium
2018/19 Overture Season
Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.


Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT - 
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A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
At the center of every circus rests a 42 ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels is the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics. The company dares us to leap into the circus ring and experience the timelessness of this evolving art form. The shows’ unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional, and its story full of the lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, like a big top, where we can be amazed. The action in 42 FT is full of theatricality and a modern sensibility, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats and aerialists.

Cirque Mechanics, inspired by modern circus, finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. The shows, imbedded in realism, display a raw quality rarely found in modern circus. Cirque Mechanics signature style is wrapped in acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a bit of clowning around. 42 FT follows the great successes of Birdhouse Factory, Boomtown, and Pedal Punk.




Havana Cuba All-Stars
2018/19 Overture Season
Havana Cuba All-Stars
The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.


Church Basement Ladies
2018/19 Overture Season
Church Basement Ladies
From the minds and hearts of authors/humorists Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran, comes the latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up, O Men, a brand new musical comedy introducing the men of the church right alongside your favorite ladies from the basement. As these hard-working farmers discuss “man stuff,” they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house. Will you have fun? You betcha!


Life Sucks
2018/19 Forward Theater
Life Sucks
In this bold and funny reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies lurches between love and lust, laughter and longing, and the many ways in which life does, and doesn’t … suck. Both brash and warm-hearted, Madison native Aaron Posner’s romp of a play reminds its seven hapless characters—and us—that to feel deeply is the price of a life well-lived.


Miss Saigon
2018/19 Overture Season
Miss Saigon
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat is On in Saigon,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. NYI raves “The new MISS SAIGON soars to the rafters!”

“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” – The New Yorker


Music of Words
2018/19 Overture Season
Music of Words
Join Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society for an evening of poetry, piano and flute featuring Stephanie Jutt, flutist, and Jeffrey Sykes, pianist, in collaboration with poets Max Garland (former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and recent winner of the Brittingham Prize), Madison poet Catherine Jagoe and New York poet Mark Belair. Support for this event is provided by Overture and Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters.


Branford Marsalis Quartet
2018/19 Overture Season
Branford Marsalis Quartet
NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis’ most current recording with his quartet is Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.


MSO: Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Marc-André Hamelin brings his trailblazing prodigal piano talent to the collaborative minds of the Madison Symphony Orchestra for two European impressionistic compositions — Strauss’ Burleske and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G for his debut with MSO. Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and Debussy’s La Mer complete the poetic program.


Underwater Bubble Show
2018/19 Overture Season
Underwater Bubble Show
Mr. B finds himself transported as if by magic to a special, colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia, a place to linger, to dream, to listen, to watch, to savor, and to marvel but, above all, a place to dream.


Thomas Mesa, Cello/Greg Zelek
Cellist Thomas Mesa and Principal Organist Greg Zelek close MSO’s Overture Concert Organ season with Beethoven’s variations on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Beau Soir by Debussy, Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, and “Fiddle” Fugue in D minor, Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Widor’s Toccatta from Symphony for Organ, No. 5, a Serenade by Schubert, and Hadyn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. Don’t miss the 18-19 organ season finale!


An Evening w/Bernadette Peters
2018/19 Overture Season
An Evening w/Bernadette Peters
Throughout her illustrious career, Tony® Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings.

Ms. Peters currently stars in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway and recently starred in the critically acclaimed production of Follies, after a highly successful run at the Kennedy Center. Prior to that, she starred in the Tony® Award-winning masterpiece, A Little Night Music opposite Elaine Stritch. This year, Bernadette received her third Tony®, The Isabelle Stevenson Award which acknowledges an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.


I Bought a Rainforest
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with Charlie Hamilton James
Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest.

More recently, Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a recent National Geographic story, he went beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports.


Matt Beilis - The Soul of Pop (Cabaret)
2018/19 Overture Season
Matt Beilis - The Soul of Pop (Cabaret)
The Soul of Pop is a sensational musical journey through the evolution of pop music based around the piano. With an arsenal of hit songs that span nearly a century, singer songwriter Matt Beilis is able to summon the very soul of pop music with a voice like none you’ve ever heard, as well as virtuoso piano chops. Beilis performs smash hits spanning the decades from artists like The Beatles, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, and The Eagles all the way through to current pop hits by John Legend, Adele and more!

New Yorker Matt Beilis was born with his distinct voice. Some would say it’s unconventional, which would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist. Matt traded in his Ivy League education along with a lucrative finance career—for a gig in a piano store, betting that his artistic talents would propel him beyond the comfort that his academic achievements all but guaranteed. By choosing his dream over a career on Wall Street, Matt already walked away from a sure thing. Believing 100% in his own talent is the only bet he could make. And he’s all in.


MSO: Symphony of a Thousand
A seasonally-conclusive display of immense proportions (500+ artists on stage), John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra partner with three choirs and eight opera singers to present one of the greatest musical feats in the classical repertoire, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. The Symphony of a Thousand is an unprecedented accomplishment of human musicality, literary poeticism, and fundamental creativity.


Ballet Hispánico
2018/19 Overture Season
Ballet Hispánico
The dynamic performers of the premier Latino dance company in the United States, Ballet Hispánico, present a diverse repertory that fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create an innovative concert dance experience. Under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, the company interprets today’s foremost choreographers as well as emerging artists. Their fluid performance, unexpected choices and unfathomable athleticism propels theatricality and passion that transforms the audience.


A Bronx Tale Musical
2018/19 Overture Season
A Bronx Tale Musical
Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
2018/19 Overture Season
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show.


Monologue Festival
2018/19 Forward Theater
Monologue Festival
Forward Theater’s biennial monologue festival is back! Featuring a dozen original pieces written by playwrights from across our community and around the nation, this festival celebrates the many different ways creative authors can approach a common subject. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the Two Steps Forward festival will encompass a wide variety of perspectives on and interpretations of our state’s long progressive tradition.


Anastasia
2018/19 Overture Season
Anastasia
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Madison at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.