Calendar of Events



The MadHatters
2019/20 Local Arts
The MadHatters
This event has been cancelled. Ticket holders are being contacted by the ticket office in regards to refunds.


MSO: Dvorák Requiem
2019/20 MSO
MSO: Dvorák Requiem
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and the producer’s control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted some time next week in regards to their options.


The Flying Karamazov Brothers present 4PLAY
This event has been cancelled from its original date and is in the process of being rescheduled. Ticket holders will be contacted shortly.


A Midsummer Night's Dream
2019/20 Madison Ballet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Frolic and foul play inhabit Shakespeare’s most whimsical comedy. Choreographer Peter Anastos illuminates this charming tale with a Mendelssohn score that’s as unique and memorable as the story itself.


BANFF Film Festival
2019/20 Promoter
BANFF Film Festival
Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Hot on the heels of the Festival held every fall in Banff, Canada, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.


Step Afrika!
2019/20 Overture Season
Step Afrika!
The first professional company devoted to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles with an array of contemporary dance and art forms to create a compelling stage performance. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to participate.


Orpheus in the Underworld
2019/20 Madison Opera
Orpheus in the Underworld
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and the producer’s control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted some time next week in regards to their options.


Duck Soup Cinema- The Social Secretary
2019/20 Overture Season
Duck Soup Cinema- The Social Secretary
A feminist satire of 1916 that remains relevant today has Norma Talmadge playing Mayme, an attractive woman who can’t keep a job because of unwanted advances from male clients. When she accepts a new job as social secretary to a wealthy family, she disguises herself as dowdy and ends up falling for the son of the house.


Monkey Baa's "Diary of a Wombat"
2019/20 Overture Season
Monkey Baa's "Diary of a Wombat"
Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, trash bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

This delightful non-verbal adaptation features puppetry, movement, and live cello music- from a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse), Designer Imogen Ross (Monkey Baa’s 2013 production Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard.


From Summit to Sea with Andy Mann
2019/20 Overture Season
From Summit to Sea with Andy Mann
Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann uses his work to bridge the gap between science and policy. From his early days as a rock climber to his current passion documenting the critically endangered oceanic whitetip shark, his stunning images tell the story of our rapidly changing planet.


My Fair Lady
2019/20 Overture Season
My Fair Lady
From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1).

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?


Eric Silberger MWIV
2019/20 WCO
Eric Silberger MWIV
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and WCO's control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted in regards to their options.


Plena Libre
2019/20 Overture Season
Plena Libre
Plena Libre infuses their contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions, known as plena and bomba, which developed on the island over a century ago. Unlike salsa bands, who usually only have two singers, Plena Libre features five vocalists singing in lush three and four part harmonies; a musical representation of a traditional community gathering.


MSO: Yefim Bronfman
2019/20 MSO
MSO: Yefim Bronfman
The Russian-Israeli powerhouse returns to perform Brahms’s first piano concerto. Its grandeur and thrilling technical difficulties have given it a deserved place among the towering keyboard masterpieces of all time.


MSO: Greg Zelek w/Diapason
In this sound spectcular, we introduce The Diapason Brass & Timpani. The combined sonority of these six outstanding artists will complement the already highly varied tonal range of the Mighty Klais, charging this exciting repertoire with extraordinary brilliance. This unique program of music written for a variety of pairings will include Gigout's Grand Choeur Dialogue, a transcription of Rachmaninoff's famous Vocalise performed on horn, and an arrangement of Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ and timpani.

Stamm: Fanfare and Toccata Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Hillert: Three Pieces for Brass, Organ, and Timpani Gigout: Grand Choeur Dialogue DiLorenzo: Fire Dance Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 Dinda: Nocturne Weaver: Toccata Wagner: Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin Guilmant: Final from Symphony No. 1 in D minor


Alonzo King LINES Ballet
2019/20 Overture Season
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.


Andrew Balio MWV
2019/20 WCO
Andrew Balio MWV
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and WCO's control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted in regards to their options.


Classic Albums Live AC/DC
2019/20 Overture Season
Classic Albums Live AC/DC
Classic Albums Live takes a crack at AC/DC's seventh studio album, an unprecedented success selling an estimated 50 million copies worldwide. Featuring “Shook Me All Night Long,” “Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” the album ranks at no. 73 on Rolling Stones Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


The Play That Goes Wrong
2019/20 Overture Season
The Play That Goes Wrong
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times) and “THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!


Kathy Mattea
2019/20 Overture Season
Kathy Mattea
Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). The dream almost ended, though, when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing. What followed was a three-year journey through life challenges, soul-searching, and professional uncertainty, a trying time of personal anguish that threatened to silence her permanently, but instead brought her unexpected joy.

Mattea dug in with a vocal coach, re-committed to her music, and emerged with the most poignant album of her career, Pretty Bird. Exquisitely arranged and delivered with the kind of subtlety and nuance that can only come from a lifetime of heartbreak and triumph, Pretty Bird is a title Kathy Mattea inhabits quite literally, and it’s a welcome reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.


Hidden Wild
2019/20 Overture Season
Hidden Wild
Author, photographer, conservationist and National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. travels the world to find and document conservation stories that have not yet been told. He has lived deep in the Amazon, documented new species in the rainforests of the Gabon and photographed endangered desert elephants in Mali. Then he discovered the biggest untold story of his career hiding in his own backyard.


Star Wars Live in Concert <br>with the Madison Symphony Orchestra
Audiences will have the opportunity to travel through time to “a galaxy far, far away” experiencing “Star Wars” like never before. This concert features the full-length iconic film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope accompanied by a live symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ thrilling and Academy Award-winning musical score. Conducted by Jeffrey Schindler.


Sow's Ear, Silk Purse
2019/20 BDDS
Sow's Ear, Silk Purse
Featuring Beethoven’s first- and last-published multi-movement trios, the program “Sow’s Ear, Silk Purse” shows Beethoven as the supreme master of turning the most banal musical elements (sow’s ears) into towering masterpieces (silk purses).


The Second City's Laughing <br>(For All the Wrong Reasons)
The Second City is here to break all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing…and questioning your very existence on this lonely planet. Okay, maybe not questioning your existence—but you’re guaranteed to re-think everything you thought you knew about what’s funny! Starring the next generation of comedy superstars, there are about a bazillion right reasons to not miss this show!


For Love and Money
2019/20 BDDS
For Love and Money
In “For Love and Money,” Russian accordion virtuoso Stas Venglevski joins Stephanie Jutt, flute, and the San Francisco Piano Trio in a program that features music written by Beethoven and others in the hope of making a quick buck and a deep splash. Visual artist Lisa A. Frank will create an exquisite video installation behind the performers on stage.


The Second City: Late Night Edition
2019/20 Overture Season
The Second City: Late Night Edition
Since making its dynamic debut in 1959, The Second City has proven to be the premiere launchpad for comedy legends from John Belushi, Bill Murray, Martin Short and Gilda Radner to Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key & Stephen Colbert.

“The Best of The Second City: Late Night” is a short ‘n sweet (not to mention raucous) take on over half a century of comedy history, soon-to-be classics, newly minted material, and that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s most talented up-and-coming comedians on stage now. It’s like watching your favorite late night TV show, live and in person!

*This show contains slightly more risqué material than the earlier show. You’re welcome.


Fortune Favors the Bold
In “Fortune Favors the Bold,” Russian accordion virtuoso Stas Venglevski joins Stephanie Jutt, flute, and the San Francisco Piano Trio in a program that features music that may have been considered too bold for its time. Visual artist Lisa A. Frank will create an exquisite video installation behind the performers on stage.


Alysha Umphress- <q>a girl with standards</q>
2019/20 Overture Season
Alysha Umphress- a girl with standards
Alysha Umphress made a splash on Broadway as the man hungry cab driver, Hildy in the recent revival of “On the Town”. A San Francisco native and graduate of the Ruth Asawa School Of the Arts, Umphress made her broadway debut in Green Day’s “American Idiot” and has also appeared on Broadway in “On a clear day you can see forever” with Harry Connick jr. and Jessie Mueller, “Priscilla Queen Of the Desert”, and “Bring it On!”.


Sangerfest
2019/20 Local Arts
Sangerfest
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and the producer’s control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.


Cash Cow
2019/20 BDDS
Cash Cow
Like many of us throughout time, Beethoven worried about money. Once in a while he would come across a musical project that promised high return for a relatively low investment of time. In “Cash Cow,” glorious soprano Emily Birsan joins Stephanie Jutt, flute, and the San Francisco Piano Trio in a program of great works written to make a fast buck. Visual artist Lisa A. Frank will create an exquisite video installation behind the performers on stage.


Trash to Treasure
2019/20 BDDS
Trash to Treasure
Glorious soprano Emily Birsan joins Stephanie Jutt, flute, and the San Francisco Piano Trio in “Trash to Treasure,” a program that shows how some composers are masters at turning musical “garbage” into gold. Visual artist Lisa A. Frank will create an exquisite video installation behind the performers on stage.


Share the Wealth
2019/20 BDDS
Share the Wealth
In “Share the Wealth,” the focus is on the “classical” composers of ragtime like Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, and James Scott— on to the early jazz classics of Jelly Roll Morton, and the classical composers they inspired like Claude Debussy and Eric Satie. Pianist John West, another original member of NERE, will join Jeffrey Sykes in a performance of Samuel Barber’s ragtime-influenced Souvenirs for piano four-hands and the irresistible “Tap Dance” by Erwin Schulhoff.


Buried Treasture
2019/20 BDDS
Buried Treasture
In “Buried Treasure,” the focus is on lesser-known composers of ragtime, like Joseph Lamb, Louis Chauvin, and James Scott, in addition to ragtime “spin-offs’‘ like Zez Confrey and modern ragtime composers like George Gershwin and Gunther Schuller. Jeffrey Sykes will play Erwin Schulhoff’s Rag-music, and John West and Jeffrey Sykes will collaborate on Kattenburg’s “Tapdance” for piano four-hands—a rag written to accompany a tap dancer!


One Night of Queen
2019/20 Overture Season
One Night of Queen
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and the producer’s control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted some time next week in regards to their options.


Come From Away
2019/20 Overture Season
Come From Away
This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

On 9/11, the world stopped.

On 9/12, their stories moved us all.


Boz Scaggs
2020/21 Promoter
Boz Scaggs
It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues are what first sparked his five-decade musical career.


Steve Martin & Martin Short
2020/21 Promoter
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Steve Martin and Martin Short’s “The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment” is a show that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century.


Tape Face
2020/21 Promoter
Tape Face
Created by performer Sam Wills, Tape Face is a character with universal appeal. Delightful, wry, many-layered and hilarious, he transcends the barriers of language and culture. Through simple, clever and charming humor aimed at satisfying that hunger, this “America’s Got Talent” finalist has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen.


Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold
Due to circumstances beyond Overture Center’s and the producer’s control, this production’s engagements are cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket holders will be contacted some time next week in regards to their options.


The Finest Hour
2020/21 Overture Season
The Finest Hour
World War II was one of the most devastating wars in the history of mankind and took place between 1939 and 1945. Over 100 million people from more than 30 countries were involved in this global war, which was only officially over on September 2, 1945. “The Finest Hour” is a celebration of this moment in American popular music, when European jazz, Western swing, blues, and pop energized dance halls and radio waves throughout the country, ushering in the optimism, strength, and freedom of a new era. From Billie Holiday, Gene Autry, Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills to the music of Lester Young, Doris Day, and Bing Crosby, together these masters conjured an exquisite, never-to-be repeated “Finest Hour” in the history of American music.


RAIN- A Tribute To The Beatles
2020/21 Overture Season
RAIN- A Tribute To The Beatles
In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites.


Air Play
2019/20 Overture Season
Air Play
Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.


Stomp!
2020/21 Overture Season
Stomp!
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows.


Within These Walls: Stories of Home
2020/21 Forward Theater
Within These Walls: Stories of Home
For some it is a place, or people, or simply memories made over time. But “home” defines us all in one way or another, and this evocative word serves as the inspiration for FTC’s sixth monologue festival, featuring original pieces written just for us by playwrights from across our community and around the nation.