Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Broadway Buzz: 2011 Fall Openings on Broadway

This fall Broadway is opening its arms wide to shows with personality. Fifteen productions include everything from outlawed couples to civil rights leaders to Broadway legends. Which will be on your must see list?

Opened: September 12
Originally produced on Broadway in 1971 with music by Stephen Sondheim, Follies returned to Broadway earlier this month with an all-star cast including “Broadway Baby” Bernadette Peters. Winner of seven Tony® Awards, Follies is the story of two couples reuniting and reminiscing on their past and younger selves the night before their theater’s demolition. Need a visual? The show’s video montage highlights some favorite moments on the stage.
The Mountaintop
Opening: October 13
The Mountaintop is a new play that fictionalizes the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Samuel L Jackson, who brings Dr. King to life onstage, stars with Angela Bassett. Jackson hopes that this play will “enlighten a lot of young people” and share the history of Dr. King’s assassination.

Other Desert Cities
Opening: November 3
Other Desert Cities is the story of writer Brooke Wyeth who returns home after six years to celebrate Christmas with her wealthy Republican parents. During her trip home, she announces she is going to publish a memoir of a tragic event in the family’s history during the Reagan administration. Doesn’t sound like the happiest of holidays. Moving from the Lincoln Center Theatre to Broadway this November, Other Desert Cities is bringing a strong cast of Broadway veterans including Stockard Channing (“Grease”), Judith Light (Lombardi) and Stacy Keach. Did you get a chance to see Stacy Keach when he starred in Frost/Nixon at the Fox Cities P.A.C.?
Bonnie & Clyde
Opening: December 1
This brand new production follows the infamous Depression era outlaws Bonnie & Clyde. Leading man Jeremy Jordan, who plays Clyde Barrow, is going to be having a busy fall season starring in Disney’s Newsies prior to the opening of Bonnie & Clyde. Can’t wait for December to hear some of the rockabilly-and-blues music from the show? Broadway.com has the sound clips for you! I am loving “This World Will Remember Us.”

Also opening on Broadway this fall:
Man and Boy
Opening: October 9
Relatively Speaking
Opening: October 20
Opening: TBD
Venus in Fur
Opening: TBD
Opening: November 7
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway Opening: TBD
Opening: November 20
Private Lives
Opening: November 17
Lysistrata Jones
Opening: December 14
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Opening: December 11
An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Opening: November 21
Stick Fly
Opening: December 8

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rick Springfield Prize Pack Winner

Congrats to Carol Rynish Lambrecht! You have won two tickets to Rick Springfield Thursday, September 22 and a Meet 'N Greet with Rick after the show. Email your phone number, address and email address to info@foxcitiespac.com for details on how to claim your prize!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Win a Rick Springfield Prize Pack

Rick Springfield will make his way to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center this Thursday to kick off Octoberfest, and we want you to be in the crowd. Tell us your favorite Rick Springfield song and why you love it for a chance to win big online. “Like” the Center on Facebook, follow the latest news on Twitter or comment below for your chance to win two tickets and meet Rick Springfield after the show! One winner will be announced Tuesday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m.! *Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Prices, shows, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Staff members and volunteers of the Fox Cities P.A.C. and members of the I.A.T.S.E. #470 are ineligible. Some restrictions apply.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's Back to School at the Fox Cities P.A.C.

September 11-17 marks the second annual National Arts in Education Week, and at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, we are busy preparing for the 2011/12 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Education Series. With 14 titles ranging from Shakespeare's Macbeth to Nate the Great and Freedom Bound, each show supports PreK-12 classroom curriculum with the performing arts, impacting more than 23,000 students per year. This year, the Center is pleased to offer student and educator group discounts for many public performances. For more information or to make a reservation for your educator or student group, click on the Group Sales tab above. Did the arts play a leading role in your education? Tell us about your favorite arts teacher!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Show & Tell at the Fox Cities P.A.C. – Deadline Sept. 6

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for this season’s community reviewer program, Show & Tell. Each year, we select a handful of people to be the voice of the community on the Center’s blog. Reviewers get two complimentary tickets to assigned shows and then post their reactions online. Not sure what we are looking for? Click here for some examples from last season’s Community Reviewers.

In past seasons, reviewers have always written their reviews following the show. This year, Show & Tell will take your opinions to the next level by incorporating some video and Twitter reviews too. Reviewers can even share the experience with a youngster and help them grow up in the arts. So whether you love to write, are addicted to Twitter, want your kids to experience the theater or star in a video review, Show & Tell has the right tool to tell everyone about performances at the Fox Cities P.A.C.

The deadline for Show & Tell is Tuesday, September 6. 
Click here to learn more and apply today!