Jerry Seinfeld Concert Just Announced!

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2014

Jerry Seinfeld to appear at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay on May 8, 2014 at 7pm. Tickets on sale Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11am!

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2014.

Tickets available online at, Ticket Star Outlets or charge by phone 920-494-3401 or 1-800-895-0071.

For more information on the upcoming Jerry Seinfeld performance, contact Teri LaPlante at


Guinness World Record Musician Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert!

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2014

Young entertainer Ethan Bortnick takes his highly successful TV special on tour around the country this spring, with special guest Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder!

Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special LIVE to the Weidner Center on Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm. 

The young musical sensation, named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids,” will be joined on the tour by special guest Damian McGinty of Glee and Celtic Thunder in a concert that highlights Ethan’s belief that music can truly connect people, and ultimately, change the world. 

Ethan has seen firsthand the power of music to manifest global change. At only 13 years old, he has already harnessed the power of music around the world to raise more than $30 million for charity. In 2010, Ethan joined icons such as Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Celine Dion in re-recording the benefit single “We Are the World” to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake. Due to his extraordinary impact on the world, Ethan was invited to be a part of GAP’s global campaign and was featured on the cover of Esquire magazine. Ethan knows the inspirational power of music to create positive change, and it is that power and unifying energy that Ethan is now bringing to live audiences around the country.

An evening at one of Ethan’s concerts fills audiences with joy and brings them to their feet. In this magical concert, Ethan performs a range of music that appeals to people of all ages. Hear songs from The Beatles to Elton John to Broadway, from Chopin to Neil Diamond, from Michael Jackson to Motown to rock ‘n roll, and everything in between. Ethan will also perform several of his own songs, including some from the recently released movie ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, in which he starred, co-scored, and wrote 10 songs. He will also involve the audience in the show, compose music on the spot, put together songs instantly using audience stories/ideas, and answer questions during a Q&A segment at each concert. Never before has a show delighted audiences with such unmatched talent, heart, and joy.

Ethan not only stars in The Power of Music, but he also created the entire show. Billy Joel’s Musical Director, Dave Rosenthal, renowned globally for his work including more than twenty years working with Joel, acted as Ethan’s Musical Director for this extraordinary program. 

Damian, who will join Ethan on stage, has not toured since he left Celtic Thunder in 2010. The popular 21-year-old Irish singer and actor will perform the songs he sang in Ethan’s PBS special, and maybe even some new songs he has never before performed live. Fans nationwide are eagerly awaiting the young singer’s return to the stage with his charm, infectious energy and rich, beautiful voice.

Also joining Ethan and Damian on stage are a dynamic band, the Green Bay Boys and Girls Choir, and local surprise guest artists.

About Ethan Bortnick

At only 13 years old Ethan Bortnick has already moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.  Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, Ethan was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour. In his career, Ethan has shared the stage with Elton John, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Santana, and many others.  He has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah.” In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally televised concert special on PBS. Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.” Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called Anything Is Possible, which was released in late 2013.

About Damian McGinty

Damian McGinty, 21, is an Irish actor and singer from Derry, Northern Ireland. Damian has been performing for more than a decade, and was a member of the group Celtic Thunder for four years, starting from age fourteen. While with the group, Damian completed four coast-to-coast tours of the USA and Canada, and Celtic Thunder sold over one million CDs and DVDs as well as over 400,000 concert tickets while he was a member. Damian also performed in six Celtic Thunder specials for Public Television. On 21 August 2011 Damian won the Oxygen reality show The Glee Project, earning him a seven-episode guest-starring role on the hit Fox television show Glee, which was later extended to 17 episodes. Damian served as Cultural Ambassador for his hometown of Derry in its role as 2013 UK City of Culture, which led to his performing alongside Carly Simon at a recent gala event.

Irish Crooner Daniel O’Donnell Adds Second Concert

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2014

Star of 13 PBS National TV Specials, Daniel O’Donnell Will Perform Country Music, Uplifting Inspirational Ballads, Pop Hits and Irish Standards at the Weidner Center on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 at 7pm.

“After selling out Daniel O’Donnell’s Saturday, June 7, 2014 concert in less than two days, concert promoter Attila Glatz announced they are now adding a second Daniel O’Donnell concert at the Weidner Center for Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.,” said Diane Nagy, director of marketing at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. 

The Sunday, June 8th performace goes on sale Friday, January 24 at 11am.   Order online at, call 1-800-895-0071 or stop by any Ticket Star outlet.

Irish singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell, with his trademark melodic voice, will perform a combination of country music, inspirational ballads, pop hits and Irish standards .

O’Donnell’s easy-going, entertaining on-stage personality makes each live show an exciting event as he sings, dances and charms his way into his audience’s hearts! O’Donnell will mix it up a bit by sharing seldom-heard Irish renditions of “Distant Drums” and “Farside Banks of Jordan,” two songs selected from his new PBS TV special.  Of course O’Donnell never forgets to perform his fans’ favorites like the uplifting “Stand Beside Me,” and “Our House Is a Home,” and the  song he always ends his concerts with, “How Great Thou Art.”

O’Donnell will interact with his audience in his original and engaging way, and always gets his audience singing, clapping and tapping their toes as he dances on stage! When the charming and talented Mary Duff joins him for a few duets, their friendship can be felt by everyone in the audience!

After rising to public attention in 1983, the multi-talented, Irish-born performer has starred in 13 national PBS television specials and has sold over 12 million CDs and DVDs worldwide. O’Donnell has  become a household name in Ireland, the UK , the US and Australia. In 2012, he became the first artist to have a different album on the UK charts every year for 26 consecutive years. Daniel O’Donnell’s 11th PBS national television special, “Daniel O’Donnell From the Heartland” premiered on PBS, March 2013.

O’Donnell’s worldwide success is a far cry from the day Daniel used his own savings to record and release his first song, over 25 years ago.  The singer’s life is a fascinating tale of humble beginnings and a journey to musical success.

“Nothin’ But a Good Time,” Rock of Ages – One Night Only!

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2014

The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES comes to the Weidner Center Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $35 – $68 and are available by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071, or for more information visit

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.  Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

ROCK OF AGES is a worldwide phenomenon with smash hit productions in Stockholm, London, Las Vegas and still rockin’ on Broadway, featuring 28 classic rock tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Harden My Heart”, “Can’t Fight this Feeling”, “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”.

ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award® Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer).  With a book by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).

ROCK OF AGES  features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony® Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).


PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an established international theatrical producing and management enterprise founded by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. Its mission is to develop, produce and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment. Throughout their three decades of theatrical success and industry partnership, the Phoenix team has delivered thousands of performances of more than 80 live productions on four continents. Phoenix is currently launching Rock of Ages and all new seasons of their critically acclaimed touring productions of Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Color Purple, which follow on the proud touring heels of Gypsy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Pajama Game.  Team Phoenix also represents the Korean language productions of Grease and Fame, both enjoying open-ended runs in Seoul. Under the direction of colleague Ellie Chung, their Singapore based affiliate Phoenix Asia Group brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical-artist management and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment.

Jillian Michaels Is Heading to Green Bay!

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2013

Jillian Michaels is coming to the Weidner Center with her critically acclaimed “Maximize Your Life” tour. This powerful event will awaken you to reignite your passion, define your goals and live in your authentic truth. Tickets On Sale December 13 at 11 am!

Jillian Michaels, America’s leading authority in health, wellness and fitness, brings her critically acclaimed motivational live tour “Maximize Your Life” to the Weidner Center on March 28 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071. For more information about the tour, visit

Jillian takes the stage in this intimate and uniquely personal live experience that provides you with the tools and motivation to harness your potential, kick-start your goals, and live the exceptional life that you’ve always wanted but thought wasn’t possible. Jillian Michaels fan, Jen Garcia @PatienceNFaith1 describes it best: “@JillianMichaels WOW! What an AMAZING show! Came for weight loss, left with new perspective on life! YOU’RE AWESOME.”

Set fire to your dreams! Imagine. Believe. Achieve. These words define the core of Jillian’s message. In an exhilarating, two-hour show, Jillian will awaken you to reignite your passion, define your goals and live in your authentic truth. She will teach you how to redefine your self-image, dramatically enhance your confidence and self-worth, and blast through all internal and external obstacles.

“Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon – from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skillset, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you’ve dreamed of and deserve,” exclaims Jillian. 

Jillian’s innate ability to cut to the core and reach an audience is personified in every aspect of this highly interactive event.  You will leave feeling motivated and ready for the challenges and opportunities that are in front of you. It’s time to ask, “Why not you?” and ignite your inner self.

As a sponsor of the Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour, Curves and Jillian Michaels share a mission of health, wellness and prevention, as well as the desire to provide women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. With thousands of locations acrossNorth America, Curves is accessible, effective and affordable. Curves offers everything from strength training and cardio within a circuit, to meal plans and personalized coaching, and recently announced the upcoming launch of Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels.

Celtic Woman On Sale Friday, November 8 at 11am

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2013

Celtic Woman Announces “The Emerald Tour” for Early 2014. All-Female Irish Ensemble To Perform New Musical Gems and Fan Favorites on North American Concert Tour

Tickets to the Weidner Center March 15, 2014 performance of Celtic Woman go on sale Friday, November 8 at 11 am.  To order tickets call Ticket Star at 494-3401 or 800-895-0071. You can also order online at

Global music phenomenon Celtic Woman will return to North American concert stages in early 2014 with The Emerald Tour, which will encompass over 75 performances in more than 65 cities.  The tour launches at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center on February 14 and continues through mid-June. Tickets for The Emerald Tour go on sale on November 8.  For complete tour schedule and ticket information, visit

The elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage. The concerts will combine longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written specifically for Celtic Woman, under the direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes.  The Emerald Tour will spotlight the angelic voices and inspiring music that have won Celtic Woman the devotion of a worldwide audience. 

Celtic Woman is a unique ensemble that showcases the talent and charisma of four gifted young Irish women, whose dazzling performances combine the sound and sensibility of Irish traditional music with contemporary pop standards and memorable original compositions.  Recently named Billboard magazine’s #1 World Music Artist, Celtic Woman presents a one-of-a-kind concert experience that also incorporates the talents of a group of world-class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers. 

Since its inception in 2004, Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon.  The group’s uplifting mix of timeless tradition and contemporary craft has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a loyal international fan base, who’ve embraced Celtic Woman’s hugely successful public television specials and made their eight CDs and seven DVDs into multi-platinum best-sellers.  The multitalented ensemble has sold more than eight million copies of its releases, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Music chart.  As a live act, they continue to sell out concert halls around the world, having performed for nearly three million fans. 

Celtic Woman has won a particularly passionate audience in America, where their elaborately staged, visually stunning concert tours consistently draw sellout crowds.  The group has performed twice at the White House, as well as making high-profile appearances on such American television shows as Dancing with the Stars and the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful

Celtic Woman recently completed a successful month-long tour of European concerts, encompassing performances in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.  The busy group is currently preparing for its third annual holiday tour of North America, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.  The group then plans to kick off 2014 with a rare tour of Australia.

Singing songs of love, loss, hope and inspiration, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s centuries-old musical and cultural traditions, while taking advantage of the limitless options of state-of-the-art stage production.  The result is a breathtaking musical and theatrical experience to be enjoyed by multiple generations of concertgoers.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Adds a Second Show


November 4, 2013 (Green Bay, WI) MagicSpace Entertainment is happy to announce that due to the overwhelming response, a second performance has been added in Green Bay at the Weidner Center on December 15 at 3:30 pm.  Limited ticket availability is also still available for the 7:00 pm performance.  Tickets are on sale now for both performances by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or order online at

Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 28 years.  Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.  The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  

“One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is being part of everyone’s holiday season with our annual concert tour, says Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller.  “We are privileged to continue sharing Christmas with audiences around the country”.

Grammy Award® winnerDavis will direct and co-produce the performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.


Composer and creator Chip Davis started Mannheim Steamroller more than 30 years ago with his Grammy Award-winning Fresh Aire series.  Today, with 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum certified records,Davis is among an elite group of artists — including U2, Jay-Z, The Beach Boys and Michael Jackson – holding the most certifications of such albums.

Mannheim Steamroller is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time.  With over 40 million total records sold, 28 million have been Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums.  The group’s annual Christmas tour has consistently ranked among top national tours.

From founding his own record label American Gramaphone, which has been ranked by Billboard as the #1 independent label, to creating the Mannheim Steamroller “lifestyle” of food, apparel and other products,  Davis is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry.

His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.  For more information please log onto

Blue Man Group – October 21 – 23

September 19, 2013 (Green Bay, Wis.) – NETworks Presentations, LLC and Blue Man Productions are pleased to announce a new theatrical touring production will visit Green Bay at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts from October 21 to October 23, 2013. For tickets visit Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at

The theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites.

The new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation.

The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.

“In order to create a touring version of our theatrical production, we knew we had a creative challenge to tackle,” says Blue Man Group Co-Founder Philip Stanton.  “We needed to find a way to transform theatres of all shapes and sizes into spaces in which the Blue Man can intimately connect with the audience, where the audience can become engaged with the spirit of the show and the Blue Man himself.  We think we have finally figured it out, and hopefully we will accomplish our goal, which is always to help audience members reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located near the center of UW-Green Bay’s bayshore campus on the northeast side of the city of Green Bay, is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, 920-465-2726, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook and Twitter (@WeidnerCenter).

About NETWORKS Presentations

Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 45 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot The Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse touring the U.S.

About Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group ( is a multinational media and entertainment company with theatrical and digital media operations across four continents, permanent live performance installations in seven cities, an ongoing theatrical tour of the USA and Canada, as well as a highly acclaimed show on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic.

Audiences have multiple opportunities to discover Blue Man Group through the scope and variety of its creative projects, including:

  • Blue Man Group’s headlining performance on the new Norwegian Epic by Norwegian Cruise Line—the Official Cruise Line of Blue Man Group
  • Blue Man Group family-focused educational projects, including a touring Children’s Museum exhibit, “Making Waves”
  • Blue Man Group’s original music, including the Grammy®-nominated “Audio”, as well as four additional albums, and numerous scoring projects for film, TV and commercials
  • Blue Man Group’s multiple performances on popular television shows such as The Tonight Show, Ellen, and Regis & Kelly; and unique storylines in “Scrubs” and “Arrested Development”

As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. Learn more at

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Diane Nagy
Director of Marketing

Frank Caliendo Returns January 24 at 8pm!

FOR RELEASE: September 23, 2013

(Green Bay, WI) – Bill Blumenreich Presents is pleased to announce Frank Caliendo, who will visit Green Bay at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay campus on January 24, 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, September 27 at 11 am, and can be purchased at all Ticket Star locations, by phone at 1-800-895-0071 or online at

Frank Caliendo is known from his appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, and his current segments on ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown.  You will also know him from his decade-long run on FOX NFL SUNDAY as Terry Bradshaw’s nemesis, but the live comedy stage is where Frank really shows you what he’s all about. His high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Once described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey”, Frank is one comedian that should not be missed. Other places you might have seen Frank: The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan O’Brien, The View, Comedy Central Presents, Hot In Cleveland, The Comebacks, Mike and Mike, SportsCenter and other ESPN shows.

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located near the center of UW-Green Bay’s bayshore campus on the northeast side of the city of Green Bay, is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, 920-465-2726, or follow the ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook and Twitter (@WeidnerCenter).

Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss – Tickets On Sale Friday, Sept. 6 at 11am

GREEN BAY (September 4, 2013) – Join America’s favorite baker, Buddy Valastro, for an all new show of cakes, stories, and fun. TLC’s Cake Boss will be appearing at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on-sale Friday, September 6th at 11am at, 1.800.895.0071, or at the Resch Center box office. Tickets are $29.75/$36.75 plus applicable service charges. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $95 which includes a post-show meet and greet, Cake Boss tour laminate, a copy of Buddy’s new book Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss, and a special surprise.

In this live, interactive event, TLC’s Cake Boss will share stories from his highly popular TV shows (Cake Boss, Next Great Baker), his family at Carlo’s Bakery, will answer audience questions, and most importantly, will give lots of live cake & cupcake decorating demonstrations, sharing tips and techniques in a high-energy experience for the whole family.

One of the centerpiece shows of the TLC network, a sixth season of Cake Boss began airing in May 2013. Viewers continue to celebrate the mouthwatering desserts and not-to-be-missed Valastro family moments occurring in bustling Hoboken, NJ, home of Carlo’s Bakery, which celebrated its 103rd anniversary this summer. In addition, Buddy’s other TV series on TLC Next Great Baker is set to launch another season in November 2013.

Buddy Valastro is the author of four books, including Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss, which will be released November 5th, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. As he does in every book, Buddy brings his characteristic warmth and flair, sharing personal stories alongside cooking, baking, and decorating tips.

Learn more about Buddy Valastro and The Family Celebrations Tour at

About Mills Entertainment, Producer of The Family Celebrations Tour:
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market and produce live theatrical events throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Current projects include Theresa Caputo Live, FX’s Archer Live, Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, The Hungry Hungry Games, Cesar Millan Live, and Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live.  Visit us at

For photos, interviews, and other information contact: Joanna Brumley at or 518.306.4333

PMI Entertainment Group presents An Evening with Kathy Griffin

Green Bay (June 18, 2013) – Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, Grammy nominee, GLAAD Vanguard recipient and Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.

After moving to California, from her native Chicago, and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Kathy began building her resume with guest starring roles on such series as “ER” and “Seinfeld” – where she created recurring character Sally Weaver. In 1996, Kathy’s dream of playing a sidekick on a sitcom came true when she landed the role of Vickie Groener, Brook Shields’ sharp tongued colleague, on the NBC show “Suddenly Susan.”

After her various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own “HBO Half Hour Comedy Special.” In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, “A Hot Cup of Talk.” She participated in, and won “Celebrity Mole” on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series “Average Joe” as well as the MTV series, “Kathy’s So-Called Reality.” In 2010, Kathy took a dramatic turn on “Law and Order: SVU” where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret. In August 2005, Kathy’s Emmy award winning reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” debuted on Bravo.

In 2009, Kathy added best-selling author to her list of many achievements. Her tell-all autobiography entitled, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists.

Tickets are $55, $45, $35 and go on sale Friday, June 21 at 11am at all Ticket Star locations, by calling 800-895-0071 or online at

Ethan Bortnick to Perform at Weidner July 11

For Immediate Release – April 25, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Child Prodigy Ethan Bortnick will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM for the Kress/Mattson Parkinson’s Fundraiser, also being recorded for Bortnick’s PBS special. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 11:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at  Tickets range from $40 to $100, plus fees.

At 12 years old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.  Ethan has toured the world, connecting with diverse audiences in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Australia. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas and recently, Ethan was certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour.  

Ethan has been featured on many national late night and morning television shows, including multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” where he was named one of Oprah’s “All Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.” In 2010, Ethan made history as the youngest musician to create and host his own award-winning, nationally-televised concert special on PBS.

Legend Quincy Jones has this to say of his songcraft: “Ethan’s imagination and ability to create music from stories is unbelievable.”

Last year, Ethan completed shooting a full-length feature film called “Anything Is Possible” which will be released in late 2013. He starred in the film, co-wrote all of the songs in the film and scored all the music.

For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Ethan Bortnick, please contact Nancy Mattson or Pat Szalinski.

Media Contacts:

Nancy Mattson

Pat Szalanski

Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour

For Immediate Release April 22, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI – Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour will perform live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10:00 AM through Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071 or online at

JIM GAFFIGAN has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing.

His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s “Letterman” and “Conan.” His writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” for Conan led to nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award.

Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from HBO’s cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of “Law & Order”.

In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in “Going the Distance”, “Away We Go” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Gaffigan was also seen alongside Jennifer Connolly, Ed Harris, Pierce Bronson, and Greg Kinnear in the film “Salvation Boulevard” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Further broadening his career, Gaffigan starred in his first Broadway production, “That Championship Season”. As part of the highly acclaimed play, Gaffigan appeared in the ensemble alongside Chris Noth, Brian Cox, Jason Patric, and Kiefer Sutherland.

Gaffigan’s latest venture, a DRM-free download of his comedy special “Mr. Universe,” launched April 11th for $5. One dollar of each download will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, helping wounded servicemen and their family. He is currently on a national tour called Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour.


Theresa Caputo Star of TLC’s ‘Long Island Medium’ Live at the Weidner Center

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Caputo will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and also will share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Tickets go on-sale at noon Friday, Sept. 14 at noon at, 800.895.0071, or all Ticket Star locations. Tickets are $39.75/$49.75/$59.75, plus applicable service fees. A limited number of VIP tickets ($125) will be available. VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

Long Island Medium begins its third season on TLC Sept. 9. The show has been described as following Caputo’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom, except for one distinct difference — her ability to communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages can come through at any time — and the local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find him or herself receiving a spontaneous reading from Caputo as she goes about her daily life. The show also covers how Caputo copes with the special challenges that her unique abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 17 and 21.

Caputo has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connectingscience with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Caputo, this is not just her job — this is her life.

For photos, interviews, and other information: Joanna Brumley at 518-306-4333 or


UW-Green Bay Weidner Center announces 2012-13 Performing Arts Season

Classic Broadway shows, entertaining comedy and eclectic music and dance are among the highlights of the 2012-13 Performing Arts Season lineup at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The signature University of Wisconsin-Green Bay venue announced its new season May 22 during a special event for patrons and friends. Individuals in attendance helped shape the new season by participating in the Weidner Center’s Strategic Planning process, which outlines a five-year plan for reinvigorating the venue. Officials say the season announcement is an exciting milestone in the Weidner’s re-launch.

“This lineup represents the kind of quality and variety audiences have come to expect from a venue of this caliber, while also offering the accessible pricing we know is important,” said Weidner Center General Manager Kate Green. “With the help of our stakeholders and friends, we’ve developed a fantastic season that we are so excited to share.”

The 2012-13 Performing Arts Season is as follows*:

Lewis Black: Running on Empty, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets $39-$54.50.

The Capitol Steps: Take the Money and Run for President, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets $22-$38.50.

Price is Right, Live!™, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Tickets $38.50.

• Aquila Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Tickets

• Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents “Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets $22-$66.

Fiddler on the Roof, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets $27.50-$71.50.

Kenny Rogers Hits & Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Tickets $55.50-$89.50.

Shrek The Musical, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets $43-$76.

A Chorus Line, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets $27.50-$71.50.

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets $27.50-$49.50.

VOCA PEOPLE, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets $16.50-$44.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets $33, or $16.50 for children ages 12 and younger.

Elvis Lives, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Tickets $38.50-$55.

Celtic Crossroads: World Fusion Tour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. Tickets $22-$44.

The Minetti Quartet and distinguished pianist Andreas Klein, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Tickets $33.

John Tesh: Big Band Live!, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. Tickets $33-$66.

* Service fees apply for all ticket sales

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select five or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, buy before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than five events will be processed at full price in late July when single tickets go on sale to the general public.
More information about the Weidner Center, including ticketing info, is available at