2015-2016 Performing Arts Season On Sale August 14 at 11am

August, 12, 2015

(Green Bay, WI) – Tickets for the 2015-2016 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season will go on sale outside of subscription this Friday, August 14 at 11 am.  Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

The season of events kicks off on Friday, October 9 with Whose Live Anyway? featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and special guest Joel Murray.  Highlights of the season include the new touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and eight-time Tony® Award-Winner Once.  A wide assortment of musical acts can also be found throughout the season including the legendary Ronnie Milsap, popular country group Home Free, the aca-perfect concert experience of Vocalosity, and The Midtown Men offering music from the Sixties.

The crowd-pleasing variety of this season is sure to include something to excite patrons of all types.  Enter the world of Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk, a Steampunk-inspired place where cycling is an escape.  L.A.Theatre Works brings the live radio theatre experience to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Celtic Nights celebrates 100 years of Irish independence, and The Peking Acrobats redefine audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics for their 30th year.  Families will want to mark their calendars for Wild Kratts Live! and Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • Whose Live Anyway?
    Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
  • Home Free
    Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Woman *
    Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Tuesday, October 20, 7:30pm
  • The Midtown Men
    Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm
  • Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
    Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
  • It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
    Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm & Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
  • Ronnie Milsap **
    Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis *
    Saturday, November 28, 7:30pm
  • Holiday Pops
    Friday, December 11, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 12, 2:30pm
  • Doctors in Recital
    Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
  • Vocalosity
    Friday, January 22, 7:30pm
  • Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
    Saturday, January 30, 11:00am
  • L.A. Theatre Works – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Tuesday, February 2, 7:30pm
  • Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom – Celebrating 100 Years
    Friday, February 12, 7:30pm
  • The Peking Acrobats – 30th Anniversary Tour
    Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
  • ONCE
    Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm
  • PostSecret: The Show
    Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Dancing in the Streets
    Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
  • Wild Kratts Live!
    Friday, April 8, 7:00pm
  • Mnozil Brass
    Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm
  • RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles
    Sunday, May 1, 7:30pm

*Tickets are already on sale for Celtic Woman and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.
** Please note show date and time change for Ronnie Milsap.

Ronnie Milsap Concert Date Changed to Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm

August, 12, 2015                                                                                  

(Green Bay, WI) – Ronnie Milsap has been invited to the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 25, 2015, and subsequently he will be unable to perform at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on that date.  Milsap’s concert has been rescheduled, however, to Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm.  Previously issued tickets will be honored at the Weidner Center on this new date and time. Those unable to attend Ronnie Milsap’s performance on this rescheduled date, will receive a refund upon receipt of returned tickets. The deadline to return tickets for refund is October 19, 2015. Please contact Ticket Star or the Weidner Center with any questions.

Inconceivable! The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes, has been cancelled

August 5, 2015   

(Green Bay, WI) – Regrettably the fall tour of The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes has been cancelled due to Mr. Elwes’ filming obligations. The show was scheduled at the Weidner Center for November 21, 2015. Current ticket holders will automatically be credited back to the original credit card of purchase. Purchases made by cash or check will be refunded via check by Ticket Star. Please contact Ticket Star or the Weidner Center with any questions.

2015-2016 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

May 20, 2015

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2015-2016 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students traveling from over 61 cities and 23 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2015-2016 series kicks off in November 2015 and extends through April 2016, featuring 10 titles and a total of 19 performances.  This season brings to the Weidner Center national and international touring shows, along with a special production by the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Theatre department.  Programs are selected to complement current classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities and live performance experiences. Performance-specific study guides are provided to help educators integrate show topics into classroom activities.

The Weidner Center continues its educational partnership with The Children’s Museum of Green Bay.  Students attending select performances have the option to participate in a full day of activities, interactive learning and special hands-on projects related to each show.  Four events in the series, Dog Loves Books, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, Skippyjon Jones Snow What and Chicken Dance are part of the program this season.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2015-2016 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2015-2016 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm with the exception of Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk with one performance at 12:30 pm.

3          Dog Loves Books
6          Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk

29        Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

11        Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
23        Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic

3          Skippyjon Jones Snow What

5          Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
6          Chicken Dance
20        Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
26        The Lightning Thief

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Foundation and Green Bay Packaging Inc., Robert W. Baird & Company Inc., James and Marty Liethen, The Humana Foundation, Egan Family Foundation – Little Rapids Corp., Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2015-2016 Series:

All information about the 2015-2016 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. Reservations from schools and home school families are being accepted now via mail, fax or online. Series brochures will be mailed to educators in September. Show tickets are $7, package tickets with area partners are $10, and the collaborative performance with the UW – Green Bay Theatre department of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse will have a $5 ticket price. Information, study guides, policies, scholarship applications and registration forms can be downloaded at www.WeidnerCenter.com.  For brochure requests and questions, please call (920) 465-5100.

Rodney Carrington – Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7pm

Monday, March 23, 2015

Just announced! Rodney Carrington returns to the Weidner Center on Saturday, May 30 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 27 at 11am.

Rodney Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums which have sold more than two million copies … two of which have been certified Gold.

Rodney Carrington recently started his own record label “Laughter’s Good” and released two albums under the new label in October 2014. Rodney re-released “C’Mon Laugh You Bastards” which features 3 new songs, as well as an album of all new material called “Laughter’s Good.”

In addition to starting his own record label, Rodney started a new YouTube series in October 2014 called “Bit By Bit.” In the series, he releases new material one piece at a time on a weekly basis.

On November 1, 2014 Sirius XM did a “Rodney Carrington Takeover Special” on their Blue Collar Comedy Channel. Carrington could also be heard every Sunday on ESPN2 on the intro of “Colin’s Football Show” with Colin Cowherd. He wrote and performed the intro song for the show, and starred in the video before each show, which aired every Sunday prior to NFL games during the 2014 season.

Originally from Longview, TX, Carrington has three sons and resides in Tulsa, OK.


United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus Concert Just Announced for March 21

Monday, February 23, 2015

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm. The Army Field Band’s concert in Green Bay is sponsored by the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

For additional information about the Army Field Band’s performance in Green Bay and to obtain free general admission tickets, please visit the Army Band concert event page. Groups of 10 or more with special requests please contact the Weidner Center at weidner@uwgb.edu.

Mythbusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed – April 14 at 7:30pm

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that the all-new live show MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED!, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” debuts at the Weidner Center in Green Bay for one night only on April 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 6 at 11 am.

MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos, and behind-the-scenes stories.   With this show, fans join Jamie and Adam onstage to assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approaches to science. MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.

Since 2012, Jamie and Adam have toured North America, Australia and New Zealand with their live show. To date, they have performed in 91 cities, given 102 performances, over 200,000 people have seen them onstage and the tour has grossed over $12 million. This April, the tour will perform 17 dates across the US.

One of the most highly regarded and watched series on the Discovery Channel, “MythBusters” is now in its thirteenth season. Co-hosted by Hyneman and Savage, the show mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of explosive experimentation – and the supporting or de-bunking of urban myths that we live with day to day.

Jamie and Adam have become spokespersons at large for applying science to real life – most recently as hosts of the Discovery Channel special “iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World,” and have appeared on numerous shows including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Colbert Report,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” “Countdown with Keith Olberman,” and many more. They were invited to participate in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Fear And/Or Sanity and have received the Young Artist Award for inspiring young people in the interest of science. The MythBusters have been invited to participate on a panel at Comic-Con, where their appearances have sold-out four years running.

Jamie and Adam serve as guest editors for Popular Mechanics and were featured on the cover of the September 2009 issue. That same year, they were inducted as honorary members into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. They are Honorary Lifetime Members of the California Science Teachers Association and were named Honorary Engineers and Honorary Members of the Francis Crowe Society at the University of Maine. Both Hyneman and Savage were given honorary Doctorates at the University of Twente in the Netherlands for their efforts at popularization of science.

Jamie and Adam produced and starred in an H1N1 Public Service Announcement for the White House, and were chosen by the President to retest the Archimedes legend using 500 schoolchildren as surrogate soldiers.

They appeared as themselves in the movie Darwin Awards and have made several cameos on other TV shows, including CSI. And In 2010, Hyneman and Savage received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Harvard Secular Society. 

About Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage

Jamie Hyneman is the owner of M5 Industries, an effects company specializing in problematic custom builds. Besides serving as headquarters of “MythBusters,” M5 continues to work on various research & development projects for private clients.

After trying his hand at careers as various as librarian at the United Nations in Geneva to running a diving and sailing charter business in the Caribbean, Hyneman began his career in show business as special effects shop assistant in New York and later in San Francisco as a crew member on films including “Robocop,” “Arachnophobia” and “Naked Lunch.”

While managing Colossal Pictures’ model shop in San Francisco, Hyneman was given the opportunity to take over – and M5 Industries was born.

Hyneman graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Russian. He has received an honorary engineering degree from the University of Maine as well as an honorary doctorate of engineering from Villanova University, with whom he has an ongoing collaborative relationship to help develop new safety concepts for the military. He is the holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards.

Hyneman currently resides the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

Adam Savage received a call from Jamie Hyneman in 2002 to participate in a demo for a TV show, which turned into the wildly popular Discovery Channel & SBS series “MythBusters.”

Savage immersed himself in the NYC arts scene before moving to San Francisco in 1990 to parlay his skills into the thriving theater scene. There he worked for dozens of companies as set designer, prop master, art director and producer before falling into the machine art community where he learned welding, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics and robot-building.

After exhibiting his work in over 50 art shows nationwide, Savage caught the eye of the special effects industry and began working as a prop builder and art director for major commercials for Sega, Coca-Cola, Nike, Burger King and Chevrolet. His work on a Coca-Cola commercial earned him a Clio Award nomination.

After a 18-month stint as head of research & development for startup toy company ZOOB, Savage joined George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on “Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Space Cowboys,” “A.I.,” “Terminator 3,” “The Mummy,” and dozens of commercials. During this time he also worked as model-shop supervisor for the two “Matrix” sequels as well as taught at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Savage continues to dabble in his multiple hobbies, including passionately restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, twin boys and two dogs.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Principals Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath have been producing and presenting shows worldwide for over 30 years. “We have had the pleasure and privilege of producing and presenting many great shows and tours over the years,” says Lee Marshall, MagicSpace CEO. “Our strength has always been the ability to find great opportunities that do not fit into any pre-conceived template. We get excited about projects, which have the potential to find an audience. It doesn’t matter to us if the show is a concert tour, an exhibition, an arena spectacle or a Broadway musical. Our strength is finding new opportunities and then paying a great deal of attention to how they are managed. We feel we are uniquely positioned to thrive in the current marketplace where traditional formulas and business models are thrown out and new ones need to be invented daily.”

Tickets for MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Ticket Star at 920-405-1249.  Tickets go on sale to the public on February 6 at 11 am. Tickets available at Ticket Star locations, by phone at 1-800-895-0071 or online at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

John Mellencamp Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour – First Leg of Tour Kicks Off

New York, NY (January 28, 2015) – After kicking off his Plain Spoken Tour with sold out shows in South Bend, IN, Louisville, Cincinnati and two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theatre, John Mellencamp will crisscross North America for a total of 80 shows, hitting his hometown of Bloomington, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, four nights in New York, and multiple dates across Canada. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will continue through August and features special guest Carlene Carter. Tickets and VIP packages for the “Voice of the Heartland’s” 2015 tour are selling out quick – fans can purchase available tickets for the Plain Spoken Tour at JohnMellencamp.com.

Accolades for the tour’s opening night are already pouring in: “For this opening-night performance, both Mellencamp and Carter came out confident and purposeful, ready for the 79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die.” – South Bend Tribune

“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he’s always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.” – Louisville Courier-Journal

“John Mellencamp’s sold-out Plain Spoken Tour stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati felt more like 3,300 old friends getting back together rather than 3,300 strangers meeting for a night of music–that’s the effect of Mellencamp’s music. It feels good and familiar, like going back home after being away for years; and Saturday night, it felt damn good to all that attended.” – Out of the Blue

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner released Plain Spoken September 23, one of the most lauded records of his career, to rave reviews. Fans will receive a digital download of Plain Spoken with their ticket purchase.

Praise for Plain Spoken:

“Folk-rock and philosophy are the makings of John Mellencamp’s new album, Plain Spoken. The music looks back towards Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks, with strummed guitars, and brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom, and mortality – the concerns of a songwriter acting his age.”  – New York Times

“Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s “lifetime contract” with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, “Troubled Man” like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two project’s 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death Love and Freedom.” – BILLBOARD

“Hemingway-esque”  – Philadelphia Inquirer


January 30           Columbus, OH                       Mershon Auditorium
January 31            Cleveland, OH                        Playhouse Square – Palace Theatre
February 3-4        Bloomington, IN                    Indiana University Auditorium
February 9            Green Bay, WI                        Weidner Center
February 11-12     Minneapolis, MN                   Northrop Auditorium
February 14          Kansas City, MO                     Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 15          Des Moines, IA                        Des Moines Civic Center
February 17-18     Chicago, IL                              Chicago Theatre
March 5                 San Antonio, TX                     Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
March 7                 Dallas, TX                                McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
March 8                 Austin, TX                               Bass Concert Hall
March  10              New Orleans, LA                    Saenger Theatre
March 12               Birmingham, AL                     BJCC Concert Hall
March 13               Atlanta, GA                              Fox Theatre
March 15               Jacksonville, FL                      Moran Theater
March 17                Ft. Lauderdale, FL                 Broward Center for the Performing Arts
March 19-20         Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 22               Orlando, FL                            Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 24               Columbia, SC                          The Township Auditorium
March 26               North Charleston, SC            North Charleston PAC
March 27               Charlotte, NC                          Ovens Auditorium
March 29               Norfolk, VA                             Norfolk Scope Arena – Chrysler Hall
March 31               Durham, NC                            Durham PAC
April 15                  Boston, MA                             Citi PAC Wang Theatre
April 16                  Providence, RI                       Providence PAC
April 18                  Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
April 20-21             New York, NY                        Carnegie Hall
April 23-24             New York, NY                        Apollo Theatre
April 26                  Washington, DC                    DAR Constitution Hall
April 29                  Hamilton, ON                        Hamilton Place Theatre
May 1-2                  Toronto, ON                           Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 5                     Quebec City, QC                    Grand Theatre
May 6                     Montreal, QC                         St. Denis Theatre
May 8                     Syracuse, NY                          Landmark Theatre
May 9                     Buffalo, NY                             Shea’s PAC
May 12                   Pittsburgh, PA                        Benedum Center
May 27                   Evansville, IN                         Old National Events Plaza
May 29                   St. Louis, MO                         Peabody Opera House
May 30                   Rockford, IL                           Coronado PAC
June 2                    Madison, WI                            Overture Center for the Arts
June 3                    Peoria, IL                                 Peoria Civic Center Theatre
June 5                    Milwaukee, WI                        Milwaukee Riverside Theater
June 6                    Fort Wayne, IN                      Embassy Theatre
June 9                    Grand Rapids, MI                  DeVos Performance Hall
June 10                  Detroit, MI                              Detroit Opera House
June 12                  Baltimore, MD                        Modell PAC at The Lyric
June 13                  Richmond, VA                         Altria Theater
June 16                  Philadelphia, PA                     Merriam Theatre
June 17                  Roanoke, VA                            Roanoke Civic Center Theatre
June 19                  Savannah, GA                          Johnny Mercer Theatre
June 20                  Augusta, GA                             William B. Bell Auditorium
June 23                  Memphis, TN                           Orpheum Theatre
July 8                      Winnipeg, MB                         Centennial Concert Hall
July 10-11               Regina, SK                                Conexus Arts Centre
July 13                    Saskatoon, SK                          TCU Place
July 15                    Calgary, AB                              Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
July 18                    Vancouver, BC                        Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 19                    Seattle, WA                              Benaroya Hall
July 21                    Portland, OR                           Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 23                    Fresno, CA                               William Saroyan Theatre
July 25                    Oakland, CA                            Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
July 26                    Sacramento, CA                      Sacramento Community Theatre
July 28                    Los Angeles, CA                      Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
July 29                    Phoenix, AZ                             Comerica Theater
July 31                    Denver, CO                               Ellie Caulkins Opera House
August 2                 Omaha, NE                               Orpheum Theatre
August 4                 Indianapolis, IN                      Bankers Life Fieldhouse

JOHN MELLENCAMP  Mellencamp’s  career  in music, spanning  more  than  35  years, has  seen  him  transition  from  pop star  to  one  of  the  most  highly regarded songwriters of a generation.  The Voice of The Heartland continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new music from the artist since 2010’s critically acclaimed No Better Than ThisPlain Spoken is John’s 22nd full length album.  Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP  Foundation’s Champion  Award,  The Woody Guthrie Award,  and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.  The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has  addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.  The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music.   The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett.  This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The Musical is currently on tour in North America. An 80-city tour in North American and Canada  begins in January 2015. His final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org).  Also an accomplished painter, his one-man show The Paintings of John Mellencamp is currently on view at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA from January 17 to April 12, 2015.

Tour Publicist:
Kristen Foster

Gabriel Iglesias Unity Through Laughter Tour Just Announced

Monday, December 15, 2014


Born in Chula Vista, California, Gabriel Iglesias is the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother. Growing up, the family lived in Section 8 housing in Long Beach, CA. It was during his childhood that he developed a strong sense of humor to deal with the obstacles he faced. In 1997, he set out to hone his comedic skills and performed stand-up anywhere he could find an audience, including biker bars and hole in the wall joints. He never could have foreseen the incredible success he has experienced.

Today, Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out concerts across the United States and Internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.

On July 11, 2014 Iglesias’s highly anticipated stand-up comedy film, The Fluffy Movie (Open Road Films) hit theaters. Following the release of The Fluffy Movie, Gabriel appeared in 20th Century Fox’s animated film The Book of Life alongside Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum. In the summer of 2014, Comedy Central aired season 3 of Gabriel’s hit series “Stand- Up Revolution,” which features comedians that he personally selected. Gabriel will begin production on the highly anticipated sequel to the box office hit Magic Mike, reprising his role as Tobias with Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum. Magic Mike XXL will be released July 3, 2015.

Comedy Central premiered “Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy” in an unprecedented two-night comedy special to over 15 million viewers. This was a great follow-up to his previous DVD specials, Hot & Fluffy and I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy, which has sold a combined total of 2 million copies.

Gabriel has recently appeared in A Haunted House 2 and hit animated films The Nut Job and Disney’s Planes. Gabriel was nominated for an ALMA Award; Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act and was top billed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Toronto.

In 2009 and 2010, he headlined the Amman Jordan Comedy Festival. Gabriel’s appeal expands worldwide with sold-out performances in Canada, Australia, Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden & Norway), the U.K., Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Gabriel has also appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Steve Harvey,” “Good Morning America,” Cartoon Network’s “The Annoying Orange” and FOX TV’s “The Family Guy.” Gabriel has also co-hosted the top rated YouTube series Ray William Johnson’s “=3” and “Epic Meal Time.”

Tim Hawkins Performing Live at the Weidner Center

Monday, October 13, 2014

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been forging the magical blend between two comedic ideals: A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. Is it realistic? Hawkins believes so. With over 200 million views on YouTube, 120+ sold out shows every year, and a motley crew of 400K+ Facebook fans, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions, and he’s bringing it to Green Bay for the first time July 19, 2015, performing at the Weidner Center at 7:00pm. Tickets start at $24.

What sets him apart? Some would say it is his equally gifted and twisted approach to the medium. A self-taught guitarist, Hawkins will go note-for-note on everything from Skynyrd to Bon Jovi to Prince, while dishing out flawless vocal imitations of Bono, Jason Aldean, and John Mayer… all within mere minutes. His stand-up material is vigorous, well-timed, and honed to perfection. However, the connection he makes with his fans goes deeper than that: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at other people.” It is this ability to show the brokenness of our human nature and simultaneously marvel in its hilarity which makes Tim such a unique artist.

With four munchkins of his own and a beautiful wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins develops new material daily by simply absorbing the world around him. The perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling may not exemplify the rock-star life, but they sure make for great comedy.

Tim Hawkins
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $24-44
On-Sale Friday, November 14 at 11:00am
Pre-Sale Wednesday, November 12at 11:00am

Purchase tickets online at WeidnerCenter.com, at the Resch Center box office or by calling 1.800.895.0071. Group discounts available by calling 920.405.1249

Presented by:
High Gear Promotions
Patrick Gear, Owner

Photos and interviews furnished upon request.  Please direct media inquiries to High Gear Promotions.

Ingrid Michaelson to perform Saturday, November 15 at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center

September 16, 2014

GREEN BAY – Students and the public are invited to attend an evening with Ingrid Michaelson as part of her “ ‘Lights Out’ — Just stripped-down Tour” at the Weidner Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Michaelson debuted her 5th studio album on April 15. Her last release, “Human Again,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart (plus No. 1 on iTunes).

According to Michaelson “Lights Out” refers to what members say on her tour bus when everyone’s ready to call it a night. But given recent developments in her life, it’s become “a metaphor for contemplating mortality and letting go — themes more thoughtful than they are dark. The album builds into intensity, but is anchored by the swelling pop-affirmation “Time Machine” and the sweetly buoyant “Girls Chase Boys,” which fits squarely into her existing catalog.”

Student tickets go on sale at 9:00 am at the University Ticketing and Information Center (UTIC) at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday, September 23. Student-priced tickets are $22 plus fees. Students may purchase up to 4 student-priced tickets per UWGB Student ID – in person only, Pass Points accepted. Students may purchase additional tickets at the general public price of $32 plus fees.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale on Friday, September 26 starting at 11:00 am from all Ticket Star outlets and Ticket Star Online. All tickets are $32 plus fees.

Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketstaronline.com 7 days a week, or through all Ticket Star locations in Green Bay and Manitowoc or by phone at 800-895-0071 or 920-494-3401. Payment options include cash, check, American Express, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard.

More information about Ingrid Michaelson can be found at: http://www.ingridmichaelson.com
https://twitter.com/ingridmusic https://www.facebook.com/ingridmichaelson http://www.youtube.com/user/IngridMichaelson https://myspace.com/ingridmichaelson

This event is brought to you by: UW-Green Bay Good Times Programming and the Office of Student Life.
http://www.uwgb.edu/goodtimes/ and http://www.uwgb.edu/student-life/

For further event information, please contact the UW-Green Bay UTIC at 920-465-2400 or the Office of Student Life at 920-465-2720.

John Mellencamp Announces Plain Spoken 2015 North American Tour

Tickets On Sale Friday, September 19th at 10am 

New York, NY (September 10, 2014)  – John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artist’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will kick off on January 21st in South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center. A portion of the ticket proceeds from the final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will be donated to the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org).

All shows will go on sale Friday, September 19th at 10:00AM.

A special presale will be available to Citi cardmembers from Tuesday, September 16th at 10:00AM through Thursday, September 18th at 10:00PM. Exclusive VIP Packages are available! VIP Packages include amazing reserved tickets in the first ten rows, limited edition memorabilia and much more!

On September 23rd, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.

“The music looks back toward … ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality.” says THE NEW YORK TIMES. Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp’s distinctive songbook.

Concert goers will receive a digital download of the Plain Spoken record with purchase of tickets to the tour (One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases.)

Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs, he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms.  The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

In 2014, he also signed a historic “lifetime recording contract” with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist’s prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.

For more information:
John Mellencamp
Claire Mercuri Public Relations

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, , Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Trey Songz and Juanes.  The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

Weidner Center Announces 2014/15 Performing Arts Season

June 25, 2014

(Green Bay, WI) – For fans of Broadway shows, comedy, music icons and legends, family entertainment, celebrities and so much more the 2014/15 season will not disappoint.  

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of UW – Green Bay, announced its new season June 25 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community.   

“Last year’s expanded lineup of offerings included more of the vibrant, diverse programming our audiences want, and this season offers even more with 27 titles,” said Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green.  “Thanks to the input from our patrons and community members, we’ve developed another fantastic season of shows that we’re excited to share.”

 The 2014/15 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • Brian Regan, 7:30pm Thursday, September. 25. Tickets starting at $52.50.
  • Camelot, 7:30pm Friday, October. 17. Tickets starting at $35.00.
  • 360 ALLSTARS, 7:30pm Saturday, October 25.  Tickets starting at $ 38.50.
  • Dancing Pros: Live 7:30pm Thursday, November 13. Tickets starting at $41.50.
  • Les Stroud: Survivorman – Live in Concert, 7:30pm Saturday, November 15. Tickets starting at $38.50.
  • The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!, 7:30pm Saturday, November 29.  Tickets starting at $34.00.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30pm Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  Tickets starting at $40.50.
  • Sister Act, 7:30pm Monday, December 15. Tickets starting at $35.00.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas Show, 3:00pm Sunday, December 21.  Tickets starting at $34.50. Additional fees apply.
  • Jim Brickman On A Winter’s Night, 7:30pm Saturday, December 27. Tickets starting at $43.75.
  • I Love Lucy – Live on Stage, 2:00pm & 7:30pm Thursday, January 15. Tickets starting at $38.50.
  • Doctors In Recital, 7:00pm Saturday, January 17.  Tickets $20.00.  Additional fees apply.
  • STOMP, 7:30pm January 27 – 28. Tickets starting at $35.00.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, 11:00am Saturday, January 31, 2015. Tickets starting at $15.00.
  • Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, 7:30pm Thursday, February 12. Tickets starting at $37.00.
  • Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour, 7:30pm Friday, February 13. Tickets starting at $49.50.
  • Sid the Science Kid: Live!, 11:00am Saturday, February 21. Tickets starting at $25.00.
  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 7:30pm Sunday, February 22. Tickets starting at $37.50.
  • Over the Rainbow: Musical Tribute to the Artistry of Judy Garland, featuring Hilary Kole, 7:30pm Wednesday, February 25. Tickets starting at $38.50.
  • Million Dollar Quartet, 7:30pm Wednesday, March 4. Tickets starting at $35.00.
  • Dinosaur Train: Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure, 3:00pm Sunday, March 8.  Tickets starting at $25.00.
  • The Priests, 7:30pm Friday, March 20. Tickets starting at $38.50.
  • Moscow City Ballet’s Swan Lake, 7:00pm Sunday, March 22. Tickets starting at $35.00.
  • Orchid Ensemble, 7:30pm Wednesday, April 15. Tickets $22.00.
  • The Best of The Second City, 7:30pm Thursday, April 16. Tickets starting at $38.50.
  • Elling Swings Sinatra, 7:00pm Sunday April 26. Tickets starting at $41.50.
  • Say Goodnight Gracie, 7:30pm Saturday, May 16. Tickets starting at $38.50.

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three 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 three events will be processed at full price August 1 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

2014-2015 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

May 15, 2014

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2014-2015 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students travelling from over 56 cities and 19 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 

The 2014-2015 series kicks off in November 2014 and extends through May 2015, featuring 10 titles and a total of 20 performances.  This season brings to the Weidner Center national and international touring shows, including productions from the creative forces of PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company.  Programs are selected to complement current classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities and live performance experiences. Performance-specific study guides are provided to help educators integrate show topics into classroom activities.

The Weidner Center has expanded this year the educational partnerships with The Children’s Museum of Green Bay and Heritage Hill State Historical Park.  Students attending select performances have the option to participate in full day of activities, interactive learning and special hands-on projects related to each show.  Three events in the series, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sid the Science Kid and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, will be combined with events at The Children’s Museum.  Two events in the series, Freedom Bound and Laura Ingalls Wilder, are a great fit with offerings from the Heritage Hill State Historical Park. 

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2014-2015 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2014-2015 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

7          Schoolhouse Rock Live!

8          Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

30        The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites 

19        Freedom Bound
20        Sid the Science Kid Live! 

3          Doktor Kaboom! – Look Out! Science is Coming!
9          Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure
10        Ivy + Bean, The Musical

28        Laura Ingalls Wilder

15        Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Foundation and Green Bay Packaging Inc., Robert W. Baird & Company Inc., James and Marty Liethen, The Humana Foundation, Egan Family Foundation – Little Rapids Corp., Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and Arketype, with additional support provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board. 

How To Make Reservations for the 2014-2015 Series:

All information about the 2014-2015 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. Reservations from schools and home school families are being accepted now via mail, fax or online. Series brochures will be mailed to educators in September. All show tickets are $7, package tickets with area partners are $10.  Information, policies, scholarship applications and registration forms can be downloaded at www.WeidnerCenter.com.  For brochure requests and questions, please call (920) 465-5100.

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 www.WeidnerCenter.com, 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 teri@jstouring.com.


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 www.WeidnerCenter.com, 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 www.WeidnerCenter.com.

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. www.phoenix-ent.com

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 www.jillianmichaelslive.com.

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 www.WeidnerCenter.com

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 www.CelticWoman.com

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.