Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Tour – August 6!

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May 15, 2017

For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7pm for the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour.

Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.

The tour consists of two separate, completely unique shows, each with its own admission. Fans wanting the complete tour experience should purchase two tickets, one for each show. Each event will include all the things expected from an “MST3K” experience: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, plus – for the first time – audience participation! Show # 1 is the MST3K favorite “Eegah,” featuring all-new riffs and sketches.  Show # 2 is a “Secret Surprise Film!” It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never before featured on “MST3K” and it will be performed only in select cities. The Weidner Center tour stop will feature show #1, “Eegah,” on August 6, 2017 at 7pm.

Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, the new season of the show launched on April 14, 2017, exclusively on Netflix. The two live shows are written by the cast and writers of the new Netflix Original Series, which has earned a critics’ rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.. The New York Times hails, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.”  “MST3K is just as hilarious as ever in rebooted form, turning its bemused eye on old, schlocky fare for some good, old-fashioned riffing,” raves Vanity Fair. And Nerdist says “The references are updated, the sets are snazzier, but the heart and soul of MST3K certainly remains intact.”

Tickets for “MST3K” “Watch Out for Snakes!” North American tour dates will go on sale to the public Friday, May 19 at noon local time via AXS.com and available through WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, or at all Ticket Star locations. Please note where there are multiple performances in a single market, each event is ticketed SEPARATELY.

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HISTORY OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the top cult TV shows of all time. The story of a human host and his robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captor, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks to its fervently devoted fan base, known as MSTies.

Created by Joel Hodgson, the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Set on the Satellite of Love, the series follows a hapless host trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, who is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a lively movie theater peanut gallery.

MST3K’s national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its ten seasons and 197 episodes on the Comedy Channel and later, the Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy® nominations.

In late 2015, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson formed a new partnership known as Satellite of Love LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson surpassed its goal by funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. The new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted as a Netflix Original Series on April 14th, 2017.

PRESS CONTACT: Sheila Kenny, Right On! PR / (512) 487-5005 / Sheila@rightonpr.com

2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

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May 12, 2017

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series. This new season builds on the growing and successful Stage Doors Education Series. The Stage Doors Education Series provides meaningful educational opportunities for students travelling from over 63 cities and 21 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2017-2018 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The 2017-2018 Stage Doors Education Series kicks off in November 2017 and extends through April 2018, featuring nine titles and a total of 18 performances.  This season brings to the Weidner Center national and international touring shows to Green Bay. 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, Heritage Hill State Historical Park and The National Railroad Museum. This year the Weidner Center excited to announce another educational partnership with the Neville Pubic Museum. 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.

The following is the full 2017-2018 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

November
29   Pete the Cat

January
25    The Science of Magic with Bill Blagg

February
6      Mad River Theatre Works – Freedom Riders
26    Nugget & Fang

March
5      Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
15    Guess How Much I Love You

April
6      Go, Dog. Go!
12    Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
26    My Heart in a Suitcase

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., Morgan Stanley Foundation, The Schanock Family Foundation, Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2017-2018 Series:
All information about the 2017-2018 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. 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.

Lily Tomlin Performance Canceled

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May 11, 2017

Regrettably the fall date for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin has been canceled. With the increased demand related to her successful Netflix series Grace and Frankie the 2017 fall date is no longer possible. The show was scheduled at the Weidner Center for October 7, 2017. Both sides worked in earnest to try and find a re-scheduled date, even waiting until the Packer schedule was announced to explore every possibility.  We understand from Lily’s management she’s disappointed this has not worked out, and of course we are as well. 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.

Surprise! Brand New PEPPA PIG LIVE Show Coming to Green Bay on November 10!

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March 7, 2017

Surprise, Peppa Pig fans! A brand new, live stage show announced today ensures Peppa Pig will be touring North America through 2017 and beyond. Peppa Pig’s Surprise will visit more than 60 cities, stopping by the WEIDNER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS on NOVEMBER 10. The Peppa Pig stage show, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family theater tours in U.S. history. One hundred twenty five venues have completely sold out with 300,000 tickets sold in the U.S. to date.

Tickets will be available at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 1-800-895-0071 or in person at TicketStar.  VIP packages that include a meet and greet are available starting Tuesday, March 7 at 12 Noon local timeTickets will go on-sale to the public beginning Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. local time.

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage, giving families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live theater experience.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theater show for all preschoolers,” said Director Richard Lewis, who returns to adapt episodes from the hit TV show for stage as he did with the touring smash hit Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. “It’s been an incredible experience seeing the children’s reactions to the live stage show. It just confirms that Peppa Pig really is a worldwide phenomenon.”

“Audience response has been overwhelmingly positive to the first tour and we look forward to bringing Peppa’s story to life on stage once again with a whole new adventure,” said Jonathan Shank, Executive Producer, Red Light Management. “Kids love interacting with these characters on stage.”

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Show Credits:

  • Directed by Richard Lewis
  • Composer Mani Svavarsson
  • Matt Lewis is lyricist
  • Simon Scullion is designer
  • Andy Booth is music director
  • Produced by Red Light Management, Fiery Angel and eOne

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

www.entertainmentone.com

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Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience – Sunday, April 2, 2017

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October 14, 2016

Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:30PM. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. Tickets go on-sale Friday, December 16 at 11:00AM and can be purchased at www.WeidnerCenter.com, 1-800-895-0071, or any Ticket Star location. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.  

“The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience. A video display ensures everyone in the venue has an up-close-hands-on experience regardless of seat location. “The experience isn’t about believing in mediums. It’s about witnessing something life-changing” says Theresa Caputo. “It’s like Long Island Medium live, witnessing first-hand spirit communication.”

The highly-rated show Long Island Medium follows Theresa’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference…she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time, which lead to spontaneous readings with those she encounters. The new season of Long Island Medium is scheduled to premiere Sunday, February 19, 2017 on TLC.

Theresa has appeared on such programs as “Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Fallon,” “Steve Harvey,” “Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Dr. Oz,” & “The Today Show.” Theresa’s second book titled “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” was released in September 2014 and debuted at #9 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Her first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” debuted in the fall of 2013.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for over 15 years. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages. For Theresa, this is not just her job… this is her life. Learn more about Theresa at theresacaputo.com.

For photos & interviews: contact: Deborah Mann at 518-306-4333 or deborah.mann@millsentertainment.com

Date Change for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

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October 14, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Due to a change in tour routing, the date of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical had to be adjusted. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, originally scheduled for November 29, 2016, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 7:30pm.

The most famous reindeer of all from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas.  The national tour – a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” – visits more than 50 North American cities this holiday season.

All ticket holders will be notified of the date change. Current tickets will be honored for the new performance date. Patrons wishing to receive new tickets or request a refund should return tickets no later than October 28, 2016, by mail or in person to: Ticket Star, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, WI 54304. Ticket Star is open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm. Please also feel free to call with any questions you may have at 1-800-895-0071.

Tim Hawkins Returns by Popular Demand on February 24

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October 12, 2016

(De Pere, WI) – Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With over 300 million video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions.

Tim returns to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm with an all-new show. Tickets are available Friday, October 14 at 12pm at highgearpromotions.com, 800.895.0071, and through all Ticket Star locations.

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted – the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

And while his stand-up is riotous, fans are often more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim’s hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Cletus Take The Reel, and The Government Can. Above all, Tim reminds us that for life’s many trials, laughter is our best medicine – especially when the Prozac runs out. Bring the whole family out and join Tim this winter as he makes his highly anticipated return to Weidner Center on February 24th.

Media inquiries for interviews, photos, and/or additional information, please contact Patrick Gear at 920.241.0099 or email at hgpromotions@new.rr.com.

Celtic Woman Announces 2017 “Voices of Angels” Tour

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September 26, 2016

(DUBLIN, Ireland)Multi-platinum international music sensation, Celtic Woman, are returning with a brand new live show, ‘Voices Of Angels’ for an extensive North American tour in Spring 2017.  The tour stops in at the Weidner Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 

The announcement coincides with details of the release of their spectacular new studio album, also titled Voices Of Angels, which will be released on November 18, 2016.

Celtic Woman has a remarkable twelve-year legacy of introducing the most talented singers and musicians from Ireland onto the world stage.  Voices Of Angels showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill.

The Voices Of Angels World Tour kicks off on March 2, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida, and will crisscross its way across North America with performances lined up in over 90 cities through the end of June and will feature audience favorites including music from the new album.  For a limited time, every ticket purchased for the Spring 2017 tour includes a digital download of the Voices Of Angels album.

A fan club ticket pre-sale launches Monday, September 26. Tickets for most cities go on sale to the general public Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

The Voices Of Angels album contains some of the most popular songs from the Celtic Woman repertoire along with several previously unrecorded tracks, all with stunning new orchestral arrangements recorded with the 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland.

Following its debut on PBS in 2005, the group has achieved massive success encompassing ten chart-topping albums, eight DVDs and nine public television specials leading to sales of over ten million albums, with platinum success in nine countries. Each of its ten CDs – including 2016’s Destiny – has debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart. The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist six times.

As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over four million fans across 23 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. The show is renowned for its high quality entertainment, exceptional musical performances and stunning visual productions, enthralling audiences of all ages.

John Cleese Live On Stage Coming January 23!

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September 19, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – John Cleese Live on Stage for Conversations and Q&A after a screeing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Weidner Center. Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which include a photo opportunity with John. Tickets start at $59 (plus applicable fees, 8 ticket limit per order) and go on-sale Friday, September 23 at 11am at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071, or at Ticket Star.***

John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a lifetime evening. Produced by The Backlot Project.

***Coconuts NOT included in the ticket price.

About John Cleese
On the small screen, John Cleese is known for his work on programs such as “Cheers,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Will & Grace,” and the Emmy®-nominated TLC documentary “The Human Face with John Cleese.” His film credits include Silverado, The Out-of-Towners, Rat Race and Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein. He also co-authored two best-selling books on psychology – Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It – and served briefly as Minister of Defense in the John Major Cabinet. He recently completed his autobiography So, Anyway… which was described by the Daily Mail as “self-obsessed.” In his twilight years, John passes his time writing film scripts, giving speeches to business audiences, doing seminars on creativity, teaching at Cornell, paying alimony, and doting on three huge cats and a fish.

About The Backlot Project
Created by Mills Entertainment, The Backlot Project brings the most beloved stars of television and film from the screen to an exciting and intimate live setting. Each Backlot Project is interactive and takes audiences behind the scenes as the brightest stars engage in a tell-all conversation with the talents that brought their favorite moments in entertainment to life.

About Mills Entertainment
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 events throughout the US and worldwide. Current projects include Mel Brooks: A Hilarious Live Conversation, Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, Dolan Twins 4OU Tour, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, Cesar Millan Live and many more. www.millsentertainment.com

Rick Springfield & Richard Marx “One Night Only” Just Announced

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August 15, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Two incredible performers, 3 decades of hits, one night only. Rick Springfield and Richard Marx join forces to bring their catalogues of hits to Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, WI on Saturday, October 29, performing full solo acoustic sets by both artists. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, August 19 at 11:00 am and can be purchased at the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center, Ticketstaronline.com or charge by phone at 800-895-0071.

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer; the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.

As a performer, Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had numerous highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Hold On To the Nights”, “Don’t Mean Nothing”, “Satisfied”, “Right Here Waiting”, “Keep Coming Back”, “Hazard” and #1 AC hit “Now And Forever”. When both Rush Street and Paid Vacation albums went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

Rescheduled Date for Lily Tomlin

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July 26, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Lily Tomlin’s hit Netflix show, Grace and Frankie, has been renewed for another season and, as a result, Ms. Tomlin needs to reschedule a few of her live performance dates to accommodate the filming schedule. An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, originally scheduled for March 24, 2017, has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30pm.

All ticket holders will be notified of the date change. Current tickets will be honored for the new performance date. Patrons wishing to receive new tickets or request a refund should then return tickets no later than August 31, 2016 by mail or in person to: Ticket Star, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, WI 54304. Ticket Star is open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm. Please also feel free to call them with any questions you may have at 1-800-895-0071.

Tickets for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin and the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season 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. Single tickets for An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin and the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season will go on sale Friday, July 29 at 11 am.

Rockin’ Road To Dublin on Sale Thursday, July 21 at 11am

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July 18, 2016

Green Bay, WI – On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 the new sensation changing the Irish Dance world, Rockin’ Road To Dublin, comes to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay at 7:30pm.  Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, Rockin’ Road is the new generation of Irish music and dance.  A fusion of rock and Irish, Rockin’ Road combines the best of both worlds to thrust Irish Dance back into the spotlight.  This stylish, can’t-miss spectacle is the perfect balance between concert and stage show.  Come be part of history as Rockin’ Road to Dublin redefines Irish Dance during its first national tour.

RockinRoad to Dublin is that all-important one-two punch of style and mastery… the cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality. However, the fun vibe is solidly backed by the highly original choreography and technical mastery of every performer onstage; world-class, although this crew is making it all look easy. Scott and Chris have made some magic here.” – Irish Dance Magazine

Tickets for Rockin’ Road To Dublin start at $25 and can be purchased 800-895-0071, online at WeinderCenter.com or in person at all Ticket Star locations.  For more information, please call 800-895-0071.

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Unveils its 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season

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June 15, 2016 – 1:00pm

Green Bay, WI – The Weidner Center takes pride in programming a variety of shows and serves as a destination venue for experiencing concerts, dance, legendary acts, comedy, Broadway, family fare and so much more. The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season builds on the programming successes of recent seasons. UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced its new season Wednesday, June 15 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community.

The season starts on Saturday, October 15 with, one of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, An Evening with Garrison Keillor. Highlights of the season include the four-time 2013 Tony® Award-Winner Pippin, Ailey II the next generation of dance, “Leapin’ Lizards!” the world’s best-loved musical Annie is back, and the unforgettable classic comedy of Lily Tomlin. Whether it is date night, a girls’ night out, or together for a little family time, the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season has an event for you.

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Season is as follows:

  • An Evening with Garrison Keillor – Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
  • Ailey II – Saturday, October 22, 7:30pm
  • Daniel O’Donnell Live in Concert – Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26, 7:00pm
  • Take 6 & The Manhattan Transfer present THE SUMMIT – Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm
  • Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical – Friday, November 11, 7:30pm
  • Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway – Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
  • The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Tuesday, November 29, 7:30pm
  • Holiday Pops! – Friday, December 9, 7:30pm & Saturday, December 10, 2:30pm
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Monday, December 12, 7:30pm
  • The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays – Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Hits & Christmas – Monday, December 19, 7:30pm
  • Doctors In Recital – Saturday, January 21, 7:00pm
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! – Friday, February 10, 7:00pm
  • Annie – Tuesday, February 14, 7:30pm
  • Odd Squad Live! – Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm
  • Black Violin – Sunday, March 12, 7:30pm
  • An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – Friday, March 24, 7:30pm
  • Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – Friday, March 31, 7:00pm
  • The MadHatters – Saturday, April 1, 2:00pm
  • Pippin – Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm
  • The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry – Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour – Sunday, May 7, 7:30pm

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, Subscribers get to 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 on Friday, July 29 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

Loreena McKennitt at the Weidner Center Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30pm!

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016

Green Bay, WI – Loreena McKennitt at the Weidner Center Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 7:30pm. Tickets on sale Friday, May 20, at 11am.  Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $32.50 in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of show.

The fall tour comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of McKennitt’s award-winning 1991 release The Visit, which achieved Gold status in the U.S. (sales over 500,000) and globally has sold more than 1.5 million copies. The Visit will be released on June 24 under McKennitt’s own label, Quinlan Road, as a numbered 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl record. It will also include a free digital download code. The 25th Anniversary edition is re-mastered by Jeff Wolpert, the award-winning Canadian sound engineer who recorded the original sessions, and pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands.

McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in 15 countries on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Junos, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.

McKennitt has performed in some of the world’s most-respected and historic concert venues, from Carnegie Hall to the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and for dignitaries including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and numerous heads of state.

In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives. In 1998, she founded the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, and she was instrumental in the transformation of a 1929 neo-Gothic school into the Falstaff Family Centre, a charitable organization focused on families and children.

For more information, please visit www.loreenamckennitt.com
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2016-2017 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2016

Green Bay, WI  – The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the 2016-2017 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students travelling from over 67 cities and 23 counties throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2016-2017 series kicks off in November 2016 and extends through May 2017, featuring 11 titles and a total of 22 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, Heritage Hill State Historical Park, and adds a new partnership with The National Railroad Museum for the coming year. 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.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the June announcement of the 2016-2017 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2016-2017 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

November

4     We the People
10   Doktor Kaboom – LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
16   Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

February

8      Four Score and Seven Years Ago
10    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
27    Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

March

6      Odd Squad Live
9      Laura Ingalls Wilder
31    Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

April

11    Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

May

3      I Never Saw Another Butterfly presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre

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., Morgan Stanley Foundation, Open-Sense Solutions LLC, and KHROME.

How To Make Reservations for the 2016-2017 Series:

All information about the 2016-2017 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 I Never Saw Another Butterfly 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.

truTV’s Impractical Jokers – Second Show Added!

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2016

Green Bay, WI  – The cast of TruTV’s Impractical Jokers a.k.a. acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins have announced a brand new live show and tour titled “Santiago Sent Us.” Following the smash success of their “Where’s Larry?” tour, the “Santiago Sent Us” tour will see the troupe – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn – performing a new batch of their special blend of comedy, hi-jinx, and never-before-seen videos on stage. The multi-city trek will make a stop at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Saturday, June 11. Due to popular demand, a second show has been added at 10:00 pm. Tickets for the 10:00 pm show will go on sale Friday, April 1 at 11:00 am.  AGES 16+ RECOMMENDED

truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Santiago Sent Us’ Tour Starring The Tenderloins

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2016

(Green Bay, WI)  – The cast of TruTV’s Impractical Jokers a.k.a. acclaimed comedy troupe The Tenderloins have announced a brand new live show and tour titled “Santiago Sent Us.” Following the smash success of their “Where’s Larry?” tour, the “Santiago Sent Us” tour will see the troupe – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn – performing a new batch of their special blend of comedy, hi-jinx, and never-before-seen videos on stage.  The multi-city trek will make a stop at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 18 at 11:00 am at the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center or online at Ticketstaronline.com.

For more information, please visit http://thetenderloins.com/tour/.

Ages 16+ Recommended

ONCE Local Singer/Songwriter Contest Winner Announced!

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 19, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) –The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the ARTgarage is proud to announce that the winner of the ONCE Singer/Songwriter contest is Lane Lee with the submission of his original song Runaway Train.

Lane Lee is from the small town of Suring, Wisconsin. He has a life-long passion for music and enjoys creating his own works. His mother is a music teacher, sparking his interest in music at a very young age. He continued to dig deeper into music and eventually decided to go to college for music education. Lane is currently completing his degree at UW- Green Bay by student teaching.

Local singer/songwriters were encouraged to submit one original song to participate in this contest. The submissions were judged by a panel of local music experts. The winning entrant receives complimentary tickets to see the musical ONCE on February 25 at the Weidner Center, participation at the showcase with the ARTgarage, and an opportunity to record their song at Rock Garden Studio.

A select group of artists will perform on February 20 from 4 – 9pm at the ARTgarage in the Singer/Songwriter Showcase. The show will be open to the public, with incentive to participate in other activities at the ARTgarage.

ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The ARTgarage is located in The Cannery on Olde Main, a 100-year-old former cannery factory with Cream City brick walls, high wooden ceilings, a cracked and stained cement floor… the perfect setting for this exciting arts venue. Studio A, formerly the cannery’s loading dock, contains the Front Gallery, side galleries, artist studios and gift shop.  Studio B is a multipurpose space which is home to classes, workshops, performances, meetings and special events. As part of the Olde Main Redevelopment District, the ARTgarage is helping to bring value back to the area along with many other businesses and private property owners who want to reclaim rather than demolish our city’s history. The ARTgarage is a welcoming neighbor to the diverse populations within our community and proudly displays “Everyone Welcome” on our front door.  Other tenants of the Cannery complex include Flowerama and the NWTC Artisan & Business Center.

Songs, Stools and Stories Announced for April 4 at 7:30pm

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 5, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) — The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present an event that brings to life the creative explosion that was country music in the 90’s! The Voice of LONESTAR – Richie McDonald; Grammy Award winner Suzy Bogguss; the Voice of RESTLESS HEART – Larry Stewart and Grammy Award winner Billy Dean come together on the same stage for one unforgettable night of “Songs, Stools & Stories.” On Monday, April 4 at 7:30pm you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the lives of the hit makers and their songs. Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 12 at 11:00am. Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

Richie McDonald has long been one of music’s most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country’s best singers and a polished and engaging entertainer, McDonald is the face and voice of LONESTAR, ranked among the genre’s preeminent groups.  As one of the industry’s most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era’s most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations.

Suzy Bogguss joined the church choir at age 5, she then added piano, drums and guitar to her repertoire. Soon she was singing in musicals…it never occurred to her that her future was on stage. But the long list of industry awards including her Grammy – prove that on stage is exactly where Suzy belongs!

Larry Stewart, an American country music icon is best known for his role as lead singer of the country group RESTLESS HEART. The voice you have heard on a slew of top 10’s and number one hits has also garnered Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and nominations.

Billy Dean’s insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice and masterful instrumental gifts have not only earned him ACM awards, CMA awards and a Grammy, but also countless devoted fans. His appeal reaches beyond the music world. He has appeared on numerous TV shows as well as made-for TV movies. Billy transcends genres and generations alike – he is loved by the entire family!

Combined, these artists represent over 60 top 10 songs and over 25 Number One Hits. They take the stage together and perform their hits, intermixed with stories about the songs and their careers.

L.A. Theatre Works Bram Stoker’s Dracula February 2, 2016 Has Been Cancelled

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 2, 2016

(Green Bay, WI) – Due to the declining weather conditions, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announces the cancellation of L.A. Theatre Works – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The performance will not be rescheduled.

Ticket purchasers are able to evenly exchange their tickets for one of the following upcoming performances by calling Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071:

Celtic Nights – Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
The Peking Acrobats – Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm
Post Secret – Saturday, February 27 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Mnozil Brass – Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30pm

Individuals not wishing to exchange their tickets may elect to receive a full refund. Those who purchased tickets with a credit card will have it automatically credited February 16, 2016. Those who purchased tickets with cash or check can bring their tickets to the Ticket Star box office at the Resch Center, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay, or send them to: Ticket Star, P.O. Box 10567, Green Bay, WI, 54307. For more information regarding tickets, please contact Ticket Star at 800-895-0071.