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East Lansing, MI 48824

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Wharton Center’s 2013-2014 Season offers the best of touring Broadway and an amazing lineup of performing arts events.  It all starts with multi-Grammy winner Diana Krall, who just released a new album “Glad Rag Doll,” followed in October by the Broadway musical FLASHDANCE-The MusicalThe MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series contains more Wharton Center premieres, including: GHOST The Musicalbased on the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, and the five-time Tony Award-winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. 


The smash hit DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST takes the stage in early 2014 followed by THE GERSHWIN’S PORGY AND BESS.  The nine-time Tony Award®-winning THE BOOK OF MORMON wraps up the season in June.  On top of this stellar Broadway selection, is this year’s special Broadway event – one of the most requested Broadway shows – MAMMA  MIA! at Wharton Center for three days in November.


The 2013-2014 Season wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of world-renowned performing artists, including Johnny MathisYo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott, the Estonian National Symphony, the Vienna Boys Choir, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the dance sensation Pilobolus, and more.

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DIANA KRALL: Glad Rag Doll Tour

September 28, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall

With an instantly identifiable voice and

crossover appeal in spades, Diana Krall has sold more than 15 million albums and is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. Now a multi Grammy winner with over 20 international awards to her name, her high musical standards and audience appeal continue to win fans worldwide.

Her newest album, “Glad Rag Doll,” has The Seattle Times proclaiming it to be “one of her freshest, most satisfying albums ... Krall has struck vintage gold here – again.” Don’t miss the jazz event of the season with this stunning superstar! 



October 3, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall

Arlo Guthrie, the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie performs a night of inspiring music accompanied by heartwarming storytelling. With his exceptional solo skills, Arlo proves that the folk tradition his father helped created is still alive and well. Arlo grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays. He absorbed the musical lessons brought to him by each, and along with his father's legacy, their influence created the performer he is today.

Backed by a band which includes his son Abe on keyboards and grandson Krishna on guitar, Guthrie and his family perform a set that touches all four corners of the fabric of American music, including standards, some of his own songs (along with the Steve Goodman-penned "City of New Orleans," which he made famous) and Woody Guthrie's anthem "This Land Is Your Land." This is a unique opportunity to see this legend perform!


October 8-13, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of the film Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance - The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

Flashdance - The Musical features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie in addition to 16 brand new songs written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. Flashdance - The Musical features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay) and Robert Cary, with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis). 



December 10-15, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall

Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost in a brand new Broadway musical.Ghost The Musical breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical features an original pop score from multiple–Grammy Award winners Dave Stewart, one half of the 80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill, among many other notable credits and collaborations. The musical’s tale of everlasting love is thrilling entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. 



January 22-26, 2014 | Cobb Great Hall

Peter and The Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun is now on tour! Hailed by The New York Timesas “THE MOST EXHILARATING STORYTELLING ON BROADWAY IN DECADES,” this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.


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