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From the Broadway musical ANYTHING GOES to opera sensation Renee Fleming; the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, the landmark theater event WAR HORSE, Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, Elton John’s BILLY ELLIOT, performances from the Stratford Shakespeare Company, Sonny Rollins, BLUE MAN GROUP and much more -- Wharton Center presents the Best of Broadway and the Performing Arts!
Now celebrating 30 years of entertainment, Wharton Center offers an eclectic array of world-renowned artists and performances from September to May. The current season includes the performances noted above, along with additional artists in jazz, country and classical music. Of special note are Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Jana Kramer, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the BBC Concert Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, and Sir James Galway. The Broadway season also includes the divine musical comedy SISTER ACT, and the incredible true tale CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
October 16 - 21, 2012 | Cobb Great Hall
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to East Lansing while it continues a triumphant run on Broadway, where The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA Today hails it as “GLORIOUS and EXUBERANT!”
December 05 - 09, 2012 | Cobb Great Hall
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.
England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Blue Man Group
February 22 - 24, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall
Experience the Phenomenon. BLUE MAN GROUP is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.
Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that BLUE MAN GROUP is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. BLUE MAN GROUP is now on the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget.
February 27, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall
Called “America’s Beautiful Voice” and “the people’s diva,” Renée Fleming, one of the greatest opera stars of our time and the world’s reigning soprano, comes to Wharton Center for the first time - in one of just a handful of U.S. recital appearances this season! “Perfect voice, endless breath, sensuous tone... she is sheer perfection” proclaims Le Monde in Paris, and the great conductor Sir George Solti pronounced, “In my long life, I have met maybe two sopranos with this quality of singing.” At once captivating, down to earth, and glamorous, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, beguiling audiences worldwide.
March 17, 2013 | Cobb Great Hall
Revolutionary dance-illusionist company MOMIX defies categorization as it transports audiences to a different world in its endless search for another gravity. Mesmerizing, magical and imaginative, MOMIX’s newest creation, Botanica, has performed to packed houses and rave reviews around the world. With a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica uses larger-than-life props, the interplay between light and shadow, humor and the human body to create a breathtaking show of fantasy, wit and captivating beauty. “Their audience floats out on a dizzying high of pleasure.” -Chicago Tribune