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Meet Ron and Karen Toshner

Ron and Karen Toshner were introduced to the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra by a board member and found that attending concerts full of beautiful classical music rounded out their musical interests. As FVSO Season Ticket Holders, the two had enjoyed several performances at both Lawrence and Pickard Auditorium before the Center was completed in 2002. Now, they are Season Ticket Holders for both the Symphony and the Broadway Series here, and also choose to support the mission of the Center as Annual Partners.

Meet the Toshners

toshner-photoHow did you first get involved with the Center?

We were delighted when the Symphony moved to the Performing Arts Center after its completion in 2002. We were very pleased with the quality of the acoustics and how the FVSO was enhanced by performing in this venue. Shortly after, we also started attending Broadway performances. We have been FVSO Season Ticket Holders for about 14 years and Season Ticket Holders for the Broadway Series at the Fox Cities P.A.C. for about 12 years.

What made you interested in becoming a Season Ticket Holder at the Center?

We enjoyed the performances and the variety of performances available at the Center. We had attended some performances in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Chicago but the convenience of attending high quality performances made the center even more attractive. As the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s reputation grew, we were very pleased to see a number of premiere performances in Wisconsin of Broadway shows at the Center.

When did you first decide to become an Annual Partner?  

We believe that children and adults in our community should be exposed to the arts at multiple levels. The performing arts provide a richness of experience that can not only entertain us but also challenge us to learn more about others’ views. Because of that belief, we felt it was important for us to do what we could to support the arts in our community.

Being an Annual Partner is rewarding knowing that you are personally helping to provide outstanding performances for others in our community. And it’s very easy to do!

In your own words, what does it mean to you to have the Fox Cities P.A.C. in Appleton?

We believe the Fox Cities P.A.C greatly enhances the quality of life in Appleton by providing an extensive array of experiences that are convenient, affordable, and well-produced.

Artist Q&A: Sonny Knight

Sonny Knight, a Mississippi native who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, developed his love of music going to church as a child. Now retired from his day job as a truck driver, Knight is touring his fresh sound with the group The Lakers, and will visit the Fox Cities P.A.C. as a kickoff to our Spotlight Series this November. Check out what he had to say about the show in this Q&A.

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Photo by Mike Madison

What first made you interested in music?
I think first of all it started way back down south when I was a kid. I went to church with my grandma and when I went to church we’d see these gospel quartets and one guy singing and I found that fascinating. I’m not much of a guitar player but I started messing around with that and I developed an ear for singing and started listening to lots of music.


You go by Sonny Knight- where did you get “The Lakers” from?
The Lakers, you know, the basketball team, was in Minnesota (in the 50s) but actually it’s quite different than that. Since it’s the Great Lakes, a laker is a kind of ship that stays in fresh water around the lakes. Plus, the studio was on Lake Street so there’s that dual meaning.

Your focus for your album as well as performing is the feel of live music. What makes that so different than something that’s recorded?
I believe in giving people what you hear on the record. I don’t think somebody would want to go somewhere and hear something different. We try to give people the sound exactly the way it was recorded. Lots of energy, feeling in the song and different things like that. No matter how big or how small the crowd, it will be the same show all the way around.
I pride myself in doing that and putting a lot of feeling into the songs we do. I like to get the audience involved because that’s what I’m there for and to have fun with the audience and making sure they are having fun! I guess I’m kind of like the host on the trip of the musical voyage and I will be your steward. How may I serve you today? That’s how we do it.

Finish this sentence: I’m most excited to visit Appleton because I hear…
I’ve always liked Wisconsin. Being a (retired) truck driver I didn’t get to see half the things I do on tour. I’ve always had a curiosity to go to Appleton and this time to play I get to meet the people and see a little bit more than what I’d normally see.

What can people expect when they come to the show?
They can expect to see high energy group playing good songs, a well-rehearsed group, join in to sing along and have fun dancing. It’s a good show all around. We’re looking forward to coming to Appleton to play. When I’m there come up and just say hi.


Don’t miss Sonny Knight and The Lakers Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kimberly-Clark Theater. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now.

Artist Q&A: Larry Larson of Art of Time Ensemble

Sgt Pepper_logo2.jpgIn your own words, what is Art of Time Ensemble?

An amazing collective of artists (musicians, singers, dancers) handpicked by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, who all come together to bring to life whatever innovative new program Andrew has envisioned for that particular concert. Oftentimes this can be a group of artists who have never met nor worked together in the past, but whom Andrew knows will form the perfect ensemble to present a particular program. It’s absolutely fascinating and invigorating to be a part of this kind of collaboration.

How did you get involved with the group?
In 2010, Andrew was doing a remount of his “Abbey Road Project,” and the original trumpet player in the ensemble was not able to do the dates. Luckily, Andrew had recalled working with me in the past on a symphony show we did together, so I got the call for “Abbey Road” – the first of the Beatles projects that Art of Time mounted.

When the group stops by the Fox Cities you will be performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. What do you think makes that soundtrack so iconic?

All of the songs individually tell such incredible stories, meld so well together as a whole, and touch so many of us on different levels. I still have my vinyl copy that I got as a kid of 10 or 11, and never tire of listening to this masterpiece! Now at this stage of my life and career to be able to perform this incredible score in such a fresh and genius approach is truly one of the most rewarding projects in which I have ever been involved. It’s a gift to be able to tour this show once again this year! And in my home Midwest territory!

You get to play the iconic Penny Lane trumpet solo as a “bonus track” in the show. How does it feel to play a part that most people can hum along to?

Truly one of the greatest gifts of this show! As you may know, both “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” were originally recorded by the Beatles to be a part of “Sgt.Pepper,” but it was later decided by the lads to release them as a Double-A side 45rpm. Andrew’s decision to bookend our concert with these two numbers is brilliant! On a personal note, I had the great fortune to become friends with David Mason, the trumpet player who recorded this iconic tune. I travelled to London twice to hang out with him, and listened to his wonderful stories from his incredible career in London – as one of England’s most recognized orchestral trumpet player, and as Paul McCartney called him, “That high note guy!”

What is your favorite song to play in the show?
Honestly, ALL of these reworked charts are great throughout the album, as each of them has their specific challenges. I’ll give you a Top 3: “Penny Lane,”” Lovely Rita,”” Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”

What song usually gets the biggest audience reaction?
I would say “A Day In The Life.” To say this arrangement is brilliant is selling it short, and for it to end the concert always brings the house down. It honestly gets me right here (as he points to his heart!) every time we play it!

headshot-larry-larsonFinish this sentence: I can’t travel without my…

Obviously my TRUMPET, but considering that is basically another appendage, I am lost without my brilliant noise-cancelling headphones and a vast array of listening material. I have ridiculously eclectic taste in music, so I must always have a plethora of material for listening, depending on my state of mind at any point during our bus trips!

Finish this sentence: When I visit a new city on tour the first thing I like to do is…

Find out where the best places are for breakfast, lunch, dinner, & craft brews! Eating well on the road is the best way to stay healthy and sane, so it is the priority on the road. As I have not been to Appleton since I was about 10 years old, any great suggestions?!?!?!

Finish this sentence: The one thing people always tell me about Wisconsin is…

How wonderfully friendly the people are! I know that for a fact from my trips to Wisconsin as a kid with my family. A great thing to be proud of, Wisconsin!

What can people expect when they come to the show on October 11?
To be truly blown away by how this iconic soundtrack of our lives can be honored with such innovative and fresh arrangements. Oh, and I have yet to mention how our 4 wonderful singers bring their own spin in their own voices to these great lyrics. These are not 4 imitators, but 4 voices unique to themselves who tell these tales. As I said earlier, this is absolutely one of the most rewarding projects in which I have ever been involved in my career. I can’t wait for us to present this show to you!


Tickets for Art of Time Ensemble Performs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Andrew Burashko, Artistic Director; featuring Steve Page, Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Craig Northey and Andy Maize start at $39 and are on sale now.

4 reasons to say ‘Hello’ to The Book of Mormon!


BOM_NASH_Season_Announcement_1000x1000If we had to pick only four reasons to see The Book of Mormon at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Oct. 4-9, this would be our list:

1.The star-studded writing team

You may have heard the names Trey Parker and Matt Stone before, especially if you are a South Park fan. The two funny men created the musical along with Robert Lopez, the co-composer and co lyricist of Avenue Q (and subsequently Frozen). The trio worked together on the book, lyrics and music to create what The New York Times later would call “The best musical of this century.”

2.Witty, smart and hilarious are common descriptors

When you read reviews of the national touring production, you’ll often see words like “witty,” “smart” and “hilarious” describing everything from the writing, to the choreography and the music. It’s hard to disagree when Entertainment Weekly calls it “the funniest musical of all time.”

3.It has a lot of awards to its name

The musical is a 9 time Tony® winner, received 4 Drama Desk awards, and was recognized with 4 Outer Critics Awards. Oh, and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2012.

4. Last time it broke a house record, and it’s “even better the second time around”

The Book of Mormon was so well received during its 2014 Fox Cities stop, it broke a house record, grossing $1.38 million in a one-week engagement. According to the Daily Herald in Chicago, it’s even better the second time around, saying “If you think you’ve ‘been there done that’ — think again. I saw the show when it first opened and really enjoyed it, but this time I loved it.”


When will we be seeing you at the theater?

Broadway Fast 5: August


Emilio Madrid-Kuser,

Emilio Madrid-Kuser,


1. An early look at the 20th anniversary cast of Rent!

Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical Rent is hitting the road this fall in honor of the groudbreaking show’s 20th anniversary. Rent will kick off on September 20 in Dallas, and play more than 60 cities across the country. The show’s cast members rehearsed a few numbers and met the press on August 23. See the sneak peek here!


Miranda and Menken Photo by: Bruce Glikas

Miranda and Menken
Photo by: Bruce Glikas

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda announces (another) new project

Once you’re in the Mickey Mouse Club, you’re in it for life. After writing songs for Disney’s Moana and appearing in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Lin-Manuel Miranda will team up with certified Disney legend Alan Menken. The two will pen tunes (and adapt some familiar ones) for a new live action take on The Littler Mermaid according to Deadline. The Little Mermaid has had a significant impact on Miranda’s life and career; the Hamilton creator credits the film as part of the reason why he and his wife Vanessa named their son Sebastian.


Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan Photo by: Deen van Meer

Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan
Photo by: Deen van Meer

3. Yes, there will be a Newsies movie.
It’s official! The rumors were true and Newsies will make its worldwide cinema debut in early 2017, starring Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance as Jack Kelly. It’s all thanks to those folks over at Disney Theatrical Productions teaming up with Fathom Events. Those joining Jordan from the original Broadway cast include Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, with North American tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer and Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin. Additional cast from the Broadway and North American tour ensemble will also return. Jordan and the returning original Broadway cast members will join the cast of the North American tour for one performance only, which will be filmed on September 11 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in front of an invited audience.


Chris Haston/ NBCUniversal

Chris Haston/ NBCUniversal

4. Hairspray Live! continues to add to already starry cast

The nicest kids in town! This month Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes and Andrea Martin all joined the starry cast of the NBC live musical event scheduled for Dec. 7! They join a starry cast including Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin,  Martin Short as Wilbur, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.  O’Donnell will appear as the Gym Teacher, Hayes as Mr. Pinky and Martin as Prudy Pingleton.


Photo by: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Photo by: Noam Galai/Getty Images

5. Andrew Lloyd Webber now has 3 shows on Broadway

Fancy-footed felines, a kid band that can roll with surprise visits from music icons and that masked man—they’re all currently rocking the Great White Way thanks to seven-time Tony winner Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following the return of his iconic 1983 tuner Cats on July 31, the music maker and producer once again marks three hit musicals simultaneously running on the Main Stem. School of Rock, which is playing at the Winter Garden, nabbed four Tony nominations in 2016, while The Phantom of the Opera continues to make audiences fall in love 28 years later at the Majestic. The stars of Lloyd Webber’s works, including Great White Way trailblazer Alex Brightman, angel of music James Barbour and glam pop pussycat Leona Lewis, recently snapped a pic with the mastermind, showcasing his legacy and knack for amplifying diverse and delightful stories on the stage. Here’s to you, Andrew Lloyd Webber!





Coming together to provide amazing experiences

Itzhak-Perlman_showViolinist Itzhak Perlman has performed for presidents, royalty and audiences around the world. So when we announced the reigning virtuoso of the violin would open both the Boldt Arts Alive! Season and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season, there was understandable excitement in the Fox Cities.

Bringing a musician of this caliber to the Fox Cities is accomplished because the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra are working together to make it so.

“When we discussed bringing Mr. Perlman to perform with the talented Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, we knew our audiences would be in for a treat,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. President Maria Van Laanen. “We know this evening will provide an exceptional live experience that can truly inspire, transform and build our community.”

For the symphony, the timing couldn’t have lined up better. Celebrating the start of their 50th Season, Executive Director Jamie LaFreniere explained that their goal this season is to reach out and give back to the Fox Cities as a thank you for the many years of support. In addition to new programs, LaFreniere explained that the kickoff performance with Mr. Perlman is a gift for both the orchestra and the community to enjoy and celebrate together.

“To have this opportunity on our home stage, with our friends and family out in the audience, is a dream come true,” LaFreniere said. “But not just a dream for our musicians; we want this to be a memorable evening for our entire community. For our community to watch their orchestra grow and improve over the years and rise to a level where we share a stage with Itzhak Perlman is a great honor.”

groupLaFreniere cites having the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton as a key piece in bringing artists the caliber of Perlman to the area.

“We have a Broadway-class performance venue in the middle of our community! This is a gift many cities twice our size don’t get to enjoy! It allows us to elevate our concerts, our guest artists, and work with the Center on special community collaborations to enhance the opportunities for those on and off the stage,” LaFreniere said.

“It is also key to have such a wonderful symphony for guest artists to play with,” Van Laanen added. “The work the symphony does behind the scenes to ensure these opportunities are world class for both the artists and the community is crucial to the performances’ success and they always do a great job.”

Both groups agree that their collaboration works because of the immense community support for each organization coming together for an evening of unforgettable music.

“The community brought us here and made this possible! Without their support in our program and their love of our music and concerts, none of this would be happening,” LaFreniere said. “And it is happening right here, at home in the Fox Cities! You don’t need to travel to Chicago or Milwaukee to see the highest caliber performers. They are right here waiting for you.”

Making a difference one smile at a time

DSC_0097The smiling faces that help make arts experiences for so many in our community are coming together to celebrate the completion of the 2015-16 Season and the start of what is sure to be another great year at the Fox Cities P.A.C..

The Center had 466 active volunteers during the 2015-16 Season who donated 24,480 hours worth of service to support the arts.

In August, the Center brings together volunteers for a celebration event to recognize the amazing experiences they continue to offer patrons. From a helping hand to a point in the right direction, volunteers help to keep the Center experience consistent and memorable for patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

The event will include a dinner, entertainment, recognition from Thrivent Financial, who proudly supports the volunteer program and an awards ceremony to put the spotlight on a few of our exceptional volunteers.

We’re excited to have this time as a reminder of how much #WeLoveOurVolunteers!



Meet Darlene Coley

Words are important. Whether verbal, sent on letterhead, or posted for all to see, a sentence or two can cause us to pause and occasionally, they direct our path.

That might explain why, for the Coleys, the performing arts center being built in their community became such a large part of their lives. It was a sign that led Darlene Coley and her husband Ron to become volunteers; and a letter that led them to the decision to financially support the mission of the Center.


Darlene Coley of Appleton was recognized with the Ambassador Award in 2014 for being a volunteer who exemplifies the ideals of the Fox Cities P.A.C. volunteer program and also in the community.

Ron and Darlene made their way to the temporary offices for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center before the doors officially opened in 2002 to purchase season tickets. As they walked in, a sign calling for volunteers caught their attention and after a quick conversation, the two had decided it was something they wanted to do.

“We signed up that day,” Darlene Coley proudly recalls.

The pair were present for opening night in November of 2002, working coat check. They continued to volunteer together in various positions until Ron’s passing in 2011. Darlene continues to be a volunteer today.

Words in the form of a letter convinced the Coleys that the Center would benefit their community so greatly with future programming and opportunities that they decided to become Annual Partners.

“A letter went out to the community while the theater was in the final stages of being built asking for contributions,  no matter how small,  to help the theater meet its financial goal by the time it opened,” Darlene recalls. “We were proud of the Fox Cities P.A.C. and what is was going to, and is now, giving to our community. We wanted to support their goals.”

“It is a good thing to know, be your donation large or small, that together our community is able to provide so many programs to so many people of all ages to all of our benefit,” Coley said.

Darlene said that through the volunteer program she has met many good friends and has seen many great performances, but she also enjoys just visiting as a patron and taking in the Partners Lounge before performances.

Whether through donating her time or financial resources Darlene said she is proud to be a part of “something so vital to our community.”

And we’re proud to have her.

Check your calendars! On sale dates have just been announced!

Since the day we announced the 2016-17 Season, we told you it was going to be Beautiful! We even gave you 11 reasons why you can’t miss it,  6 reasons to take advantage of our new Fox Cities P.A.C. Presents Season Ticket Package and featured our new and exciting Spotlight Series. Still, there was one burning question.

When do single tickets go on sale?

Single tickets for 2016 Boldt Arts Alive! and Spotlight Series performances will go on sale Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. The 2017 performances from both of those series will go on sale Monday, Nov. 14.

Tickets for The Book of Mormon, the first show in our Broadway Across America®-Fox Cities Series are already on sale and tickets for The Sound of Music (a great holiday gift!) will go on sale Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.

Mark your calendars with the full list below:

Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America® – Fox Cities Series On Sale Dates:
The Book of Mormon
Oct. 4  9, 2016
On sale now! Tickets start at $50.

The Sound of Music
Dec. 13   18, 2016
On sale Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $50.

The Bodyguard The Musical
Jan. 17  22, 2017
On sale Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s  Cabaret
Feb. 28  March 5, 2017
On sale Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Finding Neverland
April 17 – 22, 2017
On sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Mamma Mia!
May 12  14, 2017
On sale Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $45.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
May 30 – June 4, 2017
On sale March 3 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $50.

Aug. 30 – Sept. 10, 2017
On sale May 19 at 10 a.m.; tickets start at $52.50.


Photo Credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco

2016 Arts Alive! and Spotlight Series titles go on sale Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m.
Itzhak Perlman with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Tickets start at $65.

Art of Time Ensemble Performs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Andrew Burashko, Artistic Director featuring Steven Page, Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding), Craig Northey and Andy Maize
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Tickets start at $39.

13th Annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults.

The Havana Cuba AllStars – The Asere Friendship Tour
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Tickets are $25.

Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Tickets start at $25.

Sonny Knight and The Lakers
Kimberly-Clark Theater
Thursday, Nov. 17
Tickets are $30.

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
Friday, Dec. 2
Tickets start at $35.

2017 Arts Alive! and Spotlight Series titles go on sale  Monday, Nov. 14.  at 10 a.m.

FB_HR-8935-resizedSpectrum Dance Theater
Friday, Feb. 10
Tickets are $30.

An Intimate Evening with Janis Siegel
Kimberly-Clark Theater
Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17
Tickets start at $30.

Vienna Boys Choir: Smile
 Friday, Feb. 24
Tickets are $25.

Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues
Thursday, March 9
Tickets are $25.

The Irish Comedy Tour
Kimberly-Clark Theater
Tuesday, March 14
Tickets are $30. Limited tickets are available.

The Intergalactic Nemesis A Live-Action Graphic Novel
Wednesday, March 15
Tickets are $25.

The Slocan Ramblers
Kimberly-Clark Theater
Friday, March 31
Tickets are $30.

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play!
Saturday, April 8
Tickets are $25.

Neil Simon Festival’s Driving Miss Daisy
Thursday, April 27
Tickets are $35.


When will we be seeing you at the theater?


Broadway Fast 5: July


'Cats' (Photo: Alessandro Pinna)

‘Cats’ (Photo: Alessandro Pinna)

1.They’re back! Cats starts previews on Broadway

Those loveable Jellicle cats have returned to Broadway in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which began previews on July 14 and will open July 31. Featuring choreography by Hamilton’s Andy Blakenbuehler and pop singer Leona Lewis taking on the memorable role of Grizabella, the production has been getting a lot of buzz. You can get excited too – is featuring a behind the scenes look vlog with Rum Tum Tugger Tyler Hanes.

Rachel Tucker in Broadway's 'Wicked' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Rachel Tucker in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’
(Photo: Joan Marcus)

2. Rejoicify! Wicked movie details are here!

It’s not much, but Stephen Schwartz did let a little slip about the upcoming Wicked film. At San Diego Comic-Con confirmed the project is a few years away but will incorporate at least three new numbers and one song that was cut from the Broadway show. We can’t wait to go dancing through life to the new songs. (Or to hear the originals performed live here next August!)



3. Darlene Love heads Off-Broadway

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love will join Trip of Love Off-Broadway. The show, which brings the ’60s to life with more than 25 of the decades greatest hits, will welcome love starting July 28. “What a fun show! When I saw the show, the audience was waving their arms and singing along. They had a grand time,” said Love, in a statement published on Love, whose 50+ year career has included collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presely (to name a few) is perhaps most well known for her number one holiday classic “Baby Please Come Home” which you might just get to hear her perform when she visits the Fox Cities P.A.C. in her Love for the Holidays tour Dec. 2.


Karen Olivo & Miguel Cervantes

Karen Olivo & Miguel Cervantes

4. The room where it happens just got closer

The Chicago production of Hamilton is getting that much closer to it’s September 27 opening. Tickets for the production went on sale and quickly performances were shifted to sold-out status. Now, we know who all of those people will be seeing in the room where it happens. The Chicago company will be led by Tony-winner Karen Olivo (Angelica) , Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton) and Alexander Gemignani (King George III). Other principal roles in Hamilton in Chicago will be played by Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ alternate, Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds. Who else is excited?


Leanne Cope & Dimitri Kleioris in 'An American in Paris' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Leanne Cope & Dimitri Kleioris in ‘An American in Paris’
(Photo: Matthew Murphy)

5. ‘S Been Wonderful: An American in Paris, Motown, Fiddler announce closings

An American in Paris, which had announced it would close on Broadway on January 1, 2017, will now end its run on October 9. Based on the Oscar-winning film, the musical of hope, redemption and romance featured some of George and Ira Gershwin’s well known hits including “I Got Rhythm” “‘S Wonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away.” The national tour is set to being on Oct. 14.

The tradition is over; the fifth Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Danny Burstein, is set to close on December 31.

Surprising, the return of Motown The Musical, which opened on July 12, also announced it will close this month. Performances for the limited engagement were scheduled to run through Nov. 13 but the jukebox musical announced it will play its final performance on July 31, marking the end of the shows first national tour.