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Broadway Fast 5: September

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There’s always a lot happening under the bright lights of Broadway but here are five things you need to know from September:

1.Some actors are making the move from screen to stage!

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Palmer and Shepherd in Cinderella

Last week Lindsay Lohan began previews in London’s Speed-the-Plow as Karen, a role originated by Madonna in 1988.

Closer to home KeKe Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”, “Joyful Noise”) debuted in Cinderella along side Sherri Shepherd (“The View”) as the stepmother. Reality star NeNe Leaks will reportedly take over for Shepherd in November.

Rupert Grint, best known as Ron Weasly from Harry Potter, made his Broadway debut in It’s Only A Play this month.

It’s also been announced that Showtime’s favorite serial killer, Michael C. Hall of “Dexter,” will return to his Broadway roots as he takes over the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch this October.

 

 

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A sneak preview of The Last Five Years

2. Musical set for the big screen
The Jason Robert Brown musical The Last 5 Years had its theatrical debut at the Toronto film festival earlier this month. The film features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

 

 

 

3. Breaking records (and giving us a nice shout-out!)

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Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King officially took over the top spot on Broadway this month when the announcement was made that it surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing show of all time, raking in $6.2 billion on its productions both home and abroad since it debuted in 1997. Don’t worry Phantom fans, the masked man still reigns in the category of longest running production, putting on more than 11,000 performances since it debuted in 1988.

 

4. Wedding Bells

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Jackson and new husband Jason Landau

 

Cheyenne Jackson, who will be performing here in November is a newlywed!

Broadway.com announced earlier this month that Jackson married fiancé Jason Landau in an outdoor interfaith ceremony in California.

 

 

 

5. Broadway mourns a Jersey Boy

Bob Crewe

Bob Crewe, whose work is currently on Broadway in the musical Jersey Boys, died on Sept. 11 at age 83. Crewe was a producer and co-lyricist for The Four Seasons in the early 60s working with Bob Gaudio on hits like “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” You can hear those hits in Appleton, when Jersey Boys visits this May.

Thank you for loving Mormon

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It seems like just yesterday that we said “Hello” to The Book of Mormon. It was great to kick-off the 2014-15 Broadway Season with such an amazing show and your love did not go unnoticed. It actually helped us break a house record here at the Fox Cities P.A.C. for a one week engagement, grossing $1,380,442.50. That equates to a nearly $5 million* economic impact to our community!

::cue #supermormonselfie::

In fact, the national tours of The Book of Mormon have broken 71 house records in 33 venues across the country. At Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Book of Mormon has broken a house record 49 times!

 

Thanks for loving the #foxcitiespac and as always #weloveourpatrons!

 

*The Broadway League’s 2009 economic impact study.

Calling all Dancing with the Stars fans!

We are excited to announce the dance pros that have been cast in Ballroom with a Twist which takes stage Tuesday, Feb. 10. Drum roll, please…

EMMA SLATER

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Emma Slater is from England and credits include a lengthy stage stint in Burn The Floor and a dancing appearance in the film “Mamma Mia!”

VAL  CHMERKOVSKIY

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Val Chmerkovskiy is a 14-time U.S. National Dance Champion.

SHARNA BURGESS

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Sharna Burgess an Australian sensation who has been on “DWTS” the past four seasons and the choreographer of the film “Street Dance 2 – 3D.”

TONY DOVOLANI

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Tony Dovolani is the Season 15 mirror ball champion and fan favorite who’s been a “DWTS” regular since Season 2.

All four professional dancers are currently competing in Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” which began Sept. 15.

PetaUPDATE: Peta Murgatroyd has been added to the lineup! You can read more about her here.

 

 

Adding to the evening’s excitement will be finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” but we’re not ready to shine the disco ball on them quite yet!

Hello New Season!

Fall is an exciting time of year in Wisconsin. First you have football (Did you hear – Aaron Rodgers was here on Tuesday!), then the leaves change colors, and let’s not forget about those yummy caramel apples!

But no one is more excited than us about the fall season. Not only do we have The Book of Mormon playing THIS WEEK ONLY, but here at the Fox Cities P.A.C. we have a tradition of hosting an amazing season kick-off party preshow for the first Broadway show of the season for our Premium Season Ticket Holders. The party’s theme was New York, New York!

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Premium Season Ticket Holders what did you
think of the party this year?

We hope you had fun!

 

A school for teachers

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School is back in session!

We are excited to be joining forces with the Appleton Area School District (AASD) for the third year in a row to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in the Partners in Education Program.

So what is the “Partners in Education” program? Basically it’s a series of workshops for educators that teach them how to integrate arts into their classroom. The cool part is it really pushes teachers to get creative. This year’s workshops include topics like literature, music, math and movement.

Before class begins, we asked teaching artist Stuart Stotts (who is leading the first workshop) about arts integration, the workshops and how arts fit in the classroom.

Stotts will be presenting the workshop Arts Integration: The Kennedy Center Approach on Tuesday, September 23.

Tell us about yourself?

I am a singer, storyteller, author and education trainer who has worked in the schools for nearly thirty years. I have traveled around the United States giving concerts, providing residencies and professional development for educators both independently and with the Kennedy Center. I also love the Packers!

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Stuart Stotts engaging with teachers at a recent workshop.

What is arts integration?

Arts integration is a way to connect curriculum and art forms to build a deeper understanding of both areas. In addition, arts integration emphasizes creativity, which is a central skill that kids will need throughout their lives.

Why do you believe the arts are great tool for teaching students?

The arts are deeply engaging. They can connect to students’ interests and bring emotion into learning. Because of this, students are energized to learn which also brings new energy into teachers’ instruction.

Can you tell us what Classroom Connections teacher workshops are like?

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The workshops are very interactive and emphasize teaching concepts that teachers can use the next day. They are three hours in length, but feel faster because they are fun, hands-on and get you up and out of your seat.

What will educators be equipped to do after the Arts Integration workshop?

Rather than just learning activities to teach your students, this workshop will be focused on developing a deeper understanding of arts and how to use them in your classroom. Through this workshop educators will be able to reflect on their own teaching and make plans for future growth in an arts integrated direction. This is a wonderful workshop to kick off the school year with!

What are three things educators will take away after this experience?

  • To understand why arts integration makes sense as a core educational approach.
  • To be able to recognize the different ways arts are in the schools.
  • To understand more about creativity.

The bell for the first workshop is about to ring so if you are a teacher or know a teacher who would love to attend, click here to learn more!

Artist Q&A: Carol Maillard of Sweet Honey in the Rock

qanda   Fabulous voices. Brilliant harmonies. Powerful songs. For 40 years, Sweet Honey and the Rock has been on a mission to educate, entertain, and empower people all over the world. We were so honored to have the opportunity to speak with founder Carol Maillard about the group’s upcoming show. Here’s what she had to say about forty years of memories, learning to sing a cappella and what you can expect at the concert on October 14. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

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Carol Maillard

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended Catholic University of America on a violin performance scholarship but switched majors to theater in my junior year. I joined the DC Black Repertory Theater Company my senior year. I was a member of that theater company for about 5 years until I moved to New York and worked as an actress on and off-Broadway, in commercials, industrials, film and TV. How do you become an a cappella singer? What is required in my estimation to be a good a cappella singer is one must have an excellent sense of rhythm, pitch, harmony, the ability and humility to blend one’s voice into the whole. Tell us about the 40th Anniversary tour, what can audiences expect on October 14? For several years the group has wanted to incorporate other elements into our performances. So looking ahead we decided for our 40th anniversary we would present Sweet Honey in the Rock in a new and different way. We would incorporate visual elements, slides slideshows video, also storytelling instrumentalists and staging. The show would have an arc that would give audiences a sense of how we began, were we have been, issues we have addressed, things that are deeply personal to us, and artists who have influenced some of the writing of some of the songs we have composed. Have you been to Wisconsin before? We have been to Wisconsin many, many times. It is really great that Appleton has decided to celebrate our big 40th anniversary show with us. It is the last time that we will do the show and for us it is a big deal. November 17 marks the end of our 40th and the beginning of number 41. Thank you Carol, we look forward to seeing you and the rest of the group in a few weeks at the Fox Cities P.A.C.!

Welcome New Board of Directors

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The Fox Cities P.A.C. Board of Directors

We are so excited to welcome a few new faces to our Board of Directors:

  • David Gross, President and CEO of SECURA
  • Michael Hsu, Group President of North American Consumer products for Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Randy Mahoney, Audit partner at Wipfli CPAs and Consultants
  • Ruthellyn Musil, Community volunteer and retired Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations of the Tribune Company
  • Terry Timm, Senior executive for the Appleton Operations at Thrivent Financial

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to retiring board members and founding directors John F. Bergstrom, Bob Buchanan, Mayor Tim Hanna, Kathi Seifert and Walt Rugland. We are so grateful for your leadership, vision and dedication to making the Center a gathering place for the community!

 

Photo: Row 1 (L-R) Randy Mahoney, Beth Flaherty, Terry Timm, Barb Merry, Sarah Traas, John J. Hogerty, II (chairman); Row 2 (L-R) Mame Heaney; Mayor Tim Hanna, David Gross, Cathy Tierney, Dr. Raymond Georgen, Angelo Ninivaggi, Karen Laws, Maria Van Laanen; Row 3 (L-R) Ruthellyn Musil, Mark Loper, Jim Beré, Dr. David Toivonen, Darwin Copeman, John Krause, Robert Di Renzo, Brian Pertl. Not pictured: Robert Abernathy, Lee Allinger, Sheri Edison, Dr. Dean Gruner, Peter Helander, Mike Hsu, Jim Johnson, Becky Tuchscherer and Mike Waite.

See You On Instagram + 3 Feeds We Love!

Last month we charged our camera phones and joined fellow shutter bugs on Instagram. We love taking pictures of all the exciting activity around the Center and sharing it with you. We do hope you follow us, but since we are talking about Instagram, we thought we would take a moment to share with you some of our favorite performing arts related feeds.

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5 Things You Should Know About The Book of Mormon Lottery

The Book of Mormon is pleased to announce a ticket lottery for its upcoming September 16-21 run. Here are the top 5 things you need to know to participate:

  1. Entries will only be accepted in person at the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office beginning 2 ½ hours prior to each performance that day or evening.
  2. Only 1 entry is allowed per person. (We will check!)
  3. 2 Hours prior to show time a limited number of names will be drawn at random.
  4. Tickets are $25 each. Each winner may purchase up to 2 tickets. Cash or credit cards are accepted.
  5. You must be present to win and all winners must show a valid ID to purchase tickets.

Good luck!