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Broadway Fast 5: December


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Broadway has had its fair share of announcements this month. With the highly anticipated film releases “Annie” and “Into The Woods,” it’s difficult to imagine that there is even more happening on the Great White Way than on the small screen. Here are five things you need to know about Broadway this month!


Sting as Jackie White and the company of The Last Ship (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Sting as Jackie White and the company of The Last Ship (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

1. Sting gets on board The Last Ship

After what could be described as a rocky start to the new musical The Last Ship, music writer and famous rocker, Sting, joined the cast of his pet project this month. In his first week on Broadway, the production brought in its highest gross and capacity at the theatre rose 18%. He is scheduled to appear in the role until Jan. 24.



Emily Padgett as Daisy Hilton and Erin Davie as Violet Hilton in Side Show (Photo by Joan Marcus.)

Emily Padgett as Daisy Hilton and Erin Davie as Violet Hilton in Side Show (Photo by Joan Marcus.)

2. Side Show will actually leave you

Despite popular reviews, the reworked revival of 1997’s Side Show will close on Jan. 4. The musical, with show-stopping tunes such as “I Will Never Leave You” ran only 7 weeks, ironically, almost the identical amount of performances of it’s first attempt on Broadway. There is talk that the production may move to the West End though no details are finalized.   The St. James Theater will soon be occupied by the new comedic musical Something Rotten which will preview in March and open in April 2015.

3. “Beaches” becomes musical playing near Chicago

The 1985 novel and 1988 movie featuring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey and the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” is setting its sights on Broadway. The show will run at Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Illinois from June through August. Casting for the engagement has yet to be announced.

4.  Progress on Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman movie director Garry Marshall has announced the stage musical is “a year away” and that Disney is behind it. The famous flick featured a young Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and according to Marshall it’s a “darn good story” and readings have already been occurring with temporary music.

5. Grammy nominations announced

And the nominations go to….
Shows being considered for a golden gramophone include Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story. points out that notably missing from these are Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp’s If/Then, Bridges of Madison County and Here Lies Love.
Menzel also surprisingly did not get a nomination for her performance of “Let It Go” but the song was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Still, other Broadway vets including Ariana Grande, James Franco and Joan Rivers received nods. The award show will take place Feb. 8.


Get caught up on our past Fast 5s for Sept.Oct. and Nov.


Traditional Holiday Musicals

There are some musicals that just scream “holiday season” and we can’t get enough of them lately. Here are some of our favorite traditional holiday classics that made it to the stage.

1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

2. White Christmas

3. A Christmas Story, The Musical


What’s your favorite musical to watch around the holidays?

A great time to give

FCPACNow is the great time of year when you can sit back and really enjoy your surroundings and count each blessing. It’s also the time of year where generosity steps to the forefront as a way to share your gratefulness for all you have.

A great option is to select a nonprofit, like the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year.

As a nonprofit arts and cultural education organization, we work to do good with your dollars in the community. From $10-$10,000, each donation assists in bringing educational and entertaining opportunities to the Fox Cities.

If you find yourself with something to give this season, we hope you consider the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a gathering place for the community.

For more information on how you can give call (920) 730-3782 or visit

Artist Q&A: Lorie Line


We’re excited to welcome back artist Lorie Line. Ms. Line has become a Fox Cities favorite, visiting the Center annually. We had the opportunity to have an artist Q&A as a preview to her 25th Anniversary Special which will stop by the Center Dec. 22.

When did you first know you wanted to be a performer?

When I was 5 years old. There was a piano in the kindergarten classroom and I would pass on recess and play the piano, trying to figure out songs by ear.

You’re on your 25th Anniversary Tour; what has been the biggest change in performing over the past 25 years?LorieLine

The music business in general has changed so much. When I started there were music stores and I recorded cassette tapes. Now there are no music stores and the only way you can purchase music is in the clouds.

What is your favorite Christmas song to play?

It changes every year for every show. Right now I am enjoying Winter Wonderland and I Wonder As I Wander.

Your website says you’ve played (and cooked) for many people in your life. What’s your signature holiday dish?

Filet Au Poivre.

Finish this sentence: I can’t travel without my…

Cosmetic bag.

You’ve been to Appleton several times over the past couple of years; why do you like visiting here?

It’s all about the fans to me. But it doesn’t hurt that the Fox Cities P.A.C. is one of the most amazing theatres in the country.

What can people expect when they see your show Dec. 22?

Music centered around a beautiful concert grand piano served on a silver platter, kind of like my Filet Au Poivre.



Thanks, Lorie Line! We are so excited to see you here on Dec. 22! What Christmas song are you most excited to hear Ms. Line play?

What does it mean to be the gathering place?

Here at the Fox Cities P.A.C. our mission is, among other things, to be the gathering place for the community. This year, we have tailored our Annual Report around that theme. You, as ticket holders, donors and simply as readers of this blog make our Center more than a building and instead breathe life into it as paths cross and different sections of the community gather here for different reasons. Remember our amazing milestones, look back at some of your favorite moments and learn things you may not know about the Center by watching the video below.

Want to learn more? View our full Annual Report online.

Give the gift of the Fox Cities P.A.C.

‘Tis the season for hunting down that perfect gift for everyone on your list. We know how frustrating finding that perfect gem can be; the lines at the stores, the parking lots, knowing that no one else already thought of it–it all can be a little overwhelming. So we here at the Center would like to help by providing some great, unique gift ideas for the theater lover on your list!

1. Gift Certificates

giftcertificatesGift certificates are a great way to make sure that special someone can pick out exactly what they want! Gift certificates in any amount can be applied for their favorite seats to their favorite shows! Know that your best friend would love Mamma Mia! but don’t know their schedule? Or that your client will be in town sometime during Annie? Don’t worry! These gift certificates make the perfect gift to purchase tickets for Broadway, Arts Alive! or any of the other great acts that make their way to the Center throughout the year.


2. Signature keepsakes

1125_postersaleWhat makes a more unique gift than a signed show poster or show program? While the casts are in town we get a limited number of posters and Ovations signed so that you have the opportunity to have a unique and special gift for that particularly-hard-to-shop-for person on your list.




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Of course, we always have tickets available! If you know that someone on your list would love to see Annie, Mamma Mia! , Once, one of our amazing Arts Alive! productions or any of the other great acts coming this year, now is a great time to contact the ticket office to get your seats! For a full list of upcoming events visit our website.


What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Casting additions, changes for Ballroom with a Twist


We are excited to welcome the following cast for Ballroom with a Twist!

It includes:

  • “American Idol” season 6 finalist Gina Glocksen.
  • “American Idol” season 8 contestant Von Smith.
  •  “So You Think You Can Dance” performers Serge Onik (season 11), Jonathan Platero (season 5), Randi Lynn Strong (season 5), and Legacy (season 6).
  •  “Dancing With The Stars” pros include two-time Mirror Ball winner Cheryl Burke, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin and previously announced Mirror Ball winner Tony Dovolani.

Unfortunately, due to other “DWTS” commitments, previously announced Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater and Peta Murgatroyd will be unable to perform at the Fox Cities P.A.C. engagement.

We’re so excited to have this great show come to the Fox Cities! Who are you most excited to see?

The Nutcracker leaps into the holidays

We are so excited to be partnering with Makaroff Youth Ballet, The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and Lawrence Academy Girl Choir to be putting on holiday favorite The Nutcracker.

Watch in awe as talented local dancers tell the classic holiday tale of Clara’s adventures with the Prince and his army of toy soldiers, the Mouse Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The dancers have been busy with appearances in the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade and the front page of the Post-Crescent Life section, but we caught up with them Friday at the Trout Museum Festival of Trees. Seeing the dancers in costume got us really excited to catch the show! You can too this Saturday (Dec. 6) at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 1 p.m.

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