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Broadway Fast 5: February




1.Chicago hits major milestone with 8,000th performance
The Tony-winning revival of Chicago has a new reason to say, “Whoopie!” The long-running American musical hit 8,000 performances on Broadway. You can catch the touring production when it returns to the Fox Cities this May!

Idina Menzel in 'Rent' and 'Wicked' (Photos by Columbia Pictures & Joan Marcus)

Idina Menzel in ‘Rent’ and ‘Wicked’
(Photos by Columbia Pictures & Joan Marcus)

2. Speaking of major milestones…

It was a lovely Valentine’s Day for Wicked, which officially surpassed Rent to become the 10th longest running show in Broadway history. It played it’s 5,124th performance to hit the milestone and is still going strong.




3. Broadway-Bound Frozen will make world premiere in Colorado
The cold never bothered Colorado anyway! Frozen will play its out-of-town tryout at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Directed by Alex Timbers, the previously announced production is scheduled to hit Broadway in Spring 2018, with casting, theater and dates to be announced later.


4. Incase you haven’t heard…Hamilton won the Grammy.
After a (pretty awesome) live performance on the Grammys, Hamilton took the award for Best Musical Theater Album…on President’s Day at that. The record beat out Fun Home, An American in Paris, The King & I and Something Rotten!

James Corden (Photo by Art Streiber/CBS)

James Corden
(Photo by Art Streiber/CBS)


5. And speaking of awards…
Your host for the 70th Annual Tony Awards this summer is non other than funny man James Cordon. Here are five reasons why you can look forward to his antics when the awards show airs June 12.

The Fox Cities P.A.C. focused on building community, sharing experiences and changing lives in the 2014-15 Season

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the release of its 2014-15 Report to the Community.

“This year’s report to the community focuses on how the Center’s programs and partnerships build community, share experiences and of course, change lives.” said Maria Van Laanen, president. “The 2014-15 Season had some special moments that demonstrated the powerful impact of the performing arts through exceptional live experiences.”

From Broadway shows to business meetings during the 2014-15 season 350 events drew 197,000 people to the Fox Cities P.A.C., more than 20,000 of those for the first time.

In the 2014-15 Season the Center was…

BUILDING COMMUNITY. The Fox Cities P.A.C. was voted fifth in Venues Today magazine for “Top Stops in the Nation” for theaters of its size. This reflects the Center as an attractive stop for touring artists and in the 2014-15 Season the Center welcomed commercial acts such as Steely Dan, Switchfoot and Straight No Chaser in addition to big Broadway, including the Wisconsin premiere performance of The Book of Mormon.

SHARING EXPERIENCES. Each year the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center partners with several area organizations to have a broader impact on the community. From spreading the power of the arts to providing a gathering place for powerful messages, the Fox Cities P.A.C. prides itself on being a key hub for the community.

CHANGING LIVES. Through initiatives such as the Frank C. Shattuck Performing Arts Touch The Hearts of Students (P.A.T.H.S.) program and The Broadway League’s Family First Nights®, the Center continued to connect students to the arts.

A full copy of the Center’s annual report is available online at


Tell Us Everything! Cinderella’s Andy Huntington Jones Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted some answers and, luckily, those performers were more than happy to indulge us by sharing their road diaries. Andy Huntington Jones plays Prince Topher in the touring production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and he told us that he loves Wicked, lets Harry Potter keep him company and has a popcorn addiction. Find out what else makes Jones tick below!

If I had to describe Cinderella in one word, it would be…
Romanticallyinspirationalmagic. Is that cheating?

What do you admire most about your character?
Prince Topher wants, above all else, to do what’s right, even when he is unsure of how to do it. He fights through his self-doubt and makes the world better. Topher is an inspiration to me and my fellow nerds.

The thing I miss most about home is…
Living in the energetic possibility of New York City.

What’s the piece of advice you’d give to young performers?
From one young performer to another: keep at it until they say, “Yes.” And keep going to class! We are never finished learning! I broke the rules; that was more than one.

What’s the one thing that has to come with you when you’re on the road?
I usually couldn’t go without my computer so I could Skype with my wife, but since she’s in the show and we’re on the road together, I’ll say that the Harry Potter series is high on the list.

What was the show that that hooked you on theater and performing?
Oliver! hooked me as a kid, but it was the original cast of Wickedthat made me want to “run away and join the circus,” so to speak.

What’s your pre-show process like? Is there something you have to do before you hit the stage?
I try to go to the gym and move around before a show. I need to be warm before I jump onstage in 25 pounds of armor (beautifully designed by William Ivey Long).

What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for yourself while on the road?
I bought a shirt today that I didn’t realize was on sale until I payed. It’s the little things.

What’s a musical you love so much that you belt songs from it in the shower?
I have taken up rapping Hamilton both in and out of the shower.

What cartoon character is your spirit animal?

What’s the cheesiest joke you know?
This is the cheesiest AND the cheesiest… Why didn’t the cheese want to get sliced? It had grater plans.

You have a day off—how do you treat yo’ self?
I love going to the movies and eating all the popcorn before the trivia slides are done.

3 reasons to see Mack Avenue SuperBand


1.Gary Burton is a master of jazz…literally.

Named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2016, Gary Burton taught himself to play vibraphone at the age of 17. Now 73, Burton brings an expertise and high skill to the quartet, along with 22 Grammy nominations. He music directs the group along with Christian McBride.

MASB 2016

2.The line-up is amazing

Tia Fuller toured with Beyoncé, Sean Jones was lead Trumpeter of Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Christian McBride brings a seasoned trio full of swingin’ blues and bee-bopping jazz. Some of the biggest names from one of the biggest label all share the stage for this performance.


Superband Agent Poster 2014_wkg093.Its a great night out

Being so close to Valentine’s Day, Mack Avenue SuperBand sets the stage for a great evening out. In fact, let the Fox Cities P.A.C. do the work when you purchase a Valentine’s Day Package!

Get two tickets to the show, complimentary valet parking, two drink vouchers, chocolates and we’ll even throw in a card for just $65! Call the ticket office to reserve your seats today (920) 730-3760.


Meet the artists of globalFEST: Creole Carnival

Just in time for Carnival season, globalFEST ON THE ROAD presents its first national tour, Creole Carnival, in more than 38 cities across the US, including to the Fox Cities on March 20!  Creole Carnival features three engaging artists representing distinct diasporic locales – Brushy One String from Jamaica, Casuarina from Brazil, and Emeline Michel from Haiti. Together, Creole Carnival’s artists will explore how magic and religious fervor intersect in a madcap, no-holds-barred soiree. 

brushy13-guitar-2Brushy One-String

One night, rural Jamaican musician Brushy (born Andrew Chin) dreamed of the guitar under his bed. He knew, suddenly, that if he picked it up and dedicated himself to playing it, he’d get to see the world. The instrument in question—a battered but resonant acoustic guitar—had only one string.

That didn’t stop Brushy, the son of a musical family with a hardscrabble past, and his dream has come true. He has a seemingly innate ability to inspire even casual listeners—including millions of people who have watched and shared Brushy’s videos on YouTube (his Chicken In the Corn video has almost eight million views). The veteran musician evokes the sweetness of soul singers like Percy Sledge, Al Green, Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals and the grit and wit of Delta bluesmen, all woven together with a Jamaican pulse and ingenuity that shows that the island’s music is about far more than reggae. Heartfelt blues combine with dancehall-style vocals, and uplifting, catchy ballads channel a soulful intensity and profound faith.


Samba is more of a musical family than a specific genre, rich in different accents, both familiar and unfamiliar to American audiences, including the bossa nova, samba from Bahia, and the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of the Nordeste.

The music of Casuarina incorporates all of them, while flirting with pop and urban music. Born a dozen years ago in Lapa, a hip yet gritty bohemian Rio neighborhood, the five-piece member group is part of a samba renaissance that has spread like wildfire in recent years. In addition to their own compositions, Casuarina creates original and sophisticated arrangements of classics, often drawing on the work and spirit of chorinho and of MPB, Brazil’s wildly creative popular music. This, too, runs in the family: Vocalist João Cavalcanti is the son of an equally innovative musician, Lenine.

1-hdefEmeline Michel

The reigning queen of Haitian song, Michel combines traditional Haitian rhythms and acoustic jazz with social, political, and inspirational messages, in spirited songs that capture the reverence and gratitude for each moment. Her warm voice, captivating live performances, and moving compositions have made her one of the leading ladies of a unique wave of Haitian musicians who emerged in the 1980s and emphasized complex themes, conscious lyrics, and a broad palette of musical styles, including Haitian compas, twoubadou, and rara.

Born in the northern city of Gonaïves, she first sang gospel as a young woman, before leaving home for Detroit and then France and Canada, where she mastered jazz and pop forms. As a performer, she has graced some of the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America’s most respected stages. In English, French, and Haitian Kreyol, her ten albums have catapulted her to international acclaim. The New York Times has compared her to “an island goddess”, and Haitian Times proclaims her an “all-time favorite artist.”  Michel now resides in New York City.


Come enjoy this piece of Carnival with us on Sunday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!

A special reception for Arts Alive! Season Ticket Holders

We love our Season Ticket Holders and we love thanking them for their support with exclusive opportunities throughout the year. On Friday we welcomed a special group, our Boldt Arts Alive! Series Season Ticket Holders, to join us for a reception following Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey. Patrons got to chat with other theater enthusiasts while enjoying refreshments and even had a special visit by the show’s star, Jasmine Guy.

Season Ticket Holders enjoy benefits like this, flexibility, and savings all year long! Find out more about how you can become a Season Ticket Holder with us next season on our website.