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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?