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at overture! Tickets On Sale August 11.

Diavolo Dance Theater Photo by Elazar C. Harel

Plus Jersey Boys, Bill Cosby, Mary Poppins, Branford Marsalis and much more!

2012/13 SEASON AT A GLANCE aug

6 Amadou and Mariam


For information about our resident companies’ seasons please visit their websites. Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 608.255.9866 Children’s Theater of Madison 608.255.2080 Forward Theater Company 608.234.5001 Kanopy Dance Company 608.255.2211 Li Chiao-Ping Dance 608.835.6590 Madison Ballet 608.278.7990 Madison Opera 608.238.8085 Madison Symphony Orchestra 608.257.3734

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The Capitol Steps Disney in Concert with Wisconsin Pops Ballet Folklórico de México An Evening with Bill Cosby LEO Live at Birdland featuring the Birdland Big Band Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Moulin Rouge®–The Ballet Jersey Boys Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas 3-Legged Tale Cabaret Dinner Series: Songs of the Season with 3Girls3


4-9 Rock of Ages


26 A Prairie Home Companion® with Garrison Keillor


1 3 12-17 16 24 28 Mar

1 2 12-17 20 23

Diavolo Dance Theater The Little Prince West Side Story Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva Branford Marsalis Quartet Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company Live and Let Die with Wisconsin Pops Mary Poppins Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES Ballet Unite Intergalactic Nemesis: Book 1 & 2


Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery 608.265.2500

8 Max Raabe and Palast Orchester 14 Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep 20-21 PSY: Mind–Blowing Circus

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra 608.257.0638


Overture magazine, Bulk Permit 2731, is published by the Overture Center Foundation, Inc., 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703, two times a year, in April and July. To request a subscription call 608.258.4141. Vol 6, No 2


2 Cabaret Dinner Series: The Belle of Broadway with Susan Egan 11 Four Bitchin’ Babes: Mid Life Vices 22-31 Wicked 1–9 Wicked 18 Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square

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Biggest season ever! With five full-blown Broadway tours (including the megahits Jersey Boys and Wicked), big-name celebrities like Bill Cosby, cutting-edge dance, international fare, hilarious comedy and four shows designed just for kids, the 2012/13 Overture season is without a doubt the biggest in our history. Tickets are sure to go fast, so now’s the time to plan ahead — all shows in this brochure (except Wicked) go on sale SAT, AUG 11. (Wicked goes on sale in the spring of 2013, but if you don’t want to wait that long, turn the page to learn how to get your tickets NOW!) Window sales begin at 8 am on SAT, AUG 11. After 10 am, charge by phone by calling 800.309.6995 or buy online at OVERTURECENTER.COM. To learn more about the artists listed in this brochure, and to get dibs on tickets to new shows we book during the year, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit to join our email list.

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OPTION: a Flex Sub allows you to choose any four shows, any price level and any number of tickets per show to create your own package. Choose any four or more shows—including one or more Broadway show. (With this year’s lineup of big name celebrities, musicians, comedy acts and dance troupes, we’re pretty sure there are at least four shows you’ll love!) AS A FLEx SUBSCRIBER, YOU WILL GET access to tickets before the general public, discount tickets to non-Broadway shows, presale access to other shows not yet announced, free lost ticket replacement and a free itunes download of 15 Broadway hit songs. Now’s a great time to choose any four or more shows and build a Flex Sub!


Broadwayat Overture WED, NOV 7–SUN, NOV 25

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $33.50

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Photo by Chris Callis

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Jersey boys “Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award® winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30! Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Photos by Scott Suchman


Overture Hall Single tickets start at $39.50

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rock of ages The worldwide party musical Rock of Ages features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee Rock of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! OVERTURECENTER.COM | p 7


Overture Hall Single tickets start at $39.50

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West side story More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” As the Associated Press says, “West Side Story remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

Broadwayat Overture TUE, MAR 12–SUN, MAR 17

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $42.50

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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present

Mary poppins

Mary Poppins is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, which has the New York Daily News calling it a “roof-raising, toe-tapping, highflying extravaganza!” Featuring an irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!”

Broadwayat Overture Overture Hall Single tickets start at $43.50

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Wicked Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played Madison, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Photo ©Joan Marcus


Photo by Todd Rosenberg

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grOups receive the FOllOWiNg beNeFits • Order tickets before they go on sale to the general public • Order now, pay later • Get discounts on most performances Groups of 10 or more can get a 10% discount for most performances (the group minimum for Wicked is 15 people). Large groups of 40 or more may qualify for additional discounts for some performances. Prices, discounts and availability are subject to change. Visit group-sales to download group sales rate sheets. OVERTURECENTER.COM | p 11

TomcaT ProducTs

Celebrity SerieS FRI, OCT 19, 8 PM

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $44

SAT, JAN 26, 4:45 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $35

an evening with bill cosby Bill Cosby’s successes span five decades and virtually all media, from the “Hey Hey Hey!” of Fat Albert to two groundbreaking sit-coms to eight Gold records and five Platinum. A true icon of American entertainment!

Live Broadcast from Overture Hall

a prairie home companion® with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, the unmistakable voice of the sensible people who raise tomatoes and above-average children, brings his show for a special live broadcast. Be here as the nation listens in on all the latest news from Lake Wobegon. THU, FEB 28, 7:30 PM

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $24.50 Sponsored by

branford Marsalis Quartet He has three Grammies, a Tony nomination, and is the standard bearer of the family the New York Times calls “jazz’s most storied living dynasty.” Don’t miss this chance to see and hear one of the great musicians of our time live in concert!

bell laboratories

Music Celebrations SerieS

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $21.50 Sponsored by

MON, APR 8, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $20

TUE, JUN 18, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $35.50

live at birdland

featuring the Birdland Big Band Drummer and band leader Tommy Igoe brings the music, the heart, the echo of decades of legendary Birdland performances on the road to give you one unforgettable night. This is big band at its best!

Max raabe and palast Orchester Elegance and kitsch dressed in white tie and tails, Max Raabe und der Palast Orchester step straight out of the sophisticated, spirited, swinging days of Roaring ‘20s Germany. Elegant, whimsical, and musically impeccable, this is a one-of-a-kind concert experience.

Mormon tabernacle choir and Orchestra at Temple Square

This powerhouse of voices brings its signature sound to Madison to be joined by the majestic Overture Concert Organ. The 360 members reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. TAKE 10: $10 tickets for K–12 students and educators with ID

Photo by Olaf Heine

TUE, OCT 23, 7:30 pm

Photo by Peggy Faye

meet the artist takes the performance experience to the Next level

Share in an informal discussion with nationally and internationally recognized artists followed by open Q & A sessions. The series is free and open to all ticket holders, as well as the general public. OCT 30 Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Moulin Rouge®– The Ballet

FEB 1 Diavolo Dance Theater 16 Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook

MAR 20 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & LINES Ballet 23 Intergalactic Nemesis APR

21 PSY: Mind-Blowing Circus


special screeNiNg

SAT, MAR 16, 8 pm | $10 Recommended for ages 12+ note:

This screening will not include vaudeville performances.



cinema SAT, NOV 3, 2 & 7* pm SAT, FEB 9, 2 & 7* pm SAT, APR 13, 2 & 7* pm

Adults: $7 | kids 12 & under: $3 * 7 pm performance sign language interpreted

There’s nothing quiet about this classic silent films series: laughter, applause and the majestic sound of the Grand Barton Organ fill the historic Capitol Theater. A variety of quick vaudeville-style acts get things cooking before the movie. Madison comedian Joe Thompson is your old-school, bow-tied master of ceremonies, cracking jokes and keeping the fun moving along. Throw in celebrity appearances, gags, and some serious door prizes, and it all adds up to one of the best deals in town for family-friendly entertainment.

steamboat bill, Jr. (1928) starring Buster Keaton the lost World (1925) starring Wallace Beery girl shy (1924) starring Harold Lloyd Sponsored by

wisconsin pops SerieS SAT, OCT 6, 8 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $25.50

Disney in concert

Magical Music from the Movies with Wisconsin Pops Relive the soundtrack of childhood with the best-loved songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more, performed by four Broadway-caliber singers and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Original storyboard artwork and video from the classic films round out the multimedia experience.

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $25.50

live and let Die

A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney with Wisconsin Pops Beatlemania star Tony Kishman and his band bring this loving tribute to one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters. Along with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, he’ll perform favorites from the Beatles and Wings and McCartney’s stellar solo career. A must-see for any McCartney fan!

Presented in partnership with Wisconsin Pops

Photo by Jeff Roffman

SAT, MAR 2, 8 pm

Serena Sandford, Photo by Nardella Photography Inc In the spirit of the Moulin Rouge of Paris, Moulin Rouge速 is a registered trademark of Moulin Rouge S.A.

UW HealtH & Unity

TUE, OCT 30, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $35

FRI, FEB 1, 8 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $19.50 Sponsored by

WED, MAR 20, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $23.50 Sponsored by



canada’s royal Winnipeg ballet Moulin rouge® – the ballet

One of North America’s most respected ballet companies brings a passionate tale of love, ambition and heartbreak. Seen by close to 60,000 people across North America, this full-length story ballet has elicited cheers and ovations wherever it tours.

Diavolo Dance theater Dancers, gymnasts, actors and athletes create stunning, innovative movements on larger-than-life, surrealistic sets and everyday structures— everything from climbing walls to giant wheels to skate park half-pipes. Since its inception in 1992, Los Angeles-based Diavolo has become one of America’s hottest dance properties.

Contemporary meets Neo-classical

hubbard street Dance chicago and liNes ballet unite LINES Ballet’s ethereal and linear neo-classical focus and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s earthy and athletic contemporary style meld to form an unprecedented collaboration to perform an inspiring new work by LINES Artistic Director Alonzo King. King and dancers from both companies stretch their artistic limits in amazing new ways.

MEET THE ARTIST: Post-performance Q & A

Diavolo Dance Theater Photo by Elazar C. Harel

TAKE 10: $10 tickets for K–12 students and educators with ID



Comedy Overture Hall Single tickets start at $15 Sponsored by

SAT NOV 17, 2 & 7 pm SUN, NOV 18, 2 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $19 Sponsored by

SAT, MAY 11, 8 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $25 Sponsored by

the capitol steps People take politics so seriously these days. The Capitol Steps provide welcome respite from 24/7 cable news. There’s plenty of satire out there, but as The Washington Post puts it, “You haven’t seen the real thing until you have been to the Capitol Steps.”

away in the basement

A Church Basement Ladies Christmas And out of the basement shall come a Church Basement program of good tidings, great humor and joy! The everpopular Church Basement Ladies are back with their third installment of coffee cake, gossip and shepherd’s costumes made of old bathrobes, just in time for Christmas.

the Four bitchin’ babes

Mid Life Vices: A Guilt Free Musical Revue Take an evening away from the dishes, tell the kids they can drive their own damn selves to soccer practice and forget that idiot at work who insists on calling you “honey.” Join the chorus as it rises up singing, “We are bitchin’, hear us roar!”

Photo by Kendra Chilson

FRI, OCT 5, 8 pm


Photo by Bill Hurd

UW HealtH & Unity

outside boxSerieS the

SAT, OCT 20, 8 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $25 Sponsored by

leO Circle of Eleven’s LEO is a mind-bending and witty one-man show of acrobatic physical theatre that defies the laws of gravity. LEO leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down and leads us on a truly fantastic adventure!

the intergalactic Nemesis SAT MAR 23, 3 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $20

SAT MAR 23, 8 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $20

SAT, APR 20, 8 pm SUN, APR 21, 2 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $29 Sponsored by

Book 1: Target Earth The world’s only live action graphic novel made its Madison debut last year, and we just had to bring it back, with its three versatile voice actors, hundreds of comic-book art slides, and live sound artist (Madison native Buzz Moran).

Book 2: Robot Planet Rising The success of Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth’s first tour got the creators on Conan and spurred them to continue the adventures of brassy reporter Molly Sloane and her sidekick Timmy Mendez. Come for one or the other or both — no galactic travel experience necessary to enjoy either one!

Les 7 Doigts de la Main


Mind–Blowing Circus Insomnia, addiction, juggling, aerial rope. Juxtaposing dark issues with the invigorating and life-affirming language of the circus, PSY brings out the humor and beauty of these various neuroses while celebrating the power to surmount ailments and self-imposed restrictions, finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air.

MEET THE ARTIST: Post-performance Q & A

TAKE 10: $10 tickets for K–12 students and educators with ID


Supranet CommuniCationS


culture SerieS

SUN, FEB 24, 3 pm

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $20.50 Sponsored by

FRI, MAR 1, 8 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $24 Sponsored by

ballet Folklórico de México In 1952, Amalia Hernández founded the Ballet to reflect the beauty of the Universe in motion, starting with the pre-Colombian civilizations and growing in the Hispanic influences through history — a history you will experience as the present time and place fade away as soon as the curtain rises.

golden Dragon acrobats Cirque Ziva

The best of a time–honored tradition, some 25 centuries old, meets modern movement and expression in a gorgeous, innovative cirque performance. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic companies touring today.

Juan siddi Flamenco theatre company Under the artistic direction of Spanish choreographer Juan Siddi, some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers burn up the Capitol Theater stage with world-class performances. The company’s dynamic shows have met with astounding enthusiasm from audiences across the world.

TAKE 10: $10 tickets for K–12 students and educators with ID


Photo by Robert Shomler

Overture Hall Single tickets start at $15

Ballet Folklórico de México

TUE, OCT 9, 7:30 pm

Photo by Morgan Smith



for more family friendly events

AmericAn Girl’s Fund for Children

Family SerieS

SUN, NOV 25, 3 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $14

SUN, FEB 3, 3 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $14 Sponsored by

SAT, FEB 16, 2 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $14

Théâtre de l’Oeil

3-legged tale Strange — and sometimes frightening — things happen in the forest. Even so, Camera ventures forth, his wide eyes taking in the secrets of the little people who live in the undergrowth. It’s a romance without words starring puppets and shadow. Most enjoyed by children ages 5–8.

Bristol Riverside Theatre

the little prince

This beautiful new production uses inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design to tell the heartwarming story of the Little Prince who gains rare insights into love, loss and laughter. Most enjoyed by children ages 5+.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

guess how Much i love you and i love My little storybook Hop along as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare take a magical journey through the seasons. Enjoy songs and laughter as Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s classics come to life! Most enjoyed by children ages 3–7.

SUN, APR 14, 3 pm

Capitol Theater Single tickets start at $14

Compagnia TPO


The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep Come to the wild and enigmatic Icelandic territory for a fairytale of two adventurous sheep through the cycle of seasons. From glaciers to northern lights, geysers to gigantic waterfalls, every natural element seems animated by mysterious forces. Most enjoyed by children ages 6–10. MEET THE ARTIST: Post-performance Q & A


iMpOrtaNt iNFOrMatiON ticKets

FreQueNtly asKeD QuestiONs

Flex Subsciptions are on sale now. Single tickets are on sale at the ticket office window starting August 11 at 8 am. After 10 am call 800.309.6995 to charge by phone or visit overturecenter. com to buy online. Wicked goes on sale in the spring of 2013. You can also mail or fax the order form provided in the center of the brochure. Subscriptions, group discounts and gift certificates are available all season long. Our ticket office is located near the main entrance at Fairchild and State streets.

If I subscribe, can I exchange my tickets if my plans change? In many cases you can swap your ticket for a different date or a different performance. A $2-per-ticket fee and some restrictions apply. Call the ticket office subscriber line for details.

Ticket Office Hours: Mon–Fri, 11 am–5:30 pm; Sat, 11 am–2 pm; and additional evening and Sunday hours on performance days.

How do I get to Overture Center, and where can I park? The main entrance is at the corner of Fairchild and State streets. There’s another entrance on Henry St. at Dayton. Ramp and street parking are available nearby. Directions are on our website, or call 608.258.4141.


We respect the dignity and independence of all audience members. Assistive listening systems, house wheelchairs and large print programs are all available. Please make your accommodation requests when ordering your tickets. Check your order form for specific accessibility features. Email accessibility@overturecenter. com or call 608.258.4144 for more information. chilDreN aND lap seatiNg

Many Overture Center shows are appropriate for kids. Every person entering the theaters must have a ticket, regardless of age. For some performances, $3 lap seats may be available for children 24 months and younger. However, certain events are open only to patrons 6 and older. We rely on parental discretion in managing disruptive children. Please note lap seat requests on your order form. These icons indicate shows that are family-friendly or recommended specifically for kids: w Family-friendly performances: All ages admitted at parents’ discretion. Some of these shows will have $3 lap seats available. ^ Shows designed for youth: Please see page 29 for show descriptions and age recommendations. Some of these shows offer $3 lap seats. cONtact iNFOrMatiON

201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703-2214 administration: 608.258.4177 ticket office subscriber line: 608.258.4143 ticket office: 608.258.4141 | ticket office fax: 608.258.4966 OVERTURECENTER.COM | p 30 | OVERTURECENTER.COM

Does Overture Center have a dress code? No. Your comfort and enjoyment of the show are what matters! What if I arrive late? Our ushers may need to wait for a break in the performance before seating you. Can I volunteer at Overture Center? Overture Friends volunteer as ushers, information desk attendants, tour guides and outreach assistants. Call 608.258.4177 or see our website for more information. Do you offer tours of Overture? Yes! Take a guided tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at our venues and backstage areas. For more information check out

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