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6 Amadou and Mariam, p 31

Oct Resident organizations

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

5 The Capitol Steps, p 40 6 Disney in Concert with Wisconsin Pops, p 28 9 Ballet Folklórico de México, p 50 19 Bill Cosby, p 18 20 LEO, p 44 23 Live at Birdland featuring the Birdland Big Band, p 26 30 Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Moulin Rouge®–The Ballet, p 36


7-25 Jersey Boys, p 8 17-18 Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas, p 42 25 3-Legged Tale, p 56 29 Cabaret Dinner Series: Songs of the Season with 3Girls3, p 34 Dec

4-9 Rock of Ages, p 10 Jan

26 A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, p 20


1 Diavolo Dance Theater, p 38 3 The Little Prince, p 54 12-17 West Side Story, p 12 16 Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook, p 57 24 Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva, p 53 28 Branford Marsalis Quartet, p 21 Mar

1 Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company, p 52 2 Live and Let Die with Wisconsin Pops, p 30 12-17 Mary Poppins, p 14 20 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES Ballet Unite, p 39 23 Intergalactic Nemesis Book 1 & 2, p 46

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Madison Symphony Orchestra 608.257.3734 Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery 608.265.2500 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 1

8 Max Raabe and Palast Orchester, p 27 14 Kindur: The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep, p 58 20-21 PSY, p 48 May

2 Cabaret Dinner Series: The Belle of Broadway with Susan Eagan, p 34 11 Four Bitchin’ Babes: Mid Life Vices, p 43 22-31 Wicked, p 16 jun

1–9 Wicked, p 16 18 Mormon Tabernacle Choir, p 24

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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 The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. 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.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims Time Magazine.

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Rock of Ages

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West Side Story

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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).

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Celebrity Series fri, oct 19, 2012, 8 pm

Overture Hall

Series: $44–$54 Individual: $44–$54

An Evening with Bill Cosby Bill Cosby’s career spans decades and virtually all media, from the “Hey, Hey, Hey” of Fat Albert to groundbreaking sit-coms and a multitude of Gold and Platinum records. In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, and his role on TV’s I Spy won him three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with The Cosby Show. With hit movies and best-selling books, Bill Cosby is a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

Nothing can rival a live performance.

Sat, jan 26, 2013, 4:45 pm

Overture Hall

Live Broadcast from Overture Hall

A Prairie Home Companion®

Series: $35–$60 with Garrison Keillor Individual: $35–$60

Garrison Keillor, the unmistakable voice of the sensible people who raise tomatoes and above-average children, brings his show on the road for a special live broadcast. Be here when the nation listens in on The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, sound-effects man Mr. Fred Newman, Guy Noir Private Eye, The Cowboys, Dusty and Lefty, and of course all the latest news from Lake Wobegon.

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Overture Hall

Series: $22–$40 Individual: $24.50–$42.50 Sponsored by

Branford Marsalis Quartet He has three Grammys, a Tony nomination, and is the standard bearer of the family The New York Times calls “jazz’s most storied living dynasty.” Whether he’s scoring a Broadway play, fronting his quartet, or performing as a soloist with the world’s finest symphony orchestras, Branford Marsalis is clearly one of the great musicians of our time. Don’t miss this chance to see and hear him live in concert!




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tue, Jun 18, 2013, 7:30 pm

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Overture Hall and Orchestra at Temple Square

Series: $35.50–$85.50 Dubbed “America’s Choir,” this powerhouse of voices Individual: $35.50–$85.50 has performed at 13 world’s fairs and expositions

and five presidential inaugurations. Along with the Orchestra at Temple Square, its 65-member companion ensemble, the choir now brings its signature sound to Madison to be joined by the majestic Overture Concert Organ. The over 400 members of the choir and orchestra represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. Brought together by their love of music and their faith, this combined ensemble reflects a medley of unique lives and experiences.

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tue, oct 23, 2012, 7:30 pm

Capitol Theater

Series: $18.50–$32.50 Individual: $21.50–$35.50

Live at Birdland

featuring the Birdland Big Band New York jazz really got cooking at Birdland in the ‘50s and its revival has taken hold there for the last twenty years. Now, drummer and band leader Tommy Igoe brings the music, the heart, the echo of decades of legendary performances on the road to give you one unforgettable night. This is big band at its best!

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mon, apr 8, 2013, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

Series: $17–$47 A mix of slick elegance and nostalgia dressed in white tie Individual: $20–$49 and tails, Max Raabe and Palast Orchester step straight

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out of the sophisticated, spirited, swinging days of ‘20s and 30’s Germany. Debonair, whimsical, and musically impeccable, this is a timeless and unique concert experience.

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wisconsin pops Series Sat, oct 6, 2012, 8 pm

Disney in Concert

Overture Hall Magical Music from the Movies

with Wisconsin Pops

Series: $22.50–$52.50 Individual: $25.50–$55.50 Relive the enchanting soundtrack of childhood with the

best-known, best-loved songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more, performed by four Broadway-caliber singers backed by Madison’s own Wisconsin Pops. Rare visuals — original storyboard artwork and video from the classic films —round out the multimedia experience. Experience the Disney magic in a whole new way! Presented in partnership with Wisconsin Pops

Songs you love, reborn.

wisconsin pops Series sat, mar 2, 2013, 8 pm

Overture Hall

Live and Let Die

A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney Series: $22.50–$52.50 Individual: $25.50–$55.50 with Wisconsin Pops If any rock and roll songwriter deserves to have his music performed in full orchestral majesty, it’s Paul McCartney. And that’s exactly what will happen in Overture Hall when Beatlemania star Tony Kishman and his band bring this loving tribute. Along with the Wisconsin Pops, he’ll perform favorites from the Beatles and Wings and McCartney’s stellar solo career. A must-see for any McCartney fan!

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2012/13 Subscription Order Form information Tickets for individual shows go on sale later this year. To get tickets now, Overture has three subscription options that are tailored to fit you. Option 1 Broadway at Overture Subscription See first-rate Broadway shows, get great seats and get a discount, too! This subscription includes Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Mary Poppins and Wicked. If you order a Broadway package, it also counts as 5 performances toward a subscription, so you can add as many shows as you want from the chronological list on your order form and get the subscriber discount (see Option 2). And if you order a Broadway package with seats in Section A, you’re also a member of Overture’s Broadway Club! In addition to the best seats in the house, you’ll get a variety of other benefits, including discounts at local businesses. See pages 4-5 or for details. Option 2 Create Your Own Package If you order any 4 or more shows, you get our discounted subscriber rate on your tickets. Choose more performances to get additional priority for seating. The more shows you pick, the better your seats! Option 3 Choose a Series You can get tickets to all the shows in your favorite genre by checking just one box on the order form. It’s the same as Option 2, except that we’ve packaged some suggested subscriptions for you. You can always pick a series package and add other individual shows from other series, too. The more shows you add, the better your seats! Whichever option you choose, you can add more shows now or later in the season—and you’ll always get the discounted subscriber rate.

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UW Health & Unity

Cabaret dinner Series Series: $75 Individual: $75

Price includes dinner provided by Catering a Fresco.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 7 pm

This unique musical dining experience begins with hors d’oeuvres in the lobby of the Capitol Theater. As you then enter the historic theater, a fantastic fairy-tale scene is revealed, complete with candlelit chandeliers sparkling above. Savor a delicious dinner on the stage as you enjoy the entertainment.

Songs of the Season

Capitol Theater Stage with 3Girls3

This threesome brings grace and style to holiday classics from “I’ll be Home For Christmas,” to modern tunes like “Waitin’ for the Man with the Bag.” There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season! Thu, may 2, 2013, 7 pm

The Belle of Broadway

Capitol Theater Stage with Susan Eagan

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Photo by Scott Montgomery

It takes a special talent to make Broadway feel intimate. Critics say she’s “divine” and “electrifying.” Broadway’s original Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and longest running Sally Bowles in Cabaret, performs tunes and tells stories from her stellar career.

Photo by Zane Williams

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.

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tue, Oct 30, 2012, 7:30 pm



Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Overture Hall Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet

Series: $32–$52 One of North America’s most respected ballet Individual: $35–$55 companies brings a passionate tale of love, ambition

and heartbreak. Seen by close to 90,000 people across North America, this full-length story ballet has elicited cheers and ovations wherever it tours. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, the ballet features highkicking choreography of Jorden Morris.

Photo by Bruce Monk

The artistic form of the human body … nothing is more divine.



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Fri, feb 1, 2013, 8 pm

Overture Hall

Series: $16.50–$33.50 Individual: $19.50–$36.50

Diavolo Dance Theater Dancers, gymnasts, actors and athletes create stunning, innovative movements on 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.

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Wed, Mar 20, 2013, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall

Hubbard Street Dancers Jesse Bechard and Kellie Epperheimer. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Series: $20.50–$39.50 Individual: $23.50–$42.50

Contemporary meets Neo-classical

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES Ballet Unite Two of America’s most renowned dance companies join in an unprecedented collaboration highlighting the emotional nuances of movement. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES share the stage to present an inspiring new work by LINES Artistic Director Alonzo King. LINES Ballet’s ethereal and linear neo-classical focus joins Hubbard Street’s earthy and athletic contemporary style. This fusion of contrasts informs the content of the new work, as King experiments with pairing dancers across companies and creating intriguing new movement.


Comedy Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 8 pm

Overture Hall

Series: $13–$34 Individual: $15–$36 Sponsored by


The Capitol Steps One thing about an election year— people take politics so seriously. The Capitol Steps provide welcome respite from the 24/7 coverage with bipartisan lampoonery. These former legislative staffers and friends have hoisted five presidents and countless public officials on their catchy-tune petard. Sure, there’s plenty of satire on The Daily Show but as The Washington Post puts it, “You haven’t seen the real thing until you have been to the Capitol Steps.”

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Artwork by Jerry Holbert

Photo by Bill Hurd

Photo by Bill Hurd

Sat nov 17, 2012, 2 pm sat, nov 17, 2012, 7 pm sun, nov 18, 2012, 2 pm

Away in the Basement

A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

Capitol Theater And out of the basement shall come a program of good

Series: $17–$34 Individual: $19–$36

tidings, great humor and joy! The ever-popular 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. You’re sure to recognize your mother, grandmother and great aunt Millie in these well-known, well-loved characters.


Photo by Kendra Chilson



Sat, may 11, 2013, 8 pm

The Four Bitchin’ Babes

Capitol Theater Mid Life Vices: A Guilt Free Musical Revue

Series: $23–$34 Start with four richly gifted singer-songwriters. Add 3/4 cup Individual: $25–$36 married life, four kids, three cats, one piano, four guitars, Sponsored by

and a pinch of PMS. Set this on tour for 18 years and you’ve got Mid Life Vices, a two-hour hot flash starring the Four Bitchin’ Babes. Take an evening away from the dishes and tell the kids they can drive their own damn selves to soccer practice. Join the chorus as it rises up singing, “We are bitchin’, hear us roar!” | p 43

Photos by Heiko Kalmbach

UW Health & Unity

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sat, oct 20, 2012, 8 pm

Capitol Theater

LEO Experience what Time Out New York calls “an eye teasing,

Series: $22–$32 grin inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist Individual: $25–$35 magic.” 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 won the Best of Edinburgh Award at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Thanks to a ground breaking stage concept and ingenious video projections, LEO leaves audiences wondering which way is up and which way is down, leading us on a truly fantastic adventure!

Normal is dull.

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The Intergalactic Nemesis Sat Mar 23, 2013, 3 pm

Book 1: Target Earth

Capitol Theater The world’s only live action graphic novel made its Madison debut last year, and blew us away — just as it did audiences

Series: $17–$22 across the country­— with its three versatile voice actors, Individual: $20–$25 hundreds and hundreds of comic-book art slides, and

live sound artist (Madison native Buzz Moran). Enjoy this encore performance in the Capitol Theater and come back for the sequel!

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 8 pm

Capitol Theater

Series: $17–$22 Individual: $20–$25

Book 2: Robot Planet Rising The success of Intergalactic Nemesis Target Earth’s first tour got the creators on Conan and spurred them to create a sequel. We are pleased to present Book 2: Robot Planet Rising as the second half of a special one-day engagement. Come for one or the other or both — no galactic travel experience necessary to enjoy either one! Please note: Purchasing both Intergalactic Nemesis Book 1 and Book 2 counts as two shows toward your four-show subscription package.

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Sat, Apr 20, 2013, 8 pm Sun, Apr 21, 2013, 2 pm

Capitol Theater

Les 7 Doigts de la Main


Mind–Blowing Circus

Series: $26–$42 Montreal’s Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers of the Individual: $29–$45 Hand) delves into the rich and surreal underworld of the Sponsored by

human psyche. Insomnia, amnesia, paranoia. By juxtaposing these darker issues with the invigorating and life-affirming language of circus arts, PSY brings out humor, beauty and commonality while celebrating the power of the individual to surmount their ailments and self-imposed restrictions — finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air.

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culture Series

Tue, oct 9, 2012, 7:30 pm

Overture Hall

Series: $13–$27 Individual: $15–$29 Sponsored by

Ballet Folklórico de México In 1952, Amalia Hernández, dancer and choreographer, founded the Ballet to perform weekly on television as part of her never-ending quest to rescue the dancing traditions of Mexico. The vital search became a basic need to reflect the beauty of the Universe in motion which started with the pre-Colombian civilizations and grew with the Hispanic influences through history — a history you will experience as the present time and place fade away as soon as the curtain rises.

To experience an art is to indulge in the culture that created it.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013, 8 pm

Capitol Theater

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company

Series: $21–$30 Under the artistic direction of Spanish choreographer Individual: $24–$32

Photos by Morgan Smith

Sponsored by

Juan Siddi, some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers, from Spain and the United States, burn up the Capitol Theater stage with world-class performances that inspire audiences with exhilarating passion. The company’s dynamic shows have met with much success and astounding enthusiasm from audiences across the world.

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culture Series

sun, Feb 24, 2013, 3 pm

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Overture Hall Cirque Ziva

Series: $18.50–$34.50 The best of a time honored tradition, some 25 centuries old, Individual: $20.50–$36.50 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 premier Chinese acrobatic companies touring today. Their Broadway debut earned two Drama Desk Award nominations and audiences on five continents have sat in stunned amazement at their impossible feats. | p 53

American Girl’s Fund for Children

Family Series

sun, feb 3, 2013, 3 pm

Capitol Theater

Bristol Riverside Theatre

The Little Prince

Series: $12–$16 An astonishing new take on this classic story, full of truths Individual: $14–$18 for all ages. This beautiful new production uses inventive Most enjoyed by children ages 5–18.

puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter. This Little Prince is a multi-layered visual feast to awaken the child tucked away inside us all.

One hour in a theater becomes an indelible memory. | p 55

American Girl’s Fund for Children

Family Series

sun, nov 25, 2012, 3 pm

Capitol Theater

Théâtre de l’Oeil

3-Legged Tale

Series: $12–$16 It’s common knowledge: strange — and sometimes Individual: $14–$18 frightening—things are always happening in the forest. Most enjoyed by children ages 5–8.

In spite of that, Camera ventures forth, his wide eyes trying to take in at even closer range the secrets of the little people who live in the undergrowth. This romance without words, in which the puppets and shadow play in the Forest of Tales poetically evokes ecological issues of the forest today. The same company that brought us the much-loved Starkeeper not long ago will have you and your little ones spellbound once again.

sat, feb 16, 2013, 2 pm

Capitol Theater

Series: $12–$16 Individual: $14–$18 Most enjoyed by children ages 3–7.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook Much loved characters Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare leap off the page and onto the stage! Hop along as this endearing pair take you on a magical journey through the seasons. Enjoy songs, games and laughter as Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s classic “Guess How Much I Love You” tales are brought to life by David Wood, the UK’s leading writer and director of children’s theater. His many successes include “The Tiger Who Came To Tea,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Babe The Sheep Pig.” | p 57

American Girl’s Fund for Children

Family Series

sun, apr 14, 2013, 3 pm

Capitol Theater

Compagnia TPO


Series: $12–$16 The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep Individual: $14–$18 Most enjoyed by children ages 6–10.

Italy’s famed Compagnia TPO transports audiences to the wild and enigmatic Icelandic territory, telling an ecological fairytale that follows two sheep through the cycle of seasons. Through the eyes of kindur (“sheep” in Icelandic) the audience discovers the environmental landscape, myths and legends of Iceland. Two dancers create a contemporary saga inside the magical scenery, where sounds and images interact using pioneering sensor technology and motion capture.

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