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Bill Cosby FRI, OCT 19, 2012 | Overture Hall

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Bill Cosby | Overture Center



Photo by Mark Frohna

INSPIRE Please consider making a contribution to Overture Center today. CALL 608.258.4442 or VISIT


Overture Center | Bill Cosby

BILL COSBY One of America’s most prolific comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has dazzled generations of fans with his comedy routines, also captured on his iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood and the groundbreaking The Cosby Show. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with a role in I Spy, becoming the first African American to co-star on a television series and win three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in the dramatic series. The veteran comic hosted the Emmywinning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain. The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children’s educational show Electric Company, and creating and producing the Emmy award–winning Little Bill, which is based on his bestselling book series.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.” The Cosby Show dominated the No. One spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.” For his philanthropic efforts and positive influence as a performer and author, Cosby was honored with a 1998 Kennedy Center Honors Award. In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, and is the 2009 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Soup cinema

Sat, nov 3 2 & 7* pm

There’s nothing quiet about this classic silent film series: laughter, applause and the majestic sound of the Grand Barton Organ fill the historic Capitol Theater. Vaudeville-style acts get things cooking before the movie with Madison comedian Joe Thompson cracking jokes and keeping the fun moving along. It all adds up to one of the best deals in town for family-friendly entertainment.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

starring buster Keaton

with organist r. Jelani eddington

Sat, Feb 9 2 & 7* pm

Sat, apr 13 2 & 7* pm

adults: $7 | kids 12 & under: $3

The lost World (1925) starring Wallace beery

with organist Dennis James

girl Shy (1924)

starring Harold Lloyd

Sponsored by

with organist clark Wilson

* 7 pm performancwe sign language interpreted

Special Screening

Sat, mar 16, 8 pm | $10 Recommended for ages 12+ note:

this screening will not include vaudeville performances.


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Photo by Morgan Smith

A UW Health & Unity Outside the Box Series Event

Les 7 Doigts de la Main


Mind–Blowing Circus Sponsored by Smart Motors

Sat, apr 20, 8 pM Sun, apr 21, 2 pM PSY delves into the rich and surreal underworld of the human psyche by juxtaposing darker issues with the invigorating and life-affirming language of circus arts. Post-performance Q & A

A SuprANet CommuNiCAtioNS World Culture SerieS eveNt

Fri, Mar 1, 8 PM Tickets starting at $24 Capitol Theater Sponsored by pepsi

Some of flamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers burn up the Capitol Theater stage with world–class performances. $10 tickets for K–12 students & educators with id

$10 tickets for K–12 students & educators with ID

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Overture Center for the Arts would like to recognize our sponsors and funders and thank them for all they do to support Madison’s thriving arts community. publiC suppOrT

The City of Madison legACy spOnsOrs

$20,000 And AbOve

American Girl Fund for Children American Family Insurance Anonymous Capital Newspapers, Inc. CUNA Mutual Foundation MG&E Foundation, Inc. Madison Community Foundation Arts Access National Endowment for the Arts Park Bank Robert W. Baird & Co. UW Health

Oscar Mayer University Research Park Webcrafters – Frautschi Foundation $5,000 – $9,999

Bell Laboratories CUNA Mutual Group ProVideo TOMCAT Products SupraNet Communications Unity Health Insurance

Courtier Foundation Custer Financial Services Dane Arts Epicentre (an Illumina Company) Goodman’s Jewelers J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. New England Foundation for the Arts Outrider Foundation Pepsi Cola of Madison PPD Promega Corporation ScheduleSoft Smart Motors Stafford Rosenbaum, S.C. Trek Bicycle Corporation Wisconsin Arts Board

$10,000 – $14,999

$1,000 – $4,999

$15,000 – $19,999

A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust The Bruce Company of Wisconsin DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C. Evjue Foundation Exact Sciences Food Fight, Inc. Gammex Kuehn Family Foundation Madison Investment Advisors Diego’s Mexican Bistro & Icon Restaurants Murphy Desmond, S.C.

Anonymous Boardman & Clark LLP Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Hovde Properties, LLC Monona State Bank Perkins Coie Target Von Briesen & Roper Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C. Wheeler, Van Sickel & Anderson, S.C. WISC-TV *List current as of 9.7.12


Welcome to Overture Center for the Arts

Your enjoyment is important to us. Please contact an usher or the ticket office if you have any concerns about your experience here. ORDERING & INFORMATION Order online! Phone orders: Call 608.258.4141 Mail or fax: online order form at or in our magazine. Buy in person: Visit the ticket office located on the main floor just off the Rotunda Lobby. Ticket office hours: Mon–Fri, 11 AM–5:30 PM; Sat, 11 AM–2 PM; open additional hours evenings and Sundays on days of ticketed performances. Group orders: Groups of 15 or more receive a discount on most performances. Call 608.258.4159 to make reservations.

Lost and Found: Visit the information desk in the Rotunda Lobby or call 608.258.4973. Rentals: For information on renting spaces in Overture Center for weddings, performances, meetings or other events, call 608.258.4163 or email Etiquette Please turn off all paging devices, cell phones and watch alarms. Smoking is prohibited in Overture. The use of cameras or tape recorders in the theaters is prohibited without written permission from Overture Center and the performing company’s management.

Visit For a calendar of events, links to artists’ websites, video, audio, directions, parking and much more.

Food, large bags and other large items are not permitted in the theaters. Bottled water and beverages in Overture Refillable Theater Cups are allowed in the theaters at select shows.


In consideration of audience members with scent sensitivities and allergies, please use perfumes, aftershaves and other fragrances in moderation.

Accessibility: Request accommodations when ordering your tickets. Call 608.258.4144 for information, questions, or to request the following: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

wheelchair-accessible seating house wheelchair for transport sign language interpretation Braille playbill other accommodations

RESIDENT ORGANIZATIONS Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society | 608.255.9866 Children’s Theater of Madison | 608.255.2080

Information is also available at

Forward Theater Company | 608.234.5001

Children and lap seating: Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theaters for performances. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted at certain performances. See our season brochure, visit our website or call the Help Line at 608.258.4143 for information.

Li Chiao-Ping Dance | 608.835.6590

Event Staff Stagehand services in Overture are provided by members of Local 251 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Usher and other services for Overture are provided by Overture volunteers. For information, visit volunteer or call 608.258.4177. 8

Overture Center | Bill Cosby

Kanopy Dance Company | 608.255.2211

Madison Ballet | 608.278.7990 Madison Opera |608.238.8085 Madison Symphony Orchestra | 608.257.3734 Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery | 608.265.2500 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra | 608.257.0638 xx | Overture Center


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