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2019/20 SEASON

FALL 2019 NEWSLETTER

COMING FOR TWO NIGHTS!

ELEVATING OUR AREA’S HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PROGRAMS

GREAT SEATS STILL REMAIN FOR MANY OF THE 2019/20 SEASON SHOWS

JERRY AWARDS’ IMPACT CONTINUES TO EXPAND Learn more on page 8

ADDITIONAL SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR It feels like just yesterday that the Broadway hit Rock of Ages was wrapping up the 2018/19 Season with our record 27th sellout, but another Wisconsin summer is racing by and the 2019/20 Season fast approaching. It’s certainly been a great summer here at The Grand: a record number of you have signed up to be subscribers and the response to the upcoming season has been incredible! We are so excited for the season to come and can’t wait to get it started with a capacity crowd for the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT on October 8th. Before we turn all of our attention to the new season, I want to offer a word of thanks for your incredible support over the past year. Whether it was as ticket buyers, renters, sponsors or donors, you helped us to one of our best years in history! The support that we receive each year is truly amazing, and we are proud to be a part of a community that is so incredibly supportive of the performing arts. As the new season approaches, we hope you’ll stay connected as we announce additional shows, performances from our talented Central Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble, special pre-show events, and the Bridge Clinic Community Engagement Series, allowing you to connect to the arts in new and different ways throughout the year. We are grateful for your support and look forward to an amazing season!

OUR COMMUNITY’S HOME FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS When you give to The Grand Theater, you make great things happen. You provide opportunities and create possibilities. For over ninety years, community support has helped make The Grand Theater what it is today: a creative home for Central Wisconsin and beyond. It allows us to continue our mission to engage the best artists, to create meaningful engagement opportunities, to keep ticket prices reasonable, and to develop memorable experiences for the entire community, through the Jerry Awards, Access For All, the Arts In Education Series, the Community Engagement Series, and much more.

Total Sold-Out Shows

27

Total Tickets Sold

68,589

Access to the Arts Scholarships Awarded

850

top 150

Of Reported Worldwide Ticket Sales in Pollstar’s 2018 Annual Report

The entire season at The Grand is supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. These performances are also supported by the Community Arts Grant program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, and the City of Wausau’s Room Tax Funding.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 7:30PM | SOLD OUT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 7:30PM

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with love.

After a sold-out show in 2018, Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kenny G returns to The Grand this fall!

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For over 30 years, Kenny G’s iconic pop and jazz sound has made him a staple in contemporary music and the top-selling instrumental musician of all time! With 23 #1 albums to his name and over 75 million records sold, Kenny G has had a legendary career, and this October he returns to Wausau! PRESENTING SPONSORS: FEATURED SPONSORS:

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 | 7:30PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 7:30PM | SOLD OUT

Black Violin makes their highly-anticipated return to The Grand this October with their amazing blend of classical, hip-hop, R&B, and rock! Backed by their incredible band, classically-trained string musicians Wil B. and Kev Marcus make audiences feel like they’re at a rock concert with their distinctive “classical boom” sound. Don’t miss the show critics call “an unforgettable mashup of classical and hip hop” when Black Violin returns to The Grand this fall!

The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko to Cliffhangers to The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than 14 years, the Price Is Right Live has entertained millions of guests and given away more than 12 million dollars in cash and prizes.

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WARREN MILLER’S 70TH ANNUAL FILM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7:30PM Join The Grand Theater to kick off the winter season with Warren Miller’s 70th Annual Film! Warren Miller Entertainment is the preeminent ski and snowboarding filmmaker in the world. This legendary film series takes film-goers across the world to some of the most spellbinding skiing outposts, celebrating the return to the slopes! PRESENTING SPONSORS: FEATURED SPONSORS:

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 7:30PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 7:30PM | SOLD OUT Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2019 holiday season with the electrifying stage spectacular The New York Daily News called a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle, and talent by the sleighload.” With over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music, and seasonal favorites, Cirque Dreams is the perfect gift for the entire family! FEATURED SPONSORS:

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BRIAN REGAN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 7:30PM | LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN Hailed by critics, fans, and comedians alike as one of the funniest stand-ups alive, Brian Regan brings his hilarious comedy to The Grand! With multiple comedy specials, his own Netflix series, 28 appearances on The Late Show, and a career spanning over 20 years, Brian Regan has claimed his place as one of the most prolific comedians on the road today. Known for his hilarious observations about everyday life, Regan will bring a hilarious evening of stand-up that you won’t want to miss. FEATURED SPONSORS:

RONNIE MILSAP THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 | 7:30PM With 40 #1 Hits, six Grammy Awards, and dozens of CMA and ACM awards, Ronnie Milsap is a true country music legend. It’ll be a night of beloved country hits such as “Stranger in My House”, “Smoky Mountain Rain”, “There’s No Gettin’ Over Me”, and many more! Don’t miss one of the biggest names in country music history when Ronnie Milsap comes to The Grand! PRESENTING SPONSOR:

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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

DECK THE HALLS WITH THE OK FACTOR

THE JOHN ALTENBURGH CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 | 7:30PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 | 7:30PM

Come “Deck the Halls” with The OK Factor! This festive new show brings together emerging artists, local orchestra students, and breathtaking holiday music for an unforgettable evening! After selling out multiple 10x10 Series performances, classical-crossover duo The OK Factor is graduating to the main stage with a charming evening of original folkinspired compositions and inventive arrangements of holiday songs you know and love. Joined by orchestra students from area high schools, the evening will be a holiday celebration for the entire community.

With over a decade of sold-out shows, The John Altenburgh Christmas Extravaganza returns once again to The Grand Theater!

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STEEP CANYON RANGERS THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 | 7:30PM The Steep Canyon Rangers are one of the biggest names in bluegrass music today, and this winter this Grammy Award winning group comes to The Grand! With an incredible six #1 albums and collaborations with Paul McCartney, the Dixie Chicks, and of course comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers is one of the most influential bands pickin’ and strummin’ on the road today! FEATURED SPONSORS:

A true Wisconsin Christmas tradition, this has long been the hottest ticket in town. With an all-star lineup, it’s a night of the best of jazz, blues, and the holiday songs you know and love. The most talked-about show of the year, nothing says Christmas in Wausau like The John Altenburgh Christmas Extravaganza! FEATURED SPONSORS:

JERSEY BOYS MONDAY, JANUARY 13| 7:30PM | SOLD OUT They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Awardwinning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. PRESENTING SPONSOR:

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JERSEY BOYS CONTAINS AUTHENTIC, “PROFANE JERSEY LANGUAGE” AND IS RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 12+

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FEMMES OF ROCK

BANDSTAND

ABBA MANIA

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

THE CHOIR OF MAN

HYPROV: IMPROV UNDER HYPNOSIS

SIBERIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CELTIC ANGELS IRELAND

WAITRESS

YAMATO: THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

SEMI-TONED

THE FAB FOUR

RODNEY CROWELL | CANCELED

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: AC/DC’S BACK IN BLACK THURSDAY, MAY 7 | 7:30PM One of the most influential and best-selling hard rock albums in music history, AC/DC’s Back in Black, is brought to life on the stage.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 | 7:30PM Featuring the music of AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and more, this explosive concert is all preformed on electric violins!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 | 7:30PM Dazzling dancers will enchant audiences of all ages with this beloved coming of age tale.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 3:00PM With an astounding 80 musicians, this memorable performance brings to life the work of the finest Russian composers.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 | 7:30PM This high energy show has captivating millions around the world with thunderous music and infectious showmanship.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 | 7:30PM Spot on costumes, authentic equipment, and note-for-note renditions of Beatles classics will make you think you’re watching the real thing!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21| 7:30PM |LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN An inspiring new American musical that erupts with infectious music and high octane, heart stopping dancing.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 | 7:30PM It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend!

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 | 7:30PM It’s a joyful celebration of traditional musicianship, rigorous dance, and the stirring songs of Ireland.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 | 7:30PM | LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN This Broadway musical tells the inspiring, true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 | 7:30PM One of history’s greatest singer-songwriters and two-time Grammy Award winner brings his country and Americana roots to The Grand.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 | 7:30PM The world’s number one touring ABBA tribute concert brings the music of Swedish ‘supergroup’ to life!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 | 7:30PM Starring Whose Line Is It Anyway?’s Colin Mochrie, Improv and hypnosis collide for an unforgettable experience.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 | 8:00PM SATURDAY, MARCH 14 | 8:00PM This Broadway hit musical is baked from the heart and coming to The Grand for two nights!

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 | 7:30PM The United Kingdom’s preeminent acapella group brings their creative covers of pop, rock, and classics to The Grand!

WE’RE ALWAYS ADDING SHOWS! ART GARFUNKEL

FRIDAY, MAY 22 | 7:30PM | LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN A true music legend, Art Garfunkel has made an undeniable mark on the musical world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel.

Be the first to know about newly announced shows by following us online or signing up for email announcements at www.grandtheater.org. See page #11 for a full list of shows and events coming to The Grand Theater.


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AFTER A SUCCESSFUL 2017-18 SEASON OF ENGAGING OVER 5,500 MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, THE GRAND’S COMMUNITY The Jerry Awards and RETURNS Ensemble FOR continue to expand, emphasizing the importance of ENGAGEMENT SERIES ANOTHER YEAR OF OUTREACH, musicalCLASSES, theatre in SEMINARS, our area’s schools and theMORE! next generation of leaders. MASTER AND MUCH

Just one of our area’s representatives, the cast of Northland Pines High School’s Disney’s Newsies, performs in Madison at Overture Center’s Jerry Awards Show after being awarded Outstanding Musical as well as a number of other honors for individual performers.

Between performances at The Grand, the dance captain from the cast of Broadway’s Kinky Boots traveled to the UW-Stevens Point campus to teach the show’s choreography to more than 65 dance and musical theatre majors.

As Wausau’s home for the performing arts, The Grand is proud to support the fantastic local theatre produced in our WITHFor A the MISSION TO The community. past four years, GrandENTERTAIN, has partnered with Overture EDUCATE, Center in Madison to encourage, AND ENRICH NORTHin high recognize, and honor excellence schoolCENTRAL musical theater through the Jerry WISCONSIN, Awards.

Each school year culminates with the annual Jerry Awards Show at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, a the Wausau West Jazz Band, to massive celebration of high school Kinky BootsinDance Captain musical theatre our state. Award Chris Kane’s master class with recipients have the opportunity the to UW-Stevens Point Departments perform in the 2,225-seat Overture Hall of Dance and Musical Theatre, it in a performance that is broadcast by Wisconsin Television. was trulyPublic inspiring to watch both The Grand Theater pushes the Manythe local performers, students and including the professionals Part ofperforming the Nationalarts High School from the Musical stage Outstanding Musical learn and growrecipients together.DC The Theatre Awards, the Jerry Awards have into our community. The Grand’s Everest, Marshfield, and Northland been elevating the importance of Grand looks forward to bringing Community Engagement Pines high schools, were featured in the musical theatre in Wisconsin schools artists like the renowned vocalists production. SeriesTheatre creates opportunities since 2009. educators and for of The TEN Tenors and classical audiences to interact with The industry professionals review productions “ I can see firsthand the OK positive cross-over duo The Factor into Grand performances at more than Theater’s 90 high schools in 30 impact theWisconsin Jerry Awards program Central schools and in unique and exciting ways. The counties across the state, give valuable has had on the Northland Pines universities this fall. written2017-18 feedback, nominateEngagement outstanding Community students over the last four years,” performances, and often discuss TheNorthland inaugural Central Series featured workshops, said Pines High Wisconsin School productions with students in person. Jerry Ensemble were fabulous film screenings, classes, and Theatre Director Kate Janssen.

performances that impacted After wrapping up their own musical productions, participating area schools over 5,500 members of the like Antigo, Chequamegon, Wausau community.DC Everest, Lakeland Union, Marshfield, Northland season provided a Wausau number Pines, Last Rhinelander, SPASH, and of opportunities for students to East high schools performed at a work directly some of celebratory event atwith The Grand thisthe spring,artists sharing their hard work with other performing on our stage. Central Wisconsin performers. From Sammy Miller and the Congregation’s workshop with

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The Grand could not be prouder to support the young performers in our community and can’t wait to see the feature the return of community realization of all their hard work at their dance classes, educational productions in the upcoming year! For lectures, and performances more information on the Jerry Awards, the Central Wisconsin Jerry visit from grandtheater.org.

ofonly our for community “I representatives am so thankful not our shows being included, but also as they traveled across Wausau forand the the opportunities with the state for numerous Jerry Ensemble, Jimmy Auditions, performance opportunities! and the Spirit Award number, ButBeing who part saysofstudents should have etc. this program allalso the positively fun! Through the Community has impacted our school and community, and Grand Engagement Series, The I’m so glad see more schools hosts freetocultural events for lifetime in learners our conference and area of all ages. This year will participating as well.”

Ensemble, in addition to exciting new opportunities like Musical Theater Karaoke and more!

Central and Southern Wisconsin’s Jerry Ensembles

DC Everest’s cast of MAMMA MIA!


TAKING THE ARTS BEYOND THE STAGE WITH A MISSION TO ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE, AND ENRICH NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN,

The Grand Theater pushes the performing arts from the stage into our community. Through workshops, pre-show activities, and free cultural events, the Bridge Clinic Community Engagement Series not only makes the arts more accessible to North Central Wisconsin, but also creates unique experiences to bring our community closer to the arts in new and exciting ways, including:

Visit The Grand online at grandtheater.org/programs for a complete list of all announced Bridge Clinic Community Engagement Series events.

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SERIES SPONSORED BY

2019/20 Community Engagement Series

Photo by Larissa Marie Photography

Show Enhancement Activities: Pre-show lectures, exhibits, and performances immerse patrons even further in the arts. Engagement Events: From film screenings to dance lessons to comedy workshops, these free events explore creative ways to engage our community. Workshops & Residencies: Bringing main-stage performers into schools, giving students the opportunity to interact with and learn from professional artists.

Don’t miss out on our next karaoke night, fitness class, or pop-up exhibit!

Share your first dance under the twinkling marquee lights as you celebrate your special day at the historic Grand Theater. The Grand offers a variety of spaces perfect for any wedding! CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR! 715-842-0988 | GRANDTHEATER.ORG

“We’re proud to be the inaugural Community Engagement Series sponsor. Access is at the heart of our work, whether for health, wellness, or community connectedness.” JENNIFER SMITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


THE 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS

THE GRAND THEATER

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 7:00 PM 715.842.0988 or 888.239.0421

visit box office grandtheater.org


COMING SOON TO THE GRAND THEATER AUGUST 6 8

Yonder Mountain String Band Justin Hayward

SEPTEMBER 5-7 13 20 26-28

Wausau Community Theatre: Matilda Stayin’ Alive Crowder Centerstage Band and Show Choir

OCTOBER 4

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Truck Country 10x10 Series: Them Coulee Boys County Materials Spotlight Series: RENT Kansas: Point of Know Return CVA Fundraiser: Art of Wine Aspirus Arts In Education Series: The Magic School Bus Kenny G Truck Country 10x10 Series: Fort Frances Aspirus Arts In Education Series: Black Violin Black Violin Wausau Dance Theatre: Thriller Wausau Community Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

NOVEMBER 7 9 13 14 15 16 19-20 21 22 24

The Price Is Right Live! 11-11 a party Aspirus Arts In Education Series: Pete the Cat Warren Miller’s 70th Annual Film County Materials Spotlight Series: Brian Regan Wisconsin Singers Cirque Dreams Holidaze Ronnie Milsap Truck Country 10x10 Series: Halie Loren The Orchestra starring E.L.O. Former Members

DECEMBER 6 7-8 9 11 13-15 16 18 20

Wausau Events Warming Party Central Wisconsin School of Ballet: The Nutcracker Wausau West Winter Concert Deck the Halls with The OK Factor Wausau Community Theatre: A Christmas Carol Lorie Line It’s a Very Joe.e Christmas The John Altenburgh Christmas Extravaganza

JANUARY 9 11 13 17 21 25 31

Steep Canyon Rangers I Am King - The Michael Jackson Experience Jersey Boys Femmes of Rock Bandstand Wausau Events Winterfest County Materials Spotlight Series: ABBA Mania

FEBRUARY 7 9 11 12 25 27 28

MAY 2 5

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Wausau Dance Theatre: Storybook Weekend St Francis Xavier: The Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries: An Old Fashioned Radio Drama for Kids County Materials Spotlight Series: Classic Albums Live: AC/DC’s Back In Black Art Garfunkel

Truck Country 10x10 Series: New Reveille Gary Puckett and The Union Gap with The Lettermen Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty THE OFFICE! A Musical Parody The Choir of Man Aspirus Arts In Education Series: The Snowy Day County Materials Spotlight Series: HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

MARCH 5-7 8 9 10 13-14 15 16 19 20

Wausau Community Theatre: Legally Blonde Siberian State Symphony Orchestra Aspirus Arts In Education Series: The One and Only Ivan Celtic Angels Ireland Waitress Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Aspirus Arts In Education Series: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Truck Country 10x10 Series: Ron Artis II & The Truth Vic Ferrari: Symphony on the Rocks

APRIL 1 5 7 9 16 21 23

Don’t miss Wausau’s biggest party! Join evolutions in design at the Grand Theater for the annual 11-11 Party. It’s a night of entertainment unlike any other, featuring dancing, music, and the famous balloon drop! All proceeds benefit The Grand Theater.

Aspirus Arts In Education Series: Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Aspirus Arts In Education Series: The Rainbow Fish Truck Country 10x10 Series: Huntertones County Materials Spotlight Series: Semi-Toned The Fab Four CANCELED: Rodney Crowell

Tickets go on sale October 1st, for $19 in advance and $38 on the night of the event (if any remain). This event will sell out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Calendar is subject to change. Updates can be found on our website.

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