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ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES No two Wharton Center audiences are alike. Just as every seat provides a unique view of the stage, every audience member’s background influences how they interpret the show. In sets, we see our communities, our towns, our homes. In characters, we see our friends, our families, ourselves. Our experience is different from the person sitting next to us—and that’s what makes a live performance so awe-inspiring. It’s the feeling of seeing a one-of-a-kind show with a community that not only shares your love for the arts, but also believes in the importance of supporting them. Be a part of the community by joining Wharton Center as a season subscriber or renewing your subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll be able to select all five Broadway events or five or more Performing Arts events with guaranteed priority seating at a special subscriber rate. You will gain first access to events added throughout the year, ongoing savings on tickets, and special discounts at local retailers and restaurants with Wharton Center’s Subscriber Discount Card. When you take a seat at Wharton Center, you’re not just seeing a show, you’re joining a community.


C O B B G R E AT H A L L DECEMBER 8-13, 2020

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious

Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized

hit musical from an award-winning creative team,

frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina

including book writer TINA FEY (30 Rock), composer

George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s

JEFF RICHMOND (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt),

reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a

lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director

Queen Bee without getting stung.

CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). “By far the funniest musical of the year!” –Chicago Tribune

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, 7:30PM THURSDAY, 7:30PM FRIDAY, 8PM

East Lansing engagement is welcomed by Auto-Owners Insurance; B-Dry System of Central & West Michigan, Inc.; Delta Dental of Michigan; Grewal Law PLLC; and Rick's American Café/Harrison Roadhouse/Beggar's Banquet.

SATURDAY, 2PM & 8PM SUNDAY, 1PM (

PHOTO: ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION.

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C O B B G R E AT H A L L J A N U A RY 2 6 - 3 1 , 2 0 2 1 An album that inspired a REVOLUTION. A REVELATION that changed the world. A REINVENTION for this millennium.

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director TIMOTHY SHEADER (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer DREW MCONIE (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Featuring award-winning music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and lyrics by TIM RICE, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Gethsemane”, and “Superstar”. TUESDAY, 7:30 PM WEDNESDAY, 7:30PM THURSDAY, 7:30PM FRIDAY, 8PM SATURDAY, 2PM & 8PM SUNDAY, 1 PM (

) & 6:30PM

East Lansing engagement is welcomed by Clark Trombley Randers Consulting Engineers; Delta Dental of Michigan; and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. THE COMPANT OF THE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY.

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C O B B G R E AT H A L L F E B R U A RY 1 6 - 2 1 , 2 0 2 1 After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award-winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is now on tour! One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton,

Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, 7:30PM THURSDAY, 7:30PM FRIDAY, 8PM

East Lansing engagement is welcomed by Auto-Owners Insurance; The Christman Company; Honigman, LLP; Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes; and Retailers Insurance Company.

SATURDAY, 2PM & 8PM SUNDAY, 1PM (

PHOTO: PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL HAMBURG PRODUCTION. PHOTO BY MORRIS MACMATZEN.

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C O B B G R E AT H A L L J U LY 7 - 1 3 , 2 0 2 1 * From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin,

Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America, and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!” (LA Daily News). Frozen features the songs you love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

WEDNESDAY, 7:30PM THURSDAY, 2:00PM & 7:30PM FRIDAY, 8PM

East Lansing engagement is welcomed by Auto-Owners Insurance; B-Dry System of Central & West Michigan, Inc.; Delta Dental of Michigan; Farm Bureau Insurance; Grewal Law PLLC; and Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

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PHOTO: CAROLINE BOWMAN (ELSA) AND THE COMPANY OF FROZEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR.

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* SUBSCRIBER PERFORMANCES. DISNEY'S FROZEN FULL RUN: JULY 7-18

PHOTO BY DEEN VAN MEER. © DISNEY.

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C O B B G R E AT H A L L M AY 1 1 - 1 6 , 2 0 2 1 TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, 7:30PM THURSDAY, 7:30PM FRIDAY, 8PM SATURDAY, 2PM & 8PM SUNDAY, 1PM (

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Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by

annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be

Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences

reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber

in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour

(The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset

across North America!

Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this

design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound

beloved musical with breathtaking music, including

design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy

one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—

Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original

”Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best

choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and

Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night

direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this

when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its

production a new Cats for a new generation!

​ ast Lansing engagement is welcomed by B-Dry System of Central & West E Michigan, Inc.; The Centennial Group; Farm Bureau Insurance; and Portnoy & Tu, DDS. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY.

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CANADIAN BR A SS 5 0 T H A N N I V E R S A RY C O B B G R E AT H A L L TUE SDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021, 7:30PM The hallmarks of any Canadian Brass performance are entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music. This performance will show the group’s full range, from Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them. Don’t miss this 50th Anniversary celebration of a Wharton Center audience favorite! Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: WKAR

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AC A D E M Y O F S T M A RT I N IN THE FIELDS WIND ENSEMBLE

T RO N D H E I M S O LO I ST S ALISA WEILER STEIN, CELLO

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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the

With ten Grammy® nominations, Norway’s Trondheim

world’s premier chamber orchestras, known for its

Soloists are a musical force to be reckoned with.

fresh, brilliant interpretations of the most-loved

Joined by their new artistic partner, cello star Alisa

classical music. The wind ensemble is a specially

Weilerstein, this not-to-be-missed performance

created group composed of the principal players of

features Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and D

the orchestra and features Simon Crawford-Phillips

Major, and Schoenberg’s stunning Verklärte Nacht

on piano for this performance. The program includes

(“Transfigured Night”), a warm and romantic work

works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more.

with no hint of the style for which Schoenberg became known.

Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: WKAR

“(Weilerstein) gives us an immediate demonstration of her powers as the soloist in two Haydn cello concertos … delivered with such volatile passion and flying fingers that no trace of dust remains.” –The Times (UK) “... their playing has a buoyancy and energy that in the Haydn form the ideal springboard for Weilerstein’s playing as it leaps and dances in and out of the larger texture.” –The Guardian Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union. Media sponsor: WKAR

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AN EVENING WITH ITZHAK PERLMAN R O H A N D E S I LVA , P I A N O

C O B B G R E AT H A L L T U E S D AY, M AY 4, 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy he finds in making music. This new program is the culmination of many years of Mr. Perlman being urged to share the story of his life and career through anecdotes, musical pieces and personal photos from his archives. It is a first-ever experience for audiences to learn more about the extraordinary 13-year-old boy who became a household name over 60 years ago. Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company; and Mayberry Homes. Media sponsor: WKAR

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KRISTIN CHENOWETH I N C O N C E RT– FO R T H E G I R L S C O B B G R E AT H A L L S AT U R D AY, A P R I L 3 , 2 0 2 1 , 8 P M Emmy and Tony Award® winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth returns to Wharton Center for what promises to be an amazing night of songs from her latest album, For The

Girls. The album is a heartfelt tribute to the great female singers throughout history, and particularly to some of Kristin’s heroes and friends. For fans of musical theatre, film and television, this performance is not to be missed. Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from B-Dry System of Central & West Michigan, Inc.; BZEMS Group at Merrill Lynch; Brogan, Reed, Van Gorder & Associates/Ohio National Financial Services; and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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B LU E M A N G RO U P C O B B G R E AT H A L L T U E S D AY, J U N E 2 2 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M W E D N E S D AY, J U N E 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash-hit phenomenon that is Blue Man Group … and now it’s your turn! It’s everything you know and love about Blue Man Group – signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy – the men are still blue, but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custommade instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages. Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Auto-Owners Insurance; The Christman Company; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; and Plante Moran, PLLC. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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C E LT I C W O M A N: THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS

BÉL A FLECK & A B I G A I L WA S H B U R N

C O B B G R E AT H A L L T U E S D AY, D E C E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 2 0 , 7 : 3 0 P M

C O B B G R E AT H A L L T H U R S D AY, J A N UA RY 1 4, 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M

Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen

Woman celebrates the holiday season. This concert

of the banjo” (Paste magazine), have a musical

offers an unparalleled live musical experience, with

partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time

Celtic Woman performing timeless holiday songs,

Grammy Award® winner who has taken the instrument

accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. The show

across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn is a

will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s

singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player

much-loved holiday releases from The Magic of

who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far Eastern

Christmas. Celtic Woman Best of Christmas promises

culture and sounds. With one eye on using the banjo to

an enchanting and festive evening filled with holiday

showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling

favorites and a few Celtic twists here and there, all

the noble instrument from its most familiar arena

with the accompaniment of a fantastic orchestra

into new and unique realms, Béla and Abigail meet

composed of the area’s finest musicians.

head-on for a night of great music that is both wildly innovative and familiar at the same time.

Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Auto-Owners Insurance and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

Sponsored by The Doctors Company. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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SUPP ORTING THE ART S FOR ALL Representation matters: in performances, in audiences, and in opportunities to create. It's what builds the captivating connection between the seats and stage, and it's what builds the link between Wharton Center and our community. Wharton Center is committed to diverse programming. Through community initiatives like Seats 4 Kids, Take it from the Top summer camps, the Act One School Series, and SensoryFriendly Performances, we’re dedicated to keeping the performing arts accessible and inclusive. We create safe spaces where everyone feels welcome, respected and represented- spaces where the arts can thrive. By giving back to Wharton Center, you’re providing a wealth of opportunities: giving a child a chance to see their first live show, keeping up a state-of-theart atmosphere, and bringing global programming to our community. Give today- because the arts flourish when they are shared. Explore ways to support on Wharton Center's website to learn more about community programs, volunteering, and giving.

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B ECO M E A C I RC L E M E M B E R Your investment in Wharton Center brings the power of performing arts to our community and provides innovative arts education programs for close to 30,000 learners each season through our Institute for Arts & Creativity. In recognition, you receive benefits* such as: • Priority seating before the general public • Access to our private Donor Lounge • Access to preferred parking • Opportunity to meet artists

Add your gift to your order form, or donate online at: whartoncenter.com/support

*Benefits do not apply to all membership levels. Please refer to Circle Membership Level overview at: whartoncenter.com/support/individual/circle-membership.

CHANGE A LIFE We believe that art is integral to living a richer, fuller more purposeful life. Introducing a child to performing arts will add to their personal story and create an opportunity to change their life. Your gift to the Seats 4 Kids Fund ensures more children will have the chance to experience live theatre. Your gift provides free tickets to economically challenged youth and families as well as tickets for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families to attend Sensory-Friendly Performances. Last season, the Seats 4 Kids fund over 4,500 tickets were distributed to K-12 students and families through your generosity. Please support Seats 4 Kids today with a gift on your order form. Every gift makes a difference.

Wharton Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more about these programs and other ways to inspire and connect with our community through Wharton Center, please visit whartoncenter.com/support


RENÉE ELISE G O L D S B E R RY

S Ō P E RCU S S I O N

C O B B G R E AT H A L L S AT U R D AY, J A N UA RY 1 6 , 2 0 2 1 , 8 P M

C O B B G R E AT H A L L S U N D AY, F E B RUA RY 2 8 , 2 0 2 1 , 3 P M

Broadway superstar Renée Elise Goldsberry received

With an expansive sonic imagination and

the Tony Award , Grammy Award , Drama Desk

“exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor

Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Angelica Schuyler

and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has

in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster, Hamilton. She

redefined the scope of the percussion ensemble.

made her Broadway debut in The Lion King and was

The performance features Steve Reich’s Music for

the last ‘Mimi’ in Rent. She has appeared in Baz

Pieces of Wood and Julia Wolfe’s Forbidden Zone and

Luhrmann’s The Get Down for Netflix and shot the

Amid the Noise. This special performance caps Sō

title role for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta

Percussion’s residency with Wharton Center and MSU

Lacks opposite Oprah Winfrey. Currently starring in

College of Music. “Through a mix of consummate skill

the Netflix series Altered Carbon, she continues to

and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped

captivate audiences with magnetic allure on both

to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion

stage and screen. A Detroit native, Ms. Goldsberry

music old and new.” (The New York Times)

®

®

returns to Michigan to perform Broadway and

This performance is made possible by the Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence Program.

Hollywood classics in her first appearance at

Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

Wharton Center. Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company; L.O. Eye Care; Maner Costerisan; and Retailers Insurance Company. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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G I N A C H AV E Z

PA S A N T T H E AT R E W E D N E S D AY, J A N UA RY 2 7, 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M Austin’s 2019 Female Vocalist of the Year, Latin

Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly, the Austin

pop sensation Gina Chavez will transport you

Chronicle and more. Her Tiny Desk Concert on NPR

on a passionate tour of the Americas, gracefully

has garnered over a million views so far, and her

blending the sound and rhythms of the region.

newest album, Lightbeam, has received rave reviews.

With her signature style of Latin folk-pop, Chavez

Along with her band, Chavez performs a collection of

has topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts;

songs sure to have you dancing in your seat!

her album Up.Rooted has earned acclaim from the

Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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' S W O N D E R F U L: T H E M U S I C O F G E O RG E G E R S H W I N W I T H T E D DY A B R A M S , M O R G A N J A M E S AND ORCHESTR A

T H E M OT H M A I N S TAG E

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C O B B G R E AT H A L L T H U R S D AY, J U N E 1 0 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M

Wowing the audience in their Best of Bernstein

True stories, told live and without notes. The Moth

performance at Wharton Center in 2019, conductor/

celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the

pianist Teddy Abrams and vocal wonder Morgan

diversity and commonality of human experience,

James join up once more in 2020, this time for a night

and to satisfy a vital human need for connection.

of best-loved classics by George Gershwin. Featuring

Hugely popular each week on NPR stations across

a full orchestra composed of the area’s finest

the country, along with the equally popular

musicians, this unforgettable night will showcase

Moth podcast, The Moth is a community where

tunes from “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm” to

entertainment and enlightenment merge. The Moth

“ ‘S Wonderful” and Rhapsody in Blue.

Mainstage features five tellers who develop and shape their stories with Moth directors. Don’t miss

Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Comprehensive Psychological Services, PC; Foresight Group; and Wolverine Development Corporation.

The Moth’s return to Wharton Center!

Media sponsor: Michigan Radio Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from Grewal Law PLLC and Piper & Gold Public Relations. A co-presentation with Michigan Radio.

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JAZZ

S O U T H E R N J O U R N E Y: A N A F RO -A M E R I C A N C E L E B R AT I O N! F E AT U R I N G R A N K Y TA N K Y A N D S P E C I A L G U E S T D O M F L E M O N S

C O B B G R E AT H A L L S AT U R D AY, J A N UA RY 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 , 8 P M South Carolina’s global Gullah ambassadors and

The group is joined by Grammy Award® winner,

the Billboard chart-toppers making “soulful honey

two-time Emmy nominee, and 2019 Wammie Award

to the ears” (NPR): Ranky Tanky. The soulful songs

winner Dom Flemons, known as “The American

of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this

Songster,” as his repertoire of music covers over

band of native South Carolinians who mix the low

100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel,

Flemons is considered an expert player on the banjo,

funk, and R&B.

fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quill, and rhythm bones. Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media sponsor: WKAR

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INTUITION: SONGS FROM THE MINDS OF WOMEN

AN EVENING WITH B R A N FO R D M A R S A L I S

PA S A N T T H E AT R E T H U R S D AY, F E B RUA RY 1 1 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M

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“ … [a] singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an

“Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of

amiably regal presence onstage” — The New York Times

daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three

A L I C I A O L AT UJA

decades.” —Jazziz

Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and

“His quartet, featuring Eric Revis on bass, drummer

captivating presence since she first came into

Justin Faulkner, and pianist Joey Calderazzo, has

the national spotlight in 2013, performing as the

become an institution.” —PopMatters

featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

After four decades in the international spotlight,

Olatuja showcases her broad vocal range through

saxophonist Branford Marsalis is far from slowing

Intuition: Songs From The Minds of Women. Intuition

down. From his early acclaim bringing new energy

is Olatuja’s celebration of women composers,

and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and

reinterpreting their songs through her lens of classic,

expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician,

jazzy soul. Alicia Olatuja is one to watch. Don’t miss

composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st-century

this stunning new voice.

mainstay of artistic excellence. A multi-Grammy® winner and NEA Jazz Master, he is joined by the

Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union.

Branford Marsalis Quartet, a thriving ensemble

Media sponsor: WKAR

together for over three decades. Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Lansing Board of Water and Light. Media sponsor: WKAR

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ILLUMINATE The performing arts entertain, tell stories – and create connections. These Illuminate performances explore the complexities and frailties of human interaction.

The Child Dreams

A staged reading of a play by Hanoch Levin Directed by Moshe Perlstein

PA S A N T T H E AT R E T H U R S D AY, F E B RUA RY 4, 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M S U N D AY, F E B RUA RY 7, 2 0 2 1 , 1 : 3 0 P M A powerful story told in a beautiful, poetic way,

even hope in The Child Dreams. This reading is a

The Child Dreams takes us on a journey of refugees

culmination of a ten-day residency by five Israeli

who show how deep is their capacity for love

theatre artists on the campus of MSU.

and sacrifice. Hanoch Levin, one of Israel’s most

Sponsored by April Clobes & Glen Brough; Jack & Susan Davis with additional support from the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel; MSU College of Arts and Letters; MSU Department of Theatre; and University Outreach and Engagement.

important playwrights, illustrates humankind’s inhumanity yet offers an anthem to mercy and

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THE ATRE

THE SECOND CIT Y HITS HOME

MEOW MEOW PA S A N T T H E AT R E T U E S D AY, A P R I L 2 7, 2 0 2 1 , 6 P M A N D 9 P M

PA S A N T T H E AT R E T U E S D AY, M AY 1 8 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M W E D N E S DAY, M AY 1 9, 2 0 2 1 , 7:30 P M T H U R S D AY, M AY 2 0 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M

“There are not many women who can stun an audience into pin-drop silence with an exquisitely

The first name in comedy since 1959, Second City

delivered torch song one moment and rock the

cuts to the quick in their new show that takes on our

raf ters with laughter the next.”

great, big, dysfunctional nation! The lauded company

— The Evening Standard (UK)

is sending up and celebrating America’s imperfections

Named top ten Best of Cabaret by Time Out New

and eccentricities in a hilarious two-act revue that

York, “Cabaret diva of the highest order” by the New

unites sketch comedy, music, and improv. We can

York Post, and “A phenomenon” by the Australian

guarantee audiences will be in total agreement

press, the “post-post-modern cabaret diva” Meow

over one thing: laughter is the funniest common

Meow has wowed audiences globally with her unique

denominator!

brand of kamikaze cabaret and performance art

Fresh, fast, and always spectacularly funny, Second

exotica. Adult themes and content.

City is celebrating sixty years of producing cuttingedge satirical revues and launching the careers of

Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio

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DANCE

P I T T S B U RG H BA L L E T T H E AT R E : B E AU T Y A N D THE BE A ST

RO N A L D K. B ROW N / EVIDENCE C O B B G R E AT H A L L W E D N E S D AY, F E B RUA RY 3 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M

C O B B G R E AT H A L L T U E S D AY, M A RC H 1 6 , 2 0 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P M W E D N E S D AY, M A RC H 1 7, 2 0 2 1 , 1 1 A M

“Astounding, something to be sensed

Beauty comes from within. So does the nature of

as well as seen.” —The New York Times

the Beast. See both sides of the story in Beauty and

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE has moved audiences for

the Beast. The classic tale weaves a tender love story

over 30 years. Praised by The New York Times as “one

between the trees of the enchanted forest. Through

of the most profound choreographers of his modern

striking scenery, stunning neoclassical choreography

dance generation,” Ronald K. Brown blends African,

and an arrangement of music by Tchaikovsky,

modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories

audiences are offered a glimpse at unexpected

that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human

romance, heartbreak and the power of love.

experience. Brown uses movement to reinforce the

Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Delta Dental of Michigan; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; ProAssurance Casualty Company; and Wharton Center Inner Circle.

importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. Sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from Jackson National Life Insurance Company. PHOTO BY MATT KARAS.

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AC T O N E FA M I LY S E R I E S

THE LITTLE MERMAID Theater Terra

C O B B G R E AT H A L L S AT U R D AY, F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 0 2 1 , 1:30PM AND 4PM Recommended for ages 6 and up

Deep in the ocean there once lived a mermaid with a

when she gives up her beautiful voice. If the prince does

voice of gold. She often dreamed of the world above

not give his unconditional love, the enchantment will

the sea, and when she is finally old enough to explore

never again be broken. The Little Mermaid is a family

this world, she saves a young prince from a drowning

musical with puppetry, based on the fairy tale by

ship. She falls in love and wants to become human as

Hans Christian Andersen.

well. The mermaid desperately asks a mean sea witch

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for help. The witch agrees to give her legs, but only

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I N TO T H E W E S T A Wharton Center Theatre Production Written by Greg Banks Directed by Bert Goldstein

PA S A N T T H E AT R E S AT U R D AY, M A RC H 2 7, 2 0 2 1 , 1 : 3 0 P M S U N D AY, M A RC H 2 8 , 2 0 2 1 , 1 : 3 0 P M Recommended for ages 7 and up

“Deeply satisfying and highly imaginative” —The New York Times

Finn and Ally are two kids struggling to survive in the city of Dublin with their father. Their troubled lives are transformed when a mythical white horse materializes from the sea mist and leads them on an adventure of a lifetime. With just three actors playing sixty roles, and live music throughout, Into the West bursts with heart and humor. Perfect for the whole family! Sponsored by April Clobes & Glen Brough; Jack & Susan Davis; and University Outreach and Engagement. Media sponsor: WKAR

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ENGAGEMENT EVENTS INSIGHT PREVIEWS: Don’t miss FREE, informative pre-performance talks presented by topic experts or company members. Insight Previews begin 45 minutes prior to these events: Canadian Brass 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Southern Journey Featuring Ranky Tanky and Dom Flemons

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Academy of St Martin in Sunday, March 21, 2021 the Fields Wind Ensemble Alisa Weilerstein Thursday, April 15, 2021

A F T E R C H AT S : Join conversations with artists* inside the theatre immediately following each Thursday Broadway performance, and after these events: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Sō Percussion Sunday, February 28, 2021

Into the West Sunday, March 28, 2021

C O B B G R E AT H A L L Seating Charts P E R F O R M I N G A RT S M A P

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Please see whartoncenter.com for seat maps for Kristin Chenoweth, Celtic Woman, Itzhak Perlman, Blue Man Group and Pittsburgh Ballet.

*Please note that performer participants will vary. Wharton Center does not guarantee any specific artist or company member’s participation. See whartoncenter.com for schedule changes and updates throughout the season. No need to RSVP for Insight Previews or After Chats. Only available for the first Thursday of extended Broadway runs.

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SEASON CALENDAR DECEMBER 2020

M A RC H 2 0 2 1

M AY 2 0 2 1

8-13 15

16 17 21 27 & 28

4 11-16 18-20

Mean Girls Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas

J A N UA RY 2 0 2 1

12 14 16 23 26-31 27

Canadian Brass 50th Anniversary Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Renée Elise Goldsberry Southern Journey Featuring Ranky Tanky and Dom Flemons Jesus Christ Superstar Gina Chavez

F E B RUA RY 2 0 2 1

3 Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE 4 & 7 The Child Dreams 6 The Little Mermaid 11 Alicia Olatuja - Intuition: Songs from The Minds of Women 16-21 Pretty Woman: The Musical 28 Sō Percussion

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: Beauty and the Beast Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: Beauty and the Beast SF* Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble Into the West

APRIL 2021

3

Kristin Chenoweth in Concert – For the Girls 'S Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin An Evening with Branford Marsalis Alisa Weilerstein Meow Meow

7 14 15 27

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman Cats The Second City Hits Home

JUNE 2021

10 22-23

The Moth Mainstage Blue Man Group

J U LY 2 0 2 1

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Disney’s Frozen

*SF = Sensory-Friendly Performance Sensory-Friendly Performances are generously sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan with additional support from AF Group and Peckham, Inc.

H E L P F U L I N F O R M AT I O N

A C C E S S I B I L I T Y S E RV I C E S

P E R S O N A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y S TAT E M E N T :

Please alert the Ticket Office when requesting any of the following services with your ticket order.

Wharton Center offers a diverse selection of arts entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Patrons are responsible for making informed decisions regarding their ticket purchases.

Services for patrons and visitors with mobility disabilities: Barrier–Free Parking Drop-off Location Curb to Seat Service Accessible Seating Accessible Restrooms

C H I L D R E N A N D FA M I L I E S : Many Wharton Center programs are offered for youth and families. Ticket polices may vary based on program; in general, a ticket is required regardless of age. Please review this brochure for age recommendations or contact Wharton Center’s Ticket Office for more information regarding age appropriateness and/or ticket policies for each performance.

Services for patrons and visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing:

PA R K I N G : Detailed directions and parking information will be mailed with your tickets. Any last-minute changes to parking information will be noted in the “Tips” email sent prior to your performance. Additional information regarding Wharton Center Policies is available on Wharton Center’s website: whartoncenter.com/plan-your-visit

Assistive Listening Devices Open Captioning* Sign Language Interpretation*

S E C U R I T Y: The safety and security of all patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers are our top priority. Increased security measures may be in place for many of our performances, including bag checks and metal detectors. For specific information relevant to an event you plan to attend, please follow the links in our “Tips” email sent prior to each performance. Please note, concealed weapons and firearms within the facility are prohibited by Michigan Compiled Laws, Section 28.45o(1)(f).

Services for patrons and visitors who are blind or have low vision: Audio Description*

Service Animals:

S TA RT T I M E A N D L AT E C O M E R S : Wharton Center and guest artists work together to minimize distractions once a program begins. Latearriving patrons may be seated at the rear of the theatre OR not at all once the performance begins. For specific information relevant to an event you plan to attend, please follow the links in our “Tips” email sent prior to each performance.

Service animals as defined by the American with Disabilities Act are permitted into the theaters and must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times. A service animal must sit under the guest’s seat or at his/her feet and is not permitted to sit in the aisle or on seats. A guest whose service animal poses a threat to the safety of other Wharton Center guests and/or staff may be asked to escort the animal off the premises.

I N C A S E O F E M E RG E N C Y: Our staff is trained to assist patrons

through various emergency situations.

Sensory Kits:

AU D I E N C E C O U RT E S Y: Please be considerate of other audience

members and refrain from cell phone and smart device use and eating within the theatre when performances are in progress.

Fidgets, noise-canceling earphones, and small weighted lap mats are available at all Wharton Center performances and may be checked out at the Patron Services Desk.

Call (517) 884-3119 for more information on the above services or to inquire about additional Patron Services at Wharton Center.

*Visit whartoncenter.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility for more information on specific dates these services are offered.

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