As the Marshall Artists Series prepares to celebrate its 77th season, theatergoers can expect to be taken on an eclectic musical journey that runs from centuries-old music to current Broadway hits—a real trailblazing season, promises Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the series.
“We’ve got a wide variety of genres to explore. Don’t miss a minute of our exciting 77th season!” she says.
All performances will take place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with the exception of an appearance by Roslyn Kind March 11, which will take place at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.
The opening event, billed as a special event, features comedy star and actor Bill Burr Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. A regular on late-night shows, he can be seen in the recent film, “The Heat,” alongside stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and he has a recurring role on the critically acclaimed hit TV hit show, “Breaking Bad.”
Nine-time Grammy Award winner, Natalie Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat “King” Cole, will appear Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. She rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, “Inseparable” and her number-one single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” which earned two Grammy Awards. She had a string of single hits throughout the 90s, culminating with an album which featured “Unforgettable,” her duet with her late father which spent five weeks at number one and earned 6 Grammy Awards.
Singer-Songwriter Jason Mraz brings his soul sounds to Huntington Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of two Grammy Awards, Mraz scored one of the biggest hits of the decade with “I’m Yours,” which made history as the longest running song on Billboard’s Hot 100, charting for an unprecedented 76 weeks. He has gone on to amass an impressive collection of hits.
Kevin Pollak, comedian, impressionist, writer, director, talk-show host and dramatic actor, will present “An Evening of Comedy” Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Pollack first begin performing at age 10 and was a touring professional stand-up comic by age 20. He has starred in three cable TV stand-up comedy specials and has also had roles in over 60 films including A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects, and Grumpy Old Men.
Blue Man Group, known for their inventive concerts that combine comedy, heart-thumping music and technology, will be making their debut appearance in Huntington Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. With no spoken language, the group has appeal for all ages, languages and cultures. E! Entertainment News said, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.”
The popular Fall International Film Festival returns from Nov. 15 to 21 with six films screened on a rotating basis at varying times. Featured films include The Untouchables (France); Reality (Italy); The Silence (Germany); The Angel’s Share (UK/Scotland/Belgium/Italy); Love is All You Need (Denmark); and No (Chile).
Blood, Sweat and Tears, the iconic jazz-rock band that has endured through the decades, will help usher in the holiday season with a performance Tuesday, Dec.3, at 7:30 p.m. They’ll share unforgettable hits and holiday favorites backed by a 40-piece orchestra, including “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Got To Get You Into My Life.”
Direct from Broadway, the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet, based on the true story or a legendary recording session, will be presented Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. That famed session brought together musical legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. The show will feature such hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ring of Fire,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On,” “Hound Dog,” and many more.
For a change in pace and just in time to lighten winter doldrums, the 32-piece Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, conducted by Phillipe Entremont and featuring piano soloist Sebastian Knauer, will perform a repertoire of Austria’s best—Mozart, Beethoven, Lehar and Strauss—Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
The Spring International Film Festival runs Feb. 7-13 with the following films from around the world: A Royal Affair (Denmark); The Flat (Israel); Like Someone in Love (Japan); War Witch (Canada); Una Noche (Cuba); and The Sessions (USA).
For the first time in more 48 years, Bizet’s Carmen will be staged at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. It will be presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa with a full orchestra. Considered Bizet’s greatest work, his portrait of the willful gypsy is an operatic tour-de-force, painting an indelible portrait of Carmen and her lover, Don Jose, through an unforgettable and forceful score.
Rosalyn Kind, the sister of the legendary Barbra Streisand and just back from the European leg of Streisand’s World Tour where she was a special guest artist, will entertain audiences with “An Evening of Cabaret with Roslyn Kind” Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. She’ll perform in an evening of music, cabaret and family storytelling.
Closing out the 2013-14 season, American Idiot, a Broadway musical based on Green Day’s Grammy Award winning multi-platinum album, will be performed Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. The musical tells the story of three lifelong friends who are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and their quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world.
New season subscription orders and season ticket renewals for current patrons are on sale now. Deadline for season ticket renewal is Monday, Aug. 19. After that date, all orders will be processed in order of date and time received. Individual tickets go on sale, Monday, Sept. 9 at noon. For more information and pricing information, contact the Marshall Artists Series Box office at ext. 6-3326
The Artists Series is once again offering a two-payment plan to offer patrons greater flexibility. Information can be obtained about the plan by calling ext. 6-3313.
Photo: The Blue Man Group is among the acts who will highlight the Marshall Artists Series this year. Click on the photo to view the complete series newsletter.