Still worried about what to give those special people this holiday season? How about a chance to see a Motown legend live in Huntington? Or star of stage and screen Ed Asner portray one of America’s most charismatic Presidents – FDR? Or see the iconic Addams Family come to life before your eyes, or witness the free-spirited shenanigans in the Broadway hit Hair. All it takes is one phone call to the Marshall University Artists Series at ext. 6-6656 before Dec. 20.
The Artists Series is celebrating its 76th year of bringing entertainment to both West Virginia and the Tri-State area. Organizers say that with the diverse selection of events the Artists Series has to offer, there is sure to be an event for everyone. All shows will be held in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington with the exception of Ed Asner as FDR, which will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.
Upcoming events include:
- Ed Asner as FDR
Fresh from his recent stint on Broadway, Ed Asner will star as “FDR,” performing on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. This one-man drama is based on the long-running Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello.” “FDR” follows the president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II.
- Smokey Robinson
Singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, performs Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” Robinson’s career spans over four decades which began when Motown founded The Miracles while he was still in high school. The Miracles were Berry Gordy’s first vocal group and they were a huge success.
Robinson has received the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts Award and the Kennedy Center Honors. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
The new Tony-winning production of the Broadway musical Hair comes to Huntington, Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Hair follows a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. Hair features a number of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.”
- The Addams Family
This production of The Addams Family brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to life on Sunday, April 28, at 7 p.m.. This hit musical comedy has been characterized as “a visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!”
Tickets for all Marshall Artists Series events can be purchased in person at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center box office, or by phone at ext. 6-6656.