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Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, bring the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage.  In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre-not a handsome prince-shows up to rescue a feisty princess.  Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.  Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. 

Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek The Musical is "far, far, and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!"  Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Imani Winds

Grammy-nominated Imani Winds redefines the boundaries of the traditional wind quintet.  This adventurous group of musicians has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world.  With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African, and Latin American traditions.  Guided by their namesake "Imani," Swahili for "faith," their music engages audiences in performances that "sparkle with tonal warmth" and "polished ensemble playing" (The New York Times). 

Capitol Steps

Famous for their even-handed, non-partisan satire, this is an election-year special.  A group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.  The group was born in December 1981, when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party.  Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.  So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies and skits, which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.  In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers. 

Vince Gill

As one of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar playing world-class. 

Gill achieved his breakthrough in 1990 with "When I Call Your Name" winning both the Country Music Association's Single of the Year award and a Grammy for Best Country Male Vocal Performance. Gill has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times. His Grammy awards now total 20 and he has sold more than 26 million albums. With hits like "Liza Jane," "Look at US," "Take Your Memory With You," "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away," and so many, many more, this show is not to be missed!

Conrad Tao

Praised by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as “the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way” (Musical America), 17-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was discovered playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age. Born in Urbana, Illinois, the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist gave his first recital at age four and by eight had made his concerto debut. Last fall Tao filled in for pianist Louis Lortie and gave a solo recital on one day’s notice in Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall presented by Cliburn Concerts that critics raved as being “technically brilliant” (Star-Telegram), and a “gripping performance by turns mysterious and defiant” (Dallas Morning News). And, in his debut with the Detroit Symphony in January Tao’s performance was described as “blazing…and hair-raising in its technical brilliance.”

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, bring the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on stage.  In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre-not a handsome prince-shows up to rescue a feisty princess.  Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.  Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek The Musical is "far, far, and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!"  Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Ballet Folklórico De México

Gorgeous costumes, beautiful live music and a huge core of dancers provide a rich cultural experience. This dance group is committed to keeping the dance traditions of Mexico alive and has achieved international success, delighting audiences in more than 5,000 performances worldwide with vibrant dance, music and costumes that exude the spirit of Mexico. 

Hernández's exuberant choreography performed by classically trained dancers in exquisite costumes makes Ballet Folklórico de México a visual feast for audiences. Hernández's choreography captures a country with rich and diverse cultural traditions. 

Beethoven Pastoral Symphony and Gabriel Kahane

Indie singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane joins the WCFSO for the Midwest premiere of his acclaimed Crane Palimpsest for baritone and chamber orchestra, a 2012 work in which this gifted composer/performer explores connections between the worlds of popular and classical music. 

Linking these two worlds are Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.  Purcell captures the earthy English Baroque imagination in his adaptation of Shakespeare's outdoor fantasy Midsummer Night's Dream, while Beethoven conveys the everyday sound of the 19th century through this evocative orchestral depiction of nature. 

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski 

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.  In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, Bat Boy: The Musical tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering, and lots more.

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski 

Based on events as chronicled in Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.  In between the howls of laughter and using virtually every style of music, Bat Boy: The Musical tackles American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, genetic engineering, and lots more.

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