Arts & Entertainment
Coming up at Wharton Center
Originally printed 3/15/2012 (Issue 2011 - Between The Lines News)
'Wicked' returns, tickets on sale April 27
After breaking box-office records and selling out in record time in 2007 and 2008, "Wicked," Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Cobb Great Hall June 27 through July 8 as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Season.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Pippin," Academy Award-winner for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt") and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), "Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz," is directed by two-time Tony-Award winner Joe Mantello ("Take Me Out," "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "The Vagina Monologues") and features musical staging by Tony-Award winner Wayne Cilento ("Aida," "The Who's Tommy," "How To Succeed...").
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, "Wicked," winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
"We get asked all the time, 'When is 'Wicked' returning?'" I'm pleased to say it's one of our most requested shows to return." said Wharton Center Executive Director Mike Brand. "In my opinion, it's because the show is absolutely stellar and top-notch quality theater. The producers of 'Wicked' should be complimented for sending out such a high-quality show."
Tickets for the return engagement, from $38, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 and will be available online at whartoncenter.com, the Auto-Owners Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON (1-800-942-7866). Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Sharon Isbin performs March 18
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy Award-winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." On Sunday, March 18, Isbin arrives at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre for a night of guitar magic.
Sharon Isbin has been celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Her eight best-selling titles for EMI/Virgin Classics include J.S. Bach Complete Lute Suites, and concerti by Joaquin Rodrigo which the composer praised as "magnificent."
Born in Minneapolis, Isbin began her guitar studies at age 9 in Italy. She has toured Europe annually since she was 17, along with many other parts of the world that include New Zealand, South America and Israel. Isbin received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She is the author of the "Classical Guitar Answer Book," and is director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Julliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution's 100-year history).
Sharon Isbin's concert is part of the Farm Bureau Insurance Classics at Wharton Center Series. Tickets are $35 and are available online at whartoncenter.com, the Auto Owner's Box Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.For more information on these and others events at Wharton Center, visit www.whartoncenter.com.
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