Jersey Boys, Rent coming to The Whiting in 2018-19 season

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Season ticket holders file into The Capitol Theatre on Thursday, May 17 for The Whiting’s 2018-19 season announcement celebration. (Andrew Roth | Flint Beat)

FLINT, MI – Broadway musicals, comedy routines, and spectacles will fill the stages of The Whiting and The Capitol Theatre once more when their 2018-19 season begins in September 2018.

Among the 26 shows announced for the two venues are seven concerts, five Broadways musicals, four spectacles, four family and education shows, two comedies, and two classics.

MUSIC

Farewell Angelina

When: Saturday, Sep. 8 at 8 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters, and mind-blowing multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board.”

 

The Greatest Love – The Whitney Houston Show

When: Saturday, Sep. 22 at 8 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “The Greatest Love – The Whitney Houston Show features the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids accompanied by a fabulous 6-piece live band and dancers, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. The two-hour production will fill you with joy, nostalgia, and wonderment as you are taken on a heartfelt musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits.”

 

A Classy Brassy Christmas & More

When: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “Celebrate the season in musical holiday cheer! NBC25 and FOX66 present the 7th annual A Classy Brassy Christmas & More – a free concert featuring traditional holiday favorites, performed at The Capitol Theatre and broadcast on NBC25, FOX66, and CW46.”

 

Holiday Pops

When: Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Catch the holiday spirit with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Chorus, and community singers, and hosts Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin of ABC 12 as they come together to bring you festive favorites.”

 

Classic Albums Live Presents The Eagles Hotel California

When: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “Back by popular demand, Classic Albums Live returns for the third year in a row! This year they will be performing The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ album, note for note, cut for cut.  Featuring the massive hits ‘New Kid in Town,’ ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ ‘Heartache Tonight’ and the title song ‘Hotel California’ this was one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s, and the most popular Eagles album.”

 

Natalie MacMaster

When: Friday, Mar. 8 at 8 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “One of Cape Breton,  Nova Scotia’s most important exports and a superstar in the Celtic music world (though she’s far too humble to admit it), fiddler and step-dancer Natalie MacMaster has built a sterling, multi-decade career on electrifying playing and must-see live performances.”

 

Black Violin

When: Friday, Apr. 26 at 8 pm and Saturday, Apr. 27 at 3 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they’re nothing but ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare – a sound that nobody has ever heard but everybody wants to feel.”

 

BROADWAY

Peter Pan: A 3D Stage Spectacular

When: Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 pm and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Peter Pan: A 3D Stage Spectacular tells the story of the boy who never grew up through jaw-dropping acts with actors, singers, dancers, and acrobats. Based on the story by James M. Barrie, and brought to you by creator Hanoch Rosen. Special effects: Holograms, video-mapping, huge L.E.D. screens. Breathtaking flying sequences combined with video rides on a huge panoramic screen.”

 

RENT

When: Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 pm and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.”

 

Finding Neverland

When: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday, Mar. 10 at 2 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “This breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael, and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered— when you believe, you can fly.”

 

Monty Python’s Spamalot

When: Friday, Mar. 29 at 8 pm and Saturday, Mar. 30 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.”

 

Jersey Boys

When: Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.”

 

SPECTACLE

SIRO-A

When: Saturday, Sep. 29 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “SIRO-A is a revolution in live entertainment, fusing mime, groundbreaking visual effects, and a techno soundtrack to bring their crazy imagination into reality. They offer an ultimate collaboration of human and technology that people have never seen before. Expect to be immersed, surprised and entertained, it has to be experienced in person to know what it truly is.”

 

Cirque Mechanics’ 42ft

When: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “At the center of every circus we find a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs, and excitement.  In 42ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, Cirque Mechanics dares us to leap into the circus ring to experience the endurance of this evolving art form. The shows’ unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional and its story full of the reality and lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, much like a big top, where we can be amazed.  The action in 42ft is displayed with theatricality and a modern sensibility, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats, and aerialists.”

 

Diavolo

When: Friday, Mar. 1 at 8 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Fresh from its recent success as a top 10 finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Diavolo explores the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment, pushing the limits of performance by incorporating architectural structures, gymnastics and acrobatics into its work. Led by Artistic Director Jacques Heim, this audacious and innovative company goes where no other company dares.”

 

Mayumana Currents

When: Friday, Mar. 15 at 8 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Currents is a spectacular show that was inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. Audience members will be taken on a journey between two troops, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different aesthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue, through unique sounds, lights, and visual effects. The show combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.”

 

FAMILY & EDUCATION

Peter Gros From The Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

When: Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Peter shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences, and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming.”

 

DRUMLINE Live Holiday Spectacular

When: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Imagine the festive sounds of holiday cheer combining Gospel, Jazz, Soul, Motown rhythms, and the Nutcracker suite mixed with a hip-hop beat and the driving force of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band.”

 

We Shall Overcome

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘We Shall Overcome’ showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals.  From Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from ‘The Wiz’, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.”

 

Freedom Bound

When: Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Freedom Bound revolves around the most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio: The story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Freedom Bound brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the turbulence and hope of the Underground Railroad right before your eyes.”

 

COMEDY

Late Night Tailgate

When: Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “Late Night Tailgate is a topical and unpredictable live comedy and spirited sports discussion show coming to a city near you in 2018! Headlined by an ALL-PRO roster of hilarious (and opinionated) comedians, athletes and pop culture experts, Late Night Tailgate will tackle the biggest topics in professional and college sports as well as touch upon current events, entertainment, pop culture – and all things incendiary and debatable.”

 

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

When: Thursday, Apr. 25 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.”

 

CLASSICS

Russian National Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

When: Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Whiting

Description: “Sleeping Beauty tells the magical story of a beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. Brought to life by the Russian National Ballet, this production’s luminous costumes and elaborate sets complement the graceful movements of those gifted dancers, resulting in a sublime performance.”

 

Aquila Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When: Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 pm

Where: The Capitol Theatre

Description: “One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to vivid life in an innovative new production by the Aquila Theatre. Full of memorable characters- Puck, Oberon, Hermia, and Nick Bottom- and the famous ‘play within a play.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream deals with the universal theme of love, and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and marriage. Aquila Theatre weaves a web of theatrical magic that takes audiences to the heart of an enchanted forest while witnessing the injustice of the Athenian court and the political strife of the fairy kingdom.”

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