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UIS announces 2007-2008 Performing Arts Season

June 6, 2007

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD -- The University of Illinois at Springfield will announce the 2007-2008 Performing Arts Season at Sangamon Auditorium on Thursday, June 7, 2007.

Like last year, Sangamon Auditorium will present three distinct series within its 2007-2008 Performing Arts Season: Visiting Artists (formerly known as the Performing Arts Series), Broadway, and the Family Series at UIS.

This year's Visiting Artists at UIS series showcases the very best of traditional performing arts  including classical ballet, world and modern dance, world music, rock 'n roll legends, chamber music, theater, and more.

The Broadway at UIS series brings some of the best in Broadway, direct from New York. This year's series features three shows that have never been to Springfield, some all-time favorites, and several shows that continue to be the hottest tickets on Broadway.

Sangamon Auditorium's goal in providing family programming is to give young people the opportunity to experience live, professional performing arts programs and to provide quality arts entertainment that can be enjoyed by families and friends. The 07-08 Family Series at UIS will feature four exceptional events comprising a variety of mediums, from traditional marionettes and singing cowboys to Chinese acrobats and an inflatable theater company that intrigues audiences through physical comedy, juggling, dance and more.

Series subscriptions go on sale to new and renewing subscribers Friday, June 8, 2007, at 10 a.m.  For more information about the University of Illinois at Springfield's 2007-2008 Performing Arts Season at Sangamon Auditorium, or to place subscription orders, visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Single tickets and Create Your Own series packages go on sale to the general public on August 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. (after series subscriptions have been placed). Individual Broadway events go on sale approximately six weeks prior to each engagement.

Visiting Artists at UIS

Marvin Hamlisch
Friday, September 14, 2007, 8 p.m.
Sponsor: Friends of Sangamon Auditorium

Composer, songwriter, and conductor Marvin Hamlisch has become one of the preeminent pop artists of our time. He has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammies, three Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globe awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Known best for his smash Broadway hits "A Chorus Line," "They're Playing Our Song," and "The Goodbye Girl," and for such film scores as "The Way We Were," "The Sting," and "Bananas," Mr. Hamlisch returns to Sangamon Auditorium for yet another elegant evening of memorable music and hits.

Georgian State Dance Company
Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

From the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, the Georgian State Dance Company has performed for over 50 million people in 87 countries. In 1990, their performances were announced as the "Best Show of the Year on Broadway." The Georgian State Dance Company brings to life their poetic land with their thrilling performances of traditional Georgian folk dances, complete with airborne kicks and fast spins done with kaleidoscopic geometry and military rigor.

Defending the Caveman
Friday, October 5, 2007, 8 p.m. &
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 5 & 8 p.m.
UIS Studio Theatre

Making peace in the long-running battle of the sexes, the wildly funny Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo show in Broadway history, and in the running for the most popular comedy performance of all time. Rob Becker's hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate leaves audiences howling with laughter. Chock full of humorous insights on feminism, machismo, and masculine "sensitivity," Caveman finds a way to mine the commonplaces of relationships, giving both sexes plenty of reasons to roar with recognition.

Jethro Tull
Monday, October 15, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Too old to rock 'n roll, I don't think so! Jethro Tull, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, led by legendary flutist and vocalist Ian Anderson, comes to Sangamon Auditorium for a performance featuring both acoustic and electric sets. Beginning with 1971's Aqualung, Jethro Tull has produced a series of classic, best-selling albums - including Thick as a Brick, Too Old to Rock and Roll: Too Young to Die, Minstrel in the Gallery, Songs from the Wood, and Heavy Horses - and has remained a leader in the field of progressive rock. The group's most recent recording is the live CD, Living with the Past.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Sunday, October 28, 2007, 7 p.m.

The intense, yet peacefully harmonious sounds of Japanese taiko drums make Yamato a never-to-be-forgotten experience.  Inspiring and beautifully artistic, the taiko drummers of Yamato put their very souls into these unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.  Their performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the human heartbeat, is the very pulse of life.

Friday, November 9, 2007, 8 p.m.

Diavolo company members are dancers, gymnasts, actors, and athletes who redefine dance through dynamic movement, and enlighten communities through trust, teamwork, and individual expression. As modern society becomes more complex with new technologies and marvelous possibilities, Diavolo investigates the latent absurdities of contemporary human life and seeks to recontextualize those absurdities through the body. Expanding the boundaries of what is considered dance, Diavolo creates movement that offers a cinematic experience of powerful images and abstract narratives.

Marie Osmond's Magic of Christmas
Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

An icon and a trusted name in family entertainment, Marie Osmond brings her warmth, joy, and the magic of the glorious Christmas season to the stage with such holiday favorites as "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Let There be Peace on Earth" and "White Christmas." There will even be a fun, impromptu medley of some of Marie's own hits over the last 25 years, along with a unique video sharing memories from some of the most famous televised Osmond Family Christmas shows. Marie invites your family to join her very own family in this stellar evening of Christmas entertainment.

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre - Swan Lake
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Fifty-six dancers, full sets, and magnificent costumes – it's Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's masterpiece ballet Swan Lake as you've never seen it before.  First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1877, Swan Lake has become the world's most famous, and indeed loved, classical ballet.

The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre was founded in 1966 as the first Theatre of Ballet in Russia, under the management of the People's Artist of Russia, Professor Peter Gusev. Since then, the high traditions of Russian Ballet have been passed on to a younger generation of artists, both Russian and foreign.

Presented in cooperation with the Springfield Ballet Company.

Chris Korblein
Saturday, January 26, 2008, 8 p.m.
UIS Studio Theatre

Chris Korblein is a must-see guitar instrumentalist whose strong melodic compositions have enticed smooth jazz audiences as well as fans of romantic music around the globe. From what were once called "beautiful music" stations, smooth jazz radio has gained in popularity and success over the past two decades, cultivating up-and-coming artists like Chris Korblein.  Grammy nominee Jim Brickman proclaims, "Hands down my favorite guitarist." If you enjoy smooth jazz radio or romantic music, you will love Chris Korblein!

L.A. Theatre Works, Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers
Friday, February 1, 2008, 8 p.m.

For two decades, L.A. Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States and features a first-rate cast that has included some of Hollywood's brightest stars. Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, under the producing direction of Susan Albert Loewenberg and starring film actor Stacy Keach*, is a live radio play that takes an inside look at The Washington Post's decision to publish the top secret study documenting U.S. involvement in Vietnam. This historic trial, arguably the most important Supreme Court case ever on freedom of the press, tested the parameters of the First Amendment, putting the public's right to know against the government's desire for secrecy.  *Cast subject to change.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Springfield College of Public Affairs and Administration, the Center for State Policy and Leadership, and Sangamon Auditorium. This performance is part of a Government Accountability and a Free Press project.

The performance will be recorded and broadcast at a later date by 91.9 - WUIS Public Radio.

Phil Coulter with his Irish Pops Orchestra
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Over a career that spans four decades, Irish pop star Phil Coulter has shown an unerring ability to catch the public's ear. His pop hits have been recorded by a litany of stars from Sinead O'Connor to Elvis Presley, and his production skills have been called on by iconic performers like Van Morrison and James Galway. In his native Ireland, he is the biggest selling instrumentalist of all time and has taken his particular blend of orchestral music around the world. Now with his Irish Pops Orchestra, Phil Coulter makes his first appearance at Sangamon Auditorium for an evening performance of Irish pop melodies and hits.

Kronos Quartet - Sun Rings
featuring the Springfield Choral Society
Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Omni Communications Group, Inc.

For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet - David Harrington and John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) - has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time.

Sun Rings, a piece commissioned by NASA and others, is a multimedia production featuring 10 chamber music movements, a 60-piece choir, and sounds recorded from space back-dropped by awe-inspiring images (captured by the Hubble and Voyager telescopes) projected onto a 24' x 40' screen.

Presented in cooperation with 91.9 - WUIS Public Radio and Astronomy/Physics at UIS.

Hal Holbrook, Mark Twain Tonight!
Saturday, April 19, 2008, 8 p.m.

When Sangamon Auditorium opened its doors on February 21, 1981, it chose Hal Holbrook's portrayal of the eminent literary mind Mark Twain in the one-man show Mark Twain Tonight! as its inaugural performance. Since then, Holbrook's talent, ever-evolving show, and the witty genius of Twain's commentary has nearly sold out five previous performances at Sangamon Auditorium and returns yet again by popular demand.

Arlo Guthrie, Solo Reunion Tour -Together at Last
Thursday, May 15, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor: SIU Physicians and Surgeons

Folk artist Arlo Guthrie, composer of 1967's "Alice's Restaurant," became an enduring symbol of social activism during the 1960s, continuing the legacy of his late father, the iconic folksinger Woody Guthrie. Now, for the first time in over a decade, Arlo Guthrie embarks on a solo tour with nothing but a couple of guitars and a harmonica, something he has rarely done since his performance at Woodstock in 1969. 

Broadway at UIS

Sunday, September 30, 2007, 7 p.m.

Broadway's Tony Award®-winning musical-comedy phenomenon takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV's most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams – and even bigger hair! – change the world . . . and still have time to win the boy she loves?  This mega-hit is piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance – and enough deliriously tuneful new songs to fill a nonstop platter-party. It's the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

After playing to sell-out crowds for over nine seasons, STOMP continues its phenomenal runs with one North American touring company, the Boston company, two European touring companies, and the original New York off-Broadway production.  The young and hip performers make a rhythm out of anything they can get their hands on that makes a sound.  Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion.  STOMP uses everything but conventional instruments.

Monday, November 5, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Start to finish, Gypsy never lets up. From the first trumpet blast to the last hot spotlight, this musical legend packs a wallop. Theater giants Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Robbins combined forces to trace the glitzy showbiz rise of two daughters, fueled by an overbearing, ambitious stage mother, Rose, as her larger-than-life dreams turned them into stars. Big, brassy, energetic, heart touching, funny and memorable, Gypsy reaffirms America's love of good old-fashioned entertainment with songs like "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You Gotta Have A Gimmick," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Everyone agrees – Broadway musicals don't get much better than Gypsy!

RING OF FIRE: The Music of Johnny Cash
Monday, January, 14, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

The Music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in the new Broadway musical RING OF FIRE, featuring 38 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Stories of passion, redemption, humor, and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of the world's most famous rebel. Hits include; "Walk the Line," "Hurt," "Jackson," "I've Been Everywhere," "Folsom Prison Blues," "A Boy Named Sue," and the title track "Ring of Fire." With smashing medleys and a hearty bounce in its guitar-driven step, this shindig will have you stompin' your feet and shoutin' for more!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Winner of seven Tony Awards®, EVITA brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. Blessed with charisma, Eva Peron captivated a nation by championing the working class. This exuberant production creates a gripping theatrical experience and features Andrew Lloyd Webber's compelling Latin-, pop-, and jazz-influenced score. One of the most popular collaborations between Webber and Tim Rice, this legendary musical features the memorable song "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."

Monday, March 3, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats, after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop, has become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memories."

Movin' Out
Friday, May 9, 2008, 8 p.m.

Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the spectacular new musical Time Magazine declares "The #1 show of the year!" The New York Times calls Movin' Out "a shimmering portrait of an American generation. These tornado-driven dancers and rock musicians propel the audience into delirious ovations."

Movin' Out brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. It all adds up to one unforgettable Broadway musical.

Family Series at UIS

Sponsor: The Kids Closet
Media Sponsors: WICS News Channel 20, 104.5 WFMB, 99.7 KISS-FM

Cashore Marionettes – Simple Gifts
Friday, October 12, 2007, 7 p.m.
UIS Studio Theater

Unmatched in artistry, grace, and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry through virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight. Simple Gifts, featuring original vignettes, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life, set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland.

Riders in the Sky, Christmas the Cowboy Way
Friday, November 30, 2007, 7 p.m.

America's favorite singing cowboys are coming to Sangamon Auditorium in a spectacular holiday performance for the entire family. Widely known for their hit song "Woody's Roundup" from the 1999 Walt Disney/Pixar animated classic Toy Story 2, the Riders in the Sky have entertained audiences for almost 30 years with their hilarious gags and powerfully tight Western vocal harmonies.

Explore the open range with Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim ("a Righteous Tater") and Joey (the CowPolka King). Their magnificent vocals and equally sharp wit will make this a holiday show that you'll never forget!

The Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, February 17, 2008, 3 p.m

For more than 27 centuries, Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the longest-running folk art form in history. In China, acrobats are revered much the same way prima ballerinas and opera singers are in the West. The performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.
Friday, April 18, 2008, 7 p.m

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. stars the pneumatic wizard Fred Garbo and the Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos. This exquisite duo has performed around the world, transcending barriers of age and language in a seamless program that includes physical comedy, dance, juggling, and most importantly, their own creative inventions that inflate! Fun for the whole family!

Series Subscriptions – Visiting Artists, Broadway, and the Family Series at UIS

In an effort to create greater flexibility for Auditorium patrons, this season will feature a variety of series subscription opportunities. Renewal and new subscription sales begin Friday, June 8, 2007, at 10 a.m.  Current Broadway at UIS series subscribers will have the opportunity to renew their subscriptions until Friday, June 29.

By subscribing, patrons are guaranteed a variety of benefits that only subscribers get to enjoy.

  • Receive up to a 20% savings on series tickets.
  • Never hear the words "sold out!"
  • Get the best seats at the best prices before the general public.
  • Enjoy the same great seat at every show with the series subscription you select.
  • Benefit from Lost Ticket insurance, available only to subscribers.
  • Secure the right to renew the same great seat, or upgrade, year after year.
  • Never wait in line to see your favorite show again!

Create Your Own Series (CYO)

This year, Sangamon Auditorium will feature a "Create Your Own Series" package that gives patrons the freedom to pick all the shows that they want to see from the Visiting Artists, Broadway, and Family Series at UIS and still receive many choice benefits.

  • Create your own personal series, selecting the shows you want to see the most.
  • Receive up to a 15% discount on the shows you select.
  • Enjoy access to Broadway at UIS tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

To create a series, patrons simply choose at least five events from the Visiting Artists, Broadway, and Family Series at UIS. 

Create Your Own Series packages can be ordered beginning Friday, August 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. and will continue until Friday, September 28, 2007.  Create Your Own Series packages are not guaranteed the same seat location for the events selected, but will receive the best seats available after all other series subscriptions have been filled. Patrons are welcome to purchase varying numbers of tickets to each event in their Create Your Own Series package.

Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

Located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield, the auditorium hosts more than 120 performances annually.  Home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area with a seating capacity of 2,018.

With a staff of 11 full-time employees, graduate assistants, more than 400 volunteers, ushers, and local stagehands, Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to the audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas.  The Auditorium administrative offices can be reached at 217/206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelorís, 20 masterís, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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