First, The Grand would like to thank everyone who came out to the Preview Party last night! It was all of you who made it a HUGE success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
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Now let’s get to this season’s shows. Two Tony-winning musicals, multiple Grammy Winners and a number of Wausau debuts highlight the 20-show 2015-16 Season at The Grand.
“We are very excited to bring 20 world-class shows to The Grand this season,” said Executive Director Sean Wright, “It is a fantastic mix of new shows and some old favorites all continuing our commitment to bring the best in the performing arts to north Central Wisconsin.”
Two country stars bookend the season. Opening the season is one of the hottest names in country music. Kelsea Ballerini stands at #3 on Musicbase and is gaining accolades from her fellow country music stars from Little Big Town to Taylor Swift. She comes to The Grand after co-headlining CMT’s inaugural “Women of Country” tour. Rosanne Cash, a well established name in country, wraps up the season presenting a Grammy winning album. Cash and her band celebrate her newest album, The River & The Thread, which features a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Cash to the American South.
From Broadway to the Blues, The Grand presents artists that are sure to please every musical taste. Keb’ Mo’ is a true roots, blues, and Americana visionary who earned a Grammy nomination for his latest work, “Blues Americana”. As you listen to the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, you could be listening to the next Tosca or Otello. Be among the first to hear the great voices of tomorrow. The Midtown Men bring to life the greatest hits of the sixties. The Four Stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys have joined together again to bring you the hits of the Beatles, Motown, The Rascals, and more to audiences around the globe.
Bringing fresh acts to the season, The Grand presents three groups who effortlessly meld together different genres to create beautiful musical fusion and one gut-busting improv group that will leave your stomach sore from laughter the next day. Black Violin is a classically trained violin duo who, together with their DJ, blend classical, hip-hop, R&B, and bluegrass into an evening of music you’ll never forget. 2015 will meet the 1920’s when the Hot Sardines bring their amazing fusion of 20’s jazz and 21st century style to the stage. One of the stars of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Voice Play has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on its head. The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece based on audience suggestions.
Two artists will be spending multiple days conducting residencies in the greater Wausau community and end their time with a public performance. Shaun Hopper is an acoustic “fingerstyle” guitarist who combines cutting edge technique and distinct influences of guitar legends to amaze the audience. Hopper will spend three days in the schools and community sharing his passion. Alpin Hong is rooted in extensive classical piano training and combines his love of extreme sports, video games, and martial arts to advocate for the arts and connect with students in schools. Hong will be in Wausau for four days presenting his talent on the piano and sharing his support for the arts.
Two shows sure to excite and bewilder the whole family are Mummenschanz and Cirque Ziva.One of the giants of the performing arts, Mummenschanz bedazzles with witty, weird, timeless creatures that perform unique stories without sound or music. Fresh off a sold-out Broadway run, Cirque Ziva is the newest show from the amazing Golden Dragon Acrobats. This is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented show from the creative mind of Danny Chang.
To help you escape the winter blues The Grand presents three shows that are as exciting as they are diverse. The 66th Warren Miller film, Chasing Shadows, takes film goers across the world to some of the most spellbinding skiing outposts. Enjoy an evening celebrating skiing season, with leaders in the ski industry, the best vendors demoing ski equipment, and even some ski celebrities! Founded in 1848, the Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest choirs in the world and will make their Wausau debut with a selection of classic works and holiday gems. Nothing says Christmas in Wausau like Altenburgh’s Christmas Extravaganza. John Altenburgh and some of your favorite performers return for a show featuring old favorites and some new tricks.
The season wouldn’t be complete without bringing the best of Broadway. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is truly an original Broadway experience. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on a dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A two-time Tony winner, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story, and includes some of the greatest love songs ever written.
Returning to The Grand this season is the silent movie with original score performed by Dan Larson on The Grand’s Kilgen Wonder Organ. This year the film is Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror, the first version of the Dracula story. The event will be free of charge, but free-will donations will be accepted.
Season subscriptions are on sale now. Season packages start at just four shows and feature a discount up to 15% depending on subscription level. Subscribers also receive priority seating, free ticket exchanges, and an invitation to exclusive events. Contact the box office at 715.842.0988, online at www.grandtheater.org, or stop in to the Ticket Office at 401 4th Street. Wausau, WI. 54403. Single-show tickets go on sale on July 10, 2015.