Overture Center Announces Its New Season
From Broadway hits to dance to puppets, the 2013–2014 season celebrates what’s new to Madison
If Overture Center’s current season focuses on what’s big—with multi-week runs of hit Broadway musicals like Jersey Boys and Wicked—the 2013–2014 season is all about the new. That’s the message Overture publicist Robert Chappell conveyed as Madison’s largest performing arts center unveiled its new season tonight.
Overture is bringing five Broadway shows to Madison, four of which have never come to town. Chicago (October 1–6) returns, with John O’Hurley of Seinfeld fame taking on the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn. The newcomers are Sister Act (January 14–19) and Flashdance–The Musical (February 25–March 2), musical adaptations of the movies from 1992 and 1983, respectively; Million Dollar Quartet (May 13–18), about the famed 1956 recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins; and War Horse (June 10–15), a nonmusical drama featuring incredibly lifelike horse puppets made of steel, leather and cables.
Also debuting is a new series, National Geographic Live! highlighting interesting people in the sciences, from a tornado chaser to a primatologist to a NASA engineer who worked on the Mars rover. Each expert comes to Madison for the public performance as well as a few days of community outreach in local schools. Overture president and CEO Ted DeDee had the idea to bring this series to town, says Chappell.
Dance continues to be a focus at Overture, with three dynamic groups taking the stage. Complexions Contemporary Ballet (February 19), Atlantic Steps (March 21) and STREB: FORCES (April 16) offer different styles that complement with do not overlap with Overture’s resident dance companies. “We’ve made a real concerted effort over the past ten years to build a dance audience,” Chappell says. “People in Madison are pretty smart about dance. It’s no coincidence we have three resident dance companies [at Overture].”
Other highlights of the new season include author and humorist David Sedaris (November 4), Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro (November 8), Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music (January 4), former Jim Hensen puppeteers in the adult Puppet Up!–Uncensored (March 16) and Potted Potter (October 18–20). “It’s all the books of Harry Potter in seventy minutes,” Chappell says.
Watch a video announcing Overture’s new season:
And here’s a full look at Overture Center’s 2013–2014 Season:
August 17, 2013: The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!
September 20, 2013: Mike Super–Magic & Illusion
October 1–6, 2013: Chicago
October 3, 2013: Tiempo Libre
October 12, 2013: Midtown Men
October 18–20, 2013: Potted Potter
November 4, 2013: David Sedaris
November 5, 2013: Masters of the Fiddle
November 8, 2013: Jake Shimabukuro
November 17, 2013: Dinosaur Train Live!
November 21, 2013: Steve Ross: Ridin’ High–The Music of Cole Porter
December 3, 2013: African Children’s Choir
January 4, 2014: Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
January 11, 2014: Snowflake
January 14–19, 2014: Sister Act
February 11, 2014: “Birds of Paradise: A Wonder of the World” with Tim Laman and Ed Scholes
February 15, 2014: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites
February 19, 2014: Complexions Contemporary Ballet
February 21, 2014: Habib Koité and Raul Midón
February 25–March 2, 2014: Flashdance–The Musical
March 4, 2014: “Chasing Tornadoes” with Tim Samaras
March 16, 2014: Puppet Up!–Uncensored
March 20, 2014: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore
March 21, 2014: Atlantic Steps
March 22, 2014: One Night of Queen
March 28, 2014: Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60
March 29–30, 2014: Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement
April 3, 2014: Gregg Edelman: Broadway State of Mind
April 5, 2014: Nobodies of Comedy
April 13, 2014: Rain–A Tribute to the Beatles
April 16, 2014: STREB: FORCES
April 18, 2014: Golden Dragon Acrobats
April 25, 2014: I Wish For All Time: Celebrating the Genius of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder
April 29, 2014: “Exploring Mars: Rovers of the Red Planet” with Kobie Boykins
May 8, 2014: Spider Saloff: Spider Sings Sondheim
May 10, 2014: Big Top Chetauqua: Tent Show Radio
May 13–18, 2014: Millon Dollar Quartet
May 20, 2014: “My Wild Life” with Mireya Mayor
June 10–15, 2014: War Horse
For more information, visit overturecenter.com.
Katie Vaughn is managing editor of Madison Magazine. Read her arts and entertainment blog here.
Photo of War Horse courtesty of Overture Center.