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Laugh, clap, be amazed: 2017-2018 McCain Performance Series features big names from world of entertainment

Friday, June 16, 2017


MANHATTAN — The biggest shows from Broadway, music greats, comedy kings and some well-known classics have a new home: the 2017-2018 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University.

This season's star-studded lineup includes Broadway hits "Kinky Boots," "Cabaret," "Dirty Dancing," "Jersey Boys" and more, as well as beloved classics "The Sound of Music," "Hamlet" and "Cinderella." Chart-topping groups the Temptations and the B-52s will appear, along with jazz great Kenny G, a tribute to the Beatles and several noted classical ensembles. Comedy will be provided by Paula Poundstone, David Sedaris and John Cleese, who will be live with a screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Bringing holiday cheer will be "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis and more. The force will be present, too, with the "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy," while Parsons Dance, "Riverdance" and "Swan Lake" will highlight the best of dance entertainment. Also performing will be Jake Shimabukuro, Tao Drumheart and much more before the season wraps up with "Dixie's Tupperware Party."

Season tickets go on sale Monday, June 19, with discounts available for those who subscribe to seven or more events. Single tickets will be available starting July 30. To get priority seating, join the Friends of McCain with a season ticket order of seven or more events by July 7. Friends members receive other exclusive privileges, including invitations to meet the artists, free parking and access to the Director's Lounge before shows and at intermission. Benefits vary by donation level.

Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office or by calling 785-532-6428. A downloadable brochure is available online at k-state.edu/mccain. Tickets are half-price for youth 18 and under for most shows. Half-price tickets for all shows is a benefit received by all K-State students. Discounts for the military and K-State faculty and staff members are also available.

The following shows are part of the 2017-2018 McCain Performance Series. All events will be in McCain Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. 

• Paula Poundstone, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

• Parsons Dance, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. 

• Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

• The B-52s, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

• John Cleese live with a screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

• Jake Shimabukuro, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.

• "Dirty Dancing," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

• "My Father's Dragon," 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

• Bumper Jacksons, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Wareham Opera House.

• "The Fab Four," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

• "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy," 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, Wareham Opera House.

• "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6.

• Dianne Reeves, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

• Flint Hills Children's Choir, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.17.

• Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

• "Cabaret," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

• "Swan Lake" by the Russian National Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

• Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, featuring Tine Thing Helseth on trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

• The Temptations, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

• "Jersey Boys," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, and Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

• Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018.

• "The Sound of Music," 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

• William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" by the Aquila Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018.

• Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" by the Aquila Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018.

• "Kinky Boots," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018.

• Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018.

• "Riverdance," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

• Tao Drumheart, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018.

• Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018.

• "An Evening With David Sedaris," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018.

• Kenny G, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018.

• Home Free, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

• "Dixie's Tupperware Party," 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, Wareham Opera House; adult content.


Todd Holmberg


McCain Performance Series


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John Cleese

Comedian John Cleese, co-founder of the comedy troupe Monty Python, is among the stars appearing in the 2017-2018 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University. Cleese will appear live with the showing of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in McCain Auditorium.

Written by

Beth Bohn

At a glance

The McCain Performance Series features a star-studded lineup in 2017-2018. Season tickets go on sale Monday, June 19.