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Thrills and chills: 2018-2019 McCain Performance Series offers Broadway's best, noted entertainers and rising stars

Friday, June 15, 2018

Diana Krall

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will bring her Turn Up the Quiet World Tour to Kansas State University's 2018-2019 McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in McCain Auditorium. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Broadway smashes "STOMP" and "Legally Blonde — The Musical," legendary singers Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Wynonna and Judy Collins, and up-and-comers like comedian Trevor Noah and the electrifying music and dance experience "iLuminate" highlight the 2018-2019 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University.

The season also will offer music greats Chick Corea, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats, The Manhattan Transfer and Take Six together, a cappella masters Chanticleer and more. From the stage, enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic "The King and I," Shakespeare's "King Lear" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." Laughs are plenty this upcoming season, too, with "Monty Python's Spamalot," the seven Harry Potter novels in "Potted Potter" and the latest in the Church Basement Ladies' series, "Rise Up O Men." See Anne Frank's diary interpreted through dance, and enjoy a range of musical styles with Black Violin, flute master Sir James Galway, The Hot Sardines, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Irish-American band Switchback, the sultry songstress Storm Large and the Dalí Quartet with a Cliburn gold medalist. Capping off the season will be a tribute to Broadway, as performed by some of its most noted stars, in "Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway."

Season tickets will go on sale Monday, June 18, with discounts available for those who subscribe to seven or more events. Single tickets will be available starting Sunday, July 29. To get priority seating, join the Friends of McCain with a season ticket order of seven or more events by Friday, July 6. Friends of McCain 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. Download a season brochure at k-state.edu/mccain. For most shows, tickets are half-price for youth 18 and under and for K-State students with their student ID. Discounts for military, groups, and K-State faculty and staff also are available.

The following shows are part of the 2018-2019 McCain Performance Series. All events will be in McCain Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

• Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

• Trevor Noah, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

• The Fabulous Thunderbirds Featuring Kim Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

• Black Violin, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

• "iLuminate," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

• Emmylou Harris, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

• DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

• Chanticleer, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

• Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet World Tour, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

• "Monty Python's Spamalot," 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

• Wynonna & The Big Noise, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

• Aquila Theatre: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

• Stray Cat Lee Rocker, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

• The Mavericks: "Hey! Merry Christmas!" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

• Judy Collins: "Holidays & Hits," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

• "STOMP," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

• The Hot Sardines, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, Wareham Opera House.

• imPerfect Dancers: "Anne Frank — Words From the Shadows," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

• "Legally Blonde — The Musical," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

• Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

• "Potted Potter," 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

• Scott Bradlee's "Postmodern Jukebox," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

• Actors from the London Stage: Shakespeare's "King Lear," 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22, 2019, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019, Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

• Sir James Galway, Flute, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019.

• Switchback, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, Wareham Opera House.

• Storm Large & Le Bonheur, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019, Wareham Opera House.

• "The Manhattan Transfer Meet Take 6 — The Summit," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019.

• "The King and I," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019.

• The Dalí Quartet with Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019.

• Church Basement Ladies: "Rise Up O Men," 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019.

• "Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway," 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019.


Todd Holmberg


McCain Performance Series

Written by

Beth Bohn

At a glance

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 McCain Performance Series go on sale Monday, June 18, with single tickets available starting Sunday, July 29.