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McCain Performance Series offers hits from stage, screen, music and more

Monday, June 24, 2013



MANHATTAN -- When it comes to the 2013-2014 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University, be prepared for more: more star power, more Broadway hits, more music, more dance, more shows.

"This year's McCain Performance series continues our philosophy of tremendous variety while showcasing the highest in artistic integrity," said Todd Holmberg, McCain executive director. "We also are offering the most shows of any season in my tenure."

Taking the stage will be Broadway hits like "West Side Story" and "Green Day's American Idiot"; a variety of music genres, including soul, blues, jazz, rock and more; dance from around the world; well-known acts like Foreigner and Blue Man Group; and even a game show with some high-end prizes.

Season tickets for the upcoming McCain Performance Series are now on sale, with savings of 10-20 percent available for those who subscribe to seven events or more. Single tickets will be available starting July 28, including online. Discounts are available for students, faculty and staff, and the military. Season tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office. For more information call 785-532-6428.

The lineup for the 2013-2014 McCain Performance Series, with all performances in McCain Auditorium unless otherwise noted, includes:

* Foreigner, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The noted rock band has a long string of hits, including "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like The First Time," "Urgent" and "Cold As Ice."

* "The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel," featuring Book One: "Target Earth," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, and Book Two: "Robot Planet Rising," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Enjoy a mash-up of radio theater and comic book adventure.

* Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Thursday, Sept. 26. Two chances in McCain to catch the famed theatrical and musical entertainment group.

Momix Botanica, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. A performance of athletic dance, illusion and more.

* "The Price is Right Live! Stage Show," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Come on down to win vacations, appliances and more by playing some of the show's popular games like Plinko and Cliffhangers. Want to play? No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., 18 years or older. Residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico and Quebec are ineligible to participate as contestants. Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play. For complete details, including how to register as a contestant, call or visit the box office. To enter the theater to watch the show, a ticket purchase is required. Sponsored by Good Games Live Inc. Void where prohibited.

* ACS: Geri Allen, Terry Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Three talented musicians present an evening of contemporary jazz.

* The World Blues Tour: Taj Mahal and Guests, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Enjoy a night of blues from around the world.

* "The Wonder Bread Years" with Pat Hazell, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Americana and pop culture take center stage.

* Bach's Own St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan. This tradition-rich choir is dedicated to the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach.

* Brian Regan, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Regan has appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" more times than any other comedian.

* "Beyond Glory," starring Stephen Lang, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. This is the story of the courage and valor of eight American veterans.

* "Memphis," 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. The Broadway musical looks at forbidden love and fame.

* "The Sound of Christmas," starring Elizabeth von Trapp and the Carolian Brass, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Enjoy the sounds of the seasons performed by a granddaughter of the famous von Trapp family of "Sound of Music" fame.

* "The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! 10th Anniversary Tour!!" will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Brian Setzer Orchestra brings "Christmas Rocks! 10th Anniversary Tour!!" to McCain Auditorium.

* Everybody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story," 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. It's the inspirational story of the first African-American to play major league baseball.

* "Green Day's American Idiot," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The hit Broadway musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, all set to songs by the iconic band.

* An Evening with Bernadette Peters, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The award-winning star of stage, screen and TV will present an evening of Broadway music.

* "Quixotic," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. This performance is a fusion of dance, live music, acrobatics, visual effects and high fashion.

* The McCain Student Showcase, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Don't miss Kansas State University students sharing their talents in music, dance and more.

* "The Addams Family," 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. This eccentric family comes to life in a macabre new musical comedy.

* "Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea," 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 19-21, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. This highly-interactive children's theater, performed by Compagnia T.P.O., is visual and emotional.

* Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, "Dynasties and Beyond," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Enjoy this blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance.

* Danu, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014. Get ready for a rousing musical journey to Ireland.

* Soweto Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Grammy Award-winning group celebrates the inspirational power of gospel music.

* "West Side Story," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014. This timeless love story, with sizzling choreography, features classics like "Tonight" and "I Feel Pretty."

* Earth Harp Meets Oud, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014. Enjoy William Close on the earth harp, the largest stringed instrument on the planet, together with a return appearance by oud player and composer Yuval Ron.

* The Cashore Marionettes will present "Simple Gifts" at 5 p.m. and "Life in Motion" at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Both performances highlight scenes of everyday life with artistry, grace and beauty of movement.

* Cameron Carpenter, Organ, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014. Carpenter is considered a rock star of the classical digital organ.

* Moscow Festival Ballet: "Romeo and Juliet," 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014. Shakespeare's tragic love tale is told with the beauty and splendor of the Russian ballet tradition.

* American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The McCain Performance Series finale features New Orleans jazz and the bluegrass sounds of the Appalachians together on stage.


Todd Holmberg


McCain Performance Series

Written by

Beth Bohn

At a glance

When it comes to the 2013-2014 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University, be prepared for more: more star power, more Broadway hits, more music, more dance, more shows.