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McCain Performance Series offers Leno, MacLaine, Dracula, Shakespeare and more in 2015-2016

Friday, June 12, 2015

MANHATTAN — The star power has never been brighter for the McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University. The 2015-2016 season features shows by screen and stage legend Shirley MacLaine, late-night comedy king Jay Leno, Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, music giants The Beach Boys and Broadway hits such as "ONCE the Musical" and "Ragtime." 

"This past season was tremendously successful. More people enjoyed shows at McCain than ever before," said Todd Holmberg, McCain director. "The season ahead will certainly give plenty of reasons for people to return or discover McCain for the first time." 

Season tickets for the upcoming McCain Performance Series will go on sale June 17, with discounts available for those who subscribe to seven or more events. Single tickets will be available starting July 26. To get priority seating, join the Friends of McCain with a season ticket order by July 2. 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.

The McCain series will kick off Sept. 3 with the Charlie Daniels Band, the iconic country and Southern rock group. Before the season is out, McCain will be host to Leno, the Emmy Award-winning "Tonight Show" host; special evenings with MacLaine and Chenoweth; Broadway hits "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Flashdance the Musical" and more; music by the Robert Cray Band, Chris Botti, Branford Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Vienna Boys Choir, Canadian Brass and other noted acts; plus ballet and modern dance performances, a Shakespeare classic and much more. Cherish The Ladies will provide a Celtic fix before St. Paddy's Day and Dracula will drop by just in time for Halloween.

Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office or by calling 785-532-6428. A downloadable brochure is available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain. McCain also continues to offer discounts to the military and Kansas State University students, faculty and staff.

Separate from this season's 30-show lineup is the McCain Home Tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The tour, a fundraiser for the performance series by the Friends of McCain, will feature four homes decked out for the holidays. Tickets will be available later this year and are not part of the McCain season ticket offerings.

The following shows are part of the 2015-2016 McCain Performance Series. All events will be in McCain Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

• The Charlie Daniels Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

• Jay Leno with special guest Emily West, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

• The Robert Cray Band, with special guest Shemekia Copeland, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22.

• "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

• "An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

• "An Evening with Shirley MacLaine," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

• Bram Stoker's "Dracula," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

• The Hot Sardines — "Speakeasy Nights," 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Wareham Opera House, Manhattan.

• Vienna Boys Choir: "Christmas in Vienna," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

• Canadian Brass — "A Holiday Concert," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

• "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

• Aaron Neville, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

• "An Evening with Ana Gasteyer," 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at the Wareham Opera House, Manhattan.

• "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — Actors from the London Stage, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

• Jessica Lang Dance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

• "Australian Bee Gees Show," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

• Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.

• Los Lobos with Ballet Folklórico Mexicano, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

• Russian National Orchestra with Yuja Wang, piano, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

• Cherish the Ladies, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016.

• "Flashdance — The Musical," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016.

• The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

• "An Evening with Branford Marsalis," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

• "Acoustic Africa," with Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016.

• "Ragtime," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016.

• Sharon Isbin, Guitar, and Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-Soprano, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016.

•"Carmen" — Moscow Festival Ballet, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016.

• Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

• "ONCE The Musical," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

• "Under the Streetlamp," 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016.


Todd Holmberg


McCain Performance Series


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Jay Leno

Late-night comedy giant Jay Leno is among the stars who will be coming to Kansas State University as part of the 2015-2016 McCain Performance Series.

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Beth Bohn

At a glance

Season tickets for the 2015-2016 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University go on sale June 17. This year's series features shows by Jay Leno, Kristin Chenoweth, The Beach Boys and more.