From Hairspray to monkeys
Capitol Center books first round of shows for next season
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
The Capitol Center for the Arts has taken a first pass at lining up shows for its 2006-2007 season. The 20 acts booked so far are varied with a lucky catch and a few risks.
Probably the most obscure is “Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull,” on Sept. 28. Anderson is the classically trained rock flautist who founded the rock group Jethro Tull. But people shouldn’t expect a Tull show, said Ric Waldman, director of marketing for the Capitol Center.
Organizers were skeptical but liked the idea and the sound; they were surprised to learn fans had followed Anderson’s progression to orchestral music.
“He’s always had that great sort of hard, driving sound which is amazing coming out of a flute,” Waldman said.
The theater is getting a good response in ticket purchases.
Those are just the Capitol Center members though, because non-members must wait until Sept. 5 to buy tickets. Members get first dibs on tickets as a “way to encourage [people] to become members and thank them when they do with the best seats in house.” Memberships are $50 and up.
In what Waldman considers a stroke of good luck, the Capitol Center for the Arts booked Hairspray for Feb. 22, 2007. The Broadway musical will be in its second year of touring.
“They happened to have a date open ... between two large tours,” Waldman said. Normally, that kind of show wouldn’t get to the Capitol Center until its third year. The show won eight Tony Awards in 2003.
Man of La Mancha, the Broadway musical tale of Don Quixote, will be at the Capitol Center April 25, 2007. It won five Tony Awards.
Waldman is excited that Ed Asner is performing in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial with L.A. Theatre Works April 29. The actor has been in countless TV shows and movies. Asner is playing William Jennings Bryan in this show about high school teacher John Scopes’ trial. Scopes challenged Tennessee law by teaching evolution instead of creationism. This work is taken from the court transcripts and is set up as “radio theater,” so it looks like the actors are broadcasting from a studio. There is a “talk back” session after the show.
Humorist David Sedaris is coming back to the Capitol Center April 7, booked by MassConcerts. New Hampshire Public Radio previously brought him to the theater and the show sold out.
Cherryholmes, March 27, is a gamble, which Waldman said the theater booked because of Cherryholmes’ buzz in the music industry. The family band won the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association entertainers of the year award, and was nominated for a Grammy.
The Capitol Center will add shows during negotiations this summer and those tickets will be available to members in August. Music performers book with less lead time.