JPAC announces 10th anniversary season
JANESVILLE—A diverse mix of party guests have been invited for the Janesville Performing Arts Center's 2014-15 season, as the venue celebrates its 10th birthday.
The new season is a melting pot of musicals, plays, dance performances and live music by local groups. However, a main component in the lineup is the Live on Main Street series, which appears to be more diverse than ever this year.
The concert series kicks off Sept. 7 with a trio of singing cowboys first seen on the NBC show “America's Got Talent.” Also in the lineup are a respected comedy institution, an innovative ballet company and several musical artists—including BoDeans, the veteran roots rock band born in Waukesha.
“We are so excited to celebrate JPAC's 10th anniversary with a memorable season in 2014 and 2015,” Executive Director Elizabeth Horvath said in a statement.
“Many of the performers in the 2014-15 Live on Main Street season are nationally renowned, and we are proud to bring this high-level entertainment to the Rock County community at affordable prices.”
Here's what's in store:
—Texas Tenors, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets: $39 adults, $14 students.
John Hagen, Marcus Collins and J.C. Fisher make up the Texas Tenors, a vocal trio that blends country, gospel, classical and Broadway music. In 2009, the Tenors became the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of “America's Got Talent.” The group has performed more than 500 concerts in the last four years and traveled to more than 20 countries.
—Tusk: Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets: $24 adults, $14 students.
Like the 1979 Fleetwood Mac album and song of the same name, Tusk embodies the singular sound of rock band Fleetwood Mac. The members of Tusk have musical chops: They've been performing together for more than 25 years. This band covers all of Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits, many of which topped the charts during members' formative years.
—James Sewell Ballet, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Tickets: $24 adults, $14 students.
James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. The tight-knit company of eight dancers performs innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet. It's currently presenting an original ballet based on Dante's “Inferno” in the Twin Cities.
—Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Tickets: $24 adults, $19 seniors, $14 students.
Resplendent in dazzling white jackets, the Four Guyz will bring their new show, “Always in Style,” to Janesville in January. Their performances feature a lively musical cabaret that combines the top songs in music history with four-part harmony and, of course, witty repartee.
—BoDeans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets: $34 adults, $14 students.
The Wisconsin-born roots rock band BoDeans returns to JPAC next year after a well-received concert here in 2012. Kurt Neumann is still at the helm, having steered the band through a rough patch in 2011 when co-founder Sam Llanas departed. The BoDeans' latest album is “American Made,” which Neumann described in 2012 as “pure Americana,” with songs based on his experiences growing up in America's heartland.
—The Second City Hits Home, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Tickets: $24 adults, $14 students.
Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater makes its JPAC debut with “The Second City Hits Home,” a new show of sketches, songs and improvisation about Janesville. Material from the famed Second City archives will be included, as well. This is the institution that launched Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Gilda Radner, among others, so the show is bound to be a hoot.