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Schedule packed with talent at the Fox

May 18, 2013

YellowBrix

May 18--The live season at the Fox Theater has something for every one.

Children can get some laughs and entertainment with the critically acclaimed "Frogz." Baby Boomers can get a blast from the past with a sentimental salute from "The Wonder Bread Years."

The season has an extra show in the lineup, running eight performances from late September to mid-April. Season tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. June 3, according to a release from the Fox Theater.

Performances include tributes to two entertainment icons. There are a couple of Broadway musicals, a renowned comedy troupe and more.

The "By the Bus" education activity, underwritten by the Herman, Esther and Harry Stallman Foundation, continues in conjunction with the series. Tentative plans are to include a free matinee performance of "Frogz" on Feb. 25 and an impromptu comedy workshop with the cast of the "Second City" before the March 8 show.

Performances for the live series are underwritten with the Season Underwriting Program, which was started last year. This year the goal is to expand the program for more underwriting support, according to a release.

Underwriting partners so far include Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems, First National Bank of Hutchinson, Bluebird Books, Strawn Contracting and Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

The Hutchinson News is the season underwriter, providing support throughout the series.

Those interested in the Fox Underwriting Program may contact Randy Mathews, executive director, at (620) 663-5861.

Performances this year include:

Doc Severinsen and his Big Band -- (Sept. 28) Legendary trumpeter and conductor Doc Severinsen, best known as leader of "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson band, defines the iconic sound of classic big band and jazz. This beloved star of the Golden Age of Television brings his sparkling personality and outrageous outfits back to the Fox along with some of the best musicians from the Tonight Show era.

"Ring of Fire: The life and music of Johnny Cash" -- (Oct. 24) Ring of Fire is two hours of country music. Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, this musical pays tribute to the legendary Man in Black with dance, comedy, stories, tragedy and love. Though Cash is never impersonated, "Ring of Fire's" train ride takes the audience on a musical journey through the life, times and tunes of one of music's most beloved legends.

"All Hands on Deck" -- (Nov. 16) All singing, all dancing, all big band. Based on Bob Hope's 1940 USO tour to the troops in the field, "All Hands on Deck" is an inspiring revue featuring four multi-talented performers and a stellar live orchestra. Classic humor and unforgettable music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives and live radio broadcasts make All Hands on Deck an entertaining and historical evening of excitement.

"The Wonder Bread Years" -- (Jan. 18) A salute to the Baby Boomer Generation, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand up comedy and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before.

"The Fantasticks" -- (Feb. 1) The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running production of any kind, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

"FROGZ" -- (Feb. 25) Imago Theatre's critically acclaimed and award-winning production "FROGZ" has played around the world, including an incredibly popular run at the prestigious New Victory Theatre on Broadway. This magical, family-friendly spectacle combines mime, dance, music and special effects with elaborate human-sized costumes that will thrill and delight both young and old.

The Second City -- (March 8) The Second City is an improv comedy troupe who's alumni list is a veritable "who's who" of comedy, including Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Rick Moranis and many more. Whether they are ripping fodder from the morning's headlines or performing a classic gem from their 50+-year archives, The Second City is always a laugh-out-loud hit.

Rich Little in "Jimmy Stewart and Friends" -- (April 12) Comedian and impressionist Rich Little performs his sensational one-man show about the life of one of America's most beloved figures: Jimmy Stewart. Told through the impersonated voices of celebrities who knew and were touched by Jimmy's work as well as Rich's own accounts, hear the story of Jimmy Stewart presented in a funny, heart-warming and unique performance.

Descriptions courtesy of the Fox Theater

Hutchinson Fox Theater Live Series

Season tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. June 3. Individual tickets go on sale in August.

Purchase tickets by calling (877) FOX-SHOW (369-7469) or visiting the Fox Theater box office at 18 E. First Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Season tickets will be available soon at www.hutchinsonfox.com.

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