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Blue Man Group, Beauty and the Beast, and Million Dollar Quartet fill Civic Center's 2014-15 lineup

May 9, 2014

By Jodi Rogstad, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne

May 09--The lineup for the Cheyenne Civic Center's new season has plenty of stage enchantment: back-flipping gingerbread men, slapsticking blue men, Sleeping Beauty on skates and Johnny Cash jamming with Elvis.

But whatever your taste, whatever you seek, there is nothing like a live theater experience to invoke powerful emotions, said Dru Rohla, executive director of the Cheyenne Civic Center.

"When something impacts you so powerfully, that's life -- that's living," Rohla said. "How can you put a price on that?"

Brochures will be mailed out at the end of May, but season tickets are already on sale at the box office. Call 637-6363.

Those who want to test-drive their seats might consider the open house at the Civic Center on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The auditorium will be open to potential season ticket buyers.

Here's the 2014-15 Cheyenne Civic Center lineup:

Blue Man Group

When: Sept. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: It's hard to describe. But imagine a trio of aliens landing on stage, entertaining you for 90 minutes, Rohla said.

Known for their blue faces and wordless performances, the show offers plenty of physical comedy and even some music performance with found objects.

"It's very visual and dynamic -- one of the most unique shows in the world," he said.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

When: Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: Back in 1991, Disney came out with its take on the classic fairy tale, and it was about as big a deal as "Frozen" was this winter.

A few years later, the musical version came out, and it's back on the road. So once again, the semi-trucks packed with sets to recreate the Beast's lavish lair will roll into Cheyenne to tell the "Tale as Old as Time."

In 2013, the touring musical "sold out to the walls" at the Civic Center, Rohla said. So with an opportunity to host it again, Rohla snapped it up.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

When: Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: So, here's your big holiday family outing. It borrows an element of "The Nutcracker" and brings a child's tableau to life. But this time, the gingerbread men are doing flips, and the reindeer soar overhead. Rohla said this show played at the Buell Theatre in Denver during the last holiday season.

Dancing Pros Live

When: Jan. 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: See the professional dancers from the reality series "Dancing with the Stars," along with contestants from "So You Think You Can Dance?" This time, it's a competition. At the end of the show, the audience will pick the winner.

Nice Work if You Can Get it

When: Feb. 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: A touring Broadway musical set in the roaring 1920s, where a bootlegging dame hides 400 cases of illegal gin in the basement of a ritzy beach house belonging to a wealthy, newlywed man. Oh, and Mr. Moneybags is smitten with the bootlegger. What could go wrong?

The show had its Broadway debut in 2012, starring Matthew Broderick, yet the score has plenty of familiar tunes by the Gershwin brothers: "Someone to Watch Over Me," "'S Wonderful" and "Lady Be Good."

The Imperial Stars on Ice

When: March 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: First, the crews will arrive the day before the show, so they can turn the Civic Center stage into a giant ice rink. Then, the day of, the Russian cast will put on a ballet-on-ice production of "Sleeping Beauty." The day after the show, the crews will take it all down.

One reviewer called it ballet meets Cirque du Soleil on ice, complete with special effects.

And Rohla said the costuming and sets are world-class.

Million Dollar Quartet

When: April 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: The premise borrows a page from the bio-musical, a sub-genre that is growing in popularity. This time, theatergoers can relive a single evening in Memphis, where Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, before they became 20th century icons, had a jam session with Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

On the score: "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Walk the Line."

The Midtown Men

When: May 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

What is it?: Featuring four original cast members of the "Jersey Boys," this quartet performs hits from the 1960s. This is also their second trip to the Civic Center, where, in 2013, they "brought the house down" and ended with three standing ovations, Rohla said.


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