Overture is pleased to announce its 2019/20 Broadway and Overture Presents season that puts you in the room where nearly 100 performances will happen, including a record-breaking 13 weeks of Broadway.
“Our patrons have been patient and the wait is over, HAMILTON arrives in November and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Sandra Gajic, Overture’s president and CEO. “HAMILTON is just one show in a remarkable season that will enchant and inspire our community. Beyond Broadway, Overture Presents features Grammy winners, extraordinary artists and prized lecturers that will move our audiences to tears, laughter and joy. We are especially proud to offer free, low-cost performances that provide exceptional experiences our visitors have come to expect from Overture Center.”
THE BOOK OF MORMON | Tuesday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
- This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Contains explicit language.
- “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” (Entertainment Weekly)
- Season Option – THE BOOK OF MORMON is not included in the Broadway package. Additional purchase required.
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL | Tuesday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
- Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast)
- “BRILLIANT!” (The New York Times)
- Community Partner: SupraNet Communications, Inc.
HAMILTON | Tuesday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
- Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
- HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award® Winning Best Musical In The Heights.
RIVERDANCE NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW | Tuesday, Jan. 28-Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020
- A powerful and stirring re-invention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world-over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the excitement, energy and dynamism of its Irish and International Dance.
- Has an all-new finale number which will blow audiences away.
- Community Partner: Oakwood Village
- Season Option – RIVERDANCE NEW 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW is not included in the Broadway package. Additional purchase required.
THE COLOR PURPLE | Tuesday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
- A stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.
- “One of the greatest revivals ever.” (New York Magazine)
- Community Partner: Wells Fargo
WICKED | Wednesday, March 11-Sunday, March 29, 2020
- Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.
- “WICKED is a phenomenon that keeps growing.” (The Los Angeles Times)
- Six-show packages do not include WICKED
MY FAIR LADY | Tuesday, April 21-Sunday, April 26, 2020
- Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, Directed by Bartlett Sher, tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
- “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1)
- Community Partner: Park Bank
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG | Tuesday, May 12-Sunday, May 17, 2020
- What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy!
- “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times)
- Community Partner: Associated Bank
COME FROM AWAY | Tuesday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
- Remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.
- “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” (Newsweek)
In addition to the Broadway at Overture Series presented by American Family Insurance, the Overture Presents season offers three other package options – Cabaret, Duck Soup Cinema and National Geographic Live. Series subscribers can add on any non-Broadway Overture Presents titles to their order, or ‘Make Your Own’ package by selecting any four or more non-Broadway titles.
2019/20 Cabaret Series:
This unique musical dining experience begins with hors d’oeuvres in the Capitol Theater Lobby, followed by a gourmet dinner, courtesy of Catering a Fresco, served on the historic Capitol Theater stage, which is transformed into an elegant nightclub for the evening
SYNDEE WINTERS – LESSONS: FROM A LADY | Thursday, Oct. 24
- Played her dream role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway.
- Cites her influences as The Fugees, The Marleys, Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughn.
ROYAL WOOD: LOVE WILL LINGER |Thursday, Feb. 13
- The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will perform his well-crafted pop-rock songs from his latest EP.
- Royal “brings class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, delivering them with a rich and resonant voice” (CBC Music)
ALYSHA UMPHRESS “A GIRL WITH STANDARDS” |Thursday, April 30
- Alysha Umphress is a seasoned actress and dynamic New York performer with a wide range from rock to jazz standards.
- She made her Broadway debut in Green Day’s American Idiot and recently received rave reviews for her performance in Smokey Joe’s Café.
2019/20 Duck Soup Cinema Series (sponsored by Goodman’s Jewelers):
Step back in time with The Duck Soup Cinema silent film series, nationally known for providing an authentic silent film experience in the historic Capitol Theater. This year, in honor of Overture’s first woman president and CEO, Sandra Gajic, our season is focused on highlighting and celebrating female pioneers in film including directors, lead actresses and more. Film showings include local vaudeville entertainment with an emcee, door prizes and a classic feature film with live organ accompaniment. Don’t miss a chance to experience this unique performance you will only find at Overture. Film showings (excluding Hypocrites) include vaudeville entertainment with an emcee, door prizes and a classic feature film with live organ accompaniment on the theater’s original 1928 Grand Barton Organ.
TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE | Saturday, Oct. 19
- Featured females: Marie Dressler and Mabel Normand
- First feature-length comedy film ever made.
- Charlie Chaplin’s character is distinctly different in this movie than his beloved gal.
HYPOCRITES |Thursday, Nov. 14
- Featured female: Lois Weber (director)
- Hypocrites was a shocking and controversial film whose release was held up for many months by the difficulty of distributing a film with full nudity.
- “It is quite remarkable from every angle of the picture art.” (Variety)
GOOD REFERENCES | Saturday, Jan. 11
- Featured female: Constance Talmadge
- An American silent romantic comedy drama released in 1920 starring Talmadge.
- The film was preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
THE SOCIAL SECRETARY | Saturday, April 18
- Featured Female: Norma Talmadge
- A feminist satire of 1916 that remains relevant today.
- Talmadge, the movie’s lead actress, was one of the silent era’s top box office draws.
Overture’s Duck Soup Cinema silent film series is nationally known for providing an authentic and rare silent film experience in the historic Capitol Theater, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in January 2018. As these films were released nearly a century ago, please be aware they may depict some of the theatrics and social conventions of the time including material that may be considered socially insensitive today.
2019/20 National Geographic Live Series (sponsored by Exact Sciences):
UNTAMED WITH FILIPE DEANDRADE | Tuesday, Oct. 15
- Star of Nat Geo WILD’s Untamed gives his unfiltered look at what it’s like to come face-to-face with wild animals, survive extreme environments and make unexpected discoveries.
- Deandrade will also share a preview of his new documentary, The River and The Wall, which focuses on wildlife along the Mexico & US border.
DESIGNED BY NATURE WITH KAKANI KATIJA | Tuesday, Jan. 14
- Take a deep dive into one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet, the midwaters of the ocean.
- Katija was a former member of the US International Figure Skating Team.
FROM SUMMIT TO SEA WITH ANDY MANN | Tuesday, April 21
- The award-winning filmmaker and photographer documents cutting-edge marine science, telling the story of our rapidly changing planet.
- Mann spends over 100 days a year at sea.
THE ANATOMY OF DECEIT WITH YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE | Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27
- Join writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee for a fascinating exploration of why and how we lie.
- Strategies for separating fact from fib will be offered.
2019/20 Overture Presents Performances:
- An exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that appeared on Broadway to critical acclaim.
- “Colorful, imaginative and expertly performed … a fantasy worth indulging” (The New York Daily News)
KITTEL & CO. | Friday, Oct. 4
- Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.
- “Taking traditional music forward.” (Times UK)
MARIACHI HERENCIA DE MÉXICO | Saturday, Oct. 12
- An accomplished ensemble of student musicians from Chicago’s Mexican-American barrios.
- Their debut disc Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) received a Latin GRAMMY nomination.
BLACK VIOLIN: IMPOSSIBLE TOUR|Friday, Oct. 25
- Composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, Black Violin has created an original multi-genre sound that combines their classical backgrounds with hip-hop influences.
- “Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” (NPR)
- Sponsored by: Bell Laboratories, The Burish Group of UBS, Full Compass, LTD
THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW: A PUPPET PARODY |Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3
- That Golden Girls Show is a love letter to the ladies, now with puppets! (Metro)
- Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex and the elegant art of the quick witted put down.
AN EVENING WITH STRAIGHT NO CHASER| Monday, Nov. 4
- Straight No Chaser are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch.
- One Shot, the group’s latest release, showcases the band’s amazing versatility, creativity and musical precision. There’s something for every listener to love here. (Parade Magazine)
- Sponsored by: Bell Laboratories
THE LITTLE MERMAID | Sunday, Nov. 10
- A new family musical with puppetry, songs and an inventive set based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
- “Beautifully designed world under water. Wonderful show.” (Musicalworld)
- Underwritten by: Charles and Barbara Saeman
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS | Wednesday, Nov. 13
- Wynton Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and entered The Juilliard School at age 17.
- This remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and others.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL| Friday, Nov. 15
- The legendary 1979 concept album, from “In the Flesh” to “The Trial,” will be performed in its entirety.
- “Music builds bridges and The Wall is a bridge … it’s a news report and a social media feed.” (Craig Martin, founder of Classic Albums Live)
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL | Saturday, Nov. 16
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical shares the message of celebrating our differences and fulfilling our destiny.
- “An utterly charming, top-notch production.” (The Orlando Sentinel)
THOMPSON SQUARE | Friday, Nov. 22
- The award-winning country duo Thompson Square performs a new batch of poetic and extremely personal country music as the married couple enters a new chapter of their life.
DINO-LIGHT |Sunday, Jan. 26
- Dino-Light is a show which combines puppetry, pantomime and ballet in pitch darkness, except for the luminescent outlines of the characters.
- Featured on America’s Got Talent.
- Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music by Madison Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.
- HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)
THE NAKED MAGICIANS | Saturday, Feb. 22
- The show features magic, mirth, and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.
- This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions (no frontal nudity).
DIAVOLO | ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION |Thursday & Friday, Feb. 27-28
- This dance troupe uses architectural structures as a backdrop for risky movement which reveals a deeper meaning of humanity and human relationships.
- A finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK | Saturday, Feb. 29
- An all-female, African American a cappella group founded on the missions of empowerment, education and entertainment.
- The group has been performing since 1973.
THE CHIEFTAINS – THE IRISH GOODBYE| Tuesday, March 3
- The Chieftains are recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary scale.
- The group has performed together since 1962.
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN |Tuesday, March 24
- Since 2002, Gary Mullen and The Works have been recreating Freddie Mercury and Queen’s iconic sounds.
- This show will ROCK you!
- Sponsored by: Bell Laboratories
THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS PRESENT 4 PLAY | Saturday, April 4
- The Karamazov’s will demonstrate their nimbleness and quick wit keeping a cleaver, salt shaker, a bottle of champagne and more flying high.
- “They juggle till they drop, then keep on juggling.” (Time Out New York)
STEP AFRIKA! |Thursday, April 16
- Using the body as an instrument, Step Afrika! performers create many rhythms while they dance.
- The group is featured prominently the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive.
DIARY OF A WOMBAT |Sunday, April 19
- A non-verbal adaption of the popular award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat.
- Puppetry, movement and live cello music add to this mischievous and amusing tale.
PLENA LIBRE | Saturday, April 25
- Plena Libre infuses contemporary Caribbean compositions with indigenous musical traditions, to create a musical representation of a community gathering.
- “To watch a Plena Libre’s performance is to witness a realm where tradition truly meets modernity.” (NY Mosaico)
AIR PLAY | Tuesday, April 28
- Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air.
- “Air Play holds the whole audience in the palm of its outstretched hand. A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled.” (British Theatre Guide)
ALONZO KING LINES BALLET: FIGURES OF SPEECH | Wednesday, May 6
- Figures of Speech examines the power of lost languages with a poignant journey through sound, movement, meaning and indigenous languages close to being extinct.
- “(Alonzo) King boasts a distinctive style that melds heart and science …” (San Jose Mercury News)
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PERFORMS AC/DC’S BACK IN BLACK | Saturday, May 9
- Featuring “Shook Me All Night Long”, “Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” the album ranks at no. 73 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
- “If you love rock ‘n’ roll then you love AC/DC. They’re as unpretentious as music gets – straight ahead, foot tapping, head bobbing rock ‘n’ roll.” (Craig Martin, founder of Classic Albums Live)
KATHY MATTEA| Sunday, May 17
- CMA Award-winning vocalist Kathy Mattea is touring with Pretty Bird, her first new album in six years.
- “Mattea remains one of Nashville’s most spiritual singers, and the songs she sings about love lost and humility are as fine as any she has recorded.” (USA Today)
STAR WARS LIVE IN CONCERT WITH THE MADISON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA| Saturday, May 30
- Watch the full-length iconic film Star Wars: A New Hope accompanied by the Madison Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ thrilling and Academy Award®-winning musical score.
- “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …”
- During The Finest Hour Concert, the Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the music that played at the end of World War II.
- “Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine …” (Thunder Bay Blues Festival)
THE SECOND CITY’S LAUGHING (FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS) | Saturday, June 13
- The Second City is here to break all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing.
- Starring the next generation of comedy superstars.
THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY: LATE NIGHT EDITION | Saturday, June 13
- The Best of The Second City: Late Night is a short ‘n’ sweet (not to mention raucous) take on over half a century of comedy history and newly minted material.
- This show contains slightly more risqué material than the earlier show. You’re welcome.
How to get tickets:
Becoming a subscriber or renewing a subscription is the only way to secure seats now for the 2019/20 season. For best pricing and availability, or to renew a current Broadway subscription and guarantee your same seats, orders must be received before Monday, May 6, 2019. Purchase at overture.org, by mailing in the order form (available online), calling the box office at 608.258.4141, or in-person at the box office (201 State Street).
The 2019/20 Broadway at Overture presented by American Family Insurance six-show package includes HAMILTON, COME FROMAWAY, MY FAIR LADY, THE COLOR PURPLE, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Returning favorite WICKEDcan be added to the Broadway subscription to create a seven-show package. 2019/20 Broadway subscribers can also purchase tickets to “Season Options” THE BOOK OF MORMON and RIVERDANCE NEW 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW before tickets go on sale to the public. Interest-free installment billing will be available if subscription is submitted by Monday, May 20, 2019. Patrons must select the “Installment Billing” option on the order form or online order. Renewing 2018/19 Broadway subscribers can select “Installment Billing” during the renewal process.
Single tickets for individual shows for Broadway at Overture performances will go on sale to the public throughout the season, subject to availability.
Patrons can create an Overture Presents Make Your Own Series package with four (or more) non-Broadway titles. Single tickets for Overture Presents shows will go on sale to the public in Summer 2019.
Many shows offer discounted group tickets for orders of 10 (sometimes 15) or more tickets in the same show/performance. Group requests will be accepted beginning on Tuesday, April 9 (orders to be processed Summer 2019) by firstname.lastname@example.org with seating reservations locked in during late July. Groups for HAMILTON are not available.
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