Overture Center for the Arts 16/17 Season Announced

Lineup includes The Phantom of the Opera and An Evening with Tony Bennett,

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Cabaret,

The Illusionists– Live from Broadway, Boyz II Men, Arsenio Hall, Nat Geo Live!

And, back by popular demand, Tony Award®-Winning ‘Best Musicals’

The Book of Mormon and Jersey Boys

MADISON, Wis. – Overture announced its 2016/17 Broadway and Overture Presents season, which brings more than 100 performances to downtown Madison.

The Broadway season:

  • Twelve years after it premiered in Madison, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is back in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production and tour, which launched in 2013. The show opens at Overture Center on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 for a two-week engagement.
  • Appearing for the first time in Madison from October 4-9, 2016 is Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a Tony Award® winning show.
  • Also making their Wisconsin Premiere during Thanksgiving week in 2016 is The Illusionists™ – Live From Broadway™, which The New York Times calls “A High-tech Magic Extravaganza.”
  • Jersey Boys, Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, brings the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons back to Overture Center in January 2017 for a one week engagement.
  • Opening its one-week engagement on March 21, 2017 is Best Revival Tony Award® winning Cabaret, the classic musical direct from Broadway and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.
  • Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, which played a sold out, one-week premiere run in 2015, returns to Madison in May 2017 for one week only.
  • Closing the 2016/17 Broadway season with its first Overture appearance is the inspiring true story of a star’s remarkable rise in the music industry, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, a two-time Tony Award® winner in 2014.

“Our 2016/17 season will deliver more of what our audience has been asking for — including premiere performances and return favorites,” said Overture Center CEO Ted DeDee. “The growth in subscriptions has exceeded our expectations over the past few years, and because of the support of our audience we continue to be able to secure the best touring Broadway shows available. We are grateful for the interest and thank the community for making us their Broadway destination! Our Overture Presents series includes a diverse line-up of concerts and shows for all ages and will provide the exceptional experiences our audiences have come to expect from Overture Center for the Arts.”

 Overture Presents highlights:

  • Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical (by the South Park and The Book of Mormon writer) is in Capitol Theater for one week only in October.
  • Graeme of Thrones is a parody created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers.
  • The Investment Services at UW Credit Union Celebrity Series includes Tony Bennett in October, who is turning 90 this year and has been putting out chart-topping records and selling out the world’s top venues for sixty years straight, and Itzhak Perlman in April with pianist Rohan de Silva.
  • The Cabaret Series returns with Tony Award® winner Levi Kreis, Megon McDonough from The Four Bitchin’ Babes, Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez, and The Voice and The Phantom of the Opera star Chris Mann.
  • Arsenio Hall, known for his late-night talk show and Coming to America, is part of the ProVideo Comedy Series.
  • Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, and Overture’s Rising Stars 2015 winners Charles Scott and John DeHaven are part of The Bell Laboratories Music Series along with Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion in Wild Sound.
  • American Girl’s Fund for Children Family Series presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Emmy® winner Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play! in February.
  • Puppet Festival at Overture is a new feature that will run March 31-April 2, 2017 and include a lineup of traditional and modern versions of one of humanity’s oldest art forms.
  • Nat Geo Live! returns with four lectures in its series sponsored by Exact Sciences.

Free and Low-Cost programs continue:

  • Kids in the Rotunda offers free performances most Saturdays between October-April.
  • Duck Soup Cinema will be celebrating its 30th anniversary season sponsored by Goodman’s Jewelers, with Vaudeville acts and silent films.
  • MadCity Sessions, sponsored by Triple M and WISC-TV, is back for the season as well, but will be held in the historic Capitol Theater.

How shows are selected:

We’re often asked how Overture comes up with the shows that comprise the season.  That responsibility belongs to Tim Sauers, Overture Center VP of Programming and Engagement. “We live in a very diverse community,” Sauers said. “When booking Overture’s season, I take the portfolio approach and work to come up with something for everyone. The ‘engagement’ part of my job means that I have regular contact with our patrons and hear their suggestions and comments about programming. We also regularly survey our customers for what shows they want to see. All of this is factored into the shows that we consider.”

 How to get tickets:

The only way to get tickets to Overture shows now (and to get the best seats) is to renew or purchase a subscription. A Broadway subscription includes Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Illusionists™ – Live From Broadway™, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, with the option to make six and/or seven show packages with Jersey Boys andThe Book of Mormon. Patrons can also make their own non-Broadway subscriptions by choosing any four non-Broadway performances, or subscribe by series. Purchase subscriptions before May 9, 2016 at overturecenter.org, by mailing or emailing the order form in the center of the brochure, or in-person at the box office.

Tickets are available for groups of 10 (some shows 15) or more people.  Many shows offer discounted group tickets which can be reserved beginning April 11, 2016. Single tickets for Overture Presents shows go on sale July 9. Broadway single tickets will go on sale throughout the season. Visit overturecenter.org or call 608.258.4141 for more information.

Full season is listed below.

AUG 2016

TUE, AUG 16                                                     Chicago Live in Concert

SUN, AUG 21                                                    Weird Al Yankovic


SEP 2016

TUE, SEP 20                                                       National Geographic Live – Chasing Rivers with Pete McBride


OCT 2016

TUE, OCT 4-SUN, OCT 9                          Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

FRI, OCT 7                                                         Maraca & His Latin Jazz All Stars

SAT, OCT 8                                                       Duck Soup Cinema – Metropolis

FRI, OCT 14                                                       Capitol Steps

SUN, OCT 16                                                    An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor

THU, OCT 20                                                   Overture’s Rising Stars – Charles Scott & John DeHaven

TUE, OCT 25-SUN, OCT 30                      Trey Parker’s Cannibal the Musical

FRI, OCT 28                                                      An Evening with Tony Bennett


NOV 2016

THU, NOV 3                                                     Cabaret Series – An Evening with Levi Kreis

SAT, NOV 5                                                      Duck Soup Cinema – Her Wild Oat

THU, NOV 10                                                   The Hillbenders Present – TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

THU, NOV 17                                                    MadCity Sessions: Wheelhouse & The People Brothers Band

SAT, NOV 19                                                     The Okee Dokee Brothers

TUE, NOV 22-SUN, NOV 27                     The Illusionists™ – Live From Broadway™

MON, NOV 28                                                 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas


JAN 2017

TUE, JAN 3-SUN JAN 8                                               Jersey Boys

TUE, JAN 10                                                      CITIZEN Reggie Wilson / Fist & Heel Performance Group

THU, JAN 12                                                     MadCity Sessions – Oh My Love & Modern Mod

SAT, JAN 14                                                       Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories

WED, JAN 25-SUN, FEB 5                           The Phantom of the Opera


FEB 2017

SUN, FEB 12                                                       Boyz II Men

SAT, FEB 18                                                        Duck Soup Cinema – Safety Last

SUN, FEB 19                                                       Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

FRI, FEB 24                                                         Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

TUE, FEB 28                                                       National Geographic Live –

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim

MAR 2017

WED, MAR 1                                                      Drumline Live

FRI, MAR 3-SAT, MAR 4                               Graeme of Thrones

SAT, MAR 4                                                       Saturday Night Fever

SAT, MAR 11                                                      Duck Soup Cinema – The Thief of Bagdad

THU, MAR 9                                                      Cabaret Series –

Megon McDonough Her Way: An Interesting Bunch of Gals

THU, MAR 16                                                    Jazz 100

TUE, MAR 21-FRI, MAR 26                          Cabaret

FRI, MAR 31                                                        Manual Cinema’s Lula Del Ray


APR 2017

SAT, APR 1                                                         The Man Who Planted Trees

SUN, APR 2                                                        Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

TUE, APR 4                                                        National Geographic Live –

Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth with Ami Vitale

THU, APR 6                                                       Cabaret Series – Mandy Gonzalez: Love Always

SAT, APR 8                                                         Duck Soup Cinema – Sherlock Jr., Cops

THU, APR 13                                                      MadCity Sessions – Lo Marie & Grupo Candela

FRI, APR 14                                                         Arsenio Hall

SAT, APR 29                                                      Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan de Silva


MAY 2017

TUE, MAY 2                                                       National Geographic Live –

Among Giants: A Life With Whales with Flip Nicklin

THU, MAY 4                                                      Cabaret Series – Chris Mann

SAT, MAY 6                                                       Wild Sound: Third Coast Percussion and Glenn Kotche

TUE, MAY 9-SUN, MAY 14                         The Book of Mormon


JUN 2017

FRI, JUN 2                                                          The Second City Summer Blockbuster

TUE, JUN 13-SUN, JUN 18                          Beautiful – The Carole King Musical