In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since May 2002, ‘Gary Mullen and the Works’ have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
Gold Company and GCII are back and bigger than ever in their new show, Royally Dunn! Come enjoy some of music royalty's greatest hits, rearranged in true Gold Company style, with a special nod of thanks to retiring WMU President John Dunn. Experience the songs of Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and more, plus some of Gold Company's traditional hits. Gold Company and GCII will be joined by Grammy-nominated GC Alum Jeremy Fox and the University Symphony Orchestra for this Royal Extravaganza! With the show including some of the greatest music ever produced, plus the comedy, choreography and showmanship that make this WMU award-winning vocal group an audience favorite, it's a must-see at Miller!
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s including "We’ve Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and of course, "Close to You."
Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 500 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world. As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a doo-wop ditty that’s garnered over 16 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radiohead’s alt-rock hit “Creep” as a torch-like ballad that’s racked up over 21 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine. The group's accomplishments has earned them praise from a plethora of media outlets, including Mashable, who wrote, “Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox are all about reimagining music and framing it in beautiful new ways.”
DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. They’re back with a BRAND NEW show for the entire family and we promise... you will be on your feet by Halftime!!
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
With 11 hit songs breaking the Top 40, Australia’s Little River Band was one of the most successful groups to emerge from down under. With the perfect sound, LRB’s polished style was draped all over radio throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. From Portland to Fort Lauderdale and New York to LA, fans of the band are treated to an entertaining mix of classic songs, including “The Night Owls,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Lady” and “Cool Change” and new material, delivered as always with that trademark blend of impeccable vocals, soaring harmonies, kick-ass playing and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself. Joining LRB is another iconic group—Ambrosia. Ambrosia garnered five Grammy Nominations, five Top 20 singles including “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me,” heavy FM airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. Today, the band is more alive than ever!
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Complexions has been featured several times on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance and continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to dance. Founded by former members of Alvin Ailey, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, the company brings a show that is sure to dazzle and thrill-performing Innervisions, set to the music of Stevie Wonder as well as additional work from their esteemed repertoire.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” raves The New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in Kalamazoo!
Featuring the WMU University Symphony Orchestra.