Miller Auditorium March 2014 Newsletter

Take a trip around the world with Pink Martini featuring special guests The von Trapps

Buy Tickets | Tuesday, March 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

Life is unexpected. The path you may think you are going down could be entirely different than what will actually happen. Michael Jordan wanted to be a baseball player; Ellen DeGeneres was a paralegal and “oyster shucker”; Thomas Lauderdale, founder of the popular musical group Pink Martini, wanted to go into politics (he even planned on running for mayor in Portland). However, the path we do end up going down is usually the path we are meant to be on. Thomas Lauderdale, despite his origins in political science, is now the founder and pianist of Pink Martini, a musical group who are known for being a “little orchestra.” Pink Martini originated in Portland, Oregon, where Thomas Lauderdale was consistently attending political fundraisers. He noticed at all these events that, “the music was underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly.” This was the start of a new path for Lauderdale, the path of music. He contacted college friend China Forbes (cousin of Secretary of State John Kerry) to take part in his new venture. Drawing inspiration from music all over the world they released their first album, Sympathique, in 1997. Since then they have been consistently releasing great music, selling over 2.5 million records worldwide. “All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world,” says Lauderdale. “So inevitably, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue. We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America.” Pink Martini is coming to Miller Auditorium March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. They are on tour with special guests The von Trapps, descendants of The von Trapp Family Singers, who were awarded the Young Artist Award at the annual ceremony in 2005.

A new take on a Broadway classic: The Fantasticks

Buy Tickets | Friday, March 14 @ 8 p.m.

Do you ever wish that you could escape from it all, even for just a few moments? That the only job you had was using your imagination and allowing it to run free? Director, Carl Beck may be your new favorite boss. He asks only for the imagination of his audience members, as he takes them into a world of music, romance, and whimsical fantasy in The Fantasticks. The show tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play “The Romancers” (“Les Romanesques”) by Edmond Rostand, and unfolds a love story between a young boy and girl, tragically divided. The Fantasticks first opened Off-Broadway in 1960, with a run of 17,162 performances, and went on to become the longest-running and most regularly produced musicals in the world. The Fantasticks never ceases to captivate audiences, and with its new twist will continue to do so. The vision of the show has been recently reinvented and refreshed with a new steampunk design; a design that mixes with science fiction, fantasy, and a futuristic style. The romantic comedy- by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt- has not been re-written or changed, and the show remains true to its novel embodiment. There was no need to change anything, and the proof was in 1992, when the show won The Tony Award for Excellence, and is the only Off-Broadway show to have ever won a Tony. Carl Beck states, “The result is an interpretation of the musical that leaves the story, its characters and music fully intact, while reinventing a visual story.” The musical has become a must-see for New Yorkers over the years, and this national tour is an opportunity to spread its award winning magic nationwide. It is safe to say that there is nothing lackluster about this musical, and once immersed, it will be obvious as to why The Fantasticks, is the longest running musical in history. The show comes to Miller Auditorium on March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.

The other side of the Jim Henson Company: Puppet Up!—Uncensored

Buy Tickets | Saturday, March 15 @ 8 p.m.

Have you ever wished that the Muppets was a little more risqué? That the jokes were more suited for adult audiences? If so you will be delighted when watching the improv show Puppet Up!—Uncensored. Founder and star Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson the creator of The Muppets, brings wit and imagination to this completely improvised show. The show features sixty different puppets and six comedians, all performing live on stage. Audiences will never be bored for the comedians are constantly calling out for skit suggestions and participation. The show, founded by Brian Henson in 2005, was originally not going to include puppets. In a 2006 interview Henson explained, “We began doing puppet improv workshops to hone our comedy skills and realized that we were having so much fun that audiences might enjoy watching too.” And they certainly have. Puppet Up! Has become a national sensation, playing over a thousand shows, and has even garnered a television show and web series. Since this show is definitely not for kids, it is a perfect night out away from your hectic daily life. The show comes to Miller Auditorium on March 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. and the tickets are only $35! Remember this puppet show is not suitable for children; adults only please.

Million Dollar Quartet trivia

Buy Tickets | Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18 & 19 @ 7:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Don't miss an unforgettable night of music at Miller on March 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. For more info. on the show, read on:

Q: Who was the original singer of the hit song “Blue Suede Shoes,” Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis or Carl Perkins?

A: It was Carl Perkins, but due to a severe car accident Perkins did not perform the song on The Perry Como Show, Elvis Presley performed the song a few weeks later on the Ed Sullivan show.

Q: Of the four iconic American rock and roll legends, Jerry Lee Lewis is the only surviving member from the infamous recording session in 1956. How old is he?

A: He is currently 78 and has performed with the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet during a live stage show.

Q: Johnny Cash was the YOUNGEST person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the ONLY person ever selected for the Country “AND” Rock Music Hall of Fame, until 1998, when which other member of the Million Dollar Quartet was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame?

A: Elvis Presley

Q: Which member of the Million Dollar Quartet was actually hired as a session musician at Sun Records before becoming a successful artist?

A: Jerry Lee Lewis

Q: Sam Philips was known for producing hit songs sung by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, who else did he produce for

A: B.B. King and Roy Orbison