Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

HUNTINGTON, WV- Since it began in 1936, the mission of the Marshall Artists Series has been to provide cultural exposure through groundbreaking entertainment for Marshall University students, and the Tri-State community. The series has a reputation for providing culturally significant and educationally entertaining acts through thought-provoking programming.

The 2014 – 20145 season of the Marshall Artists Series promises to be another thrilling season. “We are presenting a series of icons in our 78th season,” says Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the Marshall Artists Series. “From TV icon Jay Leno, to music icons Frankie Valli, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and WV music icon Kathy Mattea.”  “From Broadway icons “Beauty & The Beast”, “Elf,” and Cole Porter’s classic “Anything Goes,” to the beloved holiday icon “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” on its 50th Anniversary.”  “From “Dancing Pros Live” to opera’s iconic “La Bohème”, to one of the world’s finest orchestras, and WV’s own iconic radio show, “Mountain Stage,” The Marshall Artists Series has something for everyone to enjoy.” “This season features an outstanding lineup that’s guaranteed to please! We invite you to join us for this iconic season!”

The  2014 -2015 Baxter Series will feature:

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons In Concert The legendary “Jersey Boys” bring their hits to the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center onFriday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to the explosive success of the Tony®-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, their classic songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are popular all over again. With the musical in its 7th blockbuster year on Broadway, the brand new feature film, and five other casts performing Jersey Boys nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have had 71 chart topping hits (including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight Number 1’s).

Dancing Pros Live The world’s finest dancers battle it out live on stage and the audience picks the winnerat the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 7:30 PM.  This exciting show is hosted by Alan Thicke, and was created by Dancing With The Stars pros – Edyta Sliwinska, Chelsie Hightower and Alec Mazo.  Pro dancers from Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and competitions around the globe will dance off against each other in an exciting competition. Using electronic voting remotes, each member of the audience will get a chance to vote for their favorite couple. The show will dazzle everyone with an amazing celebrity and pro cast, a glamorous set, fantastic costumes, video packages, group numbers, and of course, unbelievable dance moves. 

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – The MusicalThe original television classic comes to life!  First airing in 1964, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Now, fifty years later, something magical is happening as the beloved classic soars off the screen and onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 7:30 PM. Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s fifty years on television, and come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in the all new Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

For the first time in Marshall Artists Series history, Puccini’s La Bohème will be staged at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center .La Bohème will be presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa (making an encore appearance from last season’s presentation of Carmen) with a full orchestra—on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Puccini’s tour de force is known for its lush melodies, and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity. It’s the romantic, yet poignant, story of the poet Rodolfo, the beautiful Mimi, and their friends, set in the garrets of 1830 Paris and the raucous streets of the Latin Quarter.  La Bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

All aboard for the saucy and splendid production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, setting sail for Huntington on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  Anything Goes is the winner of three Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography!  One of the greatest musicals in theater history, this first-class musical comedy was hailed by The New York Times as “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA TODAY calls it “GLORIOUS and EXUBERANT!”  Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”  Don’t miss what the Associated Press exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”

Under the command of Maestro Keith Lockhart (Conductor of The Boston Pops), the BBC Concert Orchestrawill present a program featuring works by Ravel, Walton, Vaughn Williams and Britten on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Keith-Albee performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1952, BBC Concert Orchestra are a magnetic force in classical music, and are considered to be one of the world’s finest orchestras, having performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Proms in London, and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.The show will also feature young American piano sensation, Charlie Albright.

The 2014 – 2015 Mount Series Will Feature:

Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Acclaimed late-night TV show host, admired stand-up comedian, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist, Jay Leno will bring the laughs to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:30 PM.  Jay Leno’s late night TV domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Under his helm, the show was honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” The show was also awarded “Favorite Late Night Show” by TV Guide. Leno was recently installed in the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Singer-songwriter and American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, will rock the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 7:30 PM.  In 2012, Phillip Phillips was crowned winner of the eleventh season of American Idol. His breakthrough single "Home" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and it was certified quintuple-platinum in the United States. His follow-up single "Gone, Gone, Gone" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for multiple weeks, and it was certified platinum. Phillips’s recently released sophomore album “Behind The Light” finds the 23-year-old Georgia native offering up songs marked by a more ambitious and refined sensibility, but still powered by the earthy authenticity that’s long shaped his sound. Lead single “Raging Fire,” is an epic and urgent love song that debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly earned raves for Phillips’s stirring vocal delivery and thrilling guitar work.

Bring on the holiday cheer,  as Elf-The Musical comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Based on the hit movie “Elf,” Elf – The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

Two-time Grammy® Award-winner and two-time Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year,” West Virginia’s own, Kathy Mattea, brings the sounds of the holiday season home to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The South Charleston, WV, native won a Grammy® for “Good News,” her first collection of Christmas songs, and followed up with the critically acclaimed “Joy for Christmas Day.” With close to thirty Top 40 country hits, Mattea’s beautiful voice, hailed by USA Today as “a voice as cozy as a crackling fire and a favorite quilt” —is the perfect match for her holiday tunes, which are a blend of old favorites and new songs in various musical styles. According to Mattea, her holiday concerts are “more about the spiritual side of Christmas, and not so much about the holiday.” The result is a concert that focuses on the reverence and joy of the Christmas celebration.

Laissez les bons temps rouler, or rather, Let the good times roll, as the iconic WV radio program Mountain Stage brings a Mardi Gras Celebration to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7 PM. Larry Groce, host and artistic director of Mountain Stage, will bring some New Orleans flavor to town just in time for Fat Tuesday. Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk and blues to indie rock, synth pop, world music, and beyond. Artists appearing will be announced at a later date.

Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Marshall Artists Series includes Icons from Jay Leno, Frankie Valli to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Direct from Broadway, the most beautiful love story ever told comes to life! Disney’s Beauty & The Beast comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of millions worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. This is the classic story of Belle, a young woman, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, he will be transformed to his former self… But time is running out.  Don’t miss the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

The 2014-2015 Superticket will Feature:

Patrons who purchase a Superticket package will receive tickets to all events on both the BAXTER Series & MOUNT Series, along with the Fall & Spring International Film Festival.

Fall International Film Festival: November 7-13, 2014

The Fall International Film Festival will take place November 7 – 13, 2014, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include: The Lunch Box (India), Wadjda (Saudi Arabia), Instructions Not Included (Mexico), The Great Beauty (Italy), Like Father, Like Son (Japan), and Twenty Feet From Stardom (USA). 

Spring International Film Festival:   March 27 – April 2, 2015

The Spring International Film Festival will take place March 27 – April 2, 2015, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include: Gloria (Chile), Land Ho! (USA/Iceland), Love Is Strange (USA), Ida (Poland), 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (France), and Ilo Ilo (Singapore).

Season Ticketing Information:

The deadline to purchase or renew season packages is Friday, July 25th.  

Season Package Pricing:

Superticket  (Baxter, Mount + Film Festival):

Superticket Plus $1008.85

Price I –  $901.85 | Price II – $ 772.95 |  Price III – $631.70

Baxter Series

Baxter Plus – $519.35

Price I – $444.45 | Price II – $357.75  |  Price III – $275.40

Mount Series

Mount Plus – $456.75

Price I – $424.65 | Price II – $382.40  |  Price III – $323.55 

International Film Festival

(Includes Fall & Spring Festivals) – $74.90

Series prices listed above include sales tax and Keith-Albee restoration fee.

New season subscription orders and season package renewals for current patrons are on sale now. Deadline for season ticket renewal is Friday, July 25, 2014. All orders will be processed in order of date and time received. Tickets to individual events go on sale, Monday, August 18th. 

The Marshall Artists Series is again offering a payment plan that we hope will offer our patrons greater flexibility in their season planning — the TWO-PAYMENT PLAN.  If you are interested in our TWO – PAYMENT PLAN please call 304-696-3313.

The Marshall Artists Series accepts all major credit cards. Season packages may be ordered via telephone by calling our administrative offices at (304) 696-3326. Orders may also be mailed in to Marshall Artists Series, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755-2210, be faxed to (304) 696-6658 or emailed to The Marshall Artists Series office is located in the Jomie Jazz Center on Fifth Avenue across from Marshall University’s Student Center. Our hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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