WAUSAU – The Grand Théâtre is about to break a leg with its next 2021-22 season. The marquee season kicks off August 6 with John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party” and the full season includes nearly 30 performances from August through June.
“This is the biggest Broadway season in recent history,” said executive director Sean Wright. “This is the biggest season we’ve had in a decade – we keep adding shows!”
It was March 2020 when the long-awaited touring edition of the Broadway musical “Waitress” was loaded onto the stage of the Grand for two sold-out evenings when Wright and his team decided to postpone performances of the show. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“I’ve been living this season in a lot of ways since fall 2019,” Wright said. “So to finally see it come to fruition two years later is exciting and fantastic.”
Here is a list of some of the biggest and most anticipated shows of the 2021-22 season that you don’t want to miss.
Wynonna and the loud noise
Country star Wynonna Judd of The Judds returns to the stage with a new band, The Big Noise, and a nationwide tour following the release of their debut album in 2016. The tour features sounds of America, blues, country, rock and soul. After a career spanning nearly 35 years, the country singer makes a stopover in Wausau at 7:30 p.m. on October 7. Tickets start at $ 35.
Invented as “a heart-baked Broadway musical,” the show with original music and lyrics by pop star Sara Bareilles hits the big stage at 7:30 p.m. on October 20 and 21. The musical follows Jenna, a waitress and an extraordinary pastry chef. who wants an escape from his small town and a toxic marriage. With a baking contest in a neighboring county, Jenna prepares a sweet second chance at her dreams and a fresh start with someone new. Tickets start at $ 70.
Le Grand welcomes “Manitowoc Minute” comedy star Charlie Berens at 7:30 p.m. on November 19. The show recently went on sale and is expected to be sold out. Berens, an Emmy Award-winning comedian and journalist, has become nationally famous and critically acclaimed in recent years with his weekly “Manitowoc Minute” comedy video series that parodies Wisconsin and Midwestern culture. For ticket availability, call 715-842-0988.
Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy
Just in time for the New Year, comedy star and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Belushi teams up with the Board of Comedy for an impromptu skit in early January. The interactive show asks audience members for suggestions during each scene and some members might be a part of the show. Belushi, who is also an alumnus of Chicago’s iconic The Second City, bowed to the Board of Comedy at 7:30 p.m. on January 14. Tickets start at $ 49.
‘An officer and a gentleman’
Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger, this stage show features the hit song “Up Where We Belong” on the big stage as well as memorable performances about perseverance, adversity and discovery. self. The story follows Zack Mayo, a recruit from the US Navy pilot training camp, with too much arrogance who meets his equal in a tough drill sergeant. Mayo finds solace in a local factory girl and the two find love. The show premieres in Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. on February 26. Tickets start at $ 70.
‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’
Ticket lovers will feel the Earth moving beneath their feet when the Tony and Grammy-winning musical “Beautiful” lands in Wausau in March. The show shares the life story of hitmaker Carole King and her rise to fame – from a songwriting duo shared with her husband Gerry Goffin to one of the most “beautiful” careers and memorials in recent music history. The traveling edition of the musical will make its mark on the big stage at 7:30 p.m. on March 14. Tickets start at $ 70.
Portland Cello Project: ‘Purple Reign’
Wright said he was very excited, personally, for the Portland Cello Project’s April appearance. The alt-classical ensemble will present music influenced or created by Prince, the legendary deceased. Portland Cello Project’s powerful performance is sure to excite, uplift, and entertain members of the public when the group arrives at the Grand at 7:30 p.m. on April 20. Ticket prices start at $ 25.
Group of blue men
Blue Man Group is back! Global viral sensations are back in Wausau with a new show. The once in a lifetime experience features the percussion, creative spark and family comedy of the phenomenon. With original music, personalized instruments and live performances featuring guests, the fan favorite among the locals is sure to entertain. The Grand’s 2021-22 brochure says: “Men are still blue but the rest is new! To see Blue Man Group in action, two shows take place at 7:30 a.m. on April 28 and 29. Tickets start at $ 70.
For more information on the 2021-22 season, visit www.grandtheater.org. For more information on tickets, visit www.grandtheater.org/tickets. Readers can also follow The Grand on Facebook and Instagram.
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