What’s on stage at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House for winter 2016-17?
November 22, 2016
The Wheeler Opera House announced its 2016-17 winter lineup on Monday night. Here's what the historic theater has in store:
Crystal Bowersox | Saturday, December 3 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $25. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $75 that include a meet and greet with Crystal Bowersox.
The Blind Boys of Alabama | Friday, December 16 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $55.
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An Evening with Kevin Smith | Saturday, December 17 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $45.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol | Friday, December 23 (6:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $38 child/$58 adult.
The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays | Sunday, December 25 (6:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $40 child/$65 adult.
The Beach Boys | Wednesday, December 28 (3:30 PM & 7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $98-$150. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $250 that include a meet and greet with Mike Love.
Adam Trent: The Next Generation of Magic | Thursday, December 29 (4:30 PM & 7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $32 child/$42 adult.
New Year's Eve Party featuring The Doo Wop Project | Saturday, December 31 (8:00 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $89 (general admission), $99 (reserved) and $125 after December 15.
Monday Night Docs: The Great Alone | Monday, January 9 (6:30 PM)
After his father's dramatic win of the 1978 Iditarod by a hair's breadth, it seemed inevitable that Lance Mackey would one day mush his own dog sled team in the annual race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mackey won the grueling event — which covers remote, barren and rugged stretches of the Alaska Range and the Bering Sea Coast — in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. To win, he had to overcome challenges larger than mushing a team of dogs 1,000 miles across the largest state in the Union. Tickets are $15.
Tommy Johnigan featuring local opener Glenn Smith | Friday, January 13 (7:00 PM)
Tommy is an autobiographical story telling comedian who is a favorite at comedy clubs all across the country. His TV credits include seven appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, two appearances on Conan, two half-hour specials on Comedy Central, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show. In 2010 he finished 2nd on NBC's Last Comic Standing. In 2007 Tommy was invited to the prestigious "Just For Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Canada, where he was the highest reviewed "New Face." He has appeared at Comedy Central's "South Beach Comedy Festival" and has also been a guest numerous times on the nationally syndicated radio programs "The Bob and Tom Show" and the "The Ron and Fez Show" Tickets are $22.
John McEuen and Friends present Will the Circle Be Unbroken Presented by Wheeler Associates |
Thursday, January 19 (7:30 PM)
A unique incredible evening celebrates the music of the landmark 'Circle' album instigated by McEuen in 1971. This multimedia concert event takes the audience down the path of two driving forces in American Music – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB) and the music of The Carter Family. NGDB co-founder John McEuen hosts, with special guests, join together for an exciting, unforgettable experience. Tickets are $35.
Monday Night Docs: Do Not Resist | Monday, February 6 (6:30 PM)
Across America, citizens are protesting police shootings; small cities are acquiring military-grade armored vehicles, despite opposition from citizens; heavily armed SWAT teams are issuing intrusive no-call warrants; and legislators are hotly debating the merits of spending billions of dollars on conflict-grade police equipment. This stunning debut documentary by Craig Atkinson, takes us inside the increasingly militarized world of police culture in the U.S. With incredible access, the film offers an alarming montage of policing issues across the country — from the chaotic riots in Ferguson, Missouri, to drug raids in the rural south, a national police training seminar, committee meetings in Capitol Hill and tactical training camps for SWAT members. Tickets are $15.
Mystery Event | Saturday, February 11 (7:30 PM)
At press time, the Wheeler Opera House cannot officially confirm the artist scheduled for this exciting Special Event. An official announcement will be made in the coming months. Wheeler Wins members are the first to buy this event. So, please be on the lookout for big news about another big-time artist coming to our 2016-17 Winter Season!
Matthew Morrison Co-presented with Theatre Aspen | Tuesday, February 14 (7:30 PM)
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a one-night-only performance from the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated Matthew Morrison! Although he may have come to national prominence through his role as the perpetually optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester on Fox TV's hit musical Comedy Glee, the Southern California native was turning heads years earlier on the Great White Way. He is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work onstage and onscreen and most recently starred on Broadway in Finding Neverland. Tickets are $78-$98. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $135 that include a meet and greet with Matthew Morrison.
Vocalosity | Friday, February 17 (7:30 PM)
Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features 10 dynamic voices singing some of today's chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements too incredible to miss. No genre of music is off limits in the world of a cappella and Vocalosity explores them all – from tenth century Gregorian chant and classical choral to barber shop quartet and bouncing doo-wop all the way to The Beatles and Bruno Mars. Combine that with movement and choreography from Sean Curran (Stomp original cast member) and you have an exhilarating evening of song unlike anything you've ever seen or heard, live on stage. Tickets are $25 student/$65 adult.
ABBA Mania | Saturday, February 18 (7:30 PM)
Attention ABBA fans old and new! This is a night not to be missed. If you're looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA Mania is for you! Join in and enjoy all of your favorites including "Mamma Mia," "Voulez Vous," "Dancing Queen," "Winner Takes It All," "Super Trouper" and many more. Tickets are $50.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater | Sunday, February 19 (4:00 PM & 6:30 PM)
Calling all animal lovers! The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the talents of his furry co-stars. There are more than 30 pets in the show—each one has been rescued from animal shelters and given a new leash on life! Tickets are $17.50 child/$25 adult.
Locals Open Mic Night Aspen Laugh Festival | Tuesday, February 21 (6:30 PM)
Previously announced. Free admission.
Whitney Cummings Aspen Laugh Festival | Wednesday, February 22 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $60 (4-Day Laugh Festival passes are $165).
Margaret Cho Aspen Laugh Festival | Thursday, February 23 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $60 (4-Day Laugh Festival passes are $165).
Adam Devine Aspen Laugh Festival | Friday, February 24 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $55 (4-Day Laugh Festival passes are $165).
Kevin Nealon Aspen Laugh Festival | Saturday, February 25 (7:30 PM)
Previously announced. Tickets are $75 (4-Day Laugh Festival passes are $165).
Shaolin Warriors | Tuesday, February 28 (6:30 PM)
Kung fu masters! Shaolin Warriors is a unique show performed by masters of kung fu. In this fully choreographed theatrical production, the Shaolin Warriors bring remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to stages throughout the world. The Zen Buddhist monks of the Shaolin temple begin training at a very young age in mental and physical disciplines. They perfect the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, performing feats live on stage typically seen only in the movies. Tickets are $30 child/$55 adult.
Broadway's Next H!T Musical | Thursday, March 2 (7:30 PM)
The hysterical Broadway's Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show! Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. Nominations please! Tickets are $15 student/ $45 adult.
Elephant Revival Co-presented with Belly Up Aspen | Saturday, March 4 (7:30 PM)
Elephant Revival's music maintains its roots in American and Celtic song craft. Theirs is the music of connection—kin-folk—and not how life is about loss, but rather how much life there is in loss, how much potency, how much love. The Nederland, Colorado, quintet is made up of Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass). Their music has been labeled "progressive edge" by the Indie Acoustic Music Project. Tickets are $35 ($30 advance).
Monday Night Docs: BUGS | Monday, March 6 (6:30 PM)
With an ever-growing global population, the challenges of how we feed 8, 9, even 10 billion people is going to become ever more challenging. One emerging solution to provide a readily available source of protein: bugs. For the engaging characters in this documentary, bugs are not only nutritious but also delicious. This film follows Ben Reade, a chef, and Josh Evans, a scientist, as they journey around the world to dig gleefully into hives and under trees to find local delicacies that less intrepid gourmands might find repulsive. Tickets are $15.
Noam Pikelny | Friday, March 10 (7:30 PM)
A recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and a 3-time Grammy Award nominee, Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation" and The New Yorker describes as "wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative." Pikelny is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominee and his most recent release, "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe," was described by the New York Times as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion". The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named "Album of the Year" at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Tickets are $25.
An Evening with Rodney Crowell Trio Presented by Wheeler Associates and Mountain Groove Productions | Tuesday, March 14 (8:00 PM)
As one of the most admired songwriters in America, Crowell has had songs covered by everyone from country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Straight), to today's current country stars (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw) as well as by rock (Bob Seeger) blues (Etta James) and even electronic artists (Royksopp). He's had songs in the top 10 in every decade since the 1970s as an artist and a songwriter, and has balanced commercial success as an artist by maintaining a high level of integrity. A two-time Grammy Award winner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association, Crowell continues to add to his body of work and is as fresh, relevant and creative as ever. Tickets are $35.
A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Co-presented with Belly Up Aspen | Wednesday, March 22 (7:30 PM)
Pat Benatar and husband Neil "Spyder" James Girlado have always been a rule-breakers and trailblazers! The dynamic duo remain bold and distinctive artists both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock 'n' roll, they're bonafide living legends! A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong" and "Invincible". Giraldo's impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield (Number One, Grammy-winning classic "Jessie's Girl" and Top Ten hit "I've Done Everything For You" included), Kenny Loggins (Top Twenty hit "Don't Fight It" – also Grammy-nominated), Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others. Tickets are $88-$110.
Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now! | Friday, March 24 (6:30 PM)
Home-grown hoofers from the Minneapolis arts scene, Rhythmic Circus comes to a theatre near you with Feet Don't Fail Me Now! It's a dynamic tap and music performance that mixes hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band and guarantees to enthrall audiences of all ages with its medley of positivity and infectious rhythm. "Heatbox" the human beatbox, joins the swingin' seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. It's easy to see why this troupe was a 2012 winner of the Edinburgh Festival "Spirit of the Fringe" Award. In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you'll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat! Tickets are $35 child/$48 adult.
Clint Black Co-presented with Belly Up Aspen | Saturday, March 25 (7:30 PM)
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music's brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music benchmark in any artist's career. Black's continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of Country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. Black has won numerous awards throughout his prolific career, including the Country Music Association Horizon Award, Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Best Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Album of the Year ("Killin' Time"), and Academy of Country Music Single of the Year ("A Better Man"). Tickets are $95-$125.
Let It Be Co-presented with Wheeler Associates | Tuesday, March 28 (7:30 PM)
Direct from London's West End and Broadway, Let It Be imagines the show you never got to see The Beatles perform—a one-night-only time capsule back to what would have been John Lennon's 40th birthday, October 9, 1980. For one night, the fab four come together again on stage after a decade apart to relive their past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, as well as performing hits that you never got to see live, like "Back in the USSR," "Live and Let Die," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "My Sweet Lord," "Hey Jude." Tickets are $55.
Piano Battle | Friday, March 31 (7:30 PM)
The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. A competition wouldn't be a competition without a jury but here all members of the audience are invited to vote on the pianists' performances and eventually decide who the winner will be. Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two piano geniuses, the Piano Battle is a unique concert that pleases both the eye and the ear. Tickets are $25 student/$45 adult.
Casa Mañana's A Year with Frog and Toad | Saturday, April 1 (5:00 PM)
Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children's books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale that bubbles with melody and wit, the show is an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family. This whimsical musical follows two great friends—the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad—through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Tickets are $17.50 child/$25 adult.
Monday Night Docs: People of Impact | Monday, April 3 (6:30 PM)
Featuring the award-winning film Mothering Inside, which chronicles the experiences of incarcerated women and their children. Other shorts being screened include Looking for Trouble, Skateboarding in Pine Ridge, Trail Angel, Engler and Sandorkraut. Tickets are $15.
Masters of Soul | Tuesday, April 4 (7:30 PM)
Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This high-octane show features stylishly costumed, fully-choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. The performance celebrates the music and careers of the iconic artists who had such a profound influence on the history of popular music. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers a way to experience a period in our country's past that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded. Tickets are $40.
Lori McKenna | Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 PM
Lori McKenna puts a magnifying glass on un-championed lives. She doesn't just notice the quiet and ordinary, she delights in it – effortlessly transforming the average to extraordinary. The result is over a decade worth of songs filled with honest stories and melodic depth that have garnered her Grammy and Country Music Association Awards, as well as peaked at number one on multiple Billboard charts! Tickets are $35.
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