‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ Village People, Crystal Palace among newly announced Wheeler Opera House winter events
The Aspen Times
The Wheeler Opera House announced its full roster of winter events Thursday evening, adding concerts, theater, magic and film events to its previously unveiled December and Aspen Laugh Festival lineups.
Newly announced concerts in the lineup include the ’70s pop icons The Village People on Feb. 15 ($68-$128); rock band Guster, performing an acoustic show on March 4 ($39); a Classics Albums Live production of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on March 25 ($45); the Queen tribute act Killer Queen on March 27 ($50-$65); and the Austin-based folk trio Steel Betty on March 29 ($15/free for Wheeler Wins members). The nonprofit Wheeler Associates also will present a performance by country great and Aspen favorite Robert Earl Keen on Feb. 26 ($40-$50).
On the comedy front, the “Chelsea Lately” alum and “Champions” star Fortune Feimster will headline on Jan. 11 ($35/free for Wheeler Wins members), stand-up legend Paula Poundstone will return March 12 ($48) and “America’s Got Talent” star Piff the Magic Dragon plays March 13 ($40).
Following last winter’s popular reunion, the cast of Aspen’s iconic Crystal Palace dinner theater will return to the Wheeler stage for two nights on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 ($50).
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” will come to the theater on March 6 ($65). Stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” “Motown: The Musical” and “A Bronx Tale” will be featured in “The Doo Wop Project,” playing Feb. 8 ($45-$50). The theater also will host the Metropolitan Opera’s “Met in HD” live broadcasts in January through March.
Family-friendly events include the two-person circus and variety at The Great DuBois: Masters of Variety, recently featured in the film “The Greatest Showman,” on Jan. 10 ($17.50 child/$25 adult); Cirque Zuma Zuma on Feb. 16 ($28 child/$45 adult); the fairy tale production “Wilde Creatures” on March 7 ($17.50 child/$25 adult); and the Enchantment Theatre Company’s “Peter Rabbit Tales” on March 19 (17.50 child/$25 adult)
Magicians and illusionists in the lineup include Justin Williams, star of the Netflix series “Magic for Humans,” on March 21 ($40) along with the previously announced Adam Trent show Dec. 29 ($25 child/$50 adult).
The theater will produce a winter edition of its Aspen Mountain Film Festival, as well, with two days of adventure film screenings Feb. 28 and 29 ($20). Additional adventure film programs include “The Longest Wave” on March 20 ($15) and An Evening of Ocean Film on March 22 ($15),
The historic theater unveiled the lineup to its Wheeler Wins members Thursday night and opened early members-only ticket sales immediately. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday at noon at the Wheeler box office and aspenshowtix.com.
“Year after year, we strive to bring the best lineup to our community,” Wheeler director Gena Buhler said in the announcement. “This year is no different — a combination of the types of programming you know and love, mixed in with (what we hope will be) new favorites like Aspen Mountain Film Festival Winter Edition, and a Tony award-winning Broadway musical.”
These newly announced shows come in addition to previously announced events including “A Very Electric Christmas” (Dec. 8), Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas (Dec. 19), “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Live On Stage” (Dec. 22), “ABBA Mania” (Dec. 25), “Best of SNL” Featuring Alex Moffat and Mikey Day (Dec. 27), the New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Yonder Mountain String Band (Dec. 31) as well as next year’s Aspen Laugh Festival (Feb. 18-22) headlined by “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
The full lineup winter is online at wheeleroperahouse.com.