The Wheeler Opera House has announced its schedule of presentations for the upcoming 2007-08 winter season.The schedule opens Oct. 20 with Aspenite Barry Smith performing his latest multimedia, one-person show, “American Squatter,” focusing on Smith’s days skateboarding in Southern California and squatting in London apartments.The Festival in the Desert tour, featuring two West African acts – Tinariwen and Vieux Farka Touré – stops at the Wheeler on Nov. 1. Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, whose latest album, “Beauty & Crime,” was released in July, performs Nov. 20. Another folk singer, Jonathan Edwards, whose 1971 song “Sunshine” was a top five hit, follows on Nov. 23.Songwriter-singer Burt Bacharach will be backed by a band for a performance on Dec. 27. Linda Eder, who starred in the Broadway production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” performs her cabaret-style show Dec. 28. On Dec. 29, the duo of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the improv comedy TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” make their Aspen debut.The offbeat folk-rock band Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams is set for Jan. 11. The long-running Western music/comedy quartet Riders in the Sky appears Jan. 19. Rocker-turned-composer Duncan Sheik, whose Broadway rock musical “Spring Awakenings” earned a 2007 Tony Award for best musical, performs Feb. 9.Leahy, a Celtic music band from Ontario comprising eight siblings, is scheduled for Feb. 16. Pop-jazz vocalist Steve Tyrell, known for his work in such films as “Father of the Bride,” performs Feb. 21. Roger McGuinn, founding member of the pioneering folk-rock band the Byrds, appears Feb. 23.The Bellydance Superstars make their Western Slope debut March 16. The Wheeler’s season of presentations closes March 27 with Simon & Garfunkel singer Art Garfunkel, whose current album, “Some Enchanted Evening,” interprets tunes from the Great American Songbook.Tickets for Wheeler presentations go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 5. In addition, a limited number of reduced-price tickets for the three Christmas-week shows – Burt Bacharach, Linda Eder and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood – will be sold to local residents on Thursday, Oct. 4. Those tickets will be sold only in person at the Wheeler box office.For further information on tickets and events, go to http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com.
Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company will open its 2007-08 season with its first-ever musical production, “The Fantasticks.” The show opens Oct. 12 at the Thunder River Theatre, and continues with dates through Oct. 27.The Carbondale production of “The Fantasticks” is directed by Lon Winston, Thunder River’s artistic director, and stars John Goss, Jennica Lundin and Danny Pettit. Musical direction is by Marie Gasau.Thunder River’s season continues in February with a production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war drama, “Mother Courage and Her Children.” In June, the company presents “American Buffalo,” David Mamet’s award-winning 1976 play about a group of men plotting to steal a coin collection.Discounted season subscriptions are available. For tickets and further information, go to http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com, or call 963-8200.
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