12th season includes The Four Phantoms, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The New Shanghai Circus

BROOKINGS – Promising another season of exceptional entertainment and educational experiences for the South Dakota State University and broader Brookings region for the 12th year, Woodbine Productions will offer three performances for 2019-2020 in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.

Season tickets will be offered on a one-day, in-person purchase opportunity from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Box Office. Ticket information and an order form are available at www.woodbineproductions.com.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the first Woodbine Productions season in our fully completed Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center,” said David Reynolds, director of the School of Performing Arts. “This season celebrates everything we believe our facility, our faculty and students do well. There is something for everyone this year.”

Opening the season Sept. 24 will be an evening of familiar Broadway showtunes presented by The Four Phantoms in the Larson Memorial Concert Hall. 

An extravagant celebration of the iconic music of Broadway and more, the group brings together four former Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

The Four Phantoms features an extraordinary quartet, including Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio and Marcus Lovett, under the musical supervision of two-time Grammy Award-winner David Caddick and musical direction of Ryan Shirar. 

The Four Phantoms also features Kaley Ann Voorhees, best known for her portrayal of Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “The Phantom of the Opera.” She is one of the youngest to play the role at the Majestic Theatre, starting her run at age 20. The vocalists will be backed by a full complement of instrumentalists.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, America’s top touring swing band, will perform Oct. 15 at the Larson Memorial Concert Hall. 

Together for more than 25 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins – has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records and had its music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. 

With sold-out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, and appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decadeslong mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music.

Woodbine’s final performance of the season is The New Shanghai Circus in the new proscenium theater, May 4, 2020. 

More than 30 acrobats from China bring the Orient to Brookings in a fast-paced production. The New Shanghai Circus celebrates the exotic wonders of China while showcasing dramatic interpretation of classic Chinese dance and physical performance art. 

Featuring spectacular backdrops, beautiful costuming and state-of-the-art lighting, this show is a thrill a minute. Each year, the troupe adds new performers who have won national and international competitions. The show combines extraordinary and inventive feats of strength and skill, control and balance.

Woodbine Productions is a partnership between the SDSU Foundation and the SDSU School of Performing Arts. Since 2007, Woodbine Productions has brought the highest level of performers to Brookings and all expenses have been paid by an anonymous benefactor. Tickets purchased for the performances become scholarships for students in the SDSU School of Performing Arts. Season tickets offer the earliest purchase opportunities, a discount from single tickets and no ticketing fees.

Following the season ticket option, single tickets will be available at www.woodbineproductions.com. Questions regarding season tickets may be directed to the School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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