Aspens Wheeler Opera House announces upcoming season
ASPEN Familiar faces some from the streets of Aspen, some from as recently as two years ago, and at least one making a long overdue return are prominent in the Wheeler Opera Houses winter season.Among the performers to be featured are two locals humorist Barry Smith and singer John Oates Broadway star Bernadette Peters, who played the Wheeler two winters ago; and comedian Lily Tomlin, who makes her first Aspen appearance since work-shopping her long-running hit show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, at the Wheeler 20 years ago.Tickets for all shows go on sale on Oct. 25 at Aspen Show Tickets, at the Wheeler Opera House. For further information, go to wheeleroperahouse.com.The schedule:Chicago City Limits, Dec. 10. The 31-year-old comedy troupe based in New York makes its Aspen debut. Given the season, and their tastes, expect a humorous recap of the elections their current New York show is titled One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State.Barry Smiths Baby Book, Dec. 11. Aspenite (and Aspen Times columnist) Barry Smith is huge in Canada (seriously; he recently returned from his second summer on the Canadian fringe festival circuit), and hes getting bigger at home. He brings his latest one-man, multimedia show, Barry Smiths Baby Book, to a prime-season gig at the Wheeler.The Best of David Brenner Presents: Whats So Funny? Dec. 28. Last years Whats So Funny? comedy series, presented by and starring former Aspenite David Brenner, proved that there was good American comedy outside of New York and L.A. and outside of Aspens defunct U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. This show brings back four highlight performers: Karen Rontowski, Dana Goldberg, Billy D. Washington and Tom Simmons.Bernadette Peters, Dec. 29. The star of stage and screen brings her Broadway act complete with a 22-piece orchestra back after a sold-out show two years ago.NBCs Last Comic Standing On Tour, Jan. 18. The five finalists from the latest season of the stand-up reality-show competition bring the laughs to Aspen, with two shows in one night.John McEuen/Chris Hillman, with special guest Herb Pedersen, Jan. 31. A string fling, with a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hand (McEuen), a Byrd (Hillman), and the banjoist who took Jerry Garcias place in Old & In the Way (Pedersen).The Stories Behind the Songs, beginning Feb. 14. Woody Creeker John Oates, half of the soul-pop duo Hall & Oates, produces this three-part series, each segment of which features a prominent singer-songwriter, a local student singer-songwriter, and Oates himself. The series begins with the Americana Music Associations 2007 Artist of the Year, Patty Griffin; Tift Merritt, who made a splash at this summers Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, on Feb. 26; and Nashville chart-topper Jimmy Wayne, on March 19.Tom Rush, Feb. 19. Old-school folkie Tom Rush was part of the first wave of the Folk Scare, playing the Boston/Cambridge coffeehouse scene in the early 60s.Vusi Mahlasela, Feb. 20. The singer, songwriter, poet and political activist, known as The Voice in his native South Africa, makes his Wheeler debut.Cherryholmes, March 13. Rising stars in modern bluegrass and the 2007 winners of the International Bluegrass Music Associations Entertainer of the Year Award, this family band features six members of the Nashville-based Cherryholmes.An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, March 18. Put Tomlin anywhere stage, film, TV, record player and watch her shine. She has earned Tonys, Emmys and Grammys, plus an Academy Award nomination.
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