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Music and dance and laughter at the Vilar Center

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March 18The Second City,Improv & sketch comedyIf your parents asked you to not talk about it at the dinner table, chances are you’ll see it on stage at The Second City.It all started in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago’s North Side in 1959. No one could know that by the next century, The Second City would have established itself as the premier comedy institution in the world. Its alumni list includes: Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Martin Short, George Wendt, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Ryan Stiles, Mike Myers, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey.In addition to stellar talent, Second City’s other chief export is comedy that is not only hilarious, but thought-provoking, smart, silly, sophisticated and wild. The concept is simple: six actors perform a two-act revue featuring sketch comedy, songs and improvisation. Drawing from the vast archives of material that The Second City has created over the past 40 plus years, The Second City touring companies are also creating on-the-spot, topical comedy that changes with every performance.Time: 7:30pmTickets: $34Sponsor: Theatre Series sponsored by Beaver Creek Property Owner’s AssociationPerformer Link: The Second CityContact Phone: 888.920.2787March 20Leon Redbone, Folk blues legendFor a man whose music seems timeless, Leon Redbone prefers to immerse himself in the here and now. “What I do and what I record only work for the moment,” Redbone says in his unmistakable croaky drawl. “That’s basically all I hope for in a performance, because that’s what I think a song is: It has to reach out and grab you for one moment. It can even be a single note which defines the entire song.” As the years go by, Redbone continues his very real love affair with tunes from turn-of-the-century flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and folk jazz. Although, or perhaps because there is something oddly modern about Redbone, his music tends to wear well with any generation. “After my first few albums, some had dubbed what I did as camp. Of course, these were insensitive people who didn’t understand the depth of my artistic passion,” Redbone maintains sarcastically. “No doubt it seemed that way to some–but fortunately they haven’t been heard from lately.”Sponsor: Concert Series presented by Gotthelf’s My JewellerTime: 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $30Contact Phone:888.920.2787March 23Aspen Santa Fe Ballet,Contemporary & traditional danceSince its 1996 premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (formerly Aspen Ballet) has thrilled audiences and critics alike from Aspen to Miami, Salt Lake City to Santa Fe. The Company of 10 exceptional dancers has been described as “unbearably beautiful” by the Santa Fe New Mexican and has been noted for its ability to move gracefully through a wide variety of genres and styles. Repertory described as “to die for” by the Salt Lake Tribune includes diverse classical and contemporary works. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company’s repertory includes Paul Taylor’s “Aureole,” Balanchine’s “Sonatine” and Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain pas de deux,” as well as contemporary and commissioned works by choreographers Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, Shapiro & Smith and Septime Webre, among others. The directors are committed to acquiring new works that persistently challenge, enliven and educate their audiences and dancers. In 1999, the Company gained the rights to perform David Taylor Dance Theatre’s “A Children’s Rainforest Odyssey,” which has become a mainstay for its family and outreach programming.Time: 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $45.Presenter: Linda & Stew TurleyContact Phone:888.920.2787March 25John Lennon Tribute”A Day in His Life”In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent a week as the guest hosts of “The Mike Douglas Show.” Lesser known is a subsequent guest appearance on another daytime talk program, “The Doug Michaels Show.” This show was taped but never aired. After tonight, you’ll understand why “A Day in His Life” gives its audience not only the music but also the sound, look, personality and history of one of rock & roll’s most enduring legends, John Lennon. The show stars Tim Piper, a performer who has himself become legendary among Beatle fans as the ultimate John Lennon tribute artist. Piper not only sings exactly like Lennon and looks uncannily similar, but he also has his speaking voice, inflections and mannerisms down cold. His band, Working Class Hero, is every bit up to the task of backing one of the all-time great rockers and there is little doubt Lennon himself would have felt comfort able having them behind him on stage. “A Day In His Life” takes place during a taping of a little-known daytime talk show on which John Lennon, his band and his wife Yoko Ono are scheduled to appear, but only Lennon makes it to the studio because of a blizzard. “The Doug Michaels Show,” stars a middle-aged Michaels who’s more impressed with the likes of Frank Sinatra than John Lennon. Lennon finds himself in the precarious position of having to perform with the studio band and ends up singing over twenty songs, both Beatle classics and solo tunes. “A Day In His Life” is an intimate and entertaining look at John Lennon’s life and music.Time: 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $38.Sponsor: Gotthelf’s My JewellerContact Phone: 888.920.2787March 27Black Broadway Musical ReviewWhat has 17 Tony Awards, 15 Drama Desks and 5 Grammys? With songs and scenes from nine great musicals, “Black Broadway” will raise the rafters and bring the house down. From the soaring lilt of Gershwin’s “I Loves You, Porgy” to the sly send-up of “Honeysuckle Rose,” the show slices deep into stunning Broadway music. “Black Broadway” stars Michael Leon Wooley who adds his own riffs on the quirks and styles of Broadway itself. Wooley, a seasoned performer, has been featured on television’s “Cosby,” starred in “Floyd Collins” at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and completed a year-long national tour with The Pointer Sisters in “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Wooley has also starred on Broadway in “Five Guys Named Moe,” “Abby’s Song” and the revival of “The Music Man” to great acclaim. “Black Broadway” is packed with humor, passion and vivid drama and the evening has been called “electrifying, devastating and simply unforgettable.” Featured Shows and Songs: “DREAMGIRLS” “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “When I First Saw You.” “PORGY AND BESS” “Bess You Is My Woman” and “I Loves You, Porgy.” “FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” “ST. LOUIS WOMAN” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home.” “GOLDEN BOY” “Golden Boy.” “GUYS AND DOLLS” “More I Cannot Wish You” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN'” “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Handful of Keys.” “JELLY’S LAST JAM” “That’s How You Jazz.” “SOPHISTICATED LADIES” “Take the A Train” and “Mood Indigo.” “PURLIE” “Purlie.” “BIG RIVER” “Free at Last” and “HELLO DOLLY” “So Long Dearie.”Time: 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $38.Sponsor: Vicki & Doug Rippeto and Cindy & David BrightContact Phone: 888.920.2787March 30-31Michael Flatley’s Lord of the DanceMichael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” with its intoxicating mix of traditional music and dance, both old and new, has broken every record in the book. Since opening at The Point in Dublin on July 2, 1996, it has enjoyed a vast array of accolades and was the first concert of its kind to sell-out 21 shows at London’s Wembley Arena. The show played 13 consecutive sell-out shows at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York and in Los Angeles, they appeared on the “71st Academy Awards Ceremony” before a global television audiences estimated at over 2.5 billion. With its superbly choreographed precision-dancers, the incredible set design and the visual complexity of the dance the show is sure to not disappoint. To millions around the world, Michael Flatley is seen as a genius of his craft. From the most humble of beginnings, he is responsible for bringing the mesmerizing magic of Irish dance to the international arena and in doing so, forever shaped its future. It was easy to predict the show’s success when on opening night the audience gave it several wild standing ovations. This was the beginning of a unique story that has gone on to receive unparalleled accolades and to break theatrical records across the globe. It not only introduced Irish dancing to the world, but took it by the scruff of the neck and catapulted it on to an even higher plain. (Michael Flatley will not appear in this performance of his tour group.)Time: 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $55 and $65Contact Phone: 888.920.2787


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