WMU Symphony Orchestra Joins Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

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By: Clayton Dusendang

Hello, all!

The Nutcracker is a classic holiday performance that everyone must see at least once in their life. Not only is it special that we are having Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Miller on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., they will be including the Kalamazoo community in their performance!

For the Great Russian Nutcracker, the talented dancers of the Moscow Ballet work with local dancers, vocalists and musicians in every city they visit. For their Miller Auditorium performance, the Moscow Ballet will be joined by the WMU University Symphony Orchestra, The Gagie School choir and Academy of Dance Arts dancers.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker promises to be the Christmas experience of the year! “Knock Out!” raves The New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60-ft. growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in Kalamazoo!

Here is one of the many fantastic numbers that you won’t want to miss:

Join us for this holiday favorite at Miller Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now online or at the Miller Auditorium ticket office at (269) 387-2300.

MercyMe Comes to Miller for the Holidays

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By: Jimmy Brand

If you have ever met me, you will know there are few things I love more than Christmas. I have been quietly waiting for it to be socially acceptable to blast Christmas music in the office and at home. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

This year my love for Christmas gets a little boost from Mercy Me, as they will be preforming MercyMe, It’s Christmas! at Miller Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The GRAMMY®-nominated, Christian super-group first gained mainstream success with their song “I Can Only Imagine.”

Since then, they have also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1, have won 8 Dove Awards and most recently were nominated for two Billboard Music Awards in the categories of Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Song for “Flawless.”

So ladies and gentlemen, grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and join us at Miller Auditorium for MercyMe. Tickets are on sale now online or at the Miller Auditorium ticket office at (269) 387-2300.

You Might Be a Renthead If…

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By: Bethany Gauthier

Are you a Renthead? If you know what that term means, then it’s a good bet you’re among the biggest fans of the acclaimed Broadway musical, RENT.

RENT opened on Broadway in 1996. This original rock musical was created by Jonathan Larson and is still inspiring audiences worldwide two decades later. RENT follows a year in the life of a group of seven young artists and friends. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, RENT has an inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear.

RENT has maintained its popularity over the years and a feature film adaptation that featured most of the original Broadway cast–including Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal and Jesse L. Martin–was released in 2005. Most Rentheads, in addition to having the original Broadway Cast recording memorized, also own the movie soundtrack and have seen the movie at least ten times. If not more.

Now, RENT’s 20th Anniversary Tour is coming to Miller Auditorium for four shows from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets are available now, but what really sets Rentheads apart as fans is their devotion to the tradition of discounted rush tickets that RENT offers in every market and before every show.

When the 20th Anniversary Tour comes to Miller, RENT will have a limited amount of seats in the front three rows of the main floor orchestra level available for just $23 while supplies last beginning two hours before every RENT performance. Rentheads have been known to camp out overnight all for a chance at discounted rush tickets. So, what do you need to do to be a Renthead and have a chance at $23 front row tickets? Read on…

Renthead Tips for Scoring RENT $23 Rush Tickets at Miller:

  1. Arrive at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 2200 Auditorium Drive., Kalamazoo, two hours prior to showtime. Our RENT showtimes are: Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 & 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
  2. Have cash ready! $23 RENT rush tickets are available for cash only purchases and are limited to two tickets per person.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope that you’re one of the lucky audience members who snags a rush seat or two while they’re available.

Preview RENT now:

And Rentheads? Feel free to sing along. We hope to see you at the show!

Miller Staff Profile: Clayton Dusendang

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Title: Marketing Assistant

Years at Miller Auditorium: Coming up on his one year anniversary next month.

Hobbies: Graphic design, blogging, scrolling through Twitter and travel.

Favorite Miller Shows: The first show I ever saw at Miller was Wicked back in 2013. “Defying Gravity” left me with goosebumps. Little did I know that two years later I’d be actually working here contributing to the magic that happens on stage. One of my other favorites to take the Miller stage was Once.

One of the craziest experiences you’ve had while at Miller: Getting to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson. He was a pleasant man and treated all of his fans with much respect during the meet and greet. Also, the guy is pretty funny!

-Compiled by Bethany Gauthier

Hello! Don’t Miss The Book of Mormon!

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The Book of Mormon comes to Miller Auditorium Oct. 18-23

By: Jimmy Brand

Hello!

My friends, the time has finally come. The Book of Mormon will be gracing the stage of Miller Auditorium starting Tuesday, Oct. 18 and will be ringing doorbells here until Sunday, Oct. 23. With eight chances to catch the nine-time Tony Award winning musical, I believe you would be daft to miss this opportunity.

The New York Times calls it “The best musical of this century!” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time!”

Take a look for yourself by visiting http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour and The Book of Mormon YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BookOfMormonBroadway

Tickets are available at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office by phone at (269) 387-2300 and 24/7 online. The Book of Mormon contains explicit language.

We’ll look forward to saying “Hello!” to you at The Book of Mormon at Miller Auditorium.

Just Added: Postmodern Jukebox

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By: Thom Cooper

Hey, there!

So we have been sitting on a little secret here at Miller and are happy to share the news:  Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is coming to town!  PMJ are a YouTube smash that have had over 500 million total views. Here are just a few of their videos to get you started.

What they do is take contemporary pop music and rework them into vintage genres.  A couple of my personal favorites are Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Hanson’s “MMMbop” done with a 50’s doo wop twist.  Being a huge lover of Christmas music, I also really enjoy the Andrews Sisters-esque spin on Wham’s “Last Christmas.” To learn more and check out all their videos, visit http://postmodernjukebox.com/.

If you like to hear new takes on favorite songs, come check out Postmodern Jukebox.  They’ll be here, at Miller Auditorium, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 11 and there will be a special Miller e-club presale on Nov. 7.

Kzoo Sings! Recap

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Hello all!

We have been anticipating the launch of our new monthly event at Miller: Kzoo Sings! The staff here take pride in being part of the Kalamazoo community and we wanted to start an event that brought people together for a night of fun while appreciating the art of singing! Last week we had a fantastic turn out for the first ever Kzoo Sings! event.

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We were happy to welcome Larry Lowis to the stage as our Kzoo Sings! music director. He kept our guests entertained while they practiced a stellar rendition of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

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We were pleased with the turn out last week! Everyone settled in, grabbed a drink along with some snacks and got to work. We started off running through the song and then refined verse by verse.

Thanks to Brian Lam, our videographer, who put together a great video of our first night at Kzoo Sings! Overall it was a fantastic night.


Want to join us for the next Kzoo Sings? Come to Miller next Thursday, Oct. 6th from 7-9 p.m. and we will be performing California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas!

Get more info here! https://www.facebook.com/events/567864073388753/

 

Peppa Pig to Make a Big Splash at Miller Auditorium

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When it comes to children’s theatre, Peppa Pig is not one to disappoint! Yes, this is coming from a 20 year old college student. I did not know much about Peppa Pig upon the announcement of Peppa Pig Live! I had to do my research like any other good marketing assistant would. I sat down in the comfort of my college apartment with a bowl of popcorn and watched an episode of Peppa Pig.

Not bad, I will say, not bad at all.

This college student grew up on children’s classics like Blue’s Clues, Tom & Jerry and Little Bear – so the bar was definitely set high.

I would recommend this show to people who have younger children that they’d like to entertain for a fun-filled night in Kalamazoo! Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!

If you’d like to see Peppa Pig Live! on October 12 at 6 p.m., you can get your tickets here!

That’s all folks!

 

 

Miller Presents The First Kzoo Sings!

By: Clayton Dusendang

Love singing? Come and enjoy performing some of your favorite songs in a casual and fun atmosphere.

Miller presents Kzoo Sings! is a drop in, no-commitment singing event open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs. Miller will host the event once a month on Thursday nights. Most evenings will be held on the Grand Tier level lobby at Miller, but there may be some evenings when we take the show on the road to other locations around Kalamazoo.

Our first Kzoo Sings! event will be on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7 – 9 p.m.  There will be a small $5 cover charge per person. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a full cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Here’s how it works: You show up and get a lyric sheet. You will join a group of highs, mids or lows, and by the end of the night, master three-part harmonies for a pop song or two. Sessions may be recorded so you will have something to share!

No music reading ability is required and no auditions will be conducted—everyone is welcome! All you have to do prior to arrival is to listen to the song(s) that will be sung.

For our inaugural Kzoo Sings!, we will be learning and singing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline!

That’s all folks!

Students! Here’s What We Have Coming Up This Fall

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By: Clayton Dusendang

Hello Broncos and welcome back to campus!

The last few weeks at Miller have been busy as we prepare for this upcoming school year! The energy has changed as students begin to move onto campus and commence a new journey at Western Michigan University.

Last week’s Welcome Week festivities for incoming WMU freshmen are a wonderful opportunity to take advantage to learn more about extracurricular activities offered at WMU. We’ve got a couple of things we’re excited to offer students this coming year.

Bronco Bash: We’ll Be There!

We are geared up to be at Western’s annual Bronco Bash with information about our upcoming season, a photo contest and a prize wheel where you could win a pair of tickets to our upcoming season! WMU Bronco Bash takes place from 3-7 p.m. on Sangren Plaza and our booth is located near the stage, so stop on by!

Miller Present’s KZOO Sings!

Miller Presents Kzoo Sings

On Thursday, September 22 from 7-9 p.m. Miller Auditorium will be hosting our first ever Kzoo Sings! Here’s how it works: You show up and get a lyric sheet. You will join a group of highs, mids or lows, and by the end of the night, master three-part harmonies for a pop song or two. Sessions may be recorded so you will have something to share! No music reading ability is required and no auditions will be conducted—everyone is welcome! All you have to do prior to arrival is to listen to the song(s) that will be sung.

What Will Be Coming To Miller This Fall?

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We have a collection of stellar acts coming to the Miller stage this fall that you do NOT want to miss! We will be kicking off the fall with Dirty Dancing which is based on the movie classic! We will also be bringing our headliner this season, The Book of Mormon which has conquered the theatrical realm of comedy snatching up nine Tony Awards since it has taken the Broadway stage. Some other acts perfect for students are RENTMercyMe, and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. For a full season listing, visit http://millerauditorium.com/season-events

Student Discounts

Ramen-boiling students, I have great news for you! Did you know that WMU students receive 50% off one ticket per participating Miller season show?! Using Miller as a resource to see world renowned performances right here on campus is an opportunity you don’t want to let slide during your time here in the Zoo.

Much more to come so stay tuned on our social media channels!

We are adding performances left and right and you definitely do not want to miss the latest Miller news. To keep posted on our happenings here, you can follow us here at our blog, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you’ll get exclusive information. You can also join our e-club here!

That’s all folks!