The Grand Oshkosh Announces 2019-2020 Season

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The Grand Oshkosh has unveiled its 2019-2020 season lineup. With programming catered to The Grand’s historic and intimate theater, the season will include music from a multitude of genres, theatre, comedy, and more. Tickets went on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 10.

The Grand’s 2019-2020 opening weekend kicks off September 26-28 with a special event, The Four Phantoms in Concert. The quartet, comprised of four former Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Oshkosh for their only 2019 appearance in Wisconsin. Collectively, Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio, and John Cudia have performed the role of the Phantom over six thousand times. Once again, they will be joined by special guest Kaley Ann Voorhees, who is currently playing the role of Christine in the Broadway production.

On April 4, 2020, The Grand will present a special event at Menominee Nation Arena with returning resident artist and pianist Alpin Hong. FanFAIRE starring Alpin Hong and 300 students will celebrate the video games, programs, movies, and superheroes that young people know and love. Along with a pre-event convention, the centerpiece concert will highlight the musical and artistic talents of over 300 Oshkosh area students. After playing for local students for over a decade, Alpin Hong will now play alongside them.

Wisconsin teen icon Franki Moscato, who recently won a Golden Ticket on ABC’s American Idol, will make her debut at The Grand Oshkosh on November 2 alongside some of the area’s finest musicians.

During the holiday season, Christmas with the Celts will return to The Grand stage after a sold-out performance in 2017. Other performances will include comedian Tom Papa, folk-rock trio The Sweet Remains, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash, and more.

The 2019-2020 schedule also revealed upcoming performances by Oshkosh Community Players, Hysterical Productions, and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.

“As always, choosing the season at The Grand is a process of finding ‘a little of everything’ for our audience,” said Joseph Ferlo, Director of The Grand Oshkosh. “We have a great lineup of Broadway, comedy, classical crossover, country, Americana and Celtic music, starting with the mega-performance by The Four Phantoms, and including the first-of-its-kind FanFAIRE at the Menominee Nation Arena, where arts education meets technology meets entertainment. There should be something in the season for anyone, regardless of what their entertainment tastes may be.”

Season packages start at five shows and feature a discount of up to 15% for subscription shows presented by The Grand Oshkosh, Oshkosh Community Players, Hysterical Productions, and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.

All Grand-presented programming will also feature Suite Seat service, which includes maximum legroom, seating, and beverage service. 

Tickets for the subscription season and other select shows will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. and will be available through The Grand Oshkosh Box Office. For tickets, visit 100 High Avenue in Oshkosh, call 920-424-2350, or visit thegrandoshkosh.org.

The Grand Oshkosh 2019-2020 Season Lineup

Special Events

The Four Phantoms in Concert – September 26-28, 2019

The Four Phantoms brings together four former Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera. Brent Barrett, John Cudia, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Ciarán Sheehan are joined by special guest Kaley Ann Voorhees, currently playing the role of Christine in the Broadway production.

FanFAIRE starring Alpin Hong and 300 Local Students – April 4, 2020

FanFAIRE with Alpin Hong will feature a celebration of the video games, programs, movies and superheroes that young people know and love. Along with a pre-event convention, the centerpiece concert will highlight the musical and artistic talents of over 300 Oshkosh area students. Alpin Hong has enjoyed playing for our students for over a decade. Now, he will play alongside them.

Subscription Events

Oshkosh Community Players presents Sylvia – October 17-19, 2019

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. Sylvia will focus on raising funds and awareness for animal adoption, in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Franki Moscato and Friends – November 2, 2019

Franki Moscato is a professional singer/songwriter, film award winner, and ABC American Idol Golden Ticket winner.  She has become Wisconsin’s teen icon and might be the youngest performer ever to be directly booked at the Grand!  Franki performs solo concerts with only her mic and keyboard, but for her Grand Oshkosh debut will be joined by some of the area’s finest musicians. Whether belting out the National Anthem, performing at the sundial at Opera House Square, or even auditioning before American Idol judges, the spotlight shines on this young artist.

Tom Papa – November 16, 2019

Tom Papa is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, author, producer, and television/radio host. His book “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas” was a number one new release on Amazon. He hosts the show ‘Baked’ on the Food Network and is head writer for the radio variety show “Live from Here, hosted by Chris Thile”. Presented by SiriusXM. (Rated PG)

Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Celebration – December 7, 2019
Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with your loved ones as the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra carries on this family-friendly musical tradition.

Christmas with the Celts – December 8, 2019

The Celts return to The Grand Oshkosh! Their dynamic tunes mix traditional Irish music and American pop music, with a few originals thrown in. The spirited show features a variety of instruments, including Irish whistles, fiddles, bodhran, banjo, bass, and uilleann pipes.

The Sweet Remains – January 17, 2020

The Sweet Remains is an American folk-rock band founded by singer/songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughton & Brian Chartrand. The band’s release, North & Prospect, garnered a USA TODAY “pick of the week” feature for the song “Better Ways to Spend The Day.”

Jeff Allen’s “The America I Grew Up In” Tour – February 1, 2020

Jeff Allen is the best at what he does – making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage. (Note- Jeff Allen is a “clean” comedian).

Oshkosh Community Players presents Someplace Different – February 28-March 7, 2020

Spend a night with the servers and patrons at Someplace Different, where you’ll see a snapshot of what restaurant life is really like. There’ll be food, friends, fun, and plenty of stories along the way. You never know what you are going to get at Someplace Different, but you are guaranteed it will be a memorable experience! (Now make sure you clean your plate!)

Farewell Angelina – March 20, 2020

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. CMT celebrated the band’s “Women and Wine” EP with a worldwide premiere of the band’s music video for the single, “Ghosts.” It was a two-week #1 in the CMT 12-Pack Countdown.

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash – April 18, 2020

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the legendary “Man in Black’ with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. For more than a decade, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits, including present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller.

Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra presents Celebrating Women and Beethoven – May 2, 2020

Join the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Oshkosh Community Players presents The Music Man – May 15-23, 2020

The Tony Award-winning classic The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Smooth-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the good people of River City, Iowa, into buying all the instruments and uniforms needed to form a children’s band. Little do they know, he wouldn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.

Vivace – May 30, 2020

Top Classical Crossover vocal group, Vivace is a sophisticated and thrilling combination of four exceptional pop and classical singers. With a rich and diverse repertoire ranging from pop songs, to opera arias, to their own self-written material, Vivace undoubtedly puts a fresh spin on both classical and contemporary music.

Hysterical Productions presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – June 4-7, 2020

Romance, mischief, and magic sets the stage for laughs and light-hearted entertainment in Shakespeare’s fan favorite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Journey through a mysterious and mystical forest on a moonlit midsummer night with four misguided lovers, two fairy courts, and a group of amateur actors. 

Guest Presenter Events

TEDxOshkosh – October 5, 2019

TEDxOshkosh is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At the TEDxOshkosh event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

WPR’s Old Time Radio Drama presented by Wisconsin Public Radio – October 11, 2019

“There’s Always a Woman” is Old Time Radio Drama host Norman Gilliland and co-star Michele Good’s updated version of a 1939 Campbell’s Playhouse radio drama. The show includes dramatizations of reworked Campbell’s Soup commercials, and, pre-broadcast, a mini-episode of “Fibber McGee & Molly.”

Dave Halston’s Tribute to Sinatra presented by Tribute Masters – October 12, 2019

From Las Vegas to Oshkosh Comes a Brilliant Tribute to Frank Sinatra Featuring Vocal Sensation Dave Halston and his Little Big Band. Join us for an exciting evening of music and fun featuring a zesty lineup of Sinatra’s most popular songs.

Henley Meets Heart presented by Ipsy Productions – November 9, 2019

Here comes a jaw dropping classic rock doubleheader you will have to see to believe. Get ready as the Boys of Summer “All Things Henley” pays tribute to the solo career of a music icon. Then the night rolls on with Barracuda “The Ultimate Tribute to Heart” for a performance that turns heads every time they take the stage.

For Kids from One to Ninety-Two! – December 20-21, 2019

Steve March-Tormé and Vic Ferrari’s Michael Bailey return for a very special holiday show, For Kids From One to Ninety Two! Many will recognize that the title’s from “The Christmas Song”, written by his dad Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. Emmy-Award winning Violinist Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Billy Joel) will dazzle, accompanied by Neenah’s “Touch of Class” strings.

ABBA MANIA presented by Menominee Nation Arena – January 28-29, 2020

Take a chance on ABBA MANIA- and you won’t be disappointed! The world’s number one touring

ABBA tribute concert returns to The Grand, presented by the Menominee Nation Arena. Two hours of uplifting, dance inducing and sometimes heart-breaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects.

The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! Presented by MOBB Productions – March 13, 2020

The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! is a self-contained production that brings incredible stage sets, rock concert style lighting, digital music and mind-blowing magic! Bill’s show is packed with NEW mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make his show an unbelievable theatrical magic experience performance!

Dissonance presented by Vision Dance Theatre – March 14, 2020

Dissonance is the second annual production of Vision Dance Theatre – a non-profit, pre-professional dance company of the Fox Valley.  Dissonance presents five original works incorporating a variety of dance styles from renowned and up-and-coming choreographers.

Barbershop Songs Through the Decades presented by the Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus  – March 21, 2020

The Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus will be having their annual show at The Grand on the 21st of March 2020. The show will feature Barbershop music from the 1940’s when we began to present styles and classics!

STEEM with Steve March-Tormé and Michael Bailey – April 25, 2020

STEEM comes from the combining of the first three letters of March-Tormé’s name and the flipped first two initials in Bailey’s (he’s Michael Edward). The two played together as STEEM for a first time in January 2017 and they’ve done so every few months in the time since, tackling material from Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Van Morrison and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, among many others.

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