Ticket sales for performances of Alberta Bair Theater’s 2014-2015 Season are off to a strong start. Leading sales are Blue Man Group, Wynonna & The Big Noise, and Memphis. Tickets can be purchased at the ABT Box office windows at 2801 Third Ave North (corner of N Broadway and Third Ave N) , by phone at (406) 256-6052 and online at albertabairtheater.org. ABT box office hours are 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday through Labor Day Weekend. After Labor Day, the box office adds those same hours on Saturdays.
“Be sure you visit the official ABT website,” reminds Jody Grant, ABT Marketing Director. “We’ve had reports of dot com sites selling Wynonna tickets for $168,” she says, “well over face value of $55. Type in AlbertaBairTheater dot ORG.”
Alberta Bair Theater’s upcoming season includes:
The Wailin’ Jennys: Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk-roots acts. Sponsored by Sanctuary Spa & Salon, The Soup Place, and ABC6/Fox4.
Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk: Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. A rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels. You’ll encounter unicycles that fly, cyclists that whirl, and trapeze artists who float. Pedal Punk is a daring steam punk circus that charms and thrills you with its story. Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, Wendy’s, CTA Architects/Engineers, and Hot101.9.
Frank Caliendo: Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. You probably know Frank Caliendo from appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, and current segments on ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown… Live comedy is where Frank really shows what he’s all about. His high energy act blends observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Sponsored by ClockTower Inn, Stella’s, ABC6/Fox4 and Hot101.9.
Blue Man Group: Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. Known for its high-octane theatrical experience, Blue Man Group is a MUST. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music and technology. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, ClockTower Inn, Stella’s, KULR 8, and Townsquare Media.
Glenn Miller Orchestra: Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. Back in the big band era of the ‘40s, any dance band “worth its salt” had a distinctive theme song. For Glenn Miller and His Orchestra that song was the beautiful “Moonlight Serenade,” and it is still the signature tune of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which still bears his name more than 75 years later. In addition to more hit records in one year than anybody in the history of the recording industry, its recording of “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” earned the first Gold Record ever awarded to a performing artist. Sponsored by Crowne Plaza.
NOVA presents La Traviata: Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. Violetta Valéry, La Traviata’s “fallen woman,” may be the most heart-wrenching character in all of opera: a high-spirited but deceptively delicate woman who unexpectedly finds, and then selflessly gives up, the love of her brief life. Rousing, soaring, heartbreaking melodies so familiar you will need to restrain yourself from humming along. Sung in the original Italian.
Carpe Diem String Quartet: Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Electrifying performances that reflect passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music alongside traditional string quartet repertoire, Carpe Diem continues to rack up accolades and awards. Sponsored by Eileen Orser, Rehder Balance & Hearing, KULR 8, and National Endowment for the Arts/ArtWorks.
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX: Friday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of classic rock band STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight Top Ten Hits, including “Babe” and “Come Sail Away.” His live concert with six-piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Sponsored by Townsquare Media.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. In its 50th year, Ririe-Woodbury remains committed to producing innovative, moving and compelling work that challenges our audiences’ perceptions of what contemporary dance can be. Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, ABC6/Fox 4.
Warren Miller’s No Turning Back: Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. Warren Miller Entertainment’s newest chapter in the chronicle of the legendary film series examines the heritage that has continued to document the cutting edge of winter sports, from early alpine racing to today’s big mountain exploration, pushing forward into the unknown on Mount Olympus in Greece, in the depths of Japan, on the peaks of the Swiss Alps, on the hometown hills of Montana and more. Ingrid Backstrom, Tyler Ceccanti, Seth Morrison, Julian Carr and other world-class athletes lead us on our journey and there’s No Turning Back. Sponsored by Uberbrew, Red Lodge Mountain, and The Wolf 98.5.
Christmas with The King’s Singers: Tuesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles; The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing create their signature style. Consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit. Sponsored by Eileen Orser, Dietrich & Associates, Drs. McBride & McBride, ABC6/Fox4.
Wynonna & the Big Noise: Friday, January 2 7:30 p.m. A five-time Grammy Award® winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna’s career has revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down for a bold, sincere TV appearance, Wynonna gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life. With her band, The Big Noise, she’ll perform her biggest hits and a rockin’ selection of her favorites. Sponsored by Briggs Distributing, and Townsquare Media.
Smokey Joe’s Café: Wednesday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. The Coasters headline this Tony Award®-nominated and Grammy Award®-winning salute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller – a raise the roof rock ‘n roll party! Sponsored by U.S. Bank, OrthoMontana, and KULR 8.
Jekyll & Hyde: Wednesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll & Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, hibu, and ABC6/Fox4.
The Great Gatsby – Montana Repertory Theatre: Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of America’s most celebrated novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre continues to tell America’s great stories with its production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapted by Simon Levy. Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, Street Brothers, CHS and MY105.9.
Music of John Denver with Ted Vigil: Saturday, February 14, 8:00 p.m. Ted Vigil – a man who, according to long-time Denver guitar accompanist Steve Weisberg who tours with Vigil, closely resembles John both physically and musically – is carrying on the tradition honoring this colossal music icon. Ted is not an impersonator, but rather sings a tribute to this great man. Sponsored by Langlas & Associates, and Townsquare Media.
Cinderella – Russian National Ballet Theatre: Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. Danced to Prokofiev’s poignant score, Russian National Ballet Theatre brings this classic tale to life. Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, hibu, and KULR 8.
Memphis: Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. Four Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white DJ falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock ‘n roll and an electrifying black singer. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, ABC6/Fox4.
Caladh Nua: Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. A tightly-knit, vibrant, staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments — from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion — the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary flair. Sponsored by Eileen Orser, Pug Mahon’s and The Billings Outpost.
Two to Tango – O’Riley and Ziegler: Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley, partner on an adventurous new program featuring new compositions and arrangements by Astor Piazzola, Ziegler and O’Riley. Sponsored by Eileen Orser, Crowne Plaza and WESTAF.
Women of Ireland: Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. An all-female lineup of Irish step dancers, three long-term dancers from Riverdance and the lead dancer with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, with even more tantalizing dancers and vocalists who will wow you with their prowess! Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, ExxonMobil, and ABC6/Fox4
Camelot: Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. Experience Camelot’s “one brief shining moment” as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it in one of theatre’s most legendary musicals. Recount the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood in this four-time Tony Award® winning show. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, MasterLUBE, Billings Gazette Communications, and MY105.9.
Recycled Percussion: Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Direct from Las Vegas! Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent. Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, SandersonStewart, ABC6/Fox4, and Planet106.7.
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage!: Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy® episodes. It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Townsquare Media.
Sing-a-Long-a Grease: Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady? This is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up your hair and let your inhibitions go. Remember, GREASE is the word. Your host Kelly Martin leads a vocal warm-up and reviews your free goody bag. Then watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics on the screen. Sponsored by Cole Law Firm, Q2-KTVQ, and The Wolf 98.5.