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Miller Auditorium announces 2004-05 season

April 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University brings the best of Broadway and some of the brightest stars on tour to Kalamazoo for the 2004-05 season.

Subscriptions for the "Broadway in West Michigan" series are on sale now and includes six new and classic Broadway favorites. Flex Pass subscriptions are available beginning May 1. For tickets or more information about ticket options, call the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858 today.

Broadway in West Michigan Series, 2004-05

Late Nite Catechism 2, Sept. 21-26, 2004, picks up where "Late Nite Catechism" left off. Sister returns and has assembled overhead projectors, mimeographed handouts, felt banners, historical facts and hysterical insights as she conducts her class into convulsions of laughter. No one is excused from Sister's firm belief that "sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty."

The Full Monty, Oct. 22-24, 2004, is Broadway's smash hit musical about six good buddies whose desperate plan to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, USA Today proclaims "The Full Monty" "one of the most entertaining and exhilarating productions you'll ever see!"

The Producers, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2004, the new Mel Brooks musical, is the story of a down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and a mousy accountant who hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. The New York Times calls it "a blissful spectacle that will leave you delirious."

42nd Street, Jan. 14-16, 2005, defined musical comedy, with its star-is-born story, spectacular design, remarkable show chorus, the most-admired ensemble tap dancing ever to grace the Great White Way and score of hit standards.

Rent, Jan. 27-29, 2005, the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade is taking the country by storm. "Rent" captures the heart and spirit of a generation and swept major theater awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize.

Smokey Joe's Cafe, March 18-20, 2005, is Broadway's smokin' musical that turned many of the greatest hits of the '50s and '60s into one of the biggest blockbusters of the new century. From the juke-jumping jive of "Hound Dog" to the stand-up-and-cheer "Stand By Me finale," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" adds up to a perfect recipe for "Love Potion #9!"

Spotlight Events at Miller Auditorium, 2004-05

Single-performance "Spotlight Events" for 2004-05 are still being added to the calendar. Events already booked include some of the best acts on tour and are listed below.

Marvin Hamlisch and Monica Mancini, Oct. 3, 2004.

African-Latin band Yerba Buena, Oct. 21, 2004.

Celebrating the Blues, Oct. 28, 2004.

Dance troupe Momix, Nov. 12, 2004.

Babes in Toyland, Dec. 7, 2004.

LeAnn Rimes holiday special with the KSO, Dec. 18, 2004.

Tribute to composer Harold Arlen, Jan. 23, 2005.

Celtic musicians The Chieftains, Feb. 1, 2005.

New York Philharmonic, Feb. 4, 2005.

Bobby McFerrin with Gold Company, Feb. 12, 2005.

South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, Feb. 19, 2005.

National Acrobats of Taiwan, March 12, 2005.

Broadway: The Big Band Years, March 13, 2005.

Showtime at the Apollo, April 8, 2005.

Marilyn Horne and Barbara Cook, April 8, 2005.

Miami City Ballet, April 12, 2005.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie, 269 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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