In support of the Jeffris Challenge, we are looking for 100 Women to make a difference for the restoration, by donating $1,000 each. This group project will name the restored Ladies Lounge, and each women recognized will be recognized there by name. Gifts may also be made by anyone in honor of a special Woman. $1,000 may be pledged and paid over three years to count toward the Jeffris Match (less than $1 per day). For this special program, pledges will be accepted through Mother's Day. Recognize the special Woman in your life in a unique and special way!
Friday, July 25 - 7:00pm
Tom Wopat, the Lodi native who gained television fame on “The Dukes of Hazzard” as well as a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” will return to the Al. Ringling Theatre.
Wopat is also serving as the grand marshal of the 2014 Big Top Parade through downtown Baraboo on Saturday, July 26. Baraboo’s Circus Celebration features a wonderful selection of activities from the Concerts on the Square July 24, to the Sunday Market and classic car show on Sunday the 27th, with Tom Wopat’s Friday concert and Saturday parade appearance as the centerpieces.
His best-known stage role is that of Frank Butler in “Annie Get Your Gun.” Butler, along with Annie Oakley, performed as sharpshooters in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, a modern version of which will be performed at Circus World on July 26-27.
Musically, Wopat applies his far-ranging interpretive skills to discovering new, intriguing musical twists in such Great American Songbook classics as “The Good Life,” “The Folks Who Live on The Hill,” “Call Me,” “Born To Be Blue,” and “I Won’t Dance.”
Given the breadth of his musical skills, he has adapted easily to different musical styles, performing superbly on early, country-tinged recordings while crafting some of his own songwriting along the way.
Wopat made his first recordings of American standards with a jazz slant. “It happened abruptly,” Tom recalls. “In 1999-2000, when I was doing the Broadway show Annie Get Your Gun, we did a cast album. And the people at Angel Records asked me if I wanted to make a jazz record. You know, like a Sinatra record. And of course I said yes. But it wasn’t until I actually started making the records of standards, adding pop tunes, giving them jazz treatments, that I realized it was exactly what I aspired to do musically.”
His first two albums of standards – In the Still of the Night and Dissertation on the State of Bliss (a collection of Harold Arlen songs) – were full of melodic ballads. For Wopat, they served as a bridge from country pop into the jazz-oriented sounds and rhythms that have always fascinated him. The next album, Consider It Swung, brought him even closer to his musical aspirations.
With his latest album I’ve Got Your Number, Tom’s musical expedition has traveled into even more colorful territory. Backed by a thirty-piece orchestra, he fulfills his desire to focus on what he describes as the “orchestra/big band hybrid of the ‘60s and ‘70s.” “Like the Bobby Darin stuff,” he says. “Frank Sinatra did big band stuff then, too. Everybody did. And we really wanted to go for that -- in the standards we’ve done as well as in the contemporary tunes. We’ve evoked the spirit of the New York supper club era and the cool vibe of the Mad Men days, that’s really what we’re doing. The music swings hard and there’s a lot of really, really fine music.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.alringling.com, at the Al. Ringling Theatre Box Office or by calling 608-356-8864. Al. Ringling Theatre Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a center for the arts, culture, and entertainment in a unique historic theatre palace.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964)
Wednesday, July 30 - 7:30pm
Friday, August 1 - 7:30pm
Saturday, August 2 - Preshow party 6:30, show at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 3 - 3:00pm
VIP: $22 - includes box seat, appetizers, 1 free beer, wine or soda
Pre-show Beatle Mania party on Saturday, before the film featuring DJ - Jesse Garon
Come join the Al. Ringling Theatre and Community First Bank as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night. The black-and-white comedy film, starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, was made during the height of Beatlemania.
This lighthearted and fun romp of a film tells the story of several days in the lives of the group. The film is considered to be one of the better and more influential musical films of all time. In fact, it is credited as being one of the more influential musical films of all time, inspiring numerous spy films, the Monkees' television show and several pop music videos.
Sponsored by Community First Bank
A NIGHT OUT WITH THE JIMMYS
Saturday, August 30
Dinner at 6:00pm
- Event held at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Center -
Dinner, Music, and Dancing... Join us for a very special night out with the Jimmys. Enjoy the sound of high-spirited jazz and blues at this fun(d)-raiser for the Al. Ringling Theatre.
Early Bird tickets - $30, includes Dinner and soft blues with Tully and Gary, as well as, a performance by the Jimmys and Dancing
Night Owl Ticket - $15, includes a performance by the Jimmys and Dancing
Tickets on sale at the theater or at Con Amici Wine Bar in Baraboo.