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Musical coming to campus at Joan C. Edwards Playhouse

November 24, 2018

HUNTINGTON - Cue up The Four Seasons’ songs “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man” because the much anticipated tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” will be staged - not in the opulent Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, but on campus at the much smaller Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Although the Marshall Artists Series has known that from the beginning, marketing director Angela Jones wants to remind fans that the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 musical will be taking place at the Performing Arts Center, which is located on 5th Avenue (across from the Memorial Student Center in the heart of Marshall’s campus).

Of things to note is school is in session. For parking, there are lots around the theater, and also a parking garage on Sixth Avenue (cash only).

Jones said that they have been wanting to get the show after they hosted the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (on whom the show is based) Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons who played the Artists Series in October 2014, the night after Jay Leno played the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown.

“We had Frankie Valli just a few years ago so it is really cool to have the musical that made Valli’s music come back and become a phenomena again,” Jones said of the musical which gives a glimpse inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as these four guys from New Jersey try to make it in the world of music.

Featuring hit songs such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” you’ll love watching this journey from the streets of New Jersey all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jones said it is rare for a show to not fit on the Keith-Albee stage since even large Broadway shows get scaled back for touring all size theaters.

“The show could not physically fit onto the Keith-Albee stage but we still wanted to give people the opportunity to see it,” Jones said.

“Broadway shows are bigger and bigger, but when they are going out on the road they know they have to fit into all kinds of different theaters, so it is not necessarily common but it is not uncommon.”

“Jersey Boys” is sold out.

Closing out the 2018 fall semester portion of the Marshall Artists Series will be two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter.

The 47-year-old singer, songwriter and actor, will be presenting songs off of his fifth studio album, “Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me,” a tribute to his childhood singing idol who passed away in 1965 at the age of 45.

Porter will be performing those crooner classics with an orchestra and also will sing some holiday favorites at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

This album is a heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol Records recording artist. “He was one of a kind. He left such great music - such beautiful things to listen to that you can’t help but be influenced by that extraordinary timbre, style, and ultimate cool,” as Porter puts it.

This isn’t the first time the Artists Series has hosted a show paying homage to Nat “King” Cole, as Nat’s daughter, the late, great Natalie Cole in October of 2013. Her father also played the historic Keith-Albee theater.

“He wrote a musical and recorded an album about Nat ‘King’ Cole, so it is going to be a tribute to his idol but also it is around the holidays so he is going to be doing some holiday favorites as well,” Jones said of Porter.

Tickets are $76, $57 and $38 for the Marshall Artists Series holiday concert with Gregory Porter.

Contact the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656 or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. You may also visit the box office in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus, open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Go online at gregoryporter.com and https://www.facebook.com/gregoryportermusic/ to find out more about Porter, who is releasing a new live CD on Nov. 30.

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