For the first time in its 80 year history, the Coronado is pleased to announce its own “Coronado Presents…” season of shows sponsored in part by Fetelli and Cumulus Broadcasting.
The season includes a variety of musical genres and family entertainment, including:
1. Arlo Guthrie – 8 pm, Sat., Oct. 20, 2007
From Woodstock to Rockford, from Alice’s Restaurant to the City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie has been a folk music icon around the world, since his first performances at the young age of 13. An accomplished musician and natural-born storyteller, Guthrie has been entertaining audiences from North American and Europe, to Asia and Australia for four decades.
2. Tom Chapin & Friends – 3 pm, Sun., Nov. 11, 2007
Three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin entertains and delights adults and children alike with his warm, humorous and interactive performances. Whether in a concert hall, school or outdoor festival, Chapin’s contemporary folk and pop vocals and remarkable musicianship bridge generations and provide life-affirming messages.
He has earned critical acclaim for his recordings aimed at 4 to 11 year olds and their families, including awards from Parents’ Choice, the American Library Association and Parents Magazine.
3. The Mighty Clouds of Joy – 8 pm, Fri., Nov. 16, 2007
According to Mighty Clouds founding member Joe Ligon, “People want a message…something they can believe in.” For nearly 50 years, the Mighty Clouds of Joy have been bringing a message of hope and joy to audiences across the country.
With 37 albums under their belt, including their newest release Movin’, the award-winning Mighty Clouds are the top selling Gospel quartet of all time, performing at the White House, Radio City Music Hall, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States and Europe.
4. Kathy Mattea – Songs and the Season – 8 pm, Fri., Dec. 14, 2007
Singing old favorites, new hits and glistening medleys, Kathy Mattea’s rich vocals are the right gift for the whole family this holiday season!
Mattea’s traditional country songs, such as ACM Song of the Year winners “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Where’ve You Been,” have warmed the hearts of thousands of fans since the late eighties. Her versatility and creativity have made her one of the most successful female artists around, garnering two “Female Vocalist of the Year” awards, as well as numerous Top 40 country hits.
5. Arthur™-Live – 7 pm, Tues., Feb. 5, 2008
Author Marc Brown’s Arthur the Aardvark and his friends from Elwood City have been entertaining generations of young people and their families for 30 years in books and on television. The Arthur book series is a classic on the New York Times Bestseller List, and the Arthur cartoon series is watched daily by thousands on PBS.
Now, Arthur™-Live is coming to Rockford, taking the stage in a brand new musical production called “Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy.”
6. Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! – 8 pm, Sat., Feb. 23, 2008
If Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn capture your imagination and touch your heart, you won’t want to miss Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” The Tony award-winning Holbrook has been bringing Mark Twain’s wry humor, witticisms and worldly observations to life on stage since 1954, appearing in over 2000 performances.
7. The Irish Rovers – 7:30 pm, Wed., Feb. 27, 2008
For over 4 decades, The Irish Rovers have been delivering a rousing and rambunctious stage show filled with Irish music and good cheer. Your hands will be clapping and toes tapping to the band’s signature song, “The Unicorn,” as well as their pop and country hit “Wasn’t That a Party.” The Irish Rovers also lay claim to the holiday favorite “Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer,” recorded in 1982.
Acting as unofficial Irish ambassadors to the world as they play and party, the band includes original members George Millar, Joe Millar and Wilcil McDowell, along with John Reynolds and Wallace Hood.
8. Rain – The Beatles Experience – 8 pm, Fri., Feb. 29, 2008
Beatles fans won’t want to miss the multi-media tribute to the Fab Four! Members of Rain – The Beatles Experience capture every nuance and every note of the Beatles greatest hits, including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Rain is a riveting live performance, complete with scenery, costumes, video screens, historical footage of the Beatles, events from the 1960s, and camera shots of the audience.
A quartet of talented musicians captures the look and sound of Paul, George, John and Ringo, right down to the licks, the riffs and several live songs that the Beatles sang only in the studio.
9. Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company – 3 pm, Sun., March 16, 2008
In a show filled with crazy antics, technical genius and larger than life, colorful inflatables, Fred Garbo and Daielma Santos offer an afternoon of family entertainment that will keep adults and children spellbound.
Their show is filled with inflatable cylinders, cubes and other shapes bouncing, gliding and shimmering across the stage. Mix in Garbo’s stage presence, a bit of dance, juggling and acrobatics – and you’ll be gasping in awe and amazement, laughing and begging for more!
10. Four Bitchin’ Babes: Hormonal Imbalance…A Mood Swinging Musical Revue - 7pm, Sun., April 6, 2008
What do four women between the ages of 30 to 60 have in common? Attitude! Join the Four Bitchin’ Babes: Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Nancy Moran and Deidre Flint, for an evening filled with outrageously funny commentary on the joys and dilemmas of every day life.
Through songs and stories that are sometimes sarcastic, but always true to life, with wit, humor and heavenly harmonies, these multi-talented women will touch on every woman’s struggle to balance family life, careers, men, chocolate obsessions and hot flashes.
“The Coronado Presents…” season subscriptions go on sale beginning Wed., June 27 and are available in three packages: the Coronado Entertainment Series (7 shows), the Coronado Family Series (3 shows) or the Coronado Pick 5 Series. The Coronado Entertainment Series is priced at $220 or $175; the Family Series is priced at $65 or $52.
Subscribers receive the best seats in the house and up to 20% savings over single
In addition, add-on shows are available at discounted prices with the purchase of any Coronado Presents… or Broadway at the Coronado series. This year’s Broadway at the Coronado series features Evita, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Annie, CHICAGO, Mannheim Steamroller, Gypsy and a special add-on show, Lord of the Dance.
Individual tickets for all shows in the “Coronado Presents…” season will go on sale Mon., Aug. 27 at noon. For more information, please visit or call the Coronado Box Office at 815-968-0595 between noon and 4 pm, Mon.-Fri. or log on to www.coronadopac.org.