Entertainment in High Style
The campus of Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida includes one of the largest and most beautiful centers for the performing arts in this country. The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts each season brings a multitude of big name entertainers from all genres of the music and entertainment fields for your pleasure. Shows such as New York stage shows like “Miss Saigon” and entertainers like Chuck Berry singing the “oldies but goodies” fill the auditorium seats to the brim. The following is a listing for the up and coming 2004-05 season and is crammed with a great variety for the satisfaction of almost everyone.
Wednesday October 13, 8 p.m.
Without a doubt the most creative comedians of our time. George has produced more quality material than all of his peers combined. This Emmy and Grammy Award winner is impertinent and blunt. His attitudes and social commentaries associated with the counterculture are razor sharp and riotous.
Intended for the broadminded adult
Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m.
One of the most gifted singer/song writers of our time, the carefree folk artist has brought us “Run for The Roses,” “The Leader of the Band,” and “Longer.” With 30 years to his credit Folgalberg has entertained us with the precision of his arrangements, the depth of his lyrics, the mastery of many instruments and the honesty of his captivating music.
Monday, October 18, 8 p.m.
Wilson is a renowned writer; producer of various historical tunes in rock history. He is also one of the founding members of the legendary Beach Boys. In the golden years of rock and roll he brought us the music of the surf and continues today with the resurgence of those wonderful years performing with an ace band and selling out concert halls around the world.
True Legends of Pop
Thursday October 21, 8 p.m.
The show features Bobby Vee (Red Roses for a Blue Lady)
Shirley Alston Reeves (original lead singer for the Shirelles).
Tommy Roe, Bryan Hyland, Chris Montez,& Fabian, “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Dizzy,” “He’s So Fine,” “Gypsy Woman,.” and “Turn Me Loose.” Are just a few of the oldies but goodies hits from the enchanted golden era of the 60”s.
Lord of the Dance
Sunday, October 24, 7 p.m.
A gripping blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance! Experience the international phenomenon that has broken box office records in more than 30 countries and helped catapult Irish dancing into the global spotlight. The story is a classic tale of good vs. evil based on old Irish folklore. It is also a passionate love story that is expressed through dance numbers that transport audiences into a mystical and exhilarating world of intense passion!
Wednesday, November 3, 8 p.m.
Scott Thompson is a native of Cocoa Florida and struts a homemade act. Known for his diverse attire and unruly mop of unruly fiery red curls. His resourcefulness and comedic air gives him the artistic license to bring out great props in his routines. Hi is one of the most popular and successful comedians in America
Thursday, November 18, 8 p.m.
The award winning musical Rent pays another visit to the King Center. Set in New York City’s East Village the Broadway show fills the auditorium with music and high-spirited dance numbers, celebrates a community of young New Yorkers facing the soaring hopes and painful realities of contemporary life.
Stanislovsky’s Opera Company
Saturday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Having been given excellent acclaim though out the Far East and Europe, this Moscow-based touring opera company brings us Verid’s tale of the doomed love affair between Alfredo and Violetta.
Thursday, December 2, 8 p.m. *Friday, December 3, 8 p.m.
Winner of the 1980 Tony Award for “Best New Musical” and the 2001 Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical”: 42nd STREET—the timeless, inspiring tale of small town Peggy Sawyer’s rise from chorus line to Broadway Star, with the old familiar Broadway songs, “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Were in the Money,” “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” I Only Have Eyes for You,” and the spectacular title number danced down flights of steps that lights up as brightly as the faces of the cast. Broadway and New York comes to Melbourne for the holiday season.
Space Coast Ballet
With the Brevard Symphony Orchestra
December 11, 2 and 7 p.m.
December 12, 12 and 2 p.m.
The enchantment of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker presented live with the BSO, performed by S[pace Coast Ballet and featuring principals of the Kirov Ballet returns to the King Center. Glorious scenery and costumes from St. Petersburg, Russia add tot eh wonderment of this magical holiday tradition.
The Temptations/ The Four Tops
A Motown Christmas
Monday November 29, 8 p.m.
Some 40 years ago these two groups brought harmonizing to the top of the hit parade. With their classy elegance and choreography they set precedence among all musical history. The Temptations gave us a string of musical funky hits including “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” and “You’re my Everything.” Among the hits of the 1960’s came the songs with an infectious sweet harmony belonging to the Four Tops who with their powerful voices sang hits like, “Standing in The Shadows of Love,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and “Bernadette.”
A spectacular evening of holiday favorites!
A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.
Filled with the charm of many of the most beloved traditional carols of the season, this enchanting new production transports the audience back to the cobblestone streets of Victorian London. Step into the past as Scrooge survives the ghosts of his own Christmases: Past, Present, and Future. A program of heartwarming family entertainment featuring spectacular sets, gorgeous costumes and dazzling special effects.
KC& the Sunshine Band, The Village People, with special guest stars, The Trammps.
Wednesday, December 15, 8 p.m.
Come hear the house rock with the hip sounds of the 70’s. KC and The Sunshine Band, one of the most identifiable disco era bands continues to combine kaleidoscopic guitar sounds and pulsating rhythms and as the song says, “That’s The Way I Like It!” Also appearing art The Village People who bring us to our feet with songs like “Go West,” “In The Navy,” and “Y.M.C.A.” Rounding out the program are The Tramps who gave us the disco party anthem of the 70’s “Disco Inferno” along with other hits “The Night The Lights Went Out” and “Soul Bones.”
Vanessa Williams “Holiday Show”
Tuesday, December 21, 8 p.m.
Throughout her performing career, Vanessa Williams has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and multi-faceted entertainers in the world. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway music, videos, television and motion pictures. Come treat your ears and mind to and evening of magnificent music with this astonishing artist.
Produced by Fantasma Productions. Inc
A Garfield Christmas
Wednesday, December 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Garfield hit the big screen and now at the most wonderful time of the year this best loved fattest cat hits the live stage. He comes to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he is expecting. Along with Garfield comes Jon Arbuckle who disguises himself as and elf and of course Odie, the Red Nosed Rain-dog. Music and merriment create memories to “deck your halls with boughs of feline folly!”
Friday, January 14, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 15 8:30 p.m.
He sings the blues, He cooks the gumbo. He plays the guitar. He writes the tunes. He makes the hot sauce. He leads the band. He feeds the masses. He is the Sauce Boss! Bill Wharton mixes his own spicy Florida Blues and hot sauce right into the gumbo, and at the end of the show, everybody eats.
A culinary musical and gastric delight.
Moiseyev Dance Company
Saturday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Folk with flourish! Moiseyev’s genius is to capture the distilled essence of any subject he touches. This talent is visible in the extremely flexible feet of the 60- strong dance company from Moscow. Boots shooting out from folded knees, ankle-bending steps, fluid lines of circling women and daredevil athletes dazzle with dynamic moves. An evening of folk culture transformed into spectacular theater.
Over The Rainbow
Celebrating a century of HAROLD HARLAN
starring Tom Wopat & Faith Prince
Sunday, January 16, 3 p.m.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harold Arlen we invite you to come fly “Over the Rainbow” Concert-goers will experience this amazing composer’s life and music with rare behind-the-scenes clips from The Wizard of Oz. Starring Tom Wopat, Faith Price, Barbara Morrision, Loston Harris and an all-star jazz ensemble, you will be treated to such classics as “Stormy Weather,’ “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and the number one song of the 20th century. “Over the Rainbow.”
The Full Monty
Thursday, January 20, 8 p.m.
Friday, January 21, 8 p.m.
THE FULL MONTY is Broadway’s smash hit musical about six good buddies whose desperate plant to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes. Nominated for ten 2001 Tony Awards including Best Musical, THE FULL MONTY features a new book by Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally, and music and lyrics by pop composer David Yazbek. For a truly original musical comedy, you’ve just got to go for THE FULL MONTY!
Intended for broad-minded adult audiences
Tim Conway & Harvey Korman
Saturday, January 22, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Two comedians that have visited us in our homes over the years in their days on the Carol Burnett Show. “Together Again,” this old friends invite you to come and laugh with them as they bring their hilarious characters and side-splitting sketches to the King Center. Joining them is celebrity impressionist Louise DuArt, who will leave you laughing heartily as well.
Lim′on Dance Company
Sunday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
It was in 1946 when Jos′e Lim′on and Doris Humphrey founded the Lim′on Dance Company, a pioneering dance troupe from the early days of the modern movement. Today under the artistic direction of Carla Maxwell, this modern dance company remains both a living link to the history of dance and a vibrant spur of its future. “For drama, virtuosity and grace there’s no finer company, “The Village Voice,”
Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m.
Broadway’s first lady is coming to Brevard to sing for us! Throughout her illustrious career this Tony Award-winning actress has dazzled audiences with her perfrmance on stage, screen and in concert. Join us for a glorious evening of Broadway music, standards and favorites.
Vienna Choir Boys
Thursday, January 27, 8 p.m.
For nearly five centuries, the Vienna Boys have enchanted millions with their unique charm and exceptionally beautiful singing. Form their first visit to the United States in 1932 they have become the most popular choir ever to tour North America. Each season a new group of boys carries out the rich traditions of Vienna’s musical life tracing its roots to such composers as Mozart, Hydn and Schubert. The program features sacred works, secular and folk music.
Tuesday, February 1, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 2, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
From the writers of Les Mise′rables comes another of the most well-liked musicals of all time. The epic story of two young lovers torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and held together by a burning passion. And the fate of a small child has been a triumphant world-wide success. Now you can feel the heat, discover the exhilaration and give your heart to this award-winning classic love story- the legendary Miss Saigon.
Saturday February 5, 8 p.m.
Natalie Cole takes command of the stage like no one else. Her vocal power and stylish charisma have won over fans world-wide. Natalie interprets materials form almost every genre including contemporary pop, jazz, and R&B classics. She is truly “Unforgettable.
MOMIX – Baseball
Thursday, February 10, 8 p.m.
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. Their performance “Baseball” is Pendleton’s freewheeling multimedia tribute to America’s national pastime with music by James Brown, Queen, Loreena McKennitt and others. Relax and see the game make a home run!
Saturday, February 12, 8 p.m.
Sinbad the wild child, off-the-wall comedian, free as the wind, unpredictable force that can’t be harnessed is coming to the King Center. With explosive energy he stalks the stage telling real-life stories that mirror our foibles. He doesn’t deliver punch line: he slam-dunks them!
Saturday February 19, 8 p.m.
What do you get when you cross Jackie Chan with Benihana? For crazy chefs in a high energy percussion show, drumming, fighting and juggling their way to a glorious wedding banquet. It’s more fun than should be legally allowed. COOKIN’ is fast, funny, foot-tapping and breathtaking. Delightfully irreverent and undeniably spellbinding. COOKIN’ slices, dices, chops, and beats a zesty blend of Martial arts, samulnori drumming and dance with the tangy zip of your favorite B-movies. COOKIN’ will wet your appetite, tantalize your tast buds and leave you hungry for more!
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m.
Astonishing is the best way to describe China’s premiere acrobatic troupe as the display incredible acts of superhuman athleticism, grace and courage.
With twirling silks and fancy fans, these brightly costumed tumblers, acrobats, cyclists, jugglers and clever clowns provide family fun that will amaze you.
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Friday, February 25, 8 p.m.
An Evening to remember can be had with the enjoyment of the music of the Grammy winning Sweet Honey In The Rock, a all female a capella ensemble with deep roots in the sacred music of the black church. With stunning vocal prowess that captures sounds of the blues, spirituals, gospel hymns, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and rhythms accompanied by American Sign Language.
A new generation of circus performers. Cirque Eّloize encompasses diverse elements of circus, theater, dance, and music. Their new creation Rain, spotlights multidisciplinary performers specializing in contortion, trapeze, juggling, acrobatics and gravity-defying feats with luminous musically and pure poetry.
Thursday, March 3, 8.pm.
Few performers are instantly recognizable by only one name. Charo, twice voted Flamenco Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine, is one of those.
Born is southeastern Spain, she studied under Andres Segovia, father of the modern classical guitar.
She has become a household name, instantly recognizable for her big blonde hair, fractured English, high energy, bubbly personality and charming wit.
The Acting Company
Two Gentleman Verona
Tuesday, March 8, 8 p.m.
The Tony-honored Acting Company presents William Shakespeare’s riotous romp about the bonds of friendship and fidelity. Crazy clowns, baffled bandits, sassy servants and an unforgettable ill-mannered dog round out this rollicking comedy of disguise and deception.
Italian American Music Festival
With the Warren Bills Orchestra
Wednesday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Bellissimo! Back by popular demand, our performance this year again features one of the most liked about upcoming tenors on either side of the pop/classical divide, Micheal Amante. Also appearing is Deana Martin with a tribute to her father, Dean Martin.
Friday, March 11, 8 p.m.
In 2000, contact took New York City by storm, winning every major award for Best Musical. contact is made up of three sensual stories told almost entirely through dance about people in the wild pursuit of love. Music includes Rodgers and Hart “My Heart Stood Still,” pieces by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Bizet. Tobert Palmer, Dean Martin, The Beach Boys and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. The Hew York Times exclaimed that contact “restores the pleasure principle to the American Musical, It is that rare entertainment that leaves you floating all the way home.”
Intended for broad-minded adult audiences.
Band of Battle Creek
Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m.
This 30 member Brass Band of Battle Creek has been described as the all-star band of the brass percussion world’s elite. From swing to brass band classics, show tunes, pop, dance music, marches and Dixieland, the BBBC will wow you with their infinite veriety and world-class quality. “Their music is exciting, wholesome and all-American.” –Doc Severinsen.
Wednesday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Their talent is unmistakable, Their passion is fierce and their fast-clicking feet move with a joyous intensity that shakes up the floor that shakes up the floor- and the soul. They’re the Tap Kids. Nine exceptional tap dancers, ages 10 to 18, deliver an uplifting show with a resounding message of hope. Yes, they can sing too!
Art Garfunkel & The Brevard Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Remember those wonderful songs: “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Sounds of Silence,” “I am a Rock,” and “Mrs. Robinson.” Grammy Award-winning, Art Garfunkel joins The Brevard Symphony Orchestra for a memorable evening featuring the music of a generation.
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning composer/musician, Chip Davis, is one of the most successful innovators and entrepreneurs in music today. More than 25 years ago, he transformed instrumental music by mixing pop music with classical and rock styles into what ahs become known as the New Age Music genre. Once the “Steamrollers” started rolling it became a worldwide adventure. First time ever , this multi-media event will be on the King Center stage – come and enjoy the ride.