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The Blue Man Group comes to Huntsville on Feb. 19.
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The Blue Man Group comes to Huntsville on Feb. 19.

That's the ticket!
Fill stockings with passes
to concerts and shows

By Barry Sublett
bsublett@decaturdaily.com 340-2448

Stumped on what to give the hard-to-buy-for folks on your Christmas list?

How about giving them the hottest ticket in town?

Internationally acclaimed Blue Man Group, a Broadway blockbuster, the queen of country music and world famous horses are coming to Huntsville's Von Braun Center in early 2007. Decatur's Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts welcomes a Tony Award nominee and a television actor in a comical stage play, a return performance by political satirists and a singer/songwriter with ties to Alabama.

Blue Man Group

Energetic Blue Man Group, which debuted in the 1980s on the streets of New York City, brings its "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0" to Huntsville on Feb. 19. Tickets are $49.50 and $75, available at www.ticketmaster .com or by calling (800) 277-1700.

"After downloading a tongue-in-cheek 'how-to' manual on becoming a rock star, Blue Man Group is joined by an eight-piece band. Together, they take you through, step-by-step and song-by-song, every head-bobbing, fist-pumping moments of a real concert with constant high-tech interaction with their audience," said tour producer Paul J. Emery III.

"Blue Man Group embraces the rules, rituals and raw excitement of that most primal of group experiences: the arena rock concert," he added.

'The Producers'

"Mel Brooks has put the comedy back into musical comedy. "The Producers," the biggest Tony Award winner in Broadway history, features choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Performances are Jan. 12 at 8 p.m., Jan. 13 and 2 and 8 p.m., and Jan. 14 and 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30.50-$52.50. Call Broadway Theater League at 518-6155.

Here's how the story starts: Max Bialystock is coming off a string of shows that flop. Into his life comes a young CPA, Leopold Bloome, who decides to help Bialystock create another flop - on purpose - with the $2 million that Bialystock can wheedle out of his investors, a bunch of lovelorn elderly women who pay him for a little attention.

If the show is a bust, the investors won't get their investments back, and Max and Leo can live off what's left after mounting the show. If, on the other hand, the show is a success, they're in trouble because they'll have to pay back the women.

You guessed it. The worst script they can find, by Franz Liebkind (Jesse Coleman), turns out to be a hit with the public. The huge "Springtime for Hitler" production number in Act II is so creepily funny and offensive that you realize you are in the deepest hole of black comedy. Another highlight is "Little Old Lady Land," with rousing choreography performed with walkers.

Royal Lipizzaners

Royal Lipizzaner Stallions perform ballet en hoof there Jan. 14.
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Royal Lipizzaner Stallions perform ballet en hoof there Jan. 14.
Graceful ballerinas dance en pointe. Graceful horses "dance" en hoof.

Royal Lipizzaner Stallions perform traditional movements and exercises presented at the world-renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna, along with routines set to Spanish music and Big Band sounds of the Swing era.

The Lipizzaners' ballet is more than 400 years in the making. Their leaps and maneuvers known as "airs above the ground" were born on the battlefield and were said to "strike fear in the hearts of foot soldiers who opposed their well-born riders."

Gen. George Patton is credited with saving them from extinction at the end of World War II. He led a rescue mission of the horses, who were being held at German Remount Depot at Hostau, and allied prisoners who cared for them.

Jan. 14 performances at VBC are at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets, available by calling (800) 277-1700 or visiting www.ticketsmaster.com, are $19.50-$27.50.

Loretta Lynn

From humble beginnings in Butcher Holler, Ky., Loretta Lynn's powerful voice earned her the title "Queen of Country Music."

She performs Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at VBC. Tickets are $35-$45. Call (800) 227-1700 or visit www.ticketsmaster.com.

Among her many hits are "Coal Miner's Daughter," "One's on the Way," "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'."

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell, whose music is a form of blues that mines the veins of country, folk, gospel and pop, performs Jan. 11 at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.
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Kate Campbell, whose music is a form of blues that mines the veins of country, folk, gospel and pop, performs Jan. 11 at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.
Mississippi native Kate Campbell brings "a roller coast of musical emotions" to Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 11. Tickets are $15-$22. Call 340-1788. Her concert mixes music with storytelling and Southern culture.

Joining her will be Alabama musician Spooner Oldham, known for his trademark soulful keyboards. He has played and recorded with artists like Neil Young, Everly Brothers, Hank Willaims Jr. and Percy Sledge.

'Private Lives'

Noel Coward's 1930s comedy about two bickering ex-spouses who rekindle their passion while on honeymoons with new mates comes to Princess on Jan. 18.

"Private Lives" stars Kathryn Meisle, a Tony Award nominee for her role in "Tartuffe," and television actor Stephan Caffrey, who has been seen on "The Practice" and "Judging Amy."

Tickets are $25-$40. Call 340-1788.

The Capitol Steps

The 25th anniversary tour of The Capitol Steps makes a Princess stop on Feb. 2. Tickets are $30-$40. Call 340-1788.

The troupe of Congressional staffers turned comedians poke fun at political leaders and events.

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