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Friday January 30, 2015  
7:30 pm Master Harold...and the Boys
With the metallic clink of a coin in a jukebox and the scratch of a needle on a record, the character Willie utters the conclusive words to his friend, Sam, “Let’s dream.” And so they do. Caught up in a whirlwind of post-World War II traumas and the suffocating tensions of racism in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the three actors of this masterpiece by Athol Fugard bang and clash against their fluctuating society in this tale of hope and escapism. $30 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Sunday February 8, 2015  
7:00 pm The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines have a unique musical recipe: hot jazz and sultry standards from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, sprinkled with rich New Orleans sounds, a dash of ‘40s Paris flavor, infused with vibrant musical surprises that captivate audiences. Steeped in salty stride piano and the music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller used to make, The Hot Sardines make straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. Show is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. All tickets $38 (more)

Wharton Center for Performing Arts (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday February 11, 2015  
7:30 pm Walnut Street Theatre
‘‘Mr. Mamet has written – in gentle ridicule; in jokes, broad and tiny; and in comedy, high and low – a love letter to the theatre. It is quite a feat, and he has pulled it off.’’ –The New Yorker A funny, touching, behind-the-scenes peek at actors battling to share the spotlight and a dressing room, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre follows older, experienced Robert and newcomer John. Tickets: $40 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Saturday February 21, 2015  
1:30 pm Long Lost Stories
In the corner of a forbidden attic sits a longforgotten trunk filled with mysteries and magical stories lost to the world for many years. Join two young explorers as they discover the trunk and are immediately captured by its secrets and the Long Lost Stories inside. This exciting treasure of tales includes stories from Italy (The Rainbow Goblins), Germany (King Grisly Beard), and Denmark (Osgood and the Dragon). Madcap Puppet Theatre brings big ideas and creativity to audiences of all ages w $9 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Friday March 27, 2015  
7:30 pm Chess- A Staged Concert
CHESS - A Staged Concert Book by Richard Nelson Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson “One of the best rock scores ever produced in the theater!” – Time Magazine Inaugural ĭmáGen Event! From the composers of Mamma Mia! and ABBA fame, and the lyricist of The Lion King and Jesus Christ Superstar The two greatest chess masters – one American, one Russian – compete to be the best in the world. But their greatest contest is for the love of the same woman. In a flurry of intrigue and international conspiracies, American Freddie Trumper and Russian Anatoly Sergievsky fight to take the queen in a romantic triangle amidst the heightened passions of the Cold War. This Tony-nominated cult rock musical explores love, loss and betrayal, and features the hit “One Night in Bangkok,” along with songs “Heaven Help My Heart” and “I Know Him So Well,” “Pity the Child” and “Nobody’s Side.” This exciting inaugural ĭmáGen staged concert event will showcase Broadway stars, local high school students and MSU Musical Theatre and Dance students in performance on the same stage as part of a new Musical Theatre Immersion Program at MSU, a new collaborative venture with the MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre. “Chess” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Performances at 7:30 on both 3/27 and 3/28 All seats $15; MSU student tickets available for $10. (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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