From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to “Muskie Love,” from classical violinist Ilya Kaler to out folk duo Indigo Girls, a surprising range of entertainment is set to appear in Door County this summer. There’s a good chance you’ll find something on a starry peninsula night to tickle your funny bone or strum your heartstrings.
Out singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez spent years trying to make a go of it as an independent musician before achieving the recognition she deserves. Martinez found her groove on the 2011 season of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she was championed by musician and “Voice” judge Cee-Lo Green and won third place. The attention and acclaim she received not only increased the size of her following, but also earned Martinez a major-label record deal with Universal Republic.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced” was written by former Wisconsin resident and author Ayad Akthar and directed off-Broadway by Kimberly Senior, who also directs Door County’s Peninsula Players.
Melissa Ferrick, once known as the other Melissa – arriving, as she did, just a few years after Melissa Etheridge – has been out from the beginning of her career, unlike Etheridge. Ferrick made a name as a riveting live performer, famous for busting strings as she worked over her guitar. Initially a major-label artist in the early to mid-1990s, when the record execs thought it was profitable to have female singer/songwriters on their rosters, Ferrick later did time on an indie label, as well as her own.
Now in her fifth decade as a recording artist, singer/songwriter Cris Williamson was instrumental in the founding of the now-defunct Olivia Records, the influential, independent women-owned record label. Olivia released multiple recordings that have become iconic in the women’s music canon, including Williamson’s “The Changer and the Changed.” In the nearly 40 years since its release, Williamson has put out some 20 more discs, including her latest, the double-disc set “Pray Tell.”
Even William Shakespeare had to learn to walk before he could run. But from the least of his efforts there are still lessons to be learned.
“The Book of Mormon” is one of the funniest and most profane shows to appear on a musical stage. Maybe that’s to be expected, considering it’s the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of “South Park,” working together with “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez.
Russell Brand has a "Messiah Complex," and he's taking it on the road.
The British comedian announced that he's launching a world comedy tour focusing on Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ. Brand says the show examines "the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability."
7 p.m., June 27
Out and HIV-positive pop star Andy Bell has logged more than a quarter of a century as the charismatic vocalist of Erasure, one of electronic music’s most enduring and groundbreaking duos. Notorious for his dance moves as well as his penchant for eye-catching costumes – ranging from elaborate to skimpy – Bell has recently released a couple of solo discs and made a name on the DJ circuit.