<em>The Hip-Hop Nutcracker</em>

2016-17 for the Eisemann

The Eisemann Center's new season includes The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, tributes to Marvin Gaye, George Carlin and Shakespeare's women, Paul Taylor Dance Company, a Bollywood revue, The Other Mozart and more.

published Monday, May 16, 2016

Photo: Courtesy Eisemann Center
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker



Richardson — The 2015-16 season for the Eisemann Center has been announced, including Mainstage shows, Spotlight Artists, and the Theatre Series. On the mainstage, it has the area premiere of The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, the biennial return of Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Taj Express, a Bollywood revue, tributes to Marvin Gaye, George Carlin and American Bandstand, a new tour of Greater Tuna directed by Jaston Williams, and more. In the Theatre Series, Sister and Robert Dubac return, plus a musical parody of fairy tales and Sylvio Milo's show The Other Mozart, about Mozart's sister. The Spotlight Series includes Tina Packer's Women of Will, about the women of Shakespeare.


Here's the complete news release, with descriptions, dates and subscription and ticket information:

The Eisemann Center and the City of Richardson announced the 2016-2017 Season of Eisemann Center Presents (ECP) at the Annual Season Preview Party on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The season includes our popular Theatre Series with four productions and 20 performances; the Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series with five productions and Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® with a total of four concerts. In addition we have nine MainStage Shows featuring a diverse mix of programming and artistic disciplines. Some of our more popular productions and artists from the past thirteen years are returning to join the season – Sister’s Back to School Catechism, Greater Tuna with casting and direction by creator Jaston Williams, A Band Called Honalee and the Paul Taylor Dance Company in their eighth appearance at the Eisemann Center. They will be joined by some outstanding new artists and shows for the Eisemann Center, including magician Adam Trent, The Original Stars of American Bandstand and Kelly Carlin, daughter of George Carlin in her new show about life with her famous father.





Sat, Oct. 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

ADAM TRENT is a star magician for a new generation of magic fans, fusing classic techniques, dancing, comedy and technology in a show that shatters stereotypes for those who think they’ve seen it all. His edgy, fun style has been described as ‘Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield’ and has put him on a fast-track to global fame. He performs over 300 solo headline shows each year, national and international TV appearances and performed in Broadway’s The Illusionists.



Sat, Nov. 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Brian Owens’ WHAT’S GOING ON: THE MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCE invites audiences to partake in a show combining the beloved and lesser-known hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye to deliver an event that honors the past and attends to the present and future. Brian performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” share space with “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets, along with perennial crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” and “Got To Give It Up.”



Tue, Nov. 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

This extraordinary event took place in 1914, the first year of the war, and was never again repeated. Thousands of men put down their guns and left their trenches to meet their enemies in No Man’s Land. They exchanged gifts of tobacco, rum and chocolates; even photographs of love ones. They sang songs, played a game of soccer and buried each other’s dead. Upon orders from above, they eventually returned to their trenches and re-instigated a war that would last four more years.



Fri, Dec. 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.



Thu, Jan. 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

In 1959, one man had an idea…Hire some buses, load up the brightest stars and a generation’s greatest songs and take the show on the road. Now THE ORIGINAL STARS OF AMERICAN BANDSTAND are back on the bus. Starring Shirley Alston Reeves, The Chiffons, Johnny Tillotson, Brian Hyland and Merrilee Rush. With 16 gold records and 75 chart hits, experience the music that defined a generation with your favorite singles such as "One Fine Day," "He's So Fine," "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Sealed with a Kiss" and "Let's Dance."



Sat, Feb. 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY, established in 1954, is one of the world's most highly respected and sought- after ensembles. This return engagement marks the company’s eighth appearance at the Eisemann Center – an ongoing relationship that has resulted in our hosting three World Premieres, and the filming of a documentary – Creative Domain. Educational activities will include a Master Class and an Open Educational Rehearsal.



Sat, Mar. 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

WOMEN OF IRELAND is not just another Irish dance show. WOMEN OF IRELAND is an innovative and exciting full stage concert production which showcases the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers. This isn’t just another Irish dance show, it is a production which brings together all that is great about the traditions of music, song and dance in Ireland and is unique in the way these genres are intertwined into a kaleidoscopic entertainment experience.

Photo: Courtesy Eisemann Center
The Other Mozart


TAJ EXPRESS − The Bollywood Musical Revue

Sun, Apr. 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

TAJ EXPRESS explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation will take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society during their 2017 US tour. The production is a high-energy celebration of India’s new pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.


GREATER TUNA – Directed by Jaston Williams

Fri, Apr. 21 at 8:00 pm; Sat, Apr. 22 at 2:00 & 8:00 pm

GREATER TUNA is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by ONLY two performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. Called “a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest” by DC Metro Theater Arts, GREATER TUNA has enjoyed worldwide success, including long-running engagements both on and Off-Broadway, at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Late Night with David Letterman, and as an HBO special. Two Actors, 20 Characters, 20 Million Laughs. The show is cast and directed by creator Jaston Williams.





Oct. 27-30, 2016 (Five performances)

It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You’re in store for another hysterical lesson with BACK TO SCHOOL CATECHISM: THE HOLY GHOST AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES. In this session we find out the Church's take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and goblins. Full of Sister's signature class participation, you may get hands-on experience in how to build a Catholic appropriate Halloween costume.



Nov. 17-20, 2016 (Five Performances)

Robert Dubac’s newest Off-Broadway hit, THE BOOK OF MORON, has been described as one of the most “Hilarious,” “Intelligent” and “Scorching” satirical attacks on idiocracy since Mark Twain. (And “idiocracy” isn’t even a word. How dumb is that?) The New York Times raves, “Riding shotgun with intelligence and absurdity, THE BOOK OF MORON crashes head first into the barriers of sex, race, religion, politics and the media. It may be offensive to some but there’s laughter for all!” Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, Dubac begins his journey with three simple questions: Who am I? What do I believe? What’s the point?


DISENCHANTED! The Hilarious Hit Musical

Feb. 16-19, 2017 (Five Performances)

What is DISENCHANTED!? Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!



Mar. 23-26, 2017 (Five Performances) Written by and starring Sylvia Milo

THE OTHER MOZART is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus − a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland). Directed by Isaac Byrne, THE OTHER MOZART is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters.




Eisemann Center Presents’ Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series is a Sunday matinee series for children and families of all ages. All Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series performances take place in the Hill Performance Hall. The popular Eisemann Extras program will enter its fourth season with pre-show activities designed to stimulate  and engage our youngest patrons. Admission for Extras is sold separately from Family Theatre Series subscriptions.



Sun, Oct. 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

DOKTOR KABOOM! performs original interactive Science Comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Join DOKTOR KABOOM! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.


THE FROG BRIDE with David Gonzalez

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

When a King sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies. The last returns with... A FROG?! THE FROG BRIDE is a hip adaptation of a classic Russian tale. Two outstanding musicians weave one of Prokofiev's classics with an original jazz-funk score, as David performs every role against a backdrop of stunning live video projection and moving images by painter Kandinsky. Filled with comic sparkle, THE FROG BRIDE with David Gonzalez is a "ribbiting" coming-of-age story.



Sun, Jan. 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Theatreworks' production of CHARLOTTE'S WEB is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman − she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.



Sun, Feb. 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that THE CAT IN THE HAT is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? This production is based on the book by Dr. Seuss.



Sun, Apr. 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

In Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in WE ARE IN A PLAY!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. A Kennedy Center commission based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems.





Sat, Oct. 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

A native of Los Angeles, Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. And while independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl, The Congregation has opted to stick together and create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world. This Spotlight Artist performance will take place in the Hill Performance Hall.



Sat, Dec. 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm

A BAND CALLED HONALEE is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live onstage once again. Ring in the holidays with PEACE ON EARTH, our joyous evening of Olde English Christmas carols, Celtic favorites and of course, Honalee's signature twist on iconic folk and folk-rock songs of the 1960s.

Photo: Courtesy Eisemann Center
The Women of Will



Fri, Feb. 3 at 8:00 pm & Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Part masterclass / part performance: Funny, fierce, deep and accessible, WOMEN OF WILL is the bonus content to Shakespeare’s plays that you have been searching for. Join master Shakespearean actor/dramaturg, Tina Packer as she deconstructs and conjures William Shakespeare’s most famous female characters. Ace actor Nigel Gore plays the Romeo to Ms. Packer’s Juliet, the Petruchio to her Kate. Together Packer and Gore’s stage alchemy creates the Shakespeare experience that Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls, “Marvelous!” and Jennifer Farrar of Associated Press hails as “Boundless and irresistible!” Presented in partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities.



Fri, Feb. 24 & Sat, Feb. 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

In her solo show, A CARLIN HOME COMPANION: GROWING UP WITH GEORGE, Kelly Carlin reveals what it takes to go from living in the shadow to standing in the light. Deftly weaving her amusing and poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and pulls back the curtain on their life together off stage.




30th Anniversary Season


Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® are piano concerts with broad, popular appeal and lively commentary, making the music more accessible and meaningful for all. Each piece is performed in its entirety and there is a question and answer session following the concert. Gain a whole new perspective and enrich your life with great music! If you’re a newcomer to classical music, you’ll be captivated to hear pianist Jeffrey Siegel talk about the great composers' lives and illustrate musical themes from each featured work. If you’re a seasoned listener, you’ll delight in Siegel’s fresh and intriguing insights into the music and be thrilled by his virtuoso performances. This is the 30th Anniversary Season of Keyboard Conversations® in the Dallas market.

Piano and music teachers may request one complimentary ticket for each ticket purchased (single or subscription) to bring a student to experience a Keyboard Conversations® concert.


Concerts for 2016-2017 are:

Fiesta! / Mon, Oct. 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm

The Genius of Chopin / Mon, Dec. 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

The Splendor of Schubert / Mon, Feb. 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Virtuoso Variations / Mon. Apr. 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm



Subscriptions for the Theatre Series are on sale to the public with a 25% discount on full series subscriptions ranging from $122.25 to $141.00. The Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series subscriptions range from $48.00 to $84.00, a savings of 25% off single ticket prices. The Keyboard Conversations® series subscriptions range from $84.00 to

$102.00 at a 25% discount off single ticket prices. All ticket prices include a $1.50 non-refundable facility maintenance fee.

Due to the artistic diversity of the MainStage Shows and the Spotlight Artists, these events are not packaged as a subscription series. All of these shows, as well as the other shows in the season qualify for our tiered discount flex program, in which you can create your own entertainment package with a minimum of any four shows and enjoy savings up to 20%. The Multi-Show Discount Program does not guarantee the same seats, but offers you flexibility of choice economically (different price levels and quantity of seats on a show-by-show basis), as well as artistically. If you are a subscriber to one or more of our subscription series, those shows will also count towards this discount package. All shows must be ordered at the same time in order to receive the discount benefits offered.

Single tickets may be purchased online at, by telephone and in person beginning Monday, July 11, 2016. For more information, call the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and one hour prior to curtain time for all events. Series subscription orders are on sale now at the Ticket Office. A digital version of the season preview brochure can be found online at

The Eisemann Center is a City of Richardson facility located in the Galatyn Park Urban Center at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, Texas. Eisemann Center Presents 2016-2017 Season sponsors include Methodist Richardson Medical Center, the University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts & Humanities and media partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA-TV and WRR Classical 101.1 FM. Additional support provided by Altrusa International of Richardson, Texas, Inc., Richardson East Rotary Club and Raising Cane’s Thanks For Reading

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2016-17 for the Eisemann
The Eisemann Center's new season includes The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, tributes to Marvin Gaye, George Carlin and Shakespeare's women, Paul Taylor Dance Company, a Bollywood revue, The Other Mozart and more.
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