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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
June 16, 2010
For immediate release

Potter Center season features variety of music, comedy, family events

Jackson Community College welcomes standout entertainment to the Potter Center for the 2010-11 season! Individual tickets go on sale July 19. For more information, visit, or call 517.796.8600.

The 2010-2011 season will include:

Crazy White Boys Tour: Mark Wills and Josh Gracin

8 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010

Award-winning country singer Mark Wills has scored eight top 10 hits and has made a name for himself as the gifted interpreter of such tender sentiments as “Wish You Were Here” and “Don’t Laugh At Me.” His hit-packed musical legacy also includes his unforgettable ballads “Places I’ve Never Been,” “I Do (Cherish You),” and “She’s In Love.” Josh Gracin, who hails from Westland, Michigan, first gained national attention as a finalist on American Idol. His hits include "I Want to Live,” “Stay with Me (Brass Bed),” “Nothin' to Lose” and “We Weren’t Crazy.” Tickets $32, $27 and $22.

Forever Plaid

4 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2010

Forever Plaid is a funny, feel good musical for all ages. This critically acclaimed show is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony “guy groups.” Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. This quartet of high-school chums’ earnest dreams of recording an album ends in death (literally and indeed, symbolically). The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. Among the songs they sing during the course of the musical include “Three Coins in the Fountain," ”Gotta Be This or That,” “Moments to Remember” “Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.” Tickets $26, $24 and $21.

NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour

8 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2010

Check out your favorite finalists from NBC’s Last Comic Standing as they bring their winning blend of stand-up comedy to the stage! This latest tour will feature some of the funniest comedians who hit the road together to provide people all across the country with tons of laughter. Tickets $32, $29 and $26.

An Evening with LeAnn Rimes

8 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2010

LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. LeAnn is the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category. Her current album, “Family,” marks the first time Rimes has written or co-written every song on an album and garnered two Grammy nominations. She recently won the CMT Award for “Collaborative Video of the Year” with Bon Jovi, and the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for her song, “Ready for a Miracle.” LeAnn has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went #1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” which is the second-longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. Tickets $58, $53 and $48.


Leahy Christmas Show

4 p.m. Sunday, December 12, 2010

Leahy is the Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who mystify audiences whenever they play. The band is a whirlwind triple-threat of fiddle-driven music, dance and vocals augmented by keyboards and percussion. Their music combines the influence of their Irish and Scottish roots with their inherent desire to widely travel the musical map. This show features a mix of Leahy’s favorite Celtic medleys and traditional Christmas carols. Tickets $26, $24 and $21.

Brian McKnight

8 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2011

Brian McKnight is an American singer, arranger, producer, pop and R & B musician, as well as host of his own evening talk show. He has released 11 albums to date, seven of them have gone platinum, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Brian has received numerous awards including Soul Train Awards and Image Awards, and numerous nominations including Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and American Music Awards. His hits include “One Last Cry,” “Crazy Love,” “On the Down Low,” “Love of My Life” and his #1 crossover hit, “Back At One.” Tickets $45, $42 and $38.

Menopause The Musical

8 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back by popular demand isMenopause The Musical! Set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage! It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal! This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s and culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change. Tickets $45, $40 and $35.

New Shanghai Circus

7:30 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2011

The New Shanghai Circus will amaze and astound you with their agility and flexibility. Experience the exhilarating performance art of the Orient with more than 40 talented performers waiting to transport you to the exotic Eastern locales of China. Elegant Eastern dance and acrobatics along with magic and beautiful music make this show a must-see! Thrilling acts include the lion dance, jar juggling, hoop-diving, trapeze, aerial ballet and much more! Tickets $25, $22 and $18.

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show

8 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011

Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the “Carol Burnett Show.” After the Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in “Mama’s Family,” which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows. “Mama” has attained almost a cult status among her legions of loyal television viewers, who still enjoy her in reruns twice daily throughout most of the country. Vicki's brand of comedy will keep you in stitches from beginning to end. Tickets $30, $28 and $25.

Flying Karamazov Brothers

8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Flying Karamazov Brothers are a continuing experiment in comedy, theatre, music and, of course, juggling. This unique group blends the worlds of performance art, improvisation, word play, harmony, emotion and above all virtuosity into a unique form of theatre and entertainment. Taking their cue from Shakespeare, they bring art and accessible entertainment to the stage. Whether you are 2 or 92, audience members will laugh at the same moment for very different reasons. Tickets $25, $22 and $18.

7 BRIDGES: The Ultimate Eagles Experience

8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to Southern California’s most famous musical group, The Eagles. Comprised of six talented musicians, each bringing his own style and flair to the group, 7 Bridges is intent on delivering a near replica of a live EAGLES performance that is so precise, so intense, so unbelievable, as to be mistaken for the masters themselves. 7 Bridges is a veritable tour de force of talent, technical accuracy and engaging entertainment and includes the Eagles greatest hits “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” and deep album cuts like “Ol’ 55,” and “Those Shoes,” and even Don Henley and Joe Walsh/James Gang solo material like “Heart of the Matter,” “Dirty Laundry,” “Walk Away” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” Presenting a performance that is a raucous, rock & roll show one minute and an intimate acoustic show the next, a 7 Bridges show is suitable for music lovers of all ages. Tickets $28, $25 and $21.

The Cab Calloway Orchestra

8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011

You won't forget it: those smooth shiny instruments all in a row, the soloist singing and playing their hearts out, the silky smooth ensemble passagework, those spicy brass harmonies, the whole room bouncing and swaying to the irresistible rhythm, everybody singing “HI DE HO!” It must be The Cab Calloway Orchestra, now under the Baton of Cab's grandson, Calloway Brooks. The Calloway family has been dazzling audiences since the 1920s and this year is no exception. Calloway Brooks, along with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, deliver both the authentic sound of a hot Jazz Orchestra and a snazzy stage style ... bringing out a Jump, Blues, and Boogie experience of “Swing that is king and Jive that's alive.” Tickets $27, $24 and $21.

Comedy Series

Dr. Etta, Family Specialist

Real Life—Real Problems—Real Prozac

7:30 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2010

A new one woman show from Award Winning comedian, Etta May. Dr. Etta (Family Specialist) is a hilarious and heartfelt look at the breakdown of the American family. It’s common sense for the common man. The family of the 21st century is deathly ill and Dr. Etta has the cure! This two act play, staged as a seminar, makes you laugh one minute and cry the next. The star of the sellout tour, “Southern Fried Chicks,” is a regular on CMT and winner of the prestigious Female Comic Of The Year award. Etta May is a seasoned performer with a huge fan base and reputation that adds up to an incredible following. A favorite of XM & Sirius radio’s comedy channels plus the syndicated Bob & Tom show, Etta May has national appeal. Tickets $25 and $20.

Late Nite Catechism’s SISTer’s Easter Extravaganza

7:30 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011

Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers the time worn questions of the season like “Why isn't Easter the same day every year like Christmas?” and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps. Sister answers questions about pet heaven and the significance of those adorable baby chicks! Classroom participation is a must, so don’t forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat! Tickets $25 and $20.

Still to come:

April 2011 – In the Mood

With a big band orchestra, singers and dancers, In the Mood presents a retro 1940s musical. Experience the music that moved a nation's spirit and helped win a war. Date and time to be announced.