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Tickets to Marshall Artists Series events make for unique gift ideas

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Dec. 10, 2012 @ 11:29 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Still worried about what to buy loved ones this holiday season? How about a chance to see a Motown legend live in Huntington, or star of stage and screen Ed Asner portray one of America's beloved Presidents - FDR, or catch the iconic Addams Family come to life before your eyes, or witness the legendary Broadway hit "Hair."

Get all your holiday shopping finished with just one phone call by contacting the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-6656 before Dec. 20.

The Marshall Artists Series is celebrating its 76th year of bringing entertainment to, not only W.Va., but the Tri-State as a whole.

Spring events for the Marshall Artists Series are as follows:

Ed Asner as FDR

Fresh from his recent stint on Broadway, Ed Asner will star as "FDR," performing in Huntington, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. This one-man drama is based on the long running Broadway hit "Sunrise at Campobello." "FDR" follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II.

Asner is mostly known for his TV character Lou Grant from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show." He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards and is the member of TV Academy Hall of Fame.

Smokey Robinson

Cabell Huntington Hospital presents Smokey Robinson, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Valentine's Day Weekend, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans more than four decades which began when Motown founded The Miracles while he was still in high school. The Miracles were Berry Gordy's first vocal group and they were a huge success.

Robinson later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of making hits with "Just to See Her," "Quiet Storm," "Crusin'" and among others, "Being with You."

Robinson eventually became VP of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. He wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including: "The Way You Do the Things You do," "My Girl," "Get Ready" and "My Guy."

Robinson has received the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate from Howard University, the National Medal of Arts Award and the Kennedy Center Honors. He has also been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.


The new Tony-winning production of the Broadway musical "Hair" comes to Huntington, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. "Hair" is about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. "Hair" features a number of unforgettable songs, including "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard."

According to The New York Times, "This thrilling, emotionally rich production delivers intense, unadulterated joy."

'The Addams Family'

Broadway's "The Addams Family" brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to life, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. This smash-hit musical comedy is "a visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!"

Tickets for all Marshall Artists Series events can be purchased in person at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center box office, over the phone at 304-696-6656 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Coming up

What: Marshall Artists Series spring semester shows

Box office phone: 304-696-6656

Shows: Ed Asner as FDR, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30; Smokey Robinson, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; "Hair," 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7; "The Addams Family," 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28


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