Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler has announced the full roster of its jam-packed winter season, featuring theatrical events, concerts and films for the entire family to enjoy. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 27 at noon at the Wheeler Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com).

These newly announced shows join a busy “Wheeler Wonderland” season that already includes, among others, The Del McCoury Band (December 6), comedian Heather McDonald (December 17), A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage (December 23), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (December 28), a New Years Eve celebration featuring the Infamous Stringdusters (December 31) as well as next year’s Aspen Laugh Festival (February 20-24).

Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler states, “The winter series is the signature series for the Wheeler every year. This winter’s roster includes programs representing a variety of genres – concerts, theatrical attractions, comedy, family shows, film, dance and more!”

When asked what she’s most looking forward to on the 2017-18 winter season, Buhler replies, “I’m very excited to introduce our audience to Che Malambo. I have a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and therefore have a real affinity for introducing new dance companies to patrons.” She continues, “And I can’t wait for Starship, The Commodores and the return of Gary Mullen’s One Night of Queen.” Buhler concludes, “There truly is something for everyone on this winter series. It is my hope that patrons will purchase tickets to the shows that they most prefer, but also select one or two that they might be interested in discovering too.”

2017-18 WHEELER WINTER SEASON | LISTED BY PERFORMANCE DATE

Writ Large | An Evening of Storytelling
Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM (FREE)
Curated by Alya Howe, Writ Large is Aspen’s only storyslam and involves true spoken-word stories told to a live audience with no scripts and no notes. Alya Howe is an award-winning UK born dancer, storyteller, poet, and performance artist. She is also the founder of Under Alya’s Umbrella, a performing arts organization under which she is currently the performing arts programmer of 3 local series; the Poetry Brothel, Writ Large, and the Salon.

A Holiday Family Film Event Co-presented with Aspen Film
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 PM (FREE)
Celebrate the season and get into the Christmas spirit with a festive film for the entire family!

The Del McCoury Band (co-presented with Wheeler Associates)
December 6, 7:30 PM ($40)
Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: “I’d rather hear Del McCoury sing ‘Are You Teasing Me’ than just about anything.” For fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans-count Gill among them—as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury has built a songbook filled with classics remade in his own image and a growing number of originals-songs like “High On A Mountain,” “Are You Teasing Me,” “Dark Hollow,” “Bluest Man In Town,” “Rain And Snow,” “Good Man Like Me, “Rain Please Go Away” and more.

Mountainfilm in Aspen presents On the Wall Shorts: An Evening of Climbing Adventure
December 12, 6:30 PM ($15)
Featuring award-winning short films Brette, Young Guns, Boys in the Bugs, Honnold Solos Lover’s Leap, The Hanging, and Freedom of the Wheels. Join special guest and professional climber Matt Segal, from the film Boys in the Bugs and Freedom of the Wheels for a talkback following the films.

Aspen Choral Society presents Handel’s Messiah
December 16, 7:00 PM ($15 in advance/$20 at the door)
One of four performances of The Messiah that the Aspen Choral Society will present throughout the Roaring Fork Valley this holiday season, Handel’s masterpiece is a staple of classic Christmas music.

Aspen Laugh Festival presents Heather McDonald
December 17, 7:30 PM ($45)
She’s back! Comedienne extraordinaire Heather McDonald is returning to Aspen after her hilarious 2016 Laugh Fest performance. This dynamic diva – comic, actress, director, podcaster, New York Times best-selling author – is one of the most sought-after stand-up comics in the biz. Her top-rated podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald is downloaded over one million times per month; and she recently debuted her first Showtime Stand-up Special I Don’t Mean to Brag. She polished her comic chops as a staff writer, story producer and regular on E!’s top rated show Chelsea Lately for its entire seven year run. Come hang with Heather!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
December 23, 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM ($35 kids/$55 adults)
Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new touring stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic animated television special – all set to Vince Guaraldi’s unforgettable music. Join Snoopy and the gang as they put on their own Christmas play and discover the true meaning of the season. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy!

Neil Berg’s Broadway – Holiday!
December 25, 6:30 PM ($60)
Direct from New York, five of Broadway’s brightest stars will take you on a journey through musical theatre history with classic shows such as My Fair Lady and South Pacific; ground-breakers like West Side Story and Chicago, to current blockbusters like Jersey Boys and Wicked. And, for some added sugar and spice, the all-star cast will mix in your favorite yuletide tunes to create the perfect holiday treat!

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
December 28, 7:30 PM ($88)
Mickey Thomas’s soaring voice propelled Starship through the 80’s and 90’s establishing him as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. Best known for their multi-platinum chart-topping hits “We Built This City,” “Sara,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” Starship has rocketed through four decades of touring. These pop-culture icons have cemented their rock legend status time and time again by providing soundtrack anthems to the hit TV show Glee, and the blockbuster films, Rock of Ages, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jason Latimer: Curator of Impossible Science
December 30, 4:00 PM & 6:30 PM ($32 kids/$42 adults)
Experience mind-bending, transformative, thought provoking illusion! Jason Latimer’s performances are unprecedented with 17 consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual, the title of “The Grand Prix ‘Best Overall’ World Champion of Magic,” and the title of series champion of the BBC One’s six live specials, The Magicians.

New Years Eve Celebration featuring Infamous Stringdusters
December 31, 9:30 PM ($95-$150 | Prices increase on December 15)
Ring in the New Year with a special performance by the Infamous Stringdusters featuring an open bar (wine and beer), appetizers, and complimentary champagne at midnight! The Stringdusters’ style and substance are uniquely Infamous. Since 2007, the band’s ever-evolving artistry and boldly creative collaborations — including Ryan Adams, Joss Stone, Bruce Hornsby, Joan Osborne, and Lee Ann Womack —have helped to make them the very model of a major modern bluegrass band.
Doors open at 7:45 PM with an open bar (wine and beer) as well as light appetizers until the concert. A complimentary champagne toast at midnight will follow the concert.

Aspen History 101 & Aspen Extreme
Co-presented with Aspen Historical Society & ACRA
Thursday, January 11, 5:30 PM (FREE)
The no-credit, fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College, hosts a crash course in local lore, featuring actors, song and dance. It will be followed by iconic 1993 film, Aspen Extreme, which tells the story of two ski bums from Detroit who ditch everything to live the ski instructor dream in Aspen.

Aspen Laugh Festival presents Matt Iseman
Friday, January 12, 7:30 PM ($22)
“Life is short, do what makes you happy.” That’s the advice that American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman got from his Dad when he quit medicine to pursue stand up comedy. And those words still guide Matt today. Headlining in venues all across the country, he talks ninjas, tells jokes, and proves that above all, laughter is the best medicine.

Birdtalker
Saturday, January 13, 7:30 PM ($28)
Melding the melodic sense of indie rock with the intimate sound of acoustic folk music, Birdtalker is a Nashville-based group whose won a loyal following for their evocative, organic approach. Birdtalker was formed in 2012 by guitarist and singer Zack Green and keyboardist and singer Dani Green.

Mountainfilm in Aspen presents The Stories of America
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 PM ($15)
An evening of short films celebrating the stories of America: from a stirring portrait of Flint, MI, to Cowtown the oldest weekly professional rodeo in the US (located unexpectedly in Northern New Jersey) to Memphis, TN, and the story of Calvin Genty in The Rugby Boys of Memphis. Special guests include Shane Young and Calvin Gentry from The Rugby Boys of Memphis.

The Met: Live in HD | Bellini’s Norma Co-presented with Aspen Music Festival & School
Thursday, January 18, 5:30 PM ($20)
Norma tells the story of a powerful woman who compromises her ideals for love, only to be betrayed by her lover. This Bellini masterpiece overflows with sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. The majesty and magnitude of The Met in the heart of Aspen.

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 PM ($100 VIP/$35 adult/$22.50 child)
The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more!

The Met: Live in HD Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Co-presented with Aspen Music Festival & School
Thursday, February 1, 5:30 PM ($20)
This full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, The Magic Flute, is conducted by James Levine and includes Golda Schultz as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, and Markus Werba as Papageno. It is an ode to love with sparkling arias, charming scenes, and ensembles of enchanting beauty.

Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano
Saturday, February 3, 7:30 PM ($45)
As a piano with one sour note passes from owner to owner, it takes the audience on a musical journey through American history told by Irving Berlin’s timeless songs. From Ragtime to the swinging 1920s to the songs that inspired a nation in the Great Depression, I Love a Piano embarks on an exuberant adventure with more than 50 Berlin classics, such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Declared an “unforgettable tribute” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, these songs do more than identify the music of a generation: they define the music of our country.

The Peking Acrobats
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 PM ($50 adult/$30 child)
Pushing the very limits of human ability, and defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control, for the last 32 years The Peking Acrobats have redefined the perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. Experience the breathtaking showmanship of The Peking Acrobats!

PostSecret: The Show
Saturday, February 10, 7:30 PM ($38)
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Based on the ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard, new secrets are posted online weekly and have since been curated into several books, including PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. PostSecret: The Show features projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist that guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets.

Che Malambo
Sunday, February 11, 7:30 PM ($50 adult/$30 child)
The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo, excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song, which originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. It evolved from competitive duels amongst the Argentine gaucho (South American cowboy) that tested agility, strength and dexterity.

GENTRI
Thursday, February 15, 7:30 PM ($45 adult/$25 student)
GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies. Critics have called GENTRI’s sound “strong, brave, and inspiring” as well as “anything but boring.” GENTRI has performed alongside world-renowned talent, including international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and legendary rock band Journey.

Mountainfilm in Aspen presents Stories of Nepal
Friday, February 16, 6:30 PM ($15)
An evening of short films inspired by the country and people of Nepal. Films include winner of the Mountainfilm in Aspen Audience Favorite Awards (Short Film 2017) The Last Honey Hunter, as well as Rinpoche Speaks and Lunag Ri. Special guests TBD for talkbacks following the screenings.

An Evening with Bruce Cockburn
Co-presented with Wheeler Associates
Saturday, February 17, 7:30 PM ($45)
For 40 years, this Canadian musical legend has been capturing in song the essence of human experience – while fiercely striving to make it better. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles.

The Magic of Bill Blagg – Live!
Sunday, February 18, 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM ($35 adult/$17.50 child)
To say that Bill Blagg has had a magical life would be no exaggeration! He is one of the nation’s top touring illusionists. His theatrical brand of magic thrills thousands of people every year. Bill’s live performances leave people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible in his own unique a way.

ASPEN LAUGH FESTIVAL

Colorado Comedy Night at the Limelight Hotel
Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 PM (FREE)
The perfect kick-off to the Aspen Laugh Festival, join us for an evening of Colorado comics, including a selection of Aspen’s favorites.

The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking
Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM ($40; Headliner Pass (See 4 Shows!) $170)
Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey – The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium. In their latest sketch comedy and improv revue, Look Both Ways Before Talking, The Second City puts their signature spin on the things you wish you could bring up in mixed company – just be careful who you share them with when you head back to the office!

Après Comedy Hour
Thursday, February 22, 4:00 PM (FREE)
After a day on the slopes, come join us for free après comedy, featuring up and coming comics that one day will be headliners themselves!

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, February 22, 7:30 PM ($60; Headliner Pass (See 4 Shows!) $170)
Fresh on the heels of the release of her hilarious new book, “The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness,” comedian Paula Poundstone is entertaining audiences across the country and leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter! Perhaps you heard her voice as “Forgetter Paula” in Pixar’s animated feature Inside Out, or saw one of her many appearances on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, CBS Sunday Morning, Carson Daly, or Weekend Edition! Poundstone can also be heard regularly on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Après Comedy Hour
Friday, February 23, 4:00 PM (FREE)
After a day on the slopes, come join us for free après comedy, featuring up and coming comics that one day will be headliners themselves!

Colin Jost
Friday, February 23, 7:30 PM ($75; Headliner Pass (See 4 Shows!) $170)
Colin Jost returns for his third season as co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update, alongside fellow cast member Michael Che. Jost joined the cast as a Weekend Update co-anchor in March 2014. Previsouly at SNL, Jost served as co-head writer since 2012 and as a staff writer since 2005. Jost has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL. He also wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film Staten Island Summer, based on his days as a lifeguide growing up in New York.

Jeff Ross
Friday, February 23, 10:30 PM ($52; Late Night Pass (See 2 Shows!) $77)
Jeff Ross. The Roastmaster General. A One Man Verbal Assault Unit. Pizza Enthusiast.
Known to the world as the modern-day Don Rickles, some of Jeff’s roast victims include Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, James Carville and Donald Trump (twice). His latest TV venture is the hit show, Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, on Comedy Central.
He’s also guest starred on Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and Fox’s The Simpsons, and Family Guy.

Après Comedy Hour
Saturday, February 24, 4:00 PM (FREE)
After a day on the slopes, come join us for free après comedy, featuring up and coming comics that one day will be headliners themselves!

Mike Birbiglia
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM ($75; Headliner Pass (See 4 Shows!) $170)
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. Birbiglia is also an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar.

Tiffany Haddish
Saturday, February 24, 10:30 PM ($55; Late Night Pass (See 2 Shows!) $77)
Tiffany Haddish is quickly establishing herself as one of the most sought-after comedic talents in TV and film. She can currently be seen starring in Universal’s Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall. VanityFair has called her “the funniest woman alive.”

Siro-A: A Techno Circus
Monday, February 26, 6:30 PM ($45 adult/$25 child)
The Golden Buzzer Winning Act from season 10 of America’s Got Talent SIRO-A is a non-verbal technodelic performance group from Tokyo, Japan. A sensational fusion of high-tech and human SIRO-A is a revolution in live entertainment, fusing mime, groundbreaking visual effects, and a techno soundtrack to bring their crazy imagination into reality.

Gary Mullen’s One Night of Queen
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 PM ($45)
The music of Freddie Mercury is alive and well! In One Night of Queen, tribute band Gary Mullen and The Works recreate the singular sounds of one the greatest rock groups of all time. Raise your lighters high for rock anthems “We Will Rock You,” We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more!

Los Lobos
Co-presented with Wheeler Associates
Friday, March 2, 7:30 PM ($55)
The Grammy-Award winning band Los Lobos had humble beginnings as a garage band in East L.A. Rolling Stone summed up their distinctive, diverse, freewheeling fusion of rock, blues, soul and Mexican folk music: “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together…to see how far it can take them.”

The Commodores
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 PM ($125 VIP/$89 regular)
For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry with hits like “Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” and “Nightshift.” Known as “The Legends of Motown,” The Commodores aren’t just any group, they have staying power. And, just like their hit song “Brick House,” the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge.

The Met: Live in HD Puccini’s Tosca
Co-presented with Aspen Music Festival & School
Thursday, March 8, 5:30 PM ($20)
Tosca is Puccini’s melodrama about a jealous diva, a cruel police chief, and an idealistic artist. The setting is Rome on June 17, 1800 as the powerful city awaits news about a battle in Northern Italy.

Under the Streetlamp
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 PM ($48)
In support of their third public TV special Rockin’ Round the Clock, Under The Streetlamp goes back to the music that has captivated audiences around the country! Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits, Under The Streetlamp performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Under The Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys, proving that retro never sounded so now.

Mountainfilm in Aspen presents Bill Nye: Science Guy
Sunday, March 11, 6:30 PM ($15)
Bill Nye: Science Guy chronicles Nye’s extraordinary life, including this new chapter, which has him traveling to Greenland to examine ice cores, debating prominent creationists and climate change deniers, speaking to college students and reflecting on his own childhood.

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 PM ($45)
Classic Albums Live takes the world’s greatest classic albums and recreates them live, on stage – note for note, cut for cut, exactly the way they sound on the album. In this show, some of the world’s greatest musicians will perform what might arguably be one of the most important albums ever created – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Aspen Laugh Festival presents Iliza Shlesinger
Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM ($45)
Iliza Shlesinger is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her debut one-hour comedy special, War Paint, reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2013. Iliza’s follow-up, Freezing Hot, a Netflix Original Comedy Special, sealed her title as one of the hottest touring acts in America, with Esquire Magazine listing her as one of the top working comedians today.

International Ocean Film Tour: Vol 5
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 PM ($15)
Adventure. Conservation. Ocean Life. Don’t miss the International OCEAN FILM TOUR featuring the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 PM ($25 adult/$17.50 child)
Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, 60 minute action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s award-winning book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat for ages 4 – 104!

The Met: Live in HD Rossini’s Semiramide
Co-presented with Aspen Music Festival and School
Thursday, March 22, 5:30 PM ($20)
Rossini’s Semiramide returns to the Met for a rare appearance full of dazzling vocal fireworks. Maurizio Benini conducts an all-star cast including Angela Meade as the murderous Queen of Babylon who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, sung by Elizabeth DeShong.

MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire
Friday, March 23, 7:30 PM ($38)
Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire. Composed by the hysterical mad men behind the long-running SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, Jon and Al Kaplan, MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through 7 seasons of the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Jaime and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans. We will transport you to Thrones’ magical locations (if you close your eyes) where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up Thrones’ notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex – plus worse yet a ballad or two. This show is preparing for battle across North America so saddle up and come on down to King’s Landing – and hold onto your swords!