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THE GREATEST WAR: WORLD WAR ONE, WISCONSIN, AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS

November 11 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets:  $17.00 Day Of Show
Available by phone at 608-241-8633 or when the box office opens at 5:15.


THE GREATEST WAR: WORLD WAR ONE, WISCONSIN, AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS

A LIVE ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY SHOW

featuring

THE KISSERS  *   SEAN MICHAEL DARGAN  *  NOVEMBER CRIMINALS

THE VIPER and his FAMOUS ORCHESTRA

Tickets:  $15.00 Advance/$17.00 Day Of Show

ABOUT THE GREATEST WAR

On November 11, 2018 Madison, Wisconsin will join the world in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One. Presenting new music inspired by the “The War to End War,” this rock ‘n’ roll history show will explore the conflict and the effect it has had on Wisconsinites then and now. 21 songs about the people and events will be performed in front of a giant video wall displaying photographs, film, and newspaper headlines from the time. Songs will often be introduced through readings of letters and diaries from people overseas and at home.

Numbers such as Dear Mother and Happiest Mortal by The Kissers are based on letters written by soldiers from Wisconsin cities like Shawano and Stevens Point and a nurse who grew up on Few Street in Madison. Some of the major events of the time are depicted in Sean Michael Dargan’s In the Belly of the Lusitania and The Kissers Why Does It Have to Be Me? which dramatizes the negotiation of the armistice that ended the conflict. The Viper and His Famous Orchestra will skillfully perform period pieces Belgium Put the Kibosh on the Kaiser and How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?). Milwaukee’s polka hip hop group November Criminals bring the big concepts of the war into modern focus through their songs Over the Top and No Man’s Land.

Kissers frontman and The Greatest War’s Artistic Director Ken Fitzsimmons describes this as his most ambitious project to date. He has long had a passion for World War One and has written seven songs specifically for this independently produced show. The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum are donating archival materials, Blizzard Lighting is providing a 20-foot LED video wall, and Four Seasons Theatre is providing their expertise in creating large scale productions such as this.

No prior knowledge of World War One is needed to enjoy this concert. You only need an appreciation for good music and thoughtful lyrics along with a willingness to glimpse at the courage, despair, optimism, anger, hope, and sense of foreboding experienced back then by so many of our fellow human beings.

This amazing and truly original performance is for one night only!

The Greatest War website