If you can't get enough of theater this season, you'll definitely want to catch Asolo Rep's new "Extras" series. The series features special performances of music events, such as James Barbour Holiday concert, to laugh-out-loud stage attractions such as "The Passion of the Crawford" - about the Joan Crawford and her fascination with celebrity. Then there are shows like the sure-to-be-hit "One-Man Star Wars." That's right, one man will take audiences through the original Star Wars trilogy - light sabers, death stars, Chewbacca and all that comes with it.
Here's a complete list of Asolo Rep's Extras series
DEC. 21–22, 2010, 8 p.m.
JAMES BARBOUR HOLIDAY CONCERT 2010
James Barbour brings his Holiday Concert straight from New York for only two performances! Light
up your holidays with timeless selections like the “12 Days of Christmas, O Holy Night, Believe, and "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Barbour received Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed Broadway run in A Tale of Two Cities, playing Sydney Carton. (In The Mertz Theatre) $45--$60
DEC. 28–29, 2010, 5 & 8 p.m.
ONE-MAN STAR WARS FEATURING CHARLES ROSS
Writer/performer Charles Ross spent much of his childhood (and adulthood) in a galaxy far, far away. This high-energy, 75-minute piece takes you on a theatrical adventure at warp speed through the Star Wars trilogy, all performed by one man. Using body, voice and movement, Charles Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects and music, flies the ships and fights both sides of the battles. It’s a thoroughly entertaining cosmic experience! (Historic Asolo Theater) $28–$40
VALENTINES DAY, FEB. 14, 2011, 8 p.m.
BROADWAY LOVE SONGS A CONCERT WITH BARBRA RUSSELL AND RON SHARPE
Real life sweethearts and superb Broadway duo Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe perform the best of Broadway’s music. From Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy to the classical Broadway hits from West Side Story, Carousel, Les Miserables, Phantom and A Tale of Two Cities; plus, modern Broadway shows like The Spelling Bee and Avenue Q. Barbra and Ron perform this Valentines Day concert with special guests–their very talented children. (In The Mertz Theatre) $40--$60
APRIL 17–18, 2011, 4 and 8 p.m.
SECOND CITY PRESENTS FAIR AND UNBALANCED
The Second City has been rocking audiences with laughter for years; now they take on the Asolo Rep mainstage with 90 minutes of non stop hilarity. Fair & Unbalanced takes unbridled comic pleasure in the foibles of our politicians, celebrities and even our significant others. No institution escapes the satiric eye of The Second City – from the blowhards of the Beltway to the Hollywood elite. Ripped from the stages of Second City's legendary theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Fair & Unbalanced is a riotous ride through present day America. (In The Mertz Theatre) $22--$40
MAY 9, 2011, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
JOHN EPPERSON AS LYPSINKA AS JOAN CRAWFORD IN THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD
Utilizing almost entirely recorded sound bytes made with the participation of Joan Crawford, The Passion of the Crawford is not merely a Joan Crawford impersonation, but a fantasia on the persona of Miss Crawford. Lypsinka (the female brainchild of actor/writer John Epperson) and a guest actor reproduce interviews and speeches given by Crawford, in a humorous performance about the refraction of celebrity and the addiction to fame. The controversial, beloved and enormously contradictory 20th century star Joan Crawford, in all her fascination and complexities, is the centerpiece of this unique show, created by John Epperson and directed by Kevin Malony. (In The Mertz Theatre) $30--$55
Tickets will be available to subscribers and donors on Oct. 4 and to the general public on Oct. 18. Presale event is set for 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at http://www.asolorep.org/. Group discounts available. For more information, call 351-8000 or visit the Web site.