Saturday, April 2, 2011

An Evening with Garrison Keillor Monday at the Palace

Humorist celebrity speaker and National Public Radio personality Garrison Keillor will captivate audiences with his dry sense of humor, class, and charisma when the Palace Theater in Waterbury presents An Evening with Garrison Keillor on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. True to his popular radio form, Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” Minnesota-born and raised, Keillor is the living embodiment of the Midwestern spirit. Each week, he shares his thoughtfulness, old-fashioned values, and dry humor through his legendary, critically-acclaimed radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." More than 3 million listeners on more than 450 public radio stations listen to the show each week, and millions more discovered the show through the hit 2006 film adaptation, which starred Keillor, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and Lindsay Lohan. Keillor has received numerous awards for his extensive repertoire, including a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days. He has also received two Cable ACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recently was presented with a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. PBS’ acclaimed series, American Masters, honored Keillor by airing the documentary, The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, which follows Keillor through a year of taping A Prairie Home Companion and meeting his many fans throughout the United States. He has appeared at Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, and other major concert halls as a member of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and he has performed on his own in one-man shows across the country and on tour broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion. His shows are undoubtedly sell-out events, as the popularity of Lake Wobegon and A Prairie Home Companion continues to grow around the country, as audiences of all ages become exposed to this Midwestern sensation. Before the show, a 5:30 pm pre-show dinner will be held in the Poli Club, located in the Mezzanine Level of the theater. Dinner is $40 per member and $50 for non-members, which includes tax, service fee, coffee and tea. A cash bar is also available. Seating is limited and reservations may be made when purchasing tickets through the Box Office. Tickets for An Evening with Garrison Keillor, which is sponsored by Bank of America and WSHU Public Radio Group, can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury. Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounted rates and should call the Group Sales hotline at 203-346-2002.

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