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"Drumline," is a show-stopping attraction that brings the marching band tradition of America's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the theatrical stage.

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Performing Arts Series announces 2010-11 season

Broadway musicals, speakers, bands and acrobats coming to Athens

The Ohio University Campus Involvement Center recently released the Performing Arts Series schedule for the 2010-11 season. 

Season tickets are currently available, and individual ticket sales will begin Sept. 9. All shows will be performed in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (MemAud).

The series continues the tradition of a diversity of performances and global perspectives. From a circus imported from China, to a blonde lawyer from Broadway, to five sibling piano prodigies, to a humorist armed with a microphone, there is a show to satisfy almost any tastes.

Broadway's "Legally Blonde:" The hilarious film has been turned Broadway's new smash hit musical. "Legally Blonde" follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out for Harvard Law. Oct. 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

An evening with Mo Rocca:
The humorist and comedian, who has graced both "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and NPR's hit weekly news quiz "Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me!" will be coming to MemAud this November.  The current host of the Cooking Channels new "Foodography" will share his satirical and quirky outlook on life. Nov. 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

The Vienna Boys Choir, "Christmas in Vienna:"
Celebrate the season with a special holiday performance by the world's most beloved choir! A perfect showcase of its angelic vocal tradition, the choir's holiday program features everything from classical sacred music to today's popular festive songs. Audience members young and old will delight in the boys' distinctive charm and world-class talent. Dec. 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Drumline Live: This performance, created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox's hit movie "Drumline," is a show-stopping attraction that brings the marching band tradition of America's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the theatrical stage. With riveting rhythms, bold beats, and a versatile group of performers, the show features today's hottest R&B, hip-hop and classic Motown tunes as well as the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition. Feb. 2, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi:
Beauty. Strength. Precision. That defines the art of Chinese acrobatics and Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi is its ultimate showcase. Up in the air and on the ground, performers in elaborate Oriental costume combine balance and grace to perform daring feats. Contortionists contort high atop human pyramids, unicyclists ride on bouncing balls, and aerialists hang from strips of silk. Feb. 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

The 5 Browns: With sold-out concerts and screaming fans, The 5 Browns – siblings Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae - are redefining what it means to be classical musicians. By bringing fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tone of their sound, these twenty-something world-class concert pianists stun critics and shatter misconceptions about the classics. March 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Broadway's "Spring Awakening:" The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion audience members will never forget. Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage, as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. March 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.