Press Releases

August 5, 2016 Personal Publicity 480-839-9474
Huntsville, AL


Paula Poundstone photo - Photo Credit Michael SchwartzOn Friday, September 9th Award-Winning comedian Paula Poundstone comes to the Von Braun Center, in Hunstville, AL with another hilarious show! “The 1st batch of homework lies will be hot by then.” says Poundstone.

Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone is legendary for her razor-sharp wit, self-deprecating humor and a spontaneity with a crowd that hands-down is without peer. Her quick thinking, unscripted approach is the perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! where she holds the record for game losses. "The others cheat," she says magnanimously, "you wouldn't think NPR would put up with that."

Paula tours regularly. Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe, writes about Paula’s standup: “You know Poundstone’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one -- there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” Poundstone’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time," she claims.

The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. One of her dreams came true when she was cast as “Forgetter Paula” in Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2016. On June 28, 2016, her first “double live” CD debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” list. Entitled North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live! (HighBridge), it was recorded at memorable performance stops in Bayfield, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. Says Poundstone, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.” Paula is also an author. She has written two hard cover books, the second to be published by Algonquin Books on May 9, 2017. Her commentaries have been seen on CBS News Sunday Morning.

Paula’s long list of accomplishments includes being the first woman, after 72 years, to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner. Only four women have followed in her pioneering footsteps. She rocked the comedy establishment when, in 1992, she won the Cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special, the first woman to do so. Cited over and over again for her comedic originality, Paula is an American Comedy Award winner, and is included in Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. But Paula considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats, and one ant left from her ant farm.
Listen to Paula’s new CD

Fri. 8:00PM / Tickets: $35 - $45 / Call: 800-745-3000 /
The Von Braun Center is located at 700 Monroe St. Huntsville, AL 35801

To request an interview or additional press materials, please contact Debbie Keller / PH: 480-839-9474


ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY Sunday, Oct 9th at 7:30 PM

(Monday, July 18, 2016) — The Von Braun Center and 35 Concerts are pleased to present contemporary jazz artist Chris Botti, performing one show only at the Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Sunday, October 9th, at 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $42 to $62, plus service charge, and go on sale Friday, July 22nd at 10:00 AM. Tickets can be purchased at the VBC Box Office,, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

Impressions, Botti's 2012 Columbia Records and Grammy winning release, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums – including When I Fall In Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009) – that has firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.

With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

Don’t miss Chris Botti, In Concert at Von Braun Center, Sunday, Oct 9th, on sale Friday, July 22nd at 10:00AM. Get tickets at the VBC Box Office,, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.


Touring Musical is Stage Adaptation of CBS’ Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time

Huntsville, Alabama – August 15, 2016 – The Von Braun Center and 35 Concerts are pleased to announce that the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical ( The family favorite will play the Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 PM for one performance only. Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during three North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour -- a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel) – kicks off November 14. Tickets range from $32 to $62, plus service charge, and go on sale Friday, August 19 at 10:00 AM and can be purchased at the VBC Box Office,, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults and we are so excited to bring the show to fans in Huntsville,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom.
Projections, costumes and characters will be faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage. Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they hear full performances of additional iconic songs associated with the TV special, such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?
Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances and other locations where Rudolph is appearing, such as at theme parks, zoos, aquariums and science centers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Iconic Entertainment Studios and Premiere Producers LLC.

Media Contacts: Dan Grody / John Tellem, Tellem Grody PR, 310-313-3444 /