50 Best Acts of the Weidner Center

The Weidner Center of the Performing Arts has presented an astounding array of performances from Broadway to chamber orchestras to pop acts and numerous family events over its 20 plus years on the UW-Green Bay campus. In celebration of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary, listed below in no particular order is a compilation of the 50 best shows to ever grace the Weidner Center’s stage.

1. Yo-Yo Ma

YoYo Ma

2. Jerry Seinfeld


3. Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

4. Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet

5. Ray Charles

Ray Charles

6. Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis

7. Ann-Margret

Ann Margaret

8. Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

9. Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

10. The Phantom of the Opera

Scene from Phantom of the Opera

11. Miss Saigon

Logo for Miss Saigon

12. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

13. Anne Murray

Anne Murray

14. James Taylor

James Taylor

15. Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt

16. Tim Conway & Harvey Korman

Tim Conway and Hargey Korman

17. B.B. King

BB King

18. Madeline Albright

Madeline Albright

19. Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

20. David Copperfield

David Copperfield

21. Victor Borge

Victor Borge

22. George Carlin

George Carlin

23. John Denver

John Denver

24. Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Wynton Marsalis

25. Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller

26. Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

27. Marie Osmond & Donny Osmond

Marie and Donny Osmond

28. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons



30. Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

31. John Mellencamp

John Mellancamp

32. Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys

33. Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

34. Cats

Cats, the Musical

35. Lady Antebellum & Jason Aldean

James Aldean and Lady Antebellum

36. Riverdance


37. Les Miserables

Les Miserables

38. Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham and puppet

39. Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

40. Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis

41. Peter, Paul and Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary

42. Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan

43. Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

44. Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

45. Kenny G

Kenny G

46. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Scene from Beauty and the Beast

47. Rent

Scene from Rent

48. Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy & Bill Engvall

Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Bill Engvall

49. Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

50. Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

2 thoughts on “50 Best Acts of the Weidner Center

  1. Sorry, I disagree wholeheartedly on the Yo-Yo Ma at No. 1. I wanted to ask for my money back at that one.

    The concert was billed as YO-YO MA and the Silk Road Ensemble and it would have been more accurately been SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE with Yo-Yo Ma. It was almost entirely ensemble playing and, remarkably, very little that highlighted the Cello. He might have done one very brief solo number at the outset, but then was just one of many thereafter.

    Now, the group he assembled was excellent, the music was beautiful. But when you pay $75 to see Itzhak Perlman, for instance, you don’t get 90 percent symphony orchestra and 10 percent Perlman. The “Yo-Yo Ma” show was not.

  2. I was lucky to be at most of them and hope more will come. I thought the night with Gregory Peck should have been included!

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