Reubens to help induct Magnuson into WV Music Hall of Fame on Feb . 10

Published 7:39 am Thursday, January 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — Ann Magnuson’s career, which has spanned music, acting and the arts, has earned her many admirers.

When she’s inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on Feb. 10, two of them will help to bestow the honor on her.

Longtime fan Pee-Wee Herman, the alter ego of Paul Reubens, was completely taken with Magnuson’s 2017 project, “An Open Letter to an Open Letter – Dream Girl Reacts to the National Nightmare.”

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Reubens has enthusiastically agreed to tape a congratulatory video that will be played for the Charleston native during the ceremony.

His video submission will be accompanied by Kate Pierson, vocalist for the B-52s, who will induct Magnuson in person at the event.

The 2018 inductees for the hall are Hasil Adkins, Frank Hutchison, Ann Magnuson, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith and Kenova native Michael W. Smith.

The living inductees – Magnuson, John Morris of the Morris Brothers, and Michael W. Smith – will be present to accept their awards and perform. In addition, there will be performances by Tim O’Brien, Patti Smith and family, Southern Culture on the Skids, Mollie O’Brien, John Ellison and Alan Griffith.

The event is set for 7 p.m. at the West Virginia Culture Center theater. Advance general admission tickets are $75 ($95 at the door). “Preferred Tickets” are $250 each and include admittance to the Friday night Meet and Greet, the Governor’s Reception before the event and the after-show party.