MSNBC political commentator and host Rachel Maddow is coming to Tucson.

The Emmy-winning and wildly popular TV personality will make a rare appearance with UApresents on April 6 at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus. Tickets ($30 to $55, with student and UA discounts available) go on sale Feb. 8 at the Centennial Hall box office or online at

Maddow's "The Rachel Maddow Show" was the most successful show launch in MSNBC history when it first aired in fall 2008 and led to the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times naming her a breakout star. chimed in on the lovefest when it named her one of the top 10 political newcomers that year.

Since then, Maddow, the first openly gay person to host a prime-time news program, has been critically acclaimed for her work tackling politics and the big stories of the day with in-depth analyses and a host of respected guests and experts.

Her April 6 "An Evening With Rachel Maddow" show begins at 8 p.m. and will include 30 minutes of talk and 30 minutes of answering audience members' questions.

Maddow's show is part of UApresents' "An Evening With ..." series, which last weekend hosted Carol Burnett. Next up in that series is legendary Broadway star Barbara Cook on Feb. 22 at Fox Tucson Theatre.

Cathalena E. Burch