Terry, Denise and daughter Abby McShane are a typical family in North Babylon, Long Island: blue-collar, lower-middle-class, and prone to sarcastic banter as their chief form of communication. Out of the blue, Terry is contacted by his ex-fiancée, Kathleen, a former Babylonian with a booming self-help empire. It’s a collision more than 25 years in the making. And the holidays have only just begun. . .
From Wisconsin’s own James DeVita comes this World Premiere comedy about two people trying to find a way to forgive each other- and themselves- for the past.
*performance dates and times can be found on our website.
November 27 – December 24, 2018, A Novel by Charles Dickens , Adapted by Mark Clements, Directed by Leda Hoffmann, Based on original direction by Mark Clements. Milwaukee’s Holiday Tradition! The Rep’s hit new adaptation, which broke box office records last December, is a tale of love, hope and redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. It’s a dazzling Christmas feast with enough theatrical goodies to fill any sized stocking hung by the chimney with care. “Uniformly spectacular…not to be missed” — OnMilwaukee. Running Time: 2 hours and 8 minutes with one 20 minute intermission. Recommended Age: 6 and up.
Milwaukee’s newest holiday favorite, Black Nativity is a heartwarming and moving gospel song play by Langston Hughes.
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes | Directed by Malkia Stampley
This family friendly classic is a retelling of the beloved Christmas Story through a combination of scripture, African American poetry, dance, and song.
“Black Nativity is an opportunity to use our recent stories to represent the storytellers, our neighbors, leaders, future leaders, everyday working folks, activists, warriors, and friends who desire to tell the good news of hope. These same people have stories of those who have overcome all odds to be the light and catalyst for change in their communities” says Director Malkia Stampley.
Featuring a talented local cast, this year’s production is presented by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, and features choreographer Christopher Gilbert, and music direction by Antoine Reynolds.
Marcus Center Box Office: 414.273.7206, Ticketmaster.com or MarcusCenter.org, Groups 10+ Call 414.273.7121 Ext. 210
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is a collaboration between Black Arts MKE and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
You can’t stop the beat in this big, bold, beloved story of one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this family-friendly show is filled with exuberant dancing and infectious music. Set in 1960s Baltimore, Hairspray follows the triumphant transformation of a teenager from social outcast to TV star who fights for everyone’s rights. Ages 9 and up.
November 13 – December 16, 2018, By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Directed by Kimberly Senior. A contemporary hit based on a classic. Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. In this clever and charming sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork written by the most produced playwright in America in 2017, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. An unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence and the chance to be the heroine of her own story. Told with exceptional modern wit and dazzling period style, this romantic comedy will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.
November 9 – January 13, 2019, Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Fran Charnas, Musical Arrangements by Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb and Dick Schermesser, Additional Orchestrations by Corey Allen, Directed by JC Clementz. An energy filled musical revue! Featuring five triple threat actor/musician/dancers, The All Night Strut! takes you on a musical journey through hits from the 1930s and 1940s from some of the greats including Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser and the Gershwins. From the funky jive of Harlem, to the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, it’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop and American songbook standards such as “Minnie The Moocher,” “In The Mood,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “White Cliffs of Dover.”
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