Performances

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes

December 5th, 2019 - December 15th, 2019
Black Arts MKE

Directed by returning phenom Antoine Reynolds for the first time this year, the production features his knockout crowd-pleasing musical arrangements. Reynolds explains, “The music is inspired by the emotional journey Mary and Joseph had to endure while bringing the savior into the world. As glorious as the occasion was, the endurance throughout the turmoil surrounding the process speaks to the resiliency and determination that comes with being called by God. The arrangements of the music in this production are designed to take you on that journey.”

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes opens Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15. Special pricing will be available for Community Night on December 5. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee, by phone at 414-273-7206 or online at https://www.marcuscenter.org/show/black-nativity-2018/ or Ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more should call Group Sales at 414-273-7121, x210 or x213. Special church group pricing is also available. For more information, visit MarcusCenter.org.

Elf The Musical

Elf The Musical

December 6th, 2019
First Stage

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy the Elf has spent his entire life at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not really an elf, he sets off for New York City to find his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his real father is on the naughty list and his half-brother does not even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the magic of Christmas. Based on the beloved 2003 holiday film, this Broadway holiday musical is sure to have everyone embracing their inner elf.

Performance runtime is approximately two hours, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 8 – 18+

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

December 6th, 2019
First Stage

“It is required you do awake your faith.”

False assumptions. Lost children. Truths revealed. Redemption found. Wonders appearing. First Stage’s award-winning Young Company brings us this genre-defying tragicomedy from the Bard.

Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 13+

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Rep’s hit new adaptation 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. Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge in this holiday classic the whole family will love.

Jeeves at Sea

Jeeves at Sea

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Featuring Matt Daniels, Kathryn Hausman, Chris Klopatek, Josh Krause, Diane Lane, Michael Stebbins. Bertie Wooster and Jeeves return for a new adventure on the high seas – or, at least, off the coast of Monte Carlo. Bertie and his chum Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth (aka Crumpet) are reveling in life aboard the fetching Lady Stella Vanderley’s yacht… until Crumpet discloses that he may or may not have murdered a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet is posing as his own long-lost twin, and a foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel! In Margaret Raether’s fourth adaptation of the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories, appearing for the first time in our Studio Theatre, can Jeeves prevent his master from being murdered – or worse, married?

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon

December 6th, 2019
Next Act Theatre

Wide-eyed Lucas Brickman is a fledgling comedy writer working with some of the funniest – and craziest – writers in 1950s television. While his colleagues try to top each other’s gags, head madman Max Prince contends with the NBC brass who are threatening to pull their groundbreaking show off the air. This hit Broadway comedy is an homage to Neil Simon’s early days writing jokes for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, alongside future legends including Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

Tickets for 7:30 performances are $39.

Messiah Sing Along

Messiah Sing Along

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Children's Choir

Enjoy the glittering lights, candles, and Handel’s glorious music. Join your voice with Executive Artistic Director Lynn Swanson and the Milwaukee community for Handel’s Messiah. The sing-along focuses on the principle of openness – everyone is welcome in the choir, and everyone is welcome in the performance. As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing.

Elizabeth Warne’s Onyx Chamber Orchestra will be featured at the event. Guests will also be joined by soloists Jenny Grokowsky, soprano; Sandi Lash, alto; Dr. Zachary Durlam, tenor; and Ben Bedrosky, baritone. Dr. Zachary Durlam will also give a brief pre-concert talk about the score prior to the downbeat.

Bring your own score or borrow one from us. Admission tickets are $8, or $5 with a donation of a canned good. Tickets benefit choristers of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and canned goods will benefit the Bayview Community Center.

The performance is held at Our Redeemer Lutheran, 10025 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. Free parking is available in the lot behind the church.

Experience music’s most powerful message of faith and join us. MCC’s Messiah Sing Along will be the highlight of your holiday season!

Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Bring the whole family to Milwaukee’s musical holiday tradition! Tony-nominated Broadway soprano Rebecca Luker (Showboat, The Music Man, Mary Poppins) joins the MSO for Holiday Pops, a musical jubilee of your favorite carols, classics, and sing-alongs, plus a handbell ensemble and other delights. This beloved event sells out every year!

Nunsense

Nunsense

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in dire need of emergency funds after a culinary disaster nearly wipes out the convent. The nuns pull out all the stops in a fundraising variety show featuring tap dancing, habit humor, an audience quiz and a special appearance by convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The clever story has an unabashed desire to make you laugh. With songs and comic interludes paced at break-neck speed, it’s a must see musical adventure!

The Nerd

The Nerd

December 6th, 2019
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

From the much-loved playwright of The Foreigner comes a new production of one of the funniest plays ever written. When Willum has an unexpected party guest, who turns into an unwanted houseguest, he executes an elaborate plan to rid himself of the wacky nuisance. Aided by a rag-tag team that includes friends, a would-be lover and an oblivious boss, creative acts of desperation quickly dissolve into utter mayhem. The twists and turns of this madcap comedy lead to an ending that leaves you feeling happily hoodwinked!

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