Performances

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

January 17th, 2020
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s, Paramount Records. A recording label that, at the height of the jazz and blues age, became for a brief, bright few years, the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest—and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way.  Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition

January 17th, 2020
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

After an artist friend’s unexpected passing, Mussorgsky paid homage by composing a suite of musical paintings inspired by his friend’s sketches. Music Director Ken-David Masur conducts Gorchakov’s orchestral arrangement of this colorful gallery — listen for the familiar, brassy “Promenade” throughout. Sergei Babayan, a pianist of “consummate technique and insight” (New York Times) performs Prokofiev’s passionate Third Piano Concerto.

The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Legend of Georgia McBride

January 17th, 2020
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Casey is a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way. When the owner of the run down bar where he works brings in a drag show to attract more customers, Casey is out of a job. Or is he? Filled with music, humor, and plenty of sequins, this joyful, acclaimed new play is a reminder that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected turn. Don’t miss this hilarious and heartwarming show taking the nation by storm.

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