Performances

Gretel!

Gretel!

February 29th, 2020
First Stage

Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister berate her and waste all of their food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to find Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have ever imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – this musical for the entire family is not to be missed.

Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 8 – 15+

Jazz Heritage Festival

Jazz Heritage Festival

February 29th, 2020
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jazz combo performances by the young musicians in the Jazz Studies program as well as clinics led by professional jazz musicians.
Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Gretel!

Gretel!

February 29th, 2020
First Stage

Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister berate her and waste all of their food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to find Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have ever imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – this musical for the entire family is not to be missed.

Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 8 – 15+

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

February 29th, 2020
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this genre-bending musical sensation played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway telling the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. To walk away, you’ve got to leave something behind – and so Hansel Schmidt does, transforming into Hedwig. With her new identity, Hedwig escapes the iron curtain to begin life with her freshly-minted American husband. Everything seems perfect until her husband leaves. With nothing left, she returns to her first love — music. Don’t miss “the best rock musical ever” (Rolling Stone)!

Warning: show contains explicit content

The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Legend of Georgia McBride

February 29th, 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.

Gretel!

Gretel!

February 29th, 2020
First Stage

Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister berate her and waste all of their food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to find Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have ever imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – this musical for the entire family is not to be missed.

Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 8 – 15+

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Beethoven's Violin Concerto

February 29th, 2020
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Marwood, a violinist of “golden tone and surefire musicianship” (Washington Post), takes the stage to perform Beethoven’s revolutionary Violin Concerto, a technically demanding stunner that demonstrates the power and potential of both the instrument and the performer. The MSO welcomes rising star conductor Gemma New for these concerts which begin with audience favorites by Stravinsky and Ravel.

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

February 29th, 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.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

February 29th, 2020
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this genre-bending musical sensation played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway telling the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. To walk away, you’ve got to leave something behind – and so Hansel Schmidt does, transforming into Hedwig. With her new identity, Hedwig escapes the iron curtain to begin life with her freshly-minted American husband. Everything seems perfect until her husband leaves. With nothing left, she returns to her first love — music. Don’t miss “the best rock musical ever” (Rolling Stone)!

Warning: show contains explicit content

No Wake

No Wake

February 29th, 2020
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Featuring James Pickering & Hannah Shay. With determination (and a bullhorn), elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. While the two initially grate on each other, they slowly forge a unique intergenerational bond, opening up one tentative moment at a time and encouraging each other to truly acknowledge their loneliness and loss. This World Premiere by Wisconsin writer Erica Berman is a humorous and poignant tale of two individuals learning to take back control of their lives.

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