“I Love A Piano” Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater November 4


October 21, 2016 [Milwaukee] –  Milwaukee Repertory Theater  continues the musical trend in the Stackner Cabaret 2016/17 Season with I Love A Piano featuring over 50 of Irving Berlin’s classic songs played and belted out by four quadruple threat actors that sing, dance, act and play the piano!  Starring Kelley Faulkner who returns to the Stackner after playing the title role in Always…Patsy Cline in 2012.  She’s joined by Steve Watts who was most recently seen in Ragtime, and newcomers Eric Shorey (Murder for Two) and Jane Labanz (Broadway’s Tuck Everlasting).


I Love A Piano is a story of a piano with one sour note that passes from owner to owner, it takes the audience on a musical journey through American history told by Irving Berlin’s timeless songs. From Ragtime to the swinging 1920s to the songs that inspired a nation in the Great Depression, I Love A Piano embarks on an exuberant journey of more than 50 Berlin classics such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Declared an “unforgettable tribute” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, these songs do more than identify the music of a generation: they define the music of our country.


I Love A Piano features direction by JC Clementz (The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, Forever Plaid), music direction by Associate Artist Dan Kazemi (Man of La Mancha, Ragtime), choreography by James Zager (Man of La Mancha) set design by William Boles (Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Second Nature and The Property), costume design by Sally Dolembo (Lyric Opera), lighting design by Aimee Hanyzewski (Liberace!) and sound design by Megan B. Henninger (Man of La Mancha).


I Love A Piano begins performances November 4 and runs through January 15, 2017 in the Stackner Cabaret.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.milwaukeerep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street).  I Love A Piano is sponsored by Executive Producers: Adlon Partners, Pete and Beth Gottsacker as well as Wayne and Kristine Lueders. The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.

::Fact Sheet::

I Love a Piano

November 4, 2016 – January 15, 2017 (Opening Night Sunday, November 6 at 7pm) in the Stackner Cabaret

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Conceived and Written by Ray Roderick & Michael Berkeley;

Musical Arrangements by Michael Berkeley; Directed by JC Clementz




Tickets: www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.

Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days, the office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.

Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.

35 & Under: Select tickets available for $20 for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)

Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.


Access Services

Audio-Described Performance: Sunday, November 13, 7:00pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.



I Love A Piano Public Performance Calendar

Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change


About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a World Premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.



The Milwaukee Repertory Theater is a Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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