“L.A. Law” stars Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry to “Make the Case for UPAF” at March 5 Event

“L.A. Law” stars Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry to “Make the Case for UPAF” at March 5 Event

Tucker spent three seasons with The Milwaukee Rep


MILWAUKEE, January 4, 2018- The husband and wife acting team of Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry will help The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) launch its 2018 fund-raising campaign with an event at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater on Monday, March 5. Tucker spent three formative seasons at The Rep between 1967-1970 honing his craft in such shows as “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Waiting for Godot,” “Amphitryon 38,” “The Three Sisters” and “The Prince of Peasantmania.”


Tucker and Eikenberry have a long show business resume –and marriage (1970)– but are indelibly remembered for playing attorneys Stuart Markowitz and Ann Kelsey on the hit NBC show, “L.A. Law” from 1986-1994.


“I was learning the craft at The Rep while UPAF was just getting off the ground,” said Tucker. “Milwaukee’s performing arts scene is recognized around the country for its excellence and that’s due, in large part, to the innovative funding model that UPAF provides and allows the arts to thrive. Jill and I are excited to return to Milwaukee to help make the case for UPAF.”


UPAF’s 2018 Campaign launch event starts at 5:30 p.m. and local media personality Andrea Williams will serve as the emcee and lead a question and answer session with Tucker and Eikenberry. A reception, hosted by the Intercontinental Hotel will immediately follow. Reservations for $10 can be made at (link).


“We’re thrilled that Michael and Jill are volunteering their time to come to Milwaukee and celebrate the performing arts,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president & CEO. “So many incredible artists continue to grace our performance stages and Michael and Jill’s connection to the community and generosity to our local arts scene makes their appearance so special.”


Potawatomi Hotel and Casino and Quarles & Brady are sponsoring the UPAF campaign launch event, with in-kind support from Marcus Hotels and Resorts and Delta Airlines.


About UPAF

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for over 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making our community a better place to live, work and play.  In 2017 UPAF’s 50th Anniversary Campaign raised more than $12.32 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating.


As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 14 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates.  More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.


United Performing Arts Fund

301 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 600, Milwaukee, WI  53203

Phone 414-273-UPAF (8723) Fax 414-273-0826


Jill Eikenberry

Michael Tucker

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