Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

It’s Pride Week in Milwaukee! Dear Ruthie highlights some of her favorite events. more

Dear Ruthie

Ahead of his guitar workshop at UWM, influential guitarist Leo Kottke chats about his lifelong love of guitar. more

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“Can the county afford a park system as extensive as it is today?” asks Wisconsin Policy Forum’s president Rob Henken. “Can Milwaukee County government continue its current level of support for things like the zoo, museum and the Marcus Center?” more

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On the first days of June, Milwaukee Ballet reprises Michael Pink’s innovative staging of Swan Lake. more

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“This production of The Magic Flute reprieves our 2009 production and remains colorful and picturesque in keeping with the spirit of Mozart’s sublime work,” says Florentine Opera’s William Florescu, though they will give it “a new original slant." more

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With Beauty and the Beast, the Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink adds another full-length ballet to a body of work that includes his original takes on varied literary sources. more

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Much like the mind of a high-energy teenager—seven to be exact—the play is bursting all over with all of sorts of ideas—and therein lies the biggest challenge. more


First Stage will present the world premiere of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s Antarctica, WI, a play that follows seven teenagers living in an unnamed but Milwaukee-like city, and attempts to capture the universal challenges of being young. more

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If the first few bars of a musical’s overture are greeted by a roar from the audience, chances are you’re sitting at a performance of Les Miserables. more


The Wisconsin Center District—a business-building entity overseen by a board appointed by the governor, mayor, Common Council president and the country executive—though few know it, is at the heart of what’s happening in Downtown Milwaukee. more

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Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, has had a complex and exciting artistic history. The English-language musical version, reprised under original producer Cameron Mackintosh, comes to the Marcus Center, March 27-April 1. more

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At last summer’s Fringe Festival, Danceworks artists Gina Laurenzi and Christal Wagner treated a full house at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theatre to a challenging, thoroughly engaging collection of original dance, music, spoken word and film. more


Upcoming concerts this week include Canada’s Ensemble Caprice, Milwaukee Musaik, Master Singers of Milwaukee and Shen Yun. more

Performing Arts Weekly


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UPAF begins its 51st-annual fund-raising campaign at a time when public education and public funding for the arts are in greater jeopardy than ever before. more

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This week’s theatrical openings in Milwaukee are highlighted by First Stage’s “Theatre for Young Audiences” take on the 1974 Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz. more

Performing Arts Weekly

This week’s theatrical offerings in Milwaukee are highlighted by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s eighth annual Rep Lab Short Play Festival—featuring eight diverse plays acted and directed by The Rep’s own Emerging Professional Residents. more

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Ruthie answers a small slew of dating-related questions. more

Dear Ruthie

The Shepherd Express Spring Arts Guide 2018 features interviews with six arts professionals who received training in Milwaukee. more

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If you don’t think you like opera, you just might like the double bill of Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis presented this weekend by the Florentine Opera Company at the Marcus Center. more

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The third annual Milwaukee Fringe Festival, which will take place Aug. 25-26 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, is accepting submissions from artists interested in participating until March 5. more