Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

“Nate the Great is a brand new ‘whodunit’ musical based on the popular series of children’s detective stories written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat,” explains First Stage director Niffer Clarke about their upcoming production. more

Performing Arts Weekly


Photo Credit: Carlisle Floyd

An interview with composer Carlisle Floyd about his opera Prince of Players, which will open the Florentine Opera’s season this month. more

A&E Feature

A family of arts patrons congregated Aug. 25-26 at the Marcus Center to enjoy a cornucopia of performances featured at Milwaukee’s Fringe Festival. more


The Marcus Center’s Broadway Series promises to be diverse, engaging with something for everyone, offering a wide selection of musicals with four shows making their Milwaukee debuts. more

A&E Feature

The Milwaukee Fringe Festival’s third year featured some truly intimate theatrical experiences. more


The 2018 Milwaukee Fringe Festival offers a lineup of more than 20 sets to experience on the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. more

A&E Feature

A feature interview with Shepherd Express Assistant Editor of Arts & Entertainment John Schneider on his 2018 Milwaukee Fringe Festival performance, Where or When: The Life and Songs of Lorenz Hart. more

A&E Feature

This year's Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair will feature a plethora of custom pieces available for purchase -- ranging from museum-quality furniture to hand-made stoneware vessels. more

Visual Arts


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Optimist Theatre’s King Lear proves to be a timely production about politics and personality. more


In many ways, Milwaukee would seem blessed by its abundance of theaters and performance venues for both the fine and popular arts. But, is it an over-abundance? more

News Features

Ruthie answers a question from a reader dealing with roommate issues, and another from a reader dating a guy with a superhero fetish. more

Dear Ruthie


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The Broadway touring production of An American in Paris is every inch a dance lovers’ musical. more


The pedigree of An American in Paris: A New Musical, which is coming to Milwaukee for a one-week engagement starting June 26, is both fascinating and unique to the annals of the stage musical. more

A&E Feature

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

Music Feature


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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

A&E Feature

“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

A&E Feature


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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

A&E Feature


Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

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