Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

News Features

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

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