Marcus Center for the Performing Arts


Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker is Milwaukee Ballet’s take one Tchaikovsky’s classical piece, with top notch dancers and a rapturing ambiance. more



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Director Malkia Stampley and her team locate the ancient story in today’s Milwaukee where a child is born to a homeless Black Mary and Joseph under a local viaduct. more


Dear Ruthie shares her calendar of events pertaining to the LGBTQ community in the greater Milwaukee area. more

Dear Ruthie


Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

First Stage has produced The Best Christmas Pageant Ever nine times since 1990, as it is a popular story about compassion, empathy and love. This year, for the first time, the story has been adapted as a musical. more


Dear Ruthie shares her advice on manners and courtesy, then gives us a glimpse of her calendar of LGBTQ events in the Greater Milwaukee area. more

Dear Ruthie

Milwaukee’s performing arts groups greet the season with an array of holiday-themed shows as Christmas approaches. more

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Photo Credit: Rick Brodzeller

About Milwaukee Ballet, Luz San Miguel says, “Right away, I felt this is my place. I found home.” She wraps up her Milwaukee Ballet career with Dracula. more

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“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


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

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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

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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

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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

Visual Arts


Photo Credit: Michelle Owczarski

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


Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

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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