Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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

Mar 13, 2018 1:39 PM 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

Feb 27, 2018 3:52 PM News Features

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

Feb 20, 2018 11:48 AM 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

Feb 13, 2018 2:31 PM Performing Arts Weekly

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

Feb 13, 2018 1:38 PM 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

Jan 23, 2018 1:40 PM A&E Feature

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

Jan 22, 2018 3:59 PM A&E

First Stage takes audiences of all ages on a musically rich journey of epic adventure and redemption in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Jan. 12-Feb. 11. more

Jan 9, 2018 1:58 PM A&E Feature

Ruthie answers questions from fitness enthusiast readers. Exciting upcoming events include: screenings of Tom of Finland in Chicago beginning Jan. 5; ARCW’s Jolly Holly Folly, Jan. 7; and pole dancing classes for voluptuous women beginning Jan. 9. more

Jan 2, 2018 2:06 PM Dear Ruthie


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Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker features stunning visuals and a kid-friendly atmosphere. This year’s staging mark’s the company’s 40th anniversary production. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:28 PM Classical Music


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For the third year and counting, the Marcus Center has teamed with its resident company, Black Arts MKE, to present Langston Hughes’ song play Black Nativity. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:28 PM Theater


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First Stage’s A Charlie Brown Christmas has everything you could want in a kid-themed special: The whole Peanuts gang is here—Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally and, of course, Snoopy. It runs through Dec. 31 at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater. more

Nov 28, 2017 1:10 PM Theater


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Inheriting the Jake Black role, Rob Colletti gives a bravado comic performance, but it’s his rapport with his tiny castmates that steals the show. more

Nov 23, 2017 9:05 PM Theater


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Local theatrical productions this week are headlined by Annie by Skylight Music Theatre and Theatre Gigante’s one-man show, 7 (x1) Samurai. But, there’s much more, too! more

Nov 14, 2017 11:59 AM Performing Arts Weekly

Exciting upcoming events include: Hillary Clinton’s appearance at the Riverside Theatre, Nov. 9; a Harry Potter Party at D.I.X., Nov. 11; and a beer and soda bust at Kruz, Nov. 12. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:07 PM Dear Ruthie


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The Milwaukee Ballet brings Artistic Director Michael Pink’s ballet theater rendition of La Bohème, considered one of the company’s finest achievements after its 2012 debut, back to the Marcus Center for another run. more

Oct 31, 2017 1:24 PM A&E Feature

Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 27, when the Marcus Center presents a multi-arts collaboration of epic proportions celebrating the centennial of seven artists instrumental to creating the Great American Songbook. more

Oct 24, 2017 2:10 PM A&E Feature


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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you!” sing a pair of children to their favorite car, and that’s likely to be the audience’s impression. more

Oct 10, 2017 3:40 PM Theater


Regretfully, 20 years after its premiere, Jonathan Larson’s Rent is still very relevant to our lives and culture. more

Oct 4, 2017 2:36 PM Theater