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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts [edit]
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Wisconsin's premier entertainment showcase, is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet and First Stage Milwaukee. It is also a presenter of hit Broadway touring shows.
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Feb. 18, 2016 - Feb. 20, 2016
The Eve of Jackie

The Eve of Jackie is a closer look at Jackie Wilson, live in concert, on an evening when he feels compelled to reveal his true feelings. This particular evening, he shares his thoughts on his accomplishments and struggles in his personal life and career in show business. The show celebrates Mr Excitement starring Broadway sensation Chester Gregory!

Feb. 18, 2016 - Feb. 20, 2016
Whats Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience invites audiences to celebrate the hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye. Brian Owens performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” share space with “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets. No Marvin Gaye song list would be complete without classics like “Let’s Get It On” or “Got To Give It Up.” At its heart, Brian Owens’ Marvin Gaye Experience is about preservation and upholding the tradition of true soul music. The show prominently features a suite of pieces from Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album, which Brian counts as one of the most socially important artistic works in the history of American music. In light of recent events in and around Ferguson Missouri where he resides, Brian says the show also speaks to a heightened sense of urgency and the prophetic beauty of Gaye’s 1971 work.

Feb. 23, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2016

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Milwaukee! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Feb. 25, 2016 - Feb. 26, 2016
PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: Unheard Voices is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions, and confessions. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind never-before-seen secrets: sexual, sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made one of the most popular blogs in the world. With half a billion visitors, half a million anonymous secrets received and the release of 5 bestselling books, artist, curator and internet phenomenon Frank Warren has put together a team of theatre professionals to bring life to the unheard voices of PostSecret. With the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: Unheard Voices is a breakthrough in audience sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing, you are not alone.

Feb. 26, 2016
The Snow

When an epic snowfall seemingly imprisons the residents of the tiny village of Kishka, young Theodore Sutton proposes the villagers build a catapult to fling him and six of the village’s bravest and strongest out over the snow in search of a solution. The catapult is hastily assembled and Theodore and the heroes are launched over the snow and into the grandest of adventures. Whimsical and humorous, dark and mysterious, heartfelt and sincere, this world premiere play weaves a fantastical Grimmsian tale for the entire family. Honoring our state’s own frozen tundra and our rich history of Germanic folk tales, First Stage is proud to offer “The Snow” as the next original production in The Wisconsin Cycle, First Stage’s series of new plays that celebrate the history and people of Wisconsin. For everyone ages 8 and up.

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