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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts [edit]
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-7206
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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.
Upcoming events

April 5, 2015 - April 5, 2015
Sazama's Fine Catering Easter Brunch

Sazama's will give $5 to UPAF for every reservation made that mentions they were referred by UPAF! This Easter Sunday, bring the entire family to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to experience the most delectable Easter Brunch in downtown Milwaukee! Sazama's Fine Catering, a division of Saz's Hospitality Group and the exclusive caterer at the Marcus Center, offers delicious culinary creations and a wide array of European Food Stations, as well as kitchen-prepared items-to-order by Chef Dan. You'll delight in the beautiful views of the Milwaukee Riverwalk through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the exceptional Bradley Pavilion. And, to top it off, the Easter Bunny will have left treats for the kids! Parking is complimentary in the Marcus Center parking structure, and the Skywalk connects you to the 3rd level, where the Bradley Pavilion is located. Make Sazama's Fine Catering Easter Brunch your annual Easter tradition! Reservations available by phone at 414-276-2030 or email -

April 9, 2015 - April 12, 2015
Men Are From Mars... Women Are From Venus: LIVE!

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story and based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and will be playing to audiences around the United States and Canada throughout the year. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! Starring in this theatrical comedy is PETER STORY. Peter has appeared on CSI, Without a Trace, Ugly Betty and recurring roles on The Tonight Show and Rob Lowe’s The Lyon’s Den. He is a proud alum of the New Harmony Project and an avid storyteller with The Moth on NPR.

April 10, 2015 - April 26, 2015

A world premiere play by Alvaro Saar Rios Just when you think you know the story… there is always more! The discovery of a pink wrestling mask in her Nana Lupita’s briefcase sends an inquisitive Vanessa on an uncharted exploration into her Mexican American heritage, revealing family secrets that change her forever. Starting in 1960s small town Texas to present day Milwaukee, LUCHADORA! unmasks the significance of family traditions and the cultural identity that is shared by generations. For everyone ages 7 and up.

April 17, 2015 - April 19, 2015
Blue Man Group

BLUE MAN GROUP is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “BLUE MAN GROUP is what every live performance aspires to be.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that BLUE MAN GROUP is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget!

April 20, 2015
Mark Twain Tonight!

Mark Twain Tonight! is a one-man play devised by Hal Holbrook, in which he depicts Mark Twain giving a dramatic recitation selected from several of his (Twain's) writings, with an emphasis on the comic ones. When the calendar turned to 2014, it laid down a milestone for the longest running show in American Theatre history – the 60th year for Mark Twain Tonight! Clive Barnes of The New York Times reviewed Hal Holbrook’s third New York engagement in 1977: “Hilariously funny.” Holbrook has shown us Mark Twain the social critic, whom George Bernard Shaw called “America’s Voltaire.” The show never stops evolving. “Mark Twain never stops surprising me,” says Holbrook. “He’s kept me fired up and asking questions most of my 89 years.” The New York Times: “Mr. Holbrook’s material is uproarious, his ability to hold an audience by acting is brilliant.” It was called “one of the treasures of the American Theatre” by Life Magazine. This is no museum piece – it is acting of the first order. From the moment Hal Holbrook steps on stage, you simply take for granted that Mark Twain himself is up there talking to you. To attempt so demanding a full evening tout de force is risky at any age, and I confess to wondering how well Mr. Holbrook would hold up under the strain. I rejoice to report that he is better than ever!” - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

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