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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 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Rocky Mountain High: A John Denver Tribute

The legendary John Denver evokes memories of an era in music, which was both inspiring and influential. He recorded nearly 300 songs, 200 of which he composed, which led to 12 gold and 4 platinum albums; he was also awarded an Emmy and two Grammy's. He was a brilliant song writer and a truly gifted performer. Ted Vigil, a man who, according to long-time Denver guitar accompanist Steve Weisberg, closely resembles John both physically and musically, is carrying on the tradition honoring this colossal music icon. Steve now accompanies Ted and is happy to once again be bringing the great compositions and hits of John Denver to audiences via a quality interpreter of Denver’s music. Ted is not an impersonator, but rather sings a tribute to this great man. People miss John Denver; Ted Vigil is doing his best to pay homage. His gift for the music and polished and energetic performing style presents a warm and delightful evening through some of the world’s most popular music.

May 2, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Nancy Drew and her Biggest Case Ever

Join us as history's greatest teen detective makes her First Stage debut in this world premiere adventure! In the small town of River Heights, Nancy Drew will face her greatest challenge as she seeks to solve the biggest mystery of her young career. A friend’s heirlooms are stolen, a mysterious stranger brings news of a missing fortune, and only Nancy can save the day. Clues are found, motives are revealed, but will Nancy solve the mystery in time? You will have to be there to find out!

May 4, 2014
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Fanfare and Finale

5:00 PM: MYSO presents the Prelude Orchestra and Flute Chorale in the Anello Atrium. 6:00 PM: MYSO features the Brass Choir, Junior Symphony Orchestra (MYSO’s Sinfonia orchestra plus selected Junior Wind Ensemble members), Junior Wind Ensemble and the internationally acclaimed Senior Symphony in Uihlein Hall.

May 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Letters Home

Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience. Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the piece includes a small number of correspondences from parents – their words, being no less important. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. They help define for the audience—patriotism and what it means to serve our country today, through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community and brotherhood. Collectively the production gives a voice to a generation that went to war against terror in Afghanistan and to war in Iraq. More importantly, the play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.

June 13, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Flag Day Celebration

Since 1969 when the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors, we have been proud to be considered part of the Milwaukee County’s War Memorial honoring those who have bravely served our country. As part of our continued commitment to honor veterans for their heroic service, we host a Flag Day Celebration each year in Peck Pavilion. Our program includes a Presentation of Colors, Invocation, Moment of Silence & POW Respect, a Keynote Speaker and more. There will also be community resource booths available with various information and entertainment. We hope you’ll join us as we “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living” at this very special tribute to the men and women of our military. This community event is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are needed.

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