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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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Oct. 6, 2016
Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

An electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premiere Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan, who is a dead-ringer for the legendary rocker. Backed by the rockin’ Rave On Band, their incredible musicianship helps ignite the stage and breathe new life into the music of Buddy Holly.

Oct. 7, 2016 - Oct. 7, 2016
Sister Carrie

This world-premiere production and professional recording of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s (Two-Time Grammy Award-winning creators of Elmer Gantry) new opera, Sister Carrie will take the stage of Uihlein Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to launch our 83rd season of great opera. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel (1900), the opera unveils the tortuous path to fame for a small town girl, as America industrialized and large segments of the rural populace flooded into an urban sea of humanity. Through rich melodies and brilliant libretto, Aldridge and Garfein have crafted an opera that brims and bustles with this monumental American moment. The celebrated mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala (who’s American premiere include The Adventures of Pinocchio and the world premieres of Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate) creates the role of Carrie, the young woman born into poverty who defies social and sexual norms to rise to stardom on the New York stage. The brilliant lyric baritone Keith Phares (“a strong contender for iconographic recognition”— Opera Newson Elmer Gantry) creates the role of Hurstwood, one of the great tragic characters of American literature: the established middle-class man who throws away his life in pursuit of Carrie. The author, Dreiser, an ardent lifelong Social Progressive, presented a view of the gulf separating the ‘leisure class’ from the ‘working class’ that was originally condemned as ‘sordid.’ His bleak and uncompromising depiction is still relevant today. This production reunites the creative team that won double GRAMMY® awards for the Florentine Opera recording of Elmer Gantry*, as conductor William Boggs (The two-time Grammy® Award-winning recording and Midwest premiere of Elmer Gantry 2010, Julius Caesar 2014) once again leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Chorus. The large cast of Sister Carrie includes Milwaukee favorites soprano Alissa Jordheim (Caramoor’sDialogues of the Carmelites 2015, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015 and Albert Herring 2013) and tenor Matt Morgan (NYC Opera’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015). Sister Carrie will be directed by William Florescu with lighting design by Noele Stollmack, scenic design by Kris Stone, and costume design by Rachel Laritz.

Oct. 9, 2016 - Oct. 9, 2016
Sister Carrie

This world-premiere production and professional recording of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s (Two-Time Grammy Award-winning creators of Elmer Gantry) new opera, Sister Carrie will take the stage of Uihlein Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to launch our 83rd season of great opera. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel (1900), the opera unveils the tortuous path to fame for a small town girl, as America industrialized and large segments of the rural populace flooded into an urban sea of humanity. Through rich melodies and brilliant libretto, Aldridge and Garfein have crafted an opera that brims and bustles with this monumental American moment. The celebrated mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala (who’s American premiere include The Adventures of Pinocchio and the world premieres of Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate) creates the role of Carrie, the young woman born into poverty who defies social and sexual norms to rise to stardom on the New York stage. The brilliant lyric baritone Keith Phares (“a strong contender for iconographic recognition”— Opera Newson Elmer Gantry) creates the role of Hurstwood, one of the great tragic characters of American literature: the established middle-class man who throws away his life in pursuit of Carrie. The author, Dreiser, an ardent lifelong Social Progressive, presented a view of the gulf separating the ‘leisure class’ from the ‘working class’ that was originally condemned as ‘sordid.’ His bleak and uncompromising depiction is still relevant today. This production reunites the creative team that won double GRAMMY® awards for the Florentine Opera recording of Elmer Gantry*, as conductor William Boggs (The two-time Grammy® Award-winning recording and Midwest premiere of Elmer Gantry 2010, Julius Caesar 2014) once again leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Chorus. The large cast of Sister Carrie includes Milwaukee favorites soprano Alissa Jordheim (Caramoor’sDialogues of the Carmelites 2015, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015 and Albert Herring 2013) and tenor Matt Morgan (NYC Opera’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015). Sister Carrie will be directed by William Florescu with lighting design by Noele Stollmack, scenic design by Kris Stone, and costume design by Rachel Laritz.

Oct. 11, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016
Disenchanted

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

Oct. 14, 2016 - Nov. 13, 2016
Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. A world premiere play. Book and Lyrics by John Maclay, Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch. Produced by special arrangement with GURMAN AGENCY, LLC, New York, NY. ™ & © Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC, GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered marks of Scholastic Inc. Based on Goosebumps® Phantom of the Auditorium. October 14 – November 13, 2016. Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school's new production of an old play about a...Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone's idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! For families with young people ages 7 – 16 and up.



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