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Sunset Playhouse [edit]
800 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI 53122
(262) 782-4430
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Sunset Playhouse, established in 1960, owns and operates a 297-seat theater in the Village of Elm Grove. Open year-'round, the Playhouse presents a diverse selection of comedies, musicals, dramas and theater for young audiences.
Upcoming events

Dec. 14, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016
SideNotes Cabaret Series: Holiday Belles

Ring in the holiday season with a sleigh full of jazzy harmonies and delicious melodies as Becky Spice, Kay Stiefel, and Peggy Peterson Ryan reunite to create a sparkling vocal confection of swing, jazz, and boogie-woogie. Together with an outstanding backup trio, Becky, Kay, and Peggy pay tribute to classic standards popularized by groups like The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, and other musical legends of the swing era. You’ll also be treated to a hearty helping of seasonal music to keep you in the holiday spirit. Don’t miss this opportunity to swing and sway with the cheeriest, merriest music that we all love!

Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
A Blast From The Brass II - New Year's Eve Gala Event

"What a celebration! Let's do that again!" That was the consensus on New Year's Eve and we agree. By popular demand, premier show band BtW returns to Sunset Playhouse to pay tribute to the groups that revolutionized blues, funk, and soul in the ‘60s and ‘70s. If you love rockin' out to the music of James Brown, Chicago, Steely Dan, and Tower of Power, we guarantee you'll be singing and dancing along with the forceful rhythms, powerful vocals, and electrifying horns of BtW. Celebrate the start of the New Year with an evening of dynamic rock music in the Furlan Audtiorium, followed by raffles, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight in the Studio Theatre. Doors open at 8:00, Show at 9:00

Jan. 19, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2017
You Can't Take It With You

This classic screwball comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and it’s been entertaining audiences ever since. Set in the large house of a rather batty New York family, sweet-natured Alice falls for banker’s son Tony. When her snooty, prospective in-laws arrive for dinner, the event is a disaster, capped with the arrest of everyone in the household. Madcap, warm, life-affirming…the New York Times calls this the “rare play that will have you beaming from curtain to curtain.” “Both genuinely funny and truly heart-warming.” ~The Guardian

Jan. 30, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2017
Musical MainStage Concert Series: Billy Joel & Friends

This celebration of singer-songwriters will pay tribute to folks like Simon & Garfunkel, Carol King, and the Piano Man himself.

Feb. 8, 2017 - Feb. 11, 2017
bug in a rug Children's Theater: Goodnight Lulu

Paulette Bogan's fabulous book is brought to life with crackling wit and huge laughs in the original musical. Saying goodnight can sometimes take a little coaxing and convincing, especially for Lulu the chicken. You'll help Momma hen get Lulu tucked in and fall asleep for the night. With permission from Bloomsbury Publishing.

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