By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Mar 07, 2017 at 12:03 PM

If you are one of the hundreds of fans who couldn’t get a ticket to see "McGuire" at The Rep, reach for your wallets because the show is coming back in June for a limited run.

After an eight-week sold-out run, the play – written by Dick Enberg and starring Milwaukee native Anthony Crivello – has proven so popular that The Rep will stage a rare summer run from June 1-18 in the Stackner Cabaret.

Enberg was a broadcast partner of the former Marquette coach and wrote the one-man play with the help of Milwaukeeans Cotter Smith and his wife, Heidi Mueller Smith. Cotter Smith was the first actor to play the part and performed it around the country. Heidi was the director of that production.

Crivello teamed with director Brent Hazelton to create a performance that sold out every performance. Broadway star Crivello, one of the best actors in the country, is positively eerie in his portrayal of the legendary McGuire years as a broadcasting team, thus creating a memorable friendship.    

Crivello was courtside with McGuire during the 1974-75 basketball season as captain of the Marquette cheerleading squad. He later went on to be an Honored Member of Marquette University’s Century of Scholarship and the recipient of the Marquette University’s College of Speech & Communications distinguished 2003 Communicator of the Year Award. Just this past year, he was inducted into the Marquette University/The Diedrich College of Communications "Hall Of Fame" and honored with a plaque on permanent display in Johnston Hall.

The current production opened Jan. 24 and will end March 19. You can read the review here.

Tickets for the special limited engagement of "McGuire" can be purchased online at, by phone at (414) 224-9490 or in person at the ticket office, 108 E. Wells St.

Performance are Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. The Stackner will open one hour prior to showtime and will feature a full bar with a limited dessert and snack menu.  

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

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