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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

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.

Feb. 16, 2017 - Feb. 19, 2017
SideNotes Cabaret Series: It Might As Well Be Swing - Swing Explosion featuring Pete Sorce

Swing into spring with sweet musical treats for your special Valentine as PETE SORCE returns to Sunset’s SideNotes Cabaret to present an evening of delightful and memorable standards. Backed by the exciting and versatile SWING EXPLOSION, Pete and the band will bring you the best of the Great American Songbook. You’ll hear vocals in the style of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Michael Bublé. You’ll also be treated to classic instrumental tunes by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. Performed by an outstanding sextet of first-rate musicians, these timeless songs will have you tapping your toes.

March 2, 2017 - March 19, 2017
Little Shop Of Horrors

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, has devoured the hearts of theater-goers for over 30 years. Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II"--after his coworker crush. This R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it-- BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination! Suggested for mature audiences One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the charmingly tongue-in-cheek musical has been produced worldwide to incredible success.

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