Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets for events held at the Marcus Center, including off-Broadway and Broadway shows. The 2015-16 season includes: “Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story On Stage,” “Wicked,” Disney’s “Newsies,” “Cabaret,” “Once,” and “Kinky Boots.” Hours: 11:30-9 weekdays, 12-9 Saturdays and 12-5 Sundays. 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 273-7206 Website: www.marcuscenter.org.
The Milwaukee Theatre
Downtown Milwaukee's elegant Milwaukee Theatre offers a year-round calendar of top-shelf live entertainment including concerts, Broadway shows, comedians and more. 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 908-6001; www.milwaukeetheatre.org.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
A multi-disciplinary, cultural arts center that offers performances by world-renowned musicians, dance companies, and theatre groups; arts education programming and outreach: visual art classes, the Ploch Art Gallery with changing exhibitions by Wisconsin artists; and two annual festivals every summer and fall: the Wilson Center
Guitar Competition & Festival and the Hidden River Art Festival. Located at 19805 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park. Telephone: (262) 781-9520; www.wilson-center.com.
The Skylight Music Theatre
Performances covering the full spectrum of music theatre from musicals to opera. 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7800; www.skylightmusictheatre.org.
Milwaukee’s five-star comedy club has been bringing comics direct from television, cable and the movies to Milwaukee for nearly two decades. Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays. 615 E. Brady St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 271-5653; www.milwaukeescomedycafe.com.
Milwaukee’s longest-running comedy show offers improvisational comedy based on audience suggestions. Originating in Milwaukee, the show has expanded to 23 U.S. cities, Berlin and Manchester, England. Performances Fridays and Saturdays; Saturday matinees geared toward kids. Reservations recommended. 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 272-8888; www.comedysportzmilwaukee.com.
Original, topical, multimedia dance-theatre performances and collaborations. 527 N. 27th St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 277-8151; www.dancecircus.org.
Danceworks' mission is to enhance the joy, health and creativity of the community through performances, classes and outreach activities that integrate dance and other art forms. 1661 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 277-8480; www.danceworksmke.org.
Ko-Thi Dance Company
Celebrating 47 years in 2016, the dance company has earned an international reputation for innovative African and Caribbean dance. The adult ensemble produces two major shows per year and is a professional affiliate of the UWM Peck School of the Arts. Ton (Little) Ko-Thi is the children's ensemble. 342 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 273-0676; www.ko-thi.org.
Milwaukee Ballet’s 46th season breathes new life into an incredible collection of 19th century literary classics, including “Dracula,” “The Nutcracker,” the North American premiere of “Dorian Gray” and “Alice (in Wonderland).” “Kaleidoscope Eyes” celebrates the music of the Beatles. 504 W. National, Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 902-2103; Website: www.milwaukeeballet.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts - Dance
Offers several opportunities to experience live contemporary dance and the only African Diaspora program in the country. 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.arts.uwm.edu/dance.
Wild Space Dance Company
Led by 2011 Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company has intrigued audiences for three decades, merging dance with visual art, architecture and music to create inventive choreography and emotionally-charged performances. 820 E. Knapp St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 271-0307; Website: www.wildspacedance.org.
Early Music Now
In its 29th season, Early Music Now continues to present the area's only series devoted to historically informed period instrument performances of Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque ensembles from throughout the world. The 2015-16 season offers six ensembles performing in Milwaukee landmark venues on Saturdays. 759 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 225-3113; Website: www.earlymusicnow.org.
Florentine Opera Company
Milwaukee’s three-time Grammy award-winning Florentine Opera is one of Wisconsin's oldest professional performing arts organizations. 930 E. Burleigh, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-5700; Website: www.florentineopera.org.
Milwaukee Musiak (formerly the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra)
Milwaukee Musaik (formerly the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra) is a consortium of diverse, versatile musicians and premier ensembles drawn from a broad musical spectrum. c/o Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. Website: milwaukeemusaik.org
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Edo de Waart returns for his seventh season with the MSO. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include masterpieces from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky; a special screening of “Home Alone” with orchestral accompaniment; a family series featuring Bugs Bunny at the Symphony; special shows with Rufus Wainwright and Sara Evans; the popular holiday Pops concert; and an evening with Soprano Renee Fleming. 1101 N. Market St., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7605; Website: www.mso.org.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
Celebrating more than 59 years of musical excellence, MYSO has grown to become one of the nation’s largest youth orchestra programs with more than 1,000 of southeastern Wisconsin’s finest young musicians, ages 8 to 18. Concerts are held from October through May at various area venues. 325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 267-2950; Website: www.myso.org.
Celebrating more than 30 years of new music, Present Music commissions, performs and records the music of living composers. 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 217-0711; Website: www.presentmusic.org.
Racine Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating its 84th season with six concerts a year, three Masterworks and three Pops concerts. 800 Center St., Racine. Telephone: (262) 636-9285; Website: www.racinesymphony.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts
Presents small chamber ensemble concerts to large opera theatre productions, and classically leaning repertoire to progressively contemporary works that push the boundaries of music. 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.arts.uwm.edu/calendar.
Waukesha Choral Union
Classical and pop choral works performed at Carroll University in Waukesha. Telephone (262) 297-9310; Website: www.choralunion.org.
The Wisconsin Philharmonic
The Wisconsin Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season “Celebrate America!” is a tribute to everything that makes America great. It features American composers and traditional songs, as well as favorite pop hits. Performances at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and Carroll University. Telephone: (262) 547-1858; Website: www.wisconsinphilharmonic.org.