Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets for events held at the Marcus Center, including off-Broadway and Broadway shows. The 2014-15 season includes: Disney’s “The Lion’s King,” “Anything Goes,” Disney’s, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Book of Morman and Motown, the Musical,” “Mamma Mia!,” and “Blue Man Group.” 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 regional and touring groups, art classes, an art gallery with changing exhibitions and the annual Hidden River Art Festival. Located in Brookfield's Mitchell Park. 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield. Telephone: (262) 781-9520; www.wilson-center.com.
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 Thursdays 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 22 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. Telephone: (414) 277-8480; www.danceworksmke.org.
Ko-Thi Dance Company
Celebrating 45 years in 2014, 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, the children's ensemble, performs with the adult ensemble as well as on their own. Telephone: (414) 273-0676; www.ko-thi.org.
Milwaukee Ballet celebrates a season of classics in 2014-15, presenting a few of the world’s best-loved ballets: “Don Quixote,” “The Nutcracker,” Michael Pink’s “Giselle,” and “Cinderella.” Genesis: International Choreographic Competition returns to the Pabst Theater. Telephone: (414) 902-2103; Website: www.milwaukeeballet.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts - Dance
The UWM Dance Department offers concerts of new work by students, faculty, alumni and guest artists. Performances in UWM’s Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., and Studio 254 Mitchell Hall, 3203 N. Downer Ave. 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 26 years, merging dance with visual art, architecture and music to create inventive choreography and emotionally-charged performances. Telephone: (414) 271-0307; Website: www.wildspacedance.org.
Early Music Now
In its 28th 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 2014-15 season offers seven ensembles performing in Milwaukee landmark venues, Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. 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 Chamber Orchestra
Milwaukee's only fully professional chamber orchestra presents a repertoire that includes works rarely performed on the concert stage. The MCO performs at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 935 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 881-9900; Website: www.milwaukeechamberorchestra.org.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Edo de Waart returns for his sixth season with the MSO. Highlights of the 2015 season include masterpieces from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Mozart, and Elgar; a special screening of “Casablanca” with orchestral accompaniment; a family series featuring Disney in Concert; special shows; the popular POPs holiday concert; and evenings with Itzhak Perlman and the music of Gershwin. 1101 N. Market St., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7605; Website: www.mso.org.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
Celebrating 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. MYSO is located at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 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 it's 81st season, the orchestra offers a variety of performances in different settings. Visit its website for upcoming events and to order tickets. Telephone: (262) 636-9285; Website: www.racinesymphony.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts
From the Mainstage Series, directed and designed by faculty featuring the work of student actors and technicians, to the intimate and innovative Labworks Series performed within Kenilworth Square East’s “black box” studio, to the student-directed New Directions Series, the Peck School of the Arts offers something for every theatre lover. Performances in UWM’s Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., and Kenilworth Square East, 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.arts.uwm.edu.
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 2014-15 season is entitled: Northern Lights – A Feast of Scandinavian Music. Performances at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Carroll University’s Shattuck Auditorium in Waukesha, and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield. Telephone: (262) 547-1858; Website: www.wisconsinphilharmonic.org.