Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets for events held at the Marcus Center, including off-Broadway and Broadway shows. The 2017-18 season includes: “Rent,” “School of Rock,” “Waitress,” “Finding Neverland,” “A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,” George and Ira Gershwin's "An American in Paris,” and "Les Miserables." 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.
Miller High Life Theatre
Downtown Milwaukee's largest and most elegant theatre offers a year-round calendar of the city's best live entertainment, including concerts of all genres, Broadway musicals, dynamic performance art, hilarious comedy shows, and family-friendly events for kids of all ages. Box Office Hours: 10-5 Mondays-Fridays; Summer Hours: 10-2. 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Telephone: (800) 745-3000; www.millerhighlifetheatre.com.
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; Lynn Chappy Arts Park outdoor sculpture landscape; the annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival in August and other fun events. 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 with fresh perspective and interesting twists in an intimate venue. 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7800; www.skylightmusictheatre.org.
Milwaukee’s five-star comedy club, rated one of the best in the U.S., has been bringing comics direct from television, cable and the movies to Milwaukee for nearly two decades. Performances Thursdays through Saturdays; closed in July and August. 1033 N. Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 271-JOKE (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.cszmke.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 49 years in 2018, the dance company has earned an international reputation for innovative African and Caribbean dance. The adult ensemble produces two major shows per year. 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 48th season offers a diverse mix, including Michael Pink's “Dracula,” “The Nutcracker,” “Genesis 2019," "Lambarena"” and Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” 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.uwm.edu/arts/events/category/dance.
Wild Space Dance Company
Led by Founder and Artistic Director 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 32nd season, Early Music Now continues to present the area's only series devoted to historically informed presentations of music composed before 1800 from around the world. The 2017-18 season offers music from "across borders" and "across time" with six ensembles performing in various venues. 759 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 225-3113; Website: www.earlymusicnow.org.
Florentine Opera Company
Milwaukee’s Grammy award-winning Florentine Opera is one of Wisconsin's oldest fully professional performing arts organizations and the sixth-oldest opera company in the U.S. 930 E. Burleigh, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-5700; Website: www.florentineopera.org.
Milwaukee Musaik (formerly the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra) is a consortium of diverse, versatile musicians and premier ensembles dedicated to imaginative concert experiences. 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. Website: www.milwaukeemusaik.org.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The 2017-18 season highlights works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev, Mahler, Dvorák and Ravel, as well as a pops selection featuring American music and the Water Currents water-themed series celebrating Milwaukee’s unique relationship with water; special performances include: "Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends"; "American Songs with Andrea McDonald"; "Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert"; "West Side Story"; "My Fair Lady in Concert" and more. 1101 N. Market St., #100, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7605; Website: www.mso.org.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
Founded in 1956, the MYSO has grown to become the nation’s largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, serving more than 1,000 of southeastern Wisconsin’s finest young musicians through more than 40 ensemble and supplemental training programs. 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 36 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 over 85 years! Offers five concerts a year, two Masterworks and three Pops concerts, as well as a wide variety of music education programs and free community 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. UWM's flagship music venue is the Helene Zalazo Center for the Performing Arts. 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.uwm.edu/arts/events/category/music.
Waukesha Choral Union
Live music, classically performed at various Waukesha-area venues. Telephone (262) 297-9310; Website: www.choralunion.org.
The Wisconsin Philharmonic
The Wisconsin Philharmonic celebrates its 70th season in 2017-18 with “Feel the Sensation,” a repertoire featuring music from the 1960s Mad Men Era to that of female composers. World class soloists join the Philharmonic throughout the season, which runs October through April. Performances at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and other venues throughout Waukesha County Telephone: (262) 547-1858; Website: www.wisphil.org.