Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N. Water St., Milwaukee; Tickets for events held at the Marcus Center, including off-Broadway and Broadway shows. The 2019-20 50th Anniversary Broadway Season includes: Dear Evan Hansen; Hamilton; The Band’s Visit; The Lion King; The Play That Goes Wrong; My Fair Lady; and Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway shows include: Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical; Josh Gates Live! An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters and Tales of Adventure; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents the Dan Nimmer Trio; It’s not You, It’s Me – Second City; Celtic Tenors Present: The Irish Songbook; Divas of Soul Tribute; Step Afrika!, Black Violin 2019; The Secret Comedy of Women; and American Girl Live. Box Office Hours: 12-5 Mondays-Thursdays (12-9 on Show Days), 12-9 Fridays & Saturdays, 12-5 Sundays. Telephone: (414) 273-7206 Website: www.marcuscenter.org.
Miller High Life Theatre
500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee; Downtown Milwaukee’s largest theater offers a year-round calendar of live entertainment, including concerts of all genres, Broadway musicals, performance art, comedy shows, and family-friendly events. A sampling of the current season includes: Mariah Carey: Caution World Tour; Dancefest Milwaukee; Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic; Paw Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”; Shen Yun 2019; 14th Annual Laugh-a-Thon; UWM LGBT Resource Center’s Annual Drag Show; Monty Python’s SPAMALOT; Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama; 8th Annual Milwaukee Blues Festival. Box Office Hours: 10-5 Mondays-Fridays; Summer Hours: 10-2. Telephone: (800) 745-3000; www.millerhighlifetheatre.com.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park; A multi-disciplinary, non-profit cultural arts facility that promotes lifelong learning and offers premier performances by world-renowned musicians, dance companies, and theatre groups; arts education programming and outreach; visual and performance art classes; the Ploch Art Gallery, with changing exhibitions by both national and Wisconsin artists; Lynn Chappy Arts Park outdoor artistic landscape; the annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival in August, Starry Nights free outdoor concert series in the summer, and other fun and enriching events. Hours: 11-6 Mondays-Fridays; Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Telephone: (262) 781-9520; www.wilson-center.com.
The Skylight Music Theatre
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Performances covering the full spectrum of music theatre with fresh perspective and interesting twists in an intimate venue. 2019 offerings include: Pippin; Hairspray; Five Guys Named Moe; Carmina Burana; Kiss Me, Kate, and the showcase event Things That Go Ding! featuring percussionist Michael Lorenz and his collection of vintage instruments. Box Office Hours: 12-6 Mondays-Saturdays. 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 291-7800; www.skylightmusictheatre.org.
1033 N. Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee; Performance Venue: The Point, 906 S. Barclay St., Milwaukee; 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 over two decades. Performances Thursdays through Saturdays; closed in July and August. Age 21 or older, unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian; two-beverage minimum per person. Telephone: (414) 271-JOKE (5653); www.milwaukeescomedycafe.com.
ComedySportz (CSz Milwaukee)
420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee; 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. Also offers private and traveling events, education programs for schools, as well as teamwork and communications training for businesses. Telephone: (414) 272-8888; www.cszmke.com.
527 N. 27th St., Milwaukee; Brings together artists and the community to change lives by expressing ideas, concerns and stories through original, topical, multi-media dance-theatre performances, interactive experiences, activations, acrobatics, stilt-walking, flash dance events, eco-workshops, projects and collaborations that engage all ages. Artist-in-residence in schools program and GIVING VOICE Series. Telephone: (414) 277-8151 ; www.dancecircus.org.
1661 N. Water St., Milwaukee; 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. Youth and adult classes. Telephone: (414) 277-8480; www.danceworksmke.org.
Ko-Thi Dance Company
342 N. Water St., Milwaukee; Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2019! The dance company has earned an international reputation for innovative African and Caribbean dance. Performances, Drumtalk program, Ton (Little) Ko-Thi children’s ensemble (7-18 year olds), and community-based classes and events. The adult ensemble produces two major shows per year. Telephone: (414) 273-0676; www.ko-thi.org.
504 W. National, Milwaukee; Our 49th Season! Performances, community engagement, school and academy, summer intensive programs. 2019 performances include: Genesis 2019, Momentum, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker. Telephone: (414) 902-2103; Website: www.milwaukeeballet.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts - Dance
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee; Offers several opportunities to experience live contemporary dance and the only African Diaspora program in the country. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.uwm.edu/arts/events/category/dance.
Wild Space Dance Company
820 E. Knapp St., Milwaukee; 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 emotionally-charged performances.Telephone: (414) 271-0307; Website: www.wildspacedance.org.
Early Music Now
759 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee; In its 33rd 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 2018-19 season offers music from “across borders” and “across time” with six ensembles performing in various venues and at one special concert.Telephone: (414) 225-3113; Website: www.earlymusicnow.org.
Florentine Opera Company
930 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee; 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. 2019 features Con Amore, The Coronation of Poppea, Opera After Dark Series, 85th Anniversary Celebration Concert. Box Office Hours: 9-5 Mondays-Fridays; tickets also available at Marcus Center Box Office or Ticketmaster.com; Telephone: (414) 291-5700; Website: www.florentineopera.org.
8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee; Milwaukee Musaik is a consortium of diverse, versatile musicians and premier ensembles dedicated to original, engaging concert experiences of the classical canon. Performances are held at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Current season includes a special concert at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Website: www.milwaukeemusaik.org.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
1101 N. Market St., #100, Milwaukee; The 2018-19 season highlights works by Wagner, Strauss, Dvŏrák, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Walton, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi, Brahms, and Mahler. Special performances include: Jerome Kern Tribute featuring “Show Boat” in Concert; Ann Hampton Callaway: Diva to Diva; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Super Diamond (a Neil Diamond Tribute); The Music of Queen; Disney in Concert: The Little Mermaid (Film with Orchestra); Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat & Natalie; Fire & Rain: Folk Anthems of the 70s; The Music of Michael Jackson and more. Ticket Office Hours: 9-5 Mondays-Fridays. Telephone: (414) 291-7605; Website: www.mso.org.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)
325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee; Founded in 1956, the MYSO has grown to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, serving more than 1,000 of the Milwaukee area’s finest young musicians from more than 200 schools, 60 communities and 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Offers a number of symphony orchestras, ensembles, training programs and community partnerships. More than 100 performances held from October through May at a variety of local venues.Telephone: (414) 267-2950; Website: www.myso.org.
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Celebrating 37 years in 2019! Presents new music by living composers through ensemble performances, education and commissions that imaginatively and provocatively engage both artists and audiences. Telephone: (414) 217-0711; Website: www.presentmusic.org.
Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
800 Center St., #120, Racine; Celebrating over 85 years! Performances include Masterworks Concerts, as well as summer and holiday Pops Concerts. Offers a wide variety of music education programs and community events. Office Hours: 10-3 Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Telephone: (262) 636-9285; Website: www.racinesymphony.org.
UWM Peck School of the Arts - Music
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee; 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 Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Telephone: (414) 229-4308; Website: www.uwm.edu/arts/events/category/music.
Waukesha Choral Union
Live music classically performed at various Waukesha-area venues. Collaborations with Carroll University, secondary schools, youth choral groups, local arts organizations and congregations from communities throughout Waukesha County. Choral Union artists have shared the stage with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Choristers, Jubilate Chorale and Bel Canto Chorus. Telephone (262) 297-9310; Website: www.choralunion.org.
The Wisconsin Philharmonic
234 W. Main St., #9, Waukesha; Celebrating over 70 years of enriching lives through exceptional musical experiences! The 2018-2019 season includes: A Note from Alexander; “The Four Seasons” at The Rustic Manor; Friday Flix! Classic Hollywood Scores; My Favorite Things: Joyful Sounds of Christmas; Celtic Fire – Irish Music & Dance; Classics in Bloom and the annual Family Concert. Performances at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts and other venues throughout Waukesha County. Facilitates educational opportunities and scholarship programs. Telephone: (262) 547-1858; Website: www.wisphil.org.