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From revues and rock musicals to hip-hop and more, Milwaukee performing arts has something for everyone. Experience musical storytelling at its finest — right here in Milwaukee.

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Nunsense

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in dire need of emergency funds after a culinary disaster nearly wipes out the convent. The nuns pull out all the stops in a fundraising variety show featuring tap dancing, habit humor, an audience quiz and a special appearance by convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The clever story has an unabashed desire to make you laugh. With songs and comic interludes paced at break-neck speed, it’s a must see musical adventure!

Disney's Newsies

Based on the rousing true story of newsboys who strike against unfair conditions in turn-of-the century New York City, this Disney film became a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Featuring a score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors), book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) and exhilarating dancing, this musical delivers a timeless message about fighting for what’s right. Perfect for the whole family.

Elf – The Musical

Based on the beloved 2003 holiday film, this Broadway holiday musical is sure to have everyone embracing their inner elf.

Ruddigore (or the Witch's Curse)

Skylight and Milwaukee Opera Theatre collaborate to create an imaginatively reinvigorated performance of the gothic melodrama Ruddigore, celebrating Skylight’s long history of producing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. This special, limited run performance will be staged in the Studio Theatre.

Chasin' Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records

This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records. A recording label that, at the height of the jazz and blues age, became for a brief, bright few years, the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest—and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and
blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.

The Gospel of Colonus

With the ground-shaking thunder of a revival meeting and an electrifying gospel and blues score, The Gospel at Colonus is an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Featuring soaring voices, thrilling music and powerful dance, the musical is set in the context of a black Pentecostal service. Gospel premiered on Broadway in 1988 and was revived in 2018, playing to capacity audiences at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this genre-bending musical sensation played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway telling the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. To walk away, you’ve got to leave something behind – and so Hansel Schmidt does, transforming into Hedwig. With her new identity, Hedwig escapes the iron curtain to begin life with her freshly-minted American husband. Everything seems perfect until her husband leaves. With nothing left, she returns
to her first love — music. Don’t miss “the best rock musical ever” (Rolling Stone)! Warning: show contains explicit content

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

A group of quirky, socially awkward over-achievers find joy, heartache and a purpose as they compete at the regional spelling bee. Winner of two Tony Awards, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee charms audiences with its effortless wit and humor, fast-paced and touching story, and fresh, vibrant score by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain). It’s a wildly funny, riotous ride where winning (and losing) isn’t everything.

Gretel!

Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister berate her and waste all of their food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to find Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have ever imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – this musical for the entire family is not to be missed.

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Long ago there lived three fierce warriors. From the Kingdom of Backyard came Rock, from the Empire of Mom’s Home Office came Paper, and from a messy village in the Junk Drawer Realm came Scissors. They were the strongest, smartest and fastest in all the land. Though they searched far and wide for worthy opponents, no one could beat them…until they met each other and a musical battle royale began to see who would come out on top!

Evita

This staged concert version is a special limited run of the seven-time Tony Award-winning megawatt musical. The story follows Eva Duarte and her meteoric rise from impoverished child to wife of Argentine president Juan Perón and finally, to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America.

Hootenanny: The Musical

Building on the success of his post-show, interactive hootenannies following Woody Sez and Back Home Again: On The Road With John Denver, actor-musician sensation David Lutken has created a oneof- a-kind show focusing on the rich tradition of communal musicsharing. Act One features David and his Seat of the Pants Band sharing stories and well-loved folk songs from around the world such as “East Virginia Blues,” “Farewell, Nova Scotia” and “Eight More Miles.” During Act Two, audience members can join in on their own
instruments, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the music in this groundbreaking Rep World Premiere.

Candide

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta is a masterpiece for the ages. Based on Voltaire’s satire of innocence, optimism and life’s unexpected lessons, Candide tells the story of two young people, their round-the-world romp and series of absurdly unfortunate events. Bridging the gap between musicals and opera, Candide holds a special place in Skylight history, produced twice at Skylight’s old space on Jefferson Street. This is its first time on the Cabot stage.