Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
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The Marcus Center and BMO Harris Bank are Hosting Heroes Night During War Horse Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Marcus Center is also proud to host a group of veterans to serve its mission as a Milwaukee County War Memorial to "Honor the Dead by Serving the Living."

By - Dec 30th, 2013 01:32 pm

BMO Harris Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center Series is thrilled to bring the highly anticipated Milwaukee premiere of WAR HORSE on January 7-12, 2014. The Marcus Center and BMO Harris Bank are hosting a Heroes Night in conjunction with the presentation of WAR HORSE on Wednesday, January 8.

$5.00 per ticket sold will be donated to support the Center of Veterans’ Issues (CVI) and BMO Harris Bank will match donations up to $10,000. Representatives of the organization will be available before the January 8 show and during intermission for patrons to learn more about CVI’s program, including volunteer opportunities and various ways to donate to the Center for Veterans’ Issues.

“BMO Harris Bank is committed to supporting the many veterans who have served our nation with great courage and dedication,” said Steven Gorzek, Vice President, Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank, and Chairman of the Center for Veterans’ Issues in Milwaukee. “Our partnership with the Marcus Center will continue to help the Center for Veterans’ Issues provide holistic services that meets the needs of veterans and their families.”

The Center for Veterans’ Issues was founded in 1989 to provide management and technical assistance to agencies serving minority veterans as well as direct service provision for homeless veterans through housing and wraparound supportive services. Although best known for serving homeless veterans recovering from addiction, disabilities and other barriers to employment, the mission has always been to support the concerns of all Veterans and their families as well as the community as a whole. Their vision is to address human afflictions affecting veterans-men and women whose selfless service has made our freedom possible.

The Marcus Center is also proud to host a group of veterans to serve its mission as a Milwaukee County War Memorial to “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living.”

Ticket purchases can be made online through MC Access at www.marcuscenter.org/mcaccess. Patrons should create a login using group code: HERO.  Patrons can also purchase tickets through the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, downtown Milwaukee or by phone at 414-273-7206.

Military families can get a discount on their tickets to Heroes Night or other performances, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings, through the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, downtown Milwaukee or by phone at 414-273-7206.

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets that bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

For more information, please visit www.warhorseonstage.com.

ABOUT THE MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is owned and partially funded by Milwaukee County.  The Marcus Center has been the premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969.  It provides the setting for outstanding cultural experiences, where the arts come to life for current and future generations.  Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Marcus Center is a community facility that offers live performance of opera, ballet, children’s theater, symphony and first-class national touring productions.  For more information on Broadway shows presented as part of BMO Harris Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center and Broadway Across America-Milwaukee, visit the Marcus Center website at www.MarcusCenter.org.

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $537 billion in assets (as of Oct. 31, 2013).

Contact: Molly Sommerhalder
Email: msommerhalder@marcuscenter.org
Phone: 414-273-7121 ext. 399

Contact: Tiffany Smith
Email: Tiffany1.Smith@bmo.com
Phone: 312-461-7815

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