Milwaukee This Week

nostalgic music and theater, new dance

Nostalgic plays such as Groucho: A Life in Revue and The Girl Singer hit the stage, the We Six Jazz Sextet brings the music of the 60s back to life, and new dances premiere at Alverno Presents and Danceworks.

By - Nov 13th, 2013 04:36 pm

Arthur Marx’s theatrical tribute to his famous father and uncles comes to the Next Act Theatre


Groucho: A Life in Revue comes to the Next Act Theatre from Nov. 14–Dec. 8. This play tells the story of the Marx Brothers through the eyes of Groucho Marx and features some of their best routines and favorite songs. Tickets are $25-$35, available online or call (414) 278-0765.

Cardinal Stritch University Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Women, a theatrical combination of scenes featuring many of Shakespeare’s admired female characters at the Nancy Kendall Theater from Nov. 15-24. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff; and $6 for students. To order tickets call  (414) 410-4171.

Mickie, Minnie, Donald and Goofy make their way to the Milwaukee Theatre for Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales where they will bring the stories of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White to the stage on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $17, available online or call 800-745-3000.

Theatre Gigante presents A Little Business at the Big Top in which David Gaines creates an entire world in a one man clown piece without props or a set. The show will be held at UWM Kenilworth Studio 508 Theater from Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 will include an opening night champagne reception and the Nov. 15 performance will be followed by a talkback. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students, available online or call 800-838-3006.

The Girl Singer: A Tribute To Rosemary Clooney comes to the Waukesha Civic Theatre  Nov. 15-17. This original show will feature the songs that made Rosemary famous, along with stories from her life and career. Tickets are $23, $20 for seniors/students, available online or call (262) 547-0708.


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Montreal’s Pallade Musica will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 16

Early Music Now presents Pallade Musica, who will perform their signature Italian Baroque music on Saturday, Nov. 16 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The show starts at 5 p.m. Adult tickets start at $25, student tickets at $10, available online or call (414) 225-3113.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents Fliter Plays Chopin at the Marcus Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:15 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. This program will feature the Midwest premiere of Nocturne, by American composer Michael Ippolito. His piece will precede works by Chopin and Brahms. Tickets start at $22, available online, or call (414) 291-7605.

The Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival presented by Dave Miller and Tom Radai will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6-10 p.m. at the Astor Hotel Grand Ballroom. The event will have plenty of great performances, food, and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door or $9 in advance, available online.

Peck School of the Arts presents Chamber Music Milwaukee featuring UWM Music faculty and special guests. The show will be on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helen Bader Concert Hall. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available online or call (414) 229-4308.

Music from Almost Yesterdaypresented by Peck School of the Arts, will be performed on Thursday Nov. 14 from 7:30-8:30 p.m at Recital Hall (MUS 175). This concert will be presented by UWM composition students who will play new chamber music. Admission is free.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music presents the We Six Jazz Sextet’s Sounds of the 60s concert where they will play their own renditions of a variety of tunes from the decade. The show is on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Bader Recital Hall. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, available online or call (414) 276-5760.

Two Pianos Four Hands will feature MSO Associate Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and internationally renowned pianist Pavlina Dokovska as part of the PianoArts Signature Event Series on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $30, $15 for students, available online or call (414) 273-7206.



Flamenco Viva Carlota Santana make their way to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center this week

Flamenco Viva Carlota Santana bring their original flamenco dance choreography accompanied by live music to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14. They will also be performing at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Nov. 16-17. Tickets are available online.

Danceworks Performance Company opens their 2013-14 season of collaborations with Intersect, a concert featuring some of Milwaukee’s most influential musicians and choreographers. The show will run Nov. 15-24 at the Danceworks Studio Theatre. Tickets are available online or call (414) 277-8480.

Alverno Presents presents Lionel Popkin: Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, a work in which the choreographer asks questions about modern dance pioneer, Ruth St. Denis. The show will be held at the Pitman Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, available online.

Special Events

MAM After Dark: Tailgate will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be free beer samples from Stevens Point Brewery, bean bag toss, Wii Sports, food, music and more. Tickets are $14, or $9 in advance online.

Taste of Home Cooking School will be held at the Waukesha Expo Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12. There will be cooking demonstrations from the Taste of Home magazine culinary specialist Karen Davis, holiday shopping, and food samples from local restaurants. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17, available online or call (414) 286-3663.

Last Chance

Theater Red: A Thousand Times Goodnight through Nov. 16

Pink Banana Theatre: Dark Play, or Stories for Boys through Nov. 16

First Stage: Shrek the Musical through Nov. 17

Marquette University Theatre: The Boys Next Door through Nov. 17


Soulstice Theatre: Picasso at the Lapin Agile through Nov. 23

Fireside Theatre: A Fireside Christmas through Dec. 22

Milwaukee Rep: Forever Plaid, through Dec. 29

MAM: Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, through Jan. 5

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