South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
Press Release

Baby Wants Candy – Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm

The Completely Improvised, Full-band Musical Comedy

By - Feb 3rd, 2014 12:40 pm

SOUTH MILWAUKEE – Laugh the winter blahs away on Saturday, February 8, when Baby Wants Candy, the Chicago-based, completely improvised, full-band musical comedy is performed live at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

At Baby Wants Candy, the audience shouts out a title for a musical that has never been performed before. Accompanied by a full band, the first title that the group hears becomes the title and theme for that evening’s completely improvised 60-minute musical, created on the spot. Laughter ensues, because no matter the topic, the talented Baby Wants Candy performers transform any idea into extreme hilarity.

Baby Wants Candy comedic talent has featured performers Stephnie Weir and Nicole Parker (MadTV), Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers (SNL)Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band), and Mark Pender (Max Weinberg 7), to name a few.

Tickets range from $12-35 for adults and are available from the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee. Box office hours are M-F from 10-4 and one hour before the show. Call (414) 766-5049 or visit

About Baby Wants Candy

Baby Wants Candy has performed over 1,700 completely improvised musicals to sold-out crowds from Singapore to Edinburgh.

Emily Dorezas (Executive Producer) served as talent coordinator/program developer for the Stand Up Comedy TV Network. Emily was a producer for Second City’s business theater and Humor Resources. She performs stand up comedy across the US and appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show as an Election Correspondent. She has produced several critically acclaimed comedy showcases throughout Chicago and appears on the NBC show Sports Action Team.

Albert Samuels (Ensemble) is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Al was on the Second City Mainstage, where he co-wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed revues Thank Heaven it Wasn’t 7/11 and No, Seriously, We’re All Gonna Die. He can be seen in the Will Ferrell film Stranger than Fiction. Al is co creator and co-star of the NBC comedy Sports Action Team.


The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts.  Located on the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, it serves the students of South Milwaukee, provides professional theatre rental services, and presents an annual Performing Arts Series. More than 500 shows, performances, rehearsals and other events take place at the SMPAC annually.

Past Performing Arts Series artists include GRAMMY Award-Winning hip-hop jazz pianist Robert Glasper Experiment, which also ranked a “Top 10 Concert of Milwaukee in 2012” by Journal Sentinel. Other 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series Artists include Chicago-based theatrical group 500 Clown, German a cappella group Calmus, the Milwaukee Ballet II, improvised musical comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy, chamber music group American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Milwaukee’s classical crossover band, I’m Not A Pilot with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Jason Moran.

Student matinees, workshops and talk-backs are provided by selected season artists. Artists and organizations that provide performing arts experiences for students at the SMPAC include the Milwaukee Ballet II, the Florentine Opera, Skai Academy for the Performing Arts, StillWaters Collective and the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

The SMPAC serves as a rental facility for other presenters and groups. Past artists include Lindsey Buckingham, Arlo Guthrie, Jesse Cook, Tommy Emmanuel, John Hiatt, Ian Hunter, Joe Lovano, Leo Kottke, Loudon Wainwright III, Cantare Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Knightwind Ensemble and the Grant Park Players, the local community theatre.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues.  It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794.  Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot.  Patrons should enter door #9.  For tickets or directions, call 414-766-5049.  For more information about the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, visit

The 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by Associated Bank, Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport, Emerald City Catering, Classic Cargo International, Inc., South Milwaukee LIONs, Associated Bank, TASC Services, LLC and Sheridan’s Restaurant. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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