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“Black Pearl Sings!” Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater January 19

Black Pearl Sings! begins performances January 19 and runs through March 18 in the Stackner Cabaret.

By - Dec 27th, 2017 01:03 pm
"Black Pearl Sings!" Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater January 19

“Black Pearl Sings!” Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater January 19

12/27/17 – [Milwaukee] Milwaukee Repertory Theater  presents Black Pearl Sings! a musical based on real life events, in the Stackner Cabaret beginning January 19 through March 18.

Black Pearl Sings! stars Lynette Dupree (Film –Their Eyes Were Watching God) as Pearl, an African-American woman with an expressive voice and a passed down knowledge of spirituals and folk songs. Dupree’s co-star is Colleen Madden (longtime American Players Theatre company member) as Susannah Mulally, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress who is searching for something of her own.

Black Pearl Sings! is directed by Leda Hoffmann (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill) and music direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill). Scenic design by Courtney O’Neill (Center Stage’s Twisted Melodies), costumes design by Lauren T. Roark (Utah Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It), lighting design by Aimee Hanyzewski (I Love A Piano), sound design by Milwaukee Rep’s Sound Director, Erin Paige, movement direction by Signature Dance’s Company Director, Desiree Cocroft, fight choreography by Milwaukee Rep Associate Artist, Reese Madigan and stage manager Audra Kuchling.

Black Pearl Sings! takes place in 1933, when an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress visit a Texas prison where she meets Pearl, an African-American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit. Featuring more than a dozen beautiful a capella renditions of spirituals and American folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! explores what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and fighting for one’s soul in a world where anyone can be a commodity.

Black Pearl Sings! begins performances January 19 and runs through March 18 in the Stackner Cabaret. Opening night is set for Sunday, January 21 at 7 pm. Tickets to this emotionally moving musical are now on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street).

Executive Producer for Black Pearl Sings! is Katherine Gehl. The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.

Black Pearl Sings! Public Performance Calendar

Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change

Black Pearl Sings! Public Performance Calendar

Black Pearl Sings! Public Performance Calendar

::Fact Sheet::

Black Pearl Sings!

January 19 – March 18 (Opening Night Sunday, January 21, 7:00pm) in the Stackner Cabaret.

Written by Frank Higgins | Directed by Leda Hoffmann

Access Services

Audio-Described Performance: Sunday, January 28, 7pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Community Events

Friday Song Series: Friday, January 12, 4pm at Colectivo on Prospect.


Tickets:, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.

Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days the Ticket Office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.

Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.

35 & Under: Select tickets available for $20 for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)

Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a World Premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

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