Skylight Music Theatre
Press Release

Regional Premiere of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me Postponed One Week Due to Breakthrough Covid-19 Cases

New Dates January 21 – February 6, 2022

By - Jan 7th, 2022 02:49 pm

Milwaukee, Wis. (January 7, 2022) — Skylight Music Theatre announced a one-week postponement of the regional premiere of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me due to positive COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated Company. The musical will now run Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. The show was previously scheduled for performances Jan. 14-30.

Patrons with tickets to canceled performances from Jan. 14-20 will receive an email with information on how to exchange or refund tickets.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a highly inventive off-Broadway musical that crisscrosses continents and time in an improbable and enchanting love story and won the Best New Musical of the 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. This romantic, epic adventure links a struggling modern-day, single-mom composer/violinist and the early-1900’s, intrepid, banjo-playing, Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Digital projections of actual footage from Shackleton’s expeditions are incorporated into the multimedia set design.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is written by Joe DiPietro, (Tony Award-winner for Memphis), with lyrics by Val Vigoda and music by Brendan Milburn. Jill Anna Ponasik will direct. Music Director is Eric Svejcar. Making their Skylight debuts will be Matt Daniels as Ernest Shackleton and Janice Martin as Kat.


Ernest Shackleton Loves Me runs January 21 – February 6, 2022, in the beautiful Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company. Safety requirements are in effect, including masks while indoors and proof of vaccination or negative Covid test.

To purchase tickets, or to exchange/refund tickets for canceled performances, contact the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office. Call (414) 291-7800, visit 158 N. Broadway, Monday – Saturday, from noon – 6 p.m. or email

· Please let the Box Office know if accessible seating is needed, or if patrons will have a wheelchair or walker.

· Box Office hours are Mon. – Sat. Noon – 6 p.m. The Box Office window is also open two hours prior to performances.

· Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more, please contact the Box Office (414) 291-7800 or

· For ADA needs, please contact the Box Office (414) 291-7800 or

Skylight offers a risk-free guarantee to exchange, credit, or refund tickets for any canceled performances.


Skylight Insights. In-depth discussions with directors and special guests take place one hour before Wednesday and Sunday performances.

ASL Performance. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me will be interpreted in American Sign Language on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for this performance, email or call Skylight Music Theatre’s Box Office at (414) 291-7800. Mention ASL performance for seating in the appropriate section. Support for ASL performance provided by UPAF Connect.

For more information visit, email or call the

Box Office at (414) 291-7800.


The Skylight Bar & Bistro is open two hours prior to showtime and features a pre-theatre menu by Sabrosa. Conveniently located on the second floor of the Broadway Theatre Center, reservations are available online here or at or call 773-485-9975.


Purchase $5 parking vouchers from the Broadway Theatre Center Box office for use in the Historic Third Ward parking garage at 212 N. Milwaukee Street (one block east and one block north). Vouchers are valid between 5 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. for evening performances. Matinee vouchers are valid 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Not valid for Wednesday matinees. Voucher sales stop 30 minutes before showtime. Advance purchase recommended so that vouchers can be mailed with tickets. No refunds.

Meter parking is available on the street (free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays).


Skylight Music Theatre has joined other Milwaukee performing arts organizations in requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours of performance for all audience members ages 12 and up. In addition, Skylight requires audiences to be masked at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. For up-to-date information, please visit


Skylight Music Theatre is a proud Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund.

Founded in 1959, Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company and the largest employer of Wisconsin actors in the state. Skylight produces the full spectrum of music theatre ranging from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from exciting world premieres to contemporary off-Broadway hits. Skylight’s mainstage home is the Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center, which was built by Skylight in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in 1992. Considered to be one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theatres, the Cabot Theatre is based on the design of an 18th-century French opera house. With just 350 seats it offers audiences great views of the action onstage. Skylight Music Theatre marks its 62nd season in 2021-2022.

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