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The Marcus Center Presents Series Briings Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! For One Night Only

Monday, April 20 at 7:30 pm

By - Mar 11th, 2015 12:27 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI (Wednesday, March 11, 2015) – The Marcus Center Presents series is thrilled to bring Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! for one night only on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $34-$54 and are subject to change. Tickets are on sale now at the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee, by phone at 414-273-7206 or online at or Groups 10 or more call Group Sales at 414-273-7121 ext. 210 or 213.

Mark Twain Tonight! is a one-man play devised by Hal Holbrook, in which he depicts Mark Twain as the social critic he was on the lecture circuit using material from his (Twain’s) writings.

When the calendar turned to 2014, it laid down a milestone for the longest running show in American Theatre history – the 60th year for Mark Twain Tonight! Clive Barnes of The New York Times reviewed Hal Holbrook’s third New York engagement in 1977: “Hilariously funny.” Holbrook has shown us Mark Twain the social critic, whom George Bernard Shaw called “America’s Voltaire.”

The show never stops evolving. “Mark Twain never stops surprising me,” says Holbrook. “He’s kept me fired up and asking questions most of my 90 years.” The New York Times: “Mr. Holbrook’s material is uproarious, his ability to hold an audience by acting is brilliant.” It was called “one of the treasures of the American Theatre” by Life Magazine.

This is no museum piece – it is acting of the first order. From the moment Hal Holbrook steps on stage, you simply take for granted that Mark Twain himself is up there talking to you. To attempt so demanding a full evening tout de force is risky at any age, and I confess to wondering how well Mr. Holbrook would hold up under the strain. I rejoice to report that he is better than ever!”- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal.

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 Marcus Center Presents Series, visit the Marcus Center website at

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