MILWAUKEE REP WELCOMES “FEAST OF CRISPIAN” AS NEW RESIDENT THEATER COMPANY

Milwaukee Repertory Theater continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as promoting up-and-coming arts organizations by welcoming Feast of Crispian [FoC] as the new Resident Theater Company for the 2018/19 Season.  Feast of Crispian pairs professional actors with military veterans to create powerful Shakespeare productions that teach and strengthen emotional resources needed by veterans to overcome traumatic and reintegration issues.  Through the Resident Theater program, Milwaukee Rep is able to provide a performance venue as well as production, marketing and administrative support in order to assist Feast of Crispian during a critical growth moment. Feast of Crispian’s initial performance at The Rep will be spring of 2019 as part of the first National Veterans Theatre Festival, co-hosted by FoC and The Rep.  More information on the festival will be announced later this summer. Read more

MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S Associate Artistic Director May Adrales Receives the 2018 Alan Schneider Director Award

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Associate Artistic Director May Adrales is the recipient of this year’s Alan Schneider Director Award. The award was presented late yesterday at Theatre Communications Group‘s national conference in St. Louis, MS.  The award is designed to identify and assist exceptional directors whose talent has been demonstrated through work in specific regions, but who may not be well known nationally.   With it comes a cash prize of $7,500, which may be used for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the directing craft or related career opportunities. Read more

MILWAUKEE REP’S WORLD PREMIERE OF “LOST GIRL” JULY 19-22 IN STIEMKE STUDIO

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere production of Lost Girl by Kimberly Belflower performed by the 2017/18 Professional Training Institute (PTI) ensemble this July 19-22, 2018 in the Stiemke Studio.  PTI is an advanced actor-training program for students in 8th-12th grade who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist.   The 2017/18 PTI ensemble features sixteen students hailing from fourteen different high schools who received free training from some of the top theater professionals in the world, culminating in this capstone performance  of Lost Girl where they will be employed as paid, professional actors. Read more

Chita Rivera, Melissa Manchester, and More at the Concert for America on March 20

Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre one night only on March 20. Featuring entertainment’s brightest stars, Concert for America debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at the Town Hall in New York City on January 20, 2017.  The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley (who also organized the Broadway for Orlando benefit recording of What the World Needs Now Is Love), Chicago’s Concert for America will feature two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa Manchester, two-time Emmy winner Sharon Gless, SiriusXM’s Christine Pedi, blues singer Lynne Jordan, actor Marya Grandy, and cast members from Chicago’s Hamilton. Additional performers will be announced soon.

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RAISED Hosts Tin on Tin Cocktail Classic Mixology Competition

Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, Chicago’s most popular and buzzed about rooftop destination, located on the third floor at One West Wacker Drive in Chicago, has been officially announced as the host for the 2017 Tin on Tin Cocktail Classic Mixology Competition on March 27, 2017 from 4pm-9pm. Six Chicago bartenders will go head to head before judges Liz Pearce (Winner of Chicago Speed Rack), Brian Jaymont (Marriott Global Beverage Manager), Matt Schnieder (Certified Sommelier) and two elite judges to be announced March 1. The winner will receive a trip to the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Read more

Milwaukee Rep Unwraps A Visually Stunning “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

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Reviewed by: Matthew Perta

When Milwaukee Repertory Theater Artistic Director Mark Clements took to the stage at our city’s historic Pabst Theater to welcome the audience before the curtain went up on his new production of A Christmas Carol, he admitted that he was the “most anxious guy in Milwaukee” that Friday night.  It was understandable for Clements to be a bit on edge, after all this new adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic was three years in the making. And while the opening performance went off without a glitch – at least without any I detected – the question remains: Will Milwaukeeans (and maybe Chicagoans) who have been going to see The Rep’s A Christmas Carol now for over 40 years, accept this adaptation that retains elements of past productions but also offers an abundance of new traditions, some of which are downright dark and spooky?   Read more

Milwaukee Rep’s I LOVE A PIANO Takes Theatergoing to New Heights

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Reviewed by: Matthew Perta

Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

One of my regrets in life, believe it or not, is that I never learned to play the piano.  And I never felt it more than I did after I experienced the phenomenal I Love A Piano, a rousing celebration of 50 hit songs by iconic American songwriter Irving Berlin that opened Nov. 4 in the Stackner Cabaret of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in downtown Milwaukee.   Read more

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