Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s new production LIBERACE!, a one-man show, features extravagant musical hits from the iconic and colorful Brew City pianist.
The production runs from Nov. 17-Dec. 10 at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre.
LIBERACE! stars off-Broadway performer and Milwaukee native Brett Ryback. It is written and directed by Brent Hazelton, with an original piano score by Jack Forbes Wilson and additional composition by Paul Helm that includes renditions of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, ragtime favorites, and more. The production was created in collaboration with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts.
A show preview will be held at 7:30pm Nov. 17, with opening night at 8pm Nov. 18. Visitors can attend a pay-what-you-choose performance 7:30pm Nov. 20, a SipStudio, which includes complimentary drinks, Nov. 25, and Talkbacks following the 7:30pm performances Nov.30 and Dec. 7. The theatre will host an ASL-interpreted performance 7:30pm Dec. 1.
To purchase tickets, call (414) 291-7800 or visit milwaukeechambertheater.org/liberace.
Skylight Music Theatre
Skylight Music Theatre presents School of Rock, a production based on the 2003 film of the same name, Nov. 17-Dec. 30 at the Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway.
With new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book by Julian Fellowes, the musical tells the story of Dewey Finn, a failed rockstar who gets a job teaching at a prestigious prep school and inspires his students to use their hidden musical talents to form a rock band. School of Rock is directed by Skylight’s Artistic Director Michael Unger, with musical direction from David Bonofiglio.
The production stars Joey Sanzaro as Dewey Finn, Stephanie Staszak as Rosalie Mullins, Jake Horstmeier as Ned Schneebly, and Jackey Boelkow as Patty Di Marco, and includes a live rock band of 14 youth performers.
“Our show will feature a cast of incredibly talented local youth,” said Unger. “The incorporation of kids playing instruments live on stage, alongside a marvelous story, makes this the perfect show for rockers of all ages. In these very difficult times, it is important to keep music and the arts at the heart of our education system. This production is a joyful testament to the transformative power of music.”
School of Rock is ideal for families with children ages 8 and up. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (414) 291-7800 or visit skylightmusictheatre.org.