2020/21 Season

“The Voice” Returns to the Stackner
My Way
A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Created by David Grapes and Todd Olson
Book by Todd Olson
Original Production Directed by David Grapes
Directed & Choreographed by Kelley Faulkner
September 11 – November 8, 2020
Stackner Cabaret

From the king of swing to the Rat Pack, Ol’ Blue Eyes charmed his way into the hearts of millions. Celebrate the pivotal moments of Sinatra’s remarkable five-decade career with a journey through his greatest hits. Four performers sing classics such as “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York.” Experience the elegance of “The Chairman of the Board” as you’re transported back to the era of supper clubs, vintage Las Vegas and the perfect martini.

“Highly Recommended! Charming” – Chicago Sun-Times

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The Dreams She Carried Were Unsinkable
Titanic The Musical
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone
Directed by Mark Clements
September 15 – October 25, 2020
Quadracci Powerhouse

Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic The Musical is a stirring and unforgettable account of the first and last days of the ship of dreams. This epic musical features real stories of people aboard the most legendary ship in the world from third-class immigrants dreaming of a better tomorrow to first class passengers living a life of fame and fortune. Rarely produced due to its size and complexity, this stunning and majestic musical sails into the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse for the theatrical event of the year!

“★★★★ “Breathtaking” – The Guardian

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A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production
A Gastronomical Co-World Premiere about Revolution

The Tasters
By Meghan Brown
Directed by Laura Braza
September 23 – November 1, 2020
Stiemke Studio

Three women have a very important job - to protect high-ranking government leaders from assassination attempts by serving as food tasters. When one rebellious taster goes on a hunger strike, her actions reverberate through the group, causing them to question what they believe in and where their loyalties lie. Equal parts Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tale and Food Network, this darkly funny new play asks the question: when one must choose between their ideas, personal safety and the wellbeing of those close to them – what do they do? A play for the foodie and revolutionary in all of us.

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Eight Suspects, One Thrilling Ride
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
November 10 – December 13, 2020
Quadracci Powerhouse

Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects, each with a motive and an alibi. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece is filled with twists, turns and larger-than-life characters. Join beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this murder mystery that’s perfect for the holiday season.

“Glamourous…enthralling from the beginning to the end.” – Broadway World

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A New Musical Comedy
Celebrating Family, Folly and Football

Dad’s Season Tickets
Book, Music and Lyrics by Matt Zembrowski
Directed by Ryan Quinn

November 13, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Stackner Cabaret

Direct from its sold-out engagement in Door County where it became the best-selling hit in Northern Sky Theater’s 28-year history, comes this new musical comedy for football fanatics and the people who love them. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field? The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook, on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. With songs like “When You Live in Green Bay” and “What Do You Do with a Bye Week,” this quintessential Wisconsin musical will warm your heart and leave you rooting for the home team!

“Everything melds – the singing, the music, the flow…a fabulous show.” – WFRV Green Bay

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A Trailblazing Spirit 

Toni Stone
By Lydia R. Diamond
January 12 – February 7, 2021
Quadracci Powerhouse

Declared the Best New Play of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, this sensational theatrical event knocks it out of the park with a high intensity glimpse into the world of the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Against all odds, Toni Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play baseball. Filled with humor and the love of the game, this intimate and profoundly relevant portrait of America will have you cheering along.

New York Times Critics Pick!

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A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production
A World Premiere Story Ripped From the Headlines

Tender Age
By George Brant
Directed by Henry Godinez
January 20 – February 28, 2021

Stiemke Studio

Desperate for work, Martín takes a job at a detention center where he finds himself charged with the task of supervising child refugees who have been separated from their parents at the nearby southern border. When a terrifying epidemic breaks out in the facility, Martín faces up against his employers, his own young family and ultimately himself in this harrowing, unflinching portrait of modern-day America.

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Back by Popular Demand!
Blues in the Night
Conceived, Written & Originally Directed by Sheldon Epps
Original Vocal Arrangements & Musical Direction by Chapman Roberts
Orchestrations & Additional Vocal Arrangements by Sy Johnson
Directed by Dan Kazemi 

January 22 – March 21, 2021
Stackner Cabaret

The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! Twenty-six hot and torchy numbers – by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more – tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the same “snake-of-a-man.” Last performed in the Stackner in 2012, this sold-out show is back by popular demand in a dynamite revue that will “bring down the house”!

“An electrifying revue [that] hits all the right notes.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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A Rolling World Premiere
An Examination of Power, Friendships and Truth

John Proctor is the Villain
By Kimberly Belflower
Directed by May Adrales
March 2 – March 28, 2021

Quadracci Powerhouse

In a present-day Appalachian high school, students are reading a seminal American classic, The Crucible. But as a scandal erupts in their community and local heroes fall from grace, a group of teenage girls discover the line between witch and heroine is a fine one. This challenging, contemporary post- #metoo response to “classic” literature explores the power of young girls who fight to tell their own stories.

This production will feature our Act II Community Conversation series.

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A Star Is Born
Artists Lounge Live Presents

Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
March 25 – May 30, 2021

Stackner Cabaret

The truly iconic Judy Garland took America over the rainbow and into her soul every time she set foot on stage or appeared on screen. Now, Emmy-nominated actress and singer Angela Ingersoll captures the emotional power of Garland live in concert as seen on PBS. With her great big voice and witty humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage, performing such well-known songs as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away.” Don’t miss this musical tribute to one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

“Ingersoll is transcendent…singing classic after classic to flawless perfection.” – Broadway World

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Shakespeare with a Twist
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Daryl Cloran
Conceived by Daryl Cloran and the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
April 20 – May 23, 2021
Quadracci Powerhouse

The Beatles meet the Bard in this rollicking, celebratory musical take on William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. It’s 1960s British Columbia and love is in the air as a handful of cross-dressing lovers lead to mistaken identities, hilarious mishaps and loads of laughs. Interwoven into Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, the production features over 20 Beatles songs performed live including “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.” This perfect prelude to summer will have you rolling with laughter and singing along to some of the best songs ever written.

"Playful and inventive...a surefire crowd-pleaser" – CBC

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Subscription Add-On Productions

Wells Fargo presents
Milwaukee’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

A Christmas Carol

November 24 – December 24, 2020 
By Charles Dickens
Adapted & Directed by Mark Clements
Pabst Theater

Join us in celebrating the 45th Anniversary production of Milwaukee’s Favorite Holiday Tradition – A Christmas Carol.

Limited Engagement!
Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice

Directed by Andy Gale
February 11 – 14, 2021
Quadracci Powerhouse

Finding My Voice takes audiences on a remarkable behind-the-scenes journey of Kathleen Turner’s extensive and well-documented career. Peppered with songs from the great American songbook, Ms. Turner croons hits including “Let’s Fall in Love,” “I’d Rather Be Sailing,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” showcasing her trademark husky voice. With just 4 performances in the Quadracci Powerhouse, Finding My Voice, is a once in a lifetime chance to see a true Hollywood legend on stage in a deeply personal show packed with humor, great music and one of a kind insights spanning Ms. Turner’s exciting career.

“Undeniable Fabulous” – TimeOut

11th Anniversary 

Rep Lab

March 4 – 8, 2021 

Stiemke Studio

Back for its 11th Anniversary, the showcase featuring Milwaukee Rep’s Emerging Professional Residents is a must-see and regularly sells-out.

A Staged Reading 
Written by Cori Thomas
April 9 – 18, 2021
Stiemke Studio

Based on true events, Lockdown follows the unexpected friendship between a grieving novelist and a prisoner with a life sentence at San Quentin. Presented as a reading series featuring nightly post-show conversations around the issue of mass incarceration, Lockdown is a powerful and timely work.