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What’s Happening At Sunset


Well, spring has sprung and we can finally venture outside so why not get out of the house and head over to Sunset for one of our upcoming productions? April will be a very busy month at the Playhouse. Next week (April 7-9), our SideNotes Cabaret will present HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS, an evening of Broadway show tunes. Then you won’t want to miss the Sunset premiere of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE*, April 21st through May 8th. This hilarious yet touching musical tells the story of six students who vie for the championship of a lifetime. Our final Musical MainStage concert of the season, RING-A-DING-DING: SINATRA & CO. (April 25-26), will swing to the sounds of the big band era with hits from folks like Frank, Ella, Bing, and Rosie.



We hope you were able to attend our sold-out 2016-17 Season Preview Party! This wonderful celebration showcased Sunset’s upcoming season, with scenes and songs from our Furlan Auditorium Productions, SideNotes Cabaret Series, and our Musical MainStage Concert Series.season-preview-party

If you are a season subscriber, you should have received your season ticket packet. If you would like to subscribe, please contact the box office and we will be happy to mail you subscription information. We offer both full-season packages and our popular Pick & Choose option which allows you to purchase four or more vouchers good for any show at any time and save money!


Finally, under the direction of Project Manager Jan Pritzl, work is underway on the creation of our new lower-level classroom/rehearsal hall. Thanks to a grant from Heart of Canal, we are excited to create this wonderful and much-needed addition for all our students and volunteers.



*Suggested for mature audiences only

Erin Hogan: Rising Star – Musical MainStage

Erin-Hogan-Rising-Star-Musical-MainStage-Sunset-PlayhouseGrafton resident Erin Hogan has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, a professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. She will appear in BROADWAY BUDDIES on March 14 & 15th.

The daughter of Chris and Mary Helen Hogan, Erin is a junior at Grafton High School, where she has been seen in MARY POPPINS, THE SECRET GARDEN, and HELLO, DOLLY! She recently participated in the Florentine Opera Company’s Young Singer/Actor Intensive and has received top honors in Wisconsin State Choir competitions and from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Erin will join Doug Clemons, Katherine Duffy, Joel Kopischke, and Tamara Martinsek in BROADWAY BUDDIES, a tribute to musical theater duos like Rodgers and Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb. Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, March 14th and 15th.

Be sure to call our box office – 262-782-4430 – to reserve your tickets or buy online today. This is a show you don’t want to miss.




February 1 at 7:30 pm, February 2 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

TOMMY HAHN – Tommy has become a Musical MainStage legend, named ‘favorite performer’ in our very-unofficial poll. The original ‘Tank’ in DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE for the Broadway in Chicago series, other area credits include Skylight Music Theatre’s LES MISERABLES, RENT, and MUSIC MAN, plus PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES for Fireside Dinner Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Madison Opera.

ALISON MARY FORBES – Alison is also a series regular, appearing earlier this season in our tribute to the Beatles. Area credits include HAIR, SUNDAY IN THE PARK, AVENUE Q, JACQUES BREL, LES MISERABLES, and RENT for Skylight Music Theatre. Also: Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare, In Tandem Theatre, Optimist Theatre, and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

SARA HUBERTZ – Sara loves a good hootenanny and is happiest with a guitar in hand, warbling away with other music enthusiasts. Currently the Activities Director at Brookfield Rehabilitation, certified in “Music & Memory”, she brings the healing power of music to the residents in her care. Sara is also on the musical worship team at Crimson Way in Elm Grove.

JOSH KRAUSE – Josh recently enjoyed a run as Fred in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Children’s Theater of Madison. Other credits include Crumpet in JEEVES AT SEA with Artists’ Ensemble and Martin in FEEDING THE MOONFISH with Splinter Group. Josh received his MFA in Acting from Indiana University.

Our Rising Star, MOLLY HESS, is a senior at Wauwatosa West High School, where she’s been seen in ten productions with the Trojan Players. This National Honor Society student has also appeared in three musicals at Sunset including GYPSY (June), HOW TO SUCCEEDÔǪ, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.

Kerry Hart Bieneman on piano will be joined by Mark Mrozek on keyboard, Tim Karth on drums, Bob Monagle on guitar. Plus we’ll have a little strumming from Tommy Hahn on bass and Sara Hubertz on acoustic guitar. Come on out because we will rock you!

Meet Molly Hess: Rising Star, Musical MainStage


Wauwatosa resident Molly Hess has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, our professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse.

The daughter of Joel and Kelly Hess, Molly is a senior at Wauwatosa West High School, where she has appeared in ten shows with the Trojan Players and is a member of the National Honor Society. Previously, she has appeared at Sunset Playhouse in Gypsy, How to Succeed., and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Molly will join Tommy Hahn, Alison Mary Forbes, Joshua Krause, Sara Hubertz, and a host of musicians in a tribute to the music, news, and pop culture of an entire decade in Time Capsule: the Seventies.

Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, February 1st and 2nd. For more information about the production or tickets, you can visit or call the box office at 262-782-4430.


Musical MainStage at Sunset PlayhouseMusical MainStage is excited to usher in the holiday season with Paul Helm at the piano, where he will be joined by three of the area’s finest performers ‘Cynthia Cobb, Parrish Collier, and Ellen Winters Reynolds’ offering up songs both traditional and not-so-much. The family-friendly concert will also feature Rising Star Haley Griffin, Tim Karth on drums, and the team of Susan Loveridge & Bob Hirschi providing play-by-play. Here’s a look at our cast.

CAROUSEL at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP for Drury Lane Theatre, ELMER GANTRY at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, COWGIRLS at Northlight Theatre, and SHOWBOAT with Gateway Playhouse.

PARRISH COLLIER was last seen at Sunset (with Cynthia) in A GERSHWIN SONGBOOK: A HARLEM SCORE as part of the SideNotes Cabaret series. Credits include RENT for Skylight Music Theatre, A CHORUS LINE at Drury Lane Evergreen Park, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and KISS ME KATE for Drury Lane Oakbrook, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at The Goodman Theatre, as well as the European tour of WEST SIDE STORY, STARLIGHT EXPRESS in Germany, and the National UK Tour of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE.

PAUL HELM has performed, directed, and music directed with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Fireside Dinner Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, UWM, Marquette University, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Skylight Music Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, American Folklore Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, and 7 summers with the UW-Platteville Heartland Festival. Also: DISNEY ON CLASSIC, a symphony concert tour of Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

ELLEN WINTERS REYNOLDS just closed a critically-acclaimed Chicago run of her new show ‘Ella Meets Mel: A Tribute with Johnny Rodgers and Ellen Winters.’ While performing as a jazz and cabaret artist throughout the country, she also works as a clinician, adjudicator, and teacher. Ellen is Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches Music Theory, Techniques in Singing, and Private Voice, and is also on the Voice Faculty at Hartland Music.

Our Rising Star, HALEY GRIFFIN, is a senior at Arrowhead High School where she has been seen in ANNIE (Annie), SOUND OF MUSIC (Marta), HELLO DOLLY (Ernestina), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mrs. Scrooge), along with OKLAHOMA, SEUSSICAL, and CRAZY FOR YOU. She’s also the recipient of two Exemplary Awards in the WSMA Solo Ensemble singing competition.


LOVE ME DO: The Music of Lennon & McCartney

You’ve Got a Ticket to Ride when we pay tribute to one of the most successful musical teams in history, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The dynamic duo composed nearly 200 songs, and five of the area’s busiest singers will focus on the partnership’s biggest hits.

You won’t want to miss this Musical MainStage Concert.  November 2nd at 7:30 and November 3rd at 2:00 and 7:30

Meet the cast:



Ryan’s credits include WAITING…A SONG CYCLE (Off-Broadway), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Scarecrow), HAIR (Woof), and INTO THE WOODS–all at Skylight Music Theater, where he’ll soon appear in MY FAIR LADY. Also: PINKALICIOUS and GOODNIGHT MOON (Northbrook Theater for Young Audiences), BIG and RUDOLPH (First Stage Children’s Theater), PACKER FANS FROM OUTER SPACE (Vogel Hall), and ASSASSINS (Windfall Theater). Ryan performed his one-man show, CAPPS OFF TO HOLLYWOOD, as part of Sunset’s SideNotes Cabaret Series.



Alison’s credits include HAIR (Sheila), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Dot), AVENUE Q (Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear), JACQUES BREL, LES MISERABLES, and RENT for Skylight Music Theatre, as well as two turns in Skylight’s Cabaret series. Also: Chamber Theatre (JEEVES INTERVENES), First Stage Children’s Theatre (PETER PAN, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE CAT IN THE HAT), Milwaukee Shakespeare (THE WINTER’S TALE, MACBETH, HENRY IV.I), In Tandem Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and Minneapolis Musical Theatre.




A longtime Beatles fan, Carrie makes her Musical MainStage debut with this production. At Sunset, she’s been seen in RED, HOT, AND COLE and MURDER ON THE NILE. Carrie has also appeared with Greendale Community Theatre, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Soulstice Theatre, Theatre on Main, and Theatre Unchained.





Last year Tommy created the role of Tank Turrette in DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, part of the Broadway in Chicago series. Locally, Tommy has enjoyed performing with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Skylight Music Theatre, where his credits include LES MISERABLES (Enjolras), RENT (Roger), and THE MUSIC MAN (Ewart), and he just completed a run as Eddie in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES for the Fireside Dinner Theatre. Regional credits include Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Madison Opera.

Rising Star MALLOREY WALLACE, a sophomore at Arrowhead High School, has an extensive list of performing credits. Locally, she’s been seen as Scout in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Annie in ANNIE at the Fireside Dinner Theater, and Pinkalicious Pinkerton in PINKALICIOUS at First Stage Children’s Theatre. For the last two years, Mallorey lived in Los Angeles pursing her acting, singing, and songwriting dreams.



The band will feature Mark Mrozek on keyboard, percussionist Tim Karth, guitarist Tom Koehn, and a little bass action from Mr. Hahn. Narrators Susan Loveridge and Bob Hirschi will provide a dash of color commentary to capture the essence of this remarkable partnership.

Are you a Rising Star?

Sunset Playhouse is heading in to our 56th season of providing quality entertainment. What many people don’t know is that Sunset is also home to three professional series, including Musical Mainstage. Six times a year, these popular concerts revolve around a theme-everything from the Beatles to Gershwin and feature four professional singers, several accomplished musicians, and one ‘Rising Star’, a promising high school singer, in a 90-minute production.

Musical MainStage will hold auditions for next season’s performers on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00-3:00. In addition to our adult singers, we are looking for our next Rising Stars. The commitment for our Rising Stars is very limited-only four rehearsals, two performance days-and we use music stands so even memorization of the pieces isn’t a big issue. That means the time away from school work and activities is minimal. There are six concerts each season so we’ll be selecting six Rising Stars. In the past, several of our students have also been awarded small college scholarships after their Sunset participation. If you will be in high school during 2015-16, why not audition to be one of the Rising Stars?

We think this is a wonderful opportunity for young people to work alongside experienced performers in a professional environment.

You can find additional information about the auditions – just click here and go to our auditions page.

Musical MainStage

Last season Musical MainStage took a first bite out of this giant genre and the show was so much fun that our audience shouted, “Part Deux!” before we’d even left the stage.   You won’t want to miss this exciting show which runs March 23rd & 24th in the Sunset Playhouse’s Furlan Auditorium.
Tommy Hahn – This past holiday season, Tommy created the role of Tank Turrette in DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, part of the Broadway in Chicago series. Local credits include work with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, along with LES MISERABLES (Enjolras), RENT (Roger), THE MUSIC MAN (Ewart), and PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (Eddie), all for Skylight Music Theatre. Regional credits include Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Madison Opera.

Sara Hubertz – Sara loves a good hootenanny and is happiest with a guitar in hand. The Activities Director at Brookfield Rehabilitation, certified in “Music & Memory”, Sara brings the healing power of music to the residents in her care. She is excited to return for her third Musical MainStage production.


Brian Myers – Actor, singer, pianist, music director, and composer, Brian’s credits include AIDA, CANDIDE, CHESS, and MASTER CLASS. His original works have been presented by Milwaukee Opera Theater, Present Music, Soulstice Theater, Bunny Gumbo, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and the Strawberry One Act Festival (NYC). THE FROG PAL, an adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale with book, music, and lyrics by Brian, will premiere this season at Sunset as part of its bug in a rug Children’s Series.

Heather Reynolds Coonan – Heather has appeared with Off the Wall Theatre, Boulevard Ensemble, Pink Banana Theater Company, and Windfall Theatre. Her favorite roles include Amy in COMPANY, Emily in THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, Baby Doe in the BALLAD OF BABY DOE, and Mom to three beautiful little girls. This will be her Musical MainStage debut.

Our Rising Star!

Alison Pogorelc A junior at Whitefish Bay High school, Alison’s credits include work with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, First Stage Children’s Theater, and Off The Wall Theatre. She won first place in the High School Musical Theater division of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, first at Wisconsin NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and an honorable mention in the theater division of YoungArts.


Susan Loveridge and Bob Hirschi will weave a little background for the tuneage from the likes of James Taylor, Billy Joel, and Harry Chapin. Maybe we’ll get a little Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King.  This show pays tribute to the fearless artists who write and sing great music on guitar or piano, unadorned but for the heart, soul, and philosophies they wear on their sleeves.. Don’t miss this Musical MainStage show which will be presented:

Monday, March 23rd at 7:30pm

Tuesday, March 24th at 2:30pm & 7:30pm

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