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Comedy Follows Sunset’s LEADING LADIES by Marilyn Jozwik

Gender confusion has been in the playwright’s arsensal for decades. Probably the best-known and oldest example is Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” with its set of twins often appearing as the opposite sex. Not surprisingly, Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor”) uses The Bard’s play as a backdrop for his hilarious romp, “Leading Ladies,” Sunset Playhouse’s early summer offering. Director Michael Pocaro…

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SIDENOTES CABARET PUTS AUDIENCE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Popular chanteuse CAROLYN WEHNER will lead audiences through a selection of unforgettable hits from classic and contemporary Broadway shows in a cabaret titled BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER SINGALONG, June 13-16, 2019 in the SideNotes Cabaret. Performances are presented Thursday through Saturday, June 13-15 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 PM in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater of Sunset Playhouse…

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The Marla J. Eichmann Studio Theater

The Sunset Playhouse has been a community theater fixture in Southeast Wisconsin since its stage lights were illuminated in 1960. Throughout its history, it has experienced successes and challenges, and has risen to meet those challenges every time. Often, obstacles faced are overcome because of the volunteers, the lifeblood of any theater organization. One such Sunset Playhouse volunteer, Marla J….

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Meet the cast: BEAT IT! Back to the ’80s – Musical MainStage

Our first tribute to that totally righteous decade—the ‘80s–was an absolute sell-out! So rinse and repeat and this one’s getting close.  BEAT IT! Back to the ’80s – April 29 & 30, 2019. With an all-star cast it’s no surprise—just look who we’ve got! ALLIE BABICH was one of this series’ very first Rising Stars. That was ten years ago…

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2019-20 SideNotes Cabaret Season Announced

Sunset Playhouse has announced six original productions to be offered as part of its 2019-2020 SideNotes Cabaret Series. SideNotes offers a unique assortment of musical entertainment presented by talented professionals in the comfortable atmosphere of the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater, a relaxed and intimate setting complete with a full-service bar. Every person has the hobby. Someone loves swimming, someone loves…

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FOLK MUSIC TRIBUTE AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

FOLK MUSIC TRIBUTE AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET Legendary folk artists will be honored at Sunset Playhouse as the SIDENOTES CABARET SERIES presents DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL FOLK, March 20-24, 2019 in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater. Singer/musicians SARA HUBERTZ, DON LOBACZ, HAL MILLER, and CASEY OLSON celebrate an American genre that had its roots in bluegrass, gospel, and the blues….

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VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET     In celebration of hearts, flowers, and romance, the SideNotes Cabaret presents FRANKLY SENTIMENTAL, February 14-17, 2019 in the Eichmann Studio Theater at Sunset Playhouse. Backed by the six-piece SWING EXPLOSION combo and featuring popular vocalist PETE SORCE, performances will be filled with memorable vocals and instrumentals from the Great American Songbook. PETE…

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Meet the cast of BILLBOARD’S BEST – Musical MainStage

Five of the area’s busiest performers will kickstart the new year with Billboard’s Best–a salute to some of the music industry’s biggest, chart-topping hits: ALISON MARY FORBES’ credits include work with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, In Tandem, Bunny Gumbo, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Optimist Theatre, and Off the Wall. A Musical MainStage regular, she’s also appeared…

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Theater RED Invites Milwaukee to “Be Italian!” with NINE the Musical

January 25-27, 2019 Directed by Theater RED’s New Artistic Associate, Eric Welch Che bello! Theater RED proudly announces a new addition to the company! Eric Welch joins Theater RED as Artistic Associate following his collaboration with the company in June of 2018 for the Wisconsin premiere of I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Eric Welch directed this one-woman…

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Sunset’s CHRISTMAS BELLES rings in the season with hilarity

By MARILYN JOZWIK           If you thought the Christmas pageant depicted in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was over the top, wait until you see the one in Sunset Playhouse’s “Christmas Belles.” Think of “Christmas Belles” as the adult version of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” with a sackful of fun. If you’re looking for some…

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SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM ROSIE & BING, A SideNotes Cabaret

        SEASONAL FAVORITES AND MUSICAL MEMORIES AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET   Award-winning vocalists ELLEN WINTERS and JOHNNY RODGERS welcome the holiday season with music and memories in SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM ROSIE & BING at the SideNotes Cabaret, December 12-16, 2018, in the Studio Theatre of Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.   WINTERS and RODGERS reunite after…

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Meet the cast of A JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS

Musical MainStage celebrates the holidays with that mellow fellow, singer-songwriter John Denver. Our talented singers and musicians will cover both his Christmas tunes and his classic hits. Meet the cast: A big welcome back to LYDIA ROSE EICHE, whom we first met exactly ten years ago when she was a Rising Star! Her Sunset credits include Babette (BEAUTY AND THE…

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