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Richard Becker: Rising Star, Musical MainStage

Hubertus resident Richard Becker has been named a Rising Star for TWIST AND SHOUT, the 2nd show of our 2016-17 Musical MainStage Concert Series

The son of Jerry and Karen Becker, Richard is a sophomore at Marquette University High School, where he sings in its select choir and appeared in a production of SWEENEY TODD. His credits also include performances in the Hartford Players’ productions of THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Each of Musical MainStage themed concerts offers one promising high school student an opportunity to work alongside professional singers and musicians.

Richard will join Alison Mary Forbes, Joel Kopischke, Casey Olson and Peggy Peterson Ryan in a show called TWIST AND SHOUT, a 90-minute tribute to classic Beatles tunes. They’ll be joined by Kerry Hart Bieneman on piano, Tim Karth on drums, Tom Koehn on guitar, along with two narrators, Susan Loveridge and Bob Hirschi, who provide background on the music and era.


Musical-MainStage-Sunset-PlayhouseMusical MainStage presents: RING-DING-A-DING: SINATRA & CO. Sinatra may have been king, but he reigned over an era that introduced dozens of our favorite artists folks like Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Steve and Eydie. We’ll revisit the big band and swingin’ sounds of the forties, fifties, and sixties with some of the area’s most beloved performers:


BOB HIRSCHI is excited to take a quick break from his usual Musical MainStage narration duties to perform with great friends. Recent credits: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Alchemist Theatre) and HAMLET (Off the Wall Theatre). Bob also sings with the 9-piece classic rock band, Groove Therapy.


TOMMY LUECK keeps busy as front man vocalist for the award-winning Swing Nouveau and as one of the Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets, Wisconsin’s premier doo-wop group. Favorite acting credits include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, INTO THE WOODS, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.


A member of the Musical MainStage family for ten seasons, PEGGY PETERSON RYAN also serves as the producer of Sunset’s SideNotes Cabaret Series. She looks forward to reuniting and performing with Becky Spice and Kay Stiefel for December’s cabaret, HOLIDAY BELLES.

With more than 25 years of professional stage experience, BECKY SPICE has appeared with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Madison Rep. Her one-woman shows have been seen at hundreds of corporate, private, and community events throughout the region.


Our Rising Star, GRACE BECKER, is a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and currently appearing in the First Stage Children’s Theater production ELLA ENCHANTED. She also performs regularly with the band Mr. Lucky Syndicate.


With KERRY HART at the piano, TIM KARTH on drums, and SUSAN LOVERIDGE and JONATHAN STEWART providing play-by-play, it’s sure to be a ring-a-ding-ding good time!

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.

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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