HOLIDAY TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET Award-winning Broadway veteran JOHNNY RODGERS celebrates the 100th birthday of “the best friend a song ever had” in UNFORGETTABLE: The Music of Nat King Cole, December 4-8, 2019 in the SideNotes Cabaret. The cabaret is located in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater of Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. A…

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BARRY & BETTE: LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT – Musical MainStage Concert Series

BARRY & BETTE: LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT It’s a Miracle! This One’s for You because We Can’t Smile Without You! And When October Goes, you’ll say, Looks Like we Made It! So if you’re Ready to Take a Chance Again, head on over to the Copacabana where we’ll pay tribute to the biggest hits from musical legends Barry Manilow…

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SPARKLING CABARET CELEBRATES THEATER’S 60th SEASON WITH “CROWN JEWELS OF JAZZ”   The SideNotes Cabaret Series celebrates the 60TH Season of Sunset Playhouse with a tribute to the dazzling divas who reigned supreme in America’s original art form. CROWN JEWELS OF JAZZ runs from September 26-29, 2019 and features award-winning vocalists MARCYA DANEILLE and ELLEN WINTERS. The duo will present…

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PETER, PAUL, MARY, & FRIENDS, Musical MainStage Concert Series

PETER, PAUL, MARY, AND FRIENDS.  Musical MainStage kicks off its fourteenth season with some of your favorite performers and a variety of folk favorites in PETER, PAUL, MARY, AND FRIENDS. We’ll be Leaving on a Jet Plane, heading 500 Miles to hear some great Peter, Paul, and Mary classics. But we’ll also pay homage to legends like Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, and Joni…

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DOUBT: A PARABLE to Open “After Sunset Series” at Sunset Playhouse

             The critically acclaimed drama, DOUBT: A PARABLE, by John Patrick Shanley will open the After Sunset Series, in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater, at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall St, Elm Grove, WI. Performances of DOUBT will take place Thursday through Saturday, September 12-14, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, September 15, at 2:00 pm. General…

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“Sunset’s HAIRSPRAY A Joyous ’60s Youth Movement”

“Sunset’s HAIRSPRAY A Joyous ’60s Youth Movement” By MARILYN JOZWIK In the musical “Hairspray,” Tracy Turnblad finds herself in high school detention hall with several blacks and has a ball learning some new dance moves. As was the case with many young people at the time, Caucasian Tracy is color blind. It was the older generation that often wasn’t. Race…

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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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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 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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