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Milwaukee Opera Theatre unites with All In Productions for the first time to present PRELUDES, a musical fantasia set in the mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff by the creators of Broadway’s NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.  Delving into the composer’s troubled psyche, PRELUDES deftly blends the classical and contemporary in a meditation on ambition, failure, and lilacs.

Music, Book, and Lyrics by Dave Malloy

Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Director: Ruben Piirainen
Featuring Alaina Carlson, Bill Jackson, Gage Patterson, Joe Picchetti, Ruben Piirainen, Jenny Wanasek

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM
Monday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 27 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 PM

Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
813 E Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee

Tickets on sale now!
$32 Premium Reserved | $28 General Admission | $18 Student, Artist
To purchase, call (800) 838-3006 or order online at



Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:

Doc Danger and the Danger Squad

Music, Book, and Lyrics by Jason Powell


Classic pulp adventurers from a bygone era: Brilliant scientist Doc Danger!  Jesai of the Jaguars, protector of the jungle!  Lunar cowgirl Satellite Sally and her sidekick, Clare de Lune!  The enigmatic detective known only as The Lady in Black!  The stakes are high as these formidable and beautiful heroines are faced with the reality-warping genius of Professor Z, who threatens to un-make the entire universe.  Join us for the fully-staged premiere of this new musical from Jason Powell, the creator of Fortuna the Time Bender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom!


Dates: Thursday, August 23, 7:30 PM (Preview)
Friday, August 24, 7:30 PM (Opening)
Saturday August 25, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 26, 2:00 PM
Monday, August 27, 7:30
Wednesday, August 29, 7:30
Thursday, August 30, 7:30 (Closing)

Tickets: $15 Preview / $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist

Order online at or by calling 1-414-291-7800

Location: Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee


Stage Director: Jill Anna Ponasik

Music Director: Donna Kummer

Choreographer: James Zager



Doc Danger: Briana Rose Lipor
Jesai of the Jaguars: Stephanie Staszak
Satellite Sally: Carrie Gray
Clare de Lune: Hannah Esch

Lady in Black: Rae Elizabeth Pare

Professor Z: Eric Welch
Beetle Queen: Ana Gonzales
Penny Dreadful/First Robot: Becky Cofta
Demon/Second Robot/Mom: Melissa Anderson
Robert von Hesslington: Sean Anthony Jackson
The Kid: Harper Navin


For more information:

Contact: Jill Anna Ponasik, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre or 917.684.0512


Milwaukee Opera Theatre is Milwaukee’s micro-brewery for opera, proudly producing small batches of high quality, local lyric theatre.  We tell stories through music…unconventionally.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED present: A Chorus Line Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante

What Would You Do For Love? Featuring an all-star cast of celebrated Milwaukee performers, this concert staging of Broadway’s iconic A CHORUS LINE brings a new perspective to the classic musical by pitting veteran artists against a young, upstart director. Two performances only!

Dates: Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 PM Monday, August 28 at 7:30 PM

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Location: Cardinal Stritch University, Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Rd, Milwaukee, 53217 Presented in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University as part of “Arts @ Stritch”

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography: Jill Anna Ponasik Ryan Cappleman James Zager Featuring: Zach: Joe Picchetti Larry: Ryan Cappleman Kristine: Karen Estrada Don: Joel Kopischke Sheila: Angela Iannone Val: Marcee Doherty-Elst Maggie: Jenny Wanasek Bobby: Karl Miller Mark: James Zager Mike: David Flores Bebe: Melissa Cardamone Paul: C. Michael Wright Connie: Carol Greif Judy: Diane Lane Diana: Rana Roman Greg: Mark Bucher Richie: Bill Jackson Cassie: Beth Mulkerron Al: Doug Jarecki

And: James Carrington, Becky Cofta, Zachary Dean, Sean Jackson, Solana Ramirez-Garcia, Stephanie Staszak, Matt Zeman, Rachael Zientek

For more information: and Contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst, Media/Public Relations, Theater RED, 414-617-0132,

About Milwaukee Opera Theatre: Milwaukee Opera Theatre creates dynamic, singer-centered art by exploring the beauty of the human voice, sparking the imagination of both audiences and artists and transforming the bountiful landscape of classic and contemporary lyric theatre.

About Theater RED: Theater RED produces theater in Southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: Substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and support for new playwrights.

Two ground-breaking theater companies, One singular sensation!


“Michael did something today that had a profound effect on the show and on me. He drew a white line on the floor. And in that simple act was the epitome of Michael’s genius. What he did was symbolize the show in one fell swoop. For A CHORUS LINE is about being on the line, all of us, auditioning all the time.” Excerpt from Marvin Hamlisch’s Journal

About A CHORUS LINE At a time when the Bronx was burning, and many Broadway theatres were shuttered, A CHORUS LINE revitalized the American Musical with a ground-breaking focus on an ensemble of individual characters inspired by the real lives of Broadway dancers. All-night rap sessions produced a series of tapes containing intimate details of the dancers’ drives, ambitions, dreams, and the daily challenges of existence in the theatre. Through a lengthy workshop process (unheard of at that time), these were woven into a piece that is both conceptually and structurally groundbreaking. Never before had American audiences heard a work that so seamlessly navigates show stopping numbers, dialogue, montage, ensembles, and monologues. For those in the early audiences, it was nothing short of revolutionary.

A CHORUS LINE opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. An unprecedented box office and critically acclaimed hit, the musical won 9 Tony Awards, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances over 15 years, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history.

About the Production Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED lend their unique vision to this iconic musical with a cast of seasoned Milwaukee performers looking back on their careers. As they reaffirm their deep love for the performing arts, recalling “What I Did For Love”, they simultaneously continue to reinvent themselves at new auditions; their “I Hope I Get It” anthem ringing alongside the young up-andcoming artists.

Both Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED are committed to growth in craft for artists and emphasize the use of local talent. These 2 companies are proud to bring A CHORUS LINE to the Nancy Kendall Theater at Cardinal Stritch University with 100% local artists.

About Arts@Stritch: Arts@Stritch is a new performing arts series hosted by Cardinal Stritch University that presents exciting professional performances on the beautiful main campus in Glendale, WI. Inspired by the University’s rich Liberal Arts tradition, Arts@Stritch provides an opportunity to expand the landscape of exciting performing arts experiences for both the Cardinal Stritch community, and the greater Milwaukee area as a whole.

Getting There The Stritch Performing Arts Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the Cardinal Stritch University Campus in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communications and Fine Arts. Ample free parking is available, follow signs for the Nancy Kendall Theater and park in Lot 5.

“I don’t think there has ever been a time when, during the opening dance combinations, the tiny hairs on my arms and along my spine haven’t stood erect in honor of the pure ray energy of the actor-dancers upholding the tradition and discipline of the theatre.” James Kirkwood, Playbill Magazine 1983

Two star-studded performances, One singular sensation!