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The best of the 2019 Milwaukee theater scene

Published Dec. 20, 2019

'Tis the season for making lists - and for me, looking back with enormous gratitude at the live performances I've been lucky enough to attend over the past year. Here are the moments that had the most impact on me, that I will treasure as we move into a new decade.

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Hot take incoming: "Hamilton" is really, really, ridiculously good

Published Oct. 24, 2019

A word of caution for those venturing out to finally get their eyes on "Hamilton," making its long-awaited debut in Milwaukee at the Marcus Center: If you felt like you were missing out on the show before, the FOMO will somehow only get worse after you actually see the show.

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A conversation with Aaron Burr from "Hamilton"

Published Oct. 22, 2019

"Hamilton" has finally arrived in Milwaukee - and the only thing more stressful and intense than trying to get tickets for Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical masterpiece is probably actually performing in "Hamilton." Just ask actor Nik Walker.

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4 award-nominated must-see acts at the Fresh Coast Jazz Festival

Published Aug. 31, 2019

One day might already be in the books for the brand new Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, but the smooth sounds are by no means ready to start taking their Labor Day vacation. Here are four great acts you shouldn't miss these next two days.

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Marcus Center's "Anastasia" offers little magic of its own

Published July 26, 2019

Although the theories of a surviving Romanov were officially debunked with DNA testing in the 1990s, the Anastasia fantasy lives on - currently on the Marcus Center stage with a touring production of "Anastasia."

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Marcus Center CEO Paul Matthews retiring at end of 2019

Published July 17, 2019

Today, the Marcus Performing Arts Center (Marcus Center) announced that its long-time President and CEO, Paul Mathews, will retire at the end of this year. The Board of Directors will be launching a search process for a new president and CEO.

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Optimist's "Comedy of Errors" makes several errors of its own

Published July 2, 2019

There are three distinct productions of "The Comedy of Errors" appearing through July 13 as part of Optimist Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park performances. Individually they are incomplete; together they are incomprehensible.