Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
The Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is home to some outstanding Broadway plays! Currently on schedule is Dream Girls, Grease, Legally Blond and Wicked!!
I just saw Dream Girls last night and it was great! The tickets were only $28 per person, so I was located in the balcony at the tippy-top of the theater. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to see the stage, but surprisingly, I actually had a really good view. Because of the stadium seating, I had no problem seeing over those seated in front of me! The only concern I had was with the railings directly in front of the seat, which were just below eye level, and caused me to have to lean forward from time to time to get a good view. All in all, an enjoyable evening at a reasonable price.
I would definitely get balcony seats again in the future, although, the 2nd and 3rd tier balconies looked a bit more appealing – I may try that next time.
If you’ve never seen Wicked, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase tickets for the performance scheduled this summer! There is an incredible amount of excitement about this play coming to Milwaukee because this is it’s first tour here, and historically, if you wanted to see Wicked, Milwaukeeans were forced to hit the road and see it in Chicago.
I did see this play in Chicago and it was amazing, but to be able to see it on our home turf will be even better!
I assume that the Performing Arts Center needs no further introduction as most people are familiar with this elaborate facility. For those of you visiting Milwaukee for maybe the first time, I would recommend a show at the Performing Arts Center while you’re in town. Purchasing tickets is easy, even at the last minute. I purchased my tickets hours before the show, and picked them up at the 'Will Call' window.
More information can be obtained at:Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (opens new window)
929 North Water Street
The center recently concluded their performance of Phantom of the Opera and while I did not attend this show, those who did thought it was spectacular!
The large name performances are held in Uihlein Hall, which can accommodate over 2,000 people. Picture taking is not allowed in the theater, so I took a picutre of the VIP Lounge area instead. Uihlein Hall is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, the Marcus Center Broadway Series, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra .
Smaller performances, conferences and plays are all held in the Todd Wehr Theater which is also home to the First Stage Childrens Theater. This theater accommodates just under 500 people, and has seating on 3 sides of the stage making the performances nice and intimate.
The Milwaukee Performing Arts Center isn’t only a venue for musicals, plays and other such large performances...there is a beautiful rental hall on the top floor which is frequent host to weddings and other such gatherings. I’ve actually attended 2 weddings at this hall, my cousin’s a few years ago, and a good friends in 2009.
One wedding was quite large, maybe up to 300 people, while the other wedding was less than half that, and also included a ceremony before the reception. Both were held in the Bradley Pavilion which includes floor to ceiling windows and an open patio that overlooks the city – we spent a good amount of time enjoying the patio during both weddings (as did many of the smokers!)
There are several smaller rooms and halls which are available for rent. Please see the website for more information.
The Peck Pavilion is the outdoors stage on the corner of Water Street and Kilbourn Avenue, and is the location of Rainbow Summer during the warmer months. Rainbow Summer is a free outdoor concert activity held one day a week during the summer for both noon and evening performances. One of my favorite summertime activities!
Whatever you decide to do at the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, enjoy!