Milwaukee Repertory Theater Announces Their 2021/22 Live Season

For fans of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, this lineup may look pretty familiar since it is heavily based on the canceled 2020/21 season. Our announcement for that season can be found here if you are interested. And there were several mid-course corrections and we posted those updates: Here, here and here. Sigh. So for you completists out there, the whole story from last season is available! LOL!

But now to get on with the really exciting news for the upcoming theater season. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has announced their 2021/22 season! And without further delay, here it is, in their own words!

There is a bright spotlight at the end of this dark pandemic tunnel.

We cannot wait to welcome you back! We have missed your laughter, tears, and watching you jump to your feet at the end of a performance.

To ensure vaccines have time to be fully distributed and work to their optimum level, we are delaying the start of our 2021/22 Season to October 29. Additionally, we remain fully committed to your safety and will follow recommendations from the CDC and local health officials. We will adjust operations as needed, which may include limiting tickets sold to allow for social distancing while prioritizing our Subscribers.

We will pick up where we left off and can’t wait to wow you with our largest season ever, which will employ hundreds of your favorite artists featuring the best of our postponed 2020/21 Season, including the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Shakespeare’s As You Like It infused with Beatles songs. Throw in a new musical about the Green Bay Packers, an Emmy-nominated performance of Judy Garland classics, The Wall Street Journal’s 2019 Best New Play and a celebration of Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood), this season is not to be missed!

I like to think via stage, so here’s the lineup in each theater:

The Quadracci Powerhouse:

Steel Magnolias November 9 – December , 2021 In Chinquapin, Louisiana everybody who is anybody gets their hair done at Truvy’s beauty shop—where the women are all sass and brass. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are tested when the ladies face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

Toni Stone January 4 – January 30, 2022 Declared the Best New Play of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, this sensational theatrical event knocks it out of the park with a high intensity glimpse into the world of the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Against all odds, Toni Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play baseball. Filled with humor and the love of the game, this intimate and profoundly relevant portrait of America will have you cheering along.

As You Like It February 15 – March 20, 2022 The Beatles meet the Bard in this rollicking, celebratory musical take on William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. It’s 1960s British Columbia and love is in the air as a handful of cross-dressing lovers lead to mistaken identities, hilarious mishaps and loads of laughs. Interwoven into Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, the production features over 20 Beatles songs performed live including “She Loves You,”“I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.” Audiences will be rolling with laughter and singing along to some of the best songs ever written.

Titanic the Musical April 5 – May 15 2022 Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic The Musical is a stirring and unforgettable account of the first and last days of the ship of dreams. This epic musical features real stories of people aboard the most legendary ship in the world from third-class immigrants dreaming of a better tomorrow to first class passengers living a life of fame and fortune. Rarely produced due to its size and complexity, this stunning and majestic musical sails into the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse for the theatrical event of the year!

Murder On The Orient Express May 31 – July 31, 2022 Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects, each with a motive and an alibi. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece is filled with twists, turns and larger-than-life characters. Join beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this murder mystery that’s the perfect way to close our season.

And as always, my favorite theater, the Stiemke Theater:

Antonio’s Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son January 26 – March 6, 2022 Antonio’s Song is a poetic journey of a dancer/artist/father questioning the balance of his passions – art, culture, family. From the streets of Brooklyn to Russia’s ballet training studios, Antonio struggles to reconcile multiple ethnic identities. He wrestles with the legacy of stereotypes of masculinity while discovering the beauty of becoming a father. Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful poetry is intermixed with stunning original movement, music and evocative projected imagery to create a wholly unique and stunning performance by the breathtaking Antonio Edwards Suarez

New Age March 22 – May 2, 2022 Told through music, movement and lyrical storytelling, New Age follows four women at different junctures in life as they contend with their sexuality, insecurities and legacies. Cass loves art and continues to redefine herself after divorce, Lisette recounts how she became a writer as she faces health challenges, Candy has carved out a life for herself and despite struggles remains upbeat, and Liberty, the youngest of the group, begins her career as a rock musician. Edgy, joyful and authentic, Pulitzer Prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith’s distinctive style brings the stories of these resilient women to life as they prove that they are defined by much more than age.

And The Stackner Cabaret? The Rep season actually opens at the Stackner!

Dad’s Season Tickets October 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Direct from its sold-out engagement in Door County where it became the best-selling hit in Northern Sky Theater’s 28-year history, comes this new musical comedy for football fanatics and the people who love them. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field? The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook, on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. With songs like “When You Live in Green Bay” and “What Do You Do with a Bye Week,” this quintessential Wisconsin musical will warm your heart and leave you rooting for the home team!

Piano Men January 7 – February 27 What happens when you put two pianos onstage, add two virtuoso piano players, and throw in a limitless songbook that defies genre and decade? You get Piano Men! Equal parts concert and sing-along, this exhilarating and entertaining musical revue will have you clapping, laughing and calling out requests for your favorite songs. Inspired by the hard working piano players who play everywhere from bars to airports, hotel lobbies to grand concert halls, Piano Men will feature a unique set list from rock, pop, classical, Broadway and everything in-between. Filled with hilarious stories, this world premiere event will leave you wanting to come back for more.

My Way : A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra March 4 – May 1 2022 From the king of swing to the Rat Pack, Ol’ Blue Eyes charmed his way into the hearts of millions. Celebrate the pivotal moments of Sinatra’s remarkable five-decade career with a journey through his greatest hits. Four performers sing classics such as “I’ve Got the World on a String,”“Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York.” Experience the elegance of “The Chairman of the Board” as you’re transported back to the era of supper clubs, vintage Las Vegas and the perfect martini.

AND! Get Happy May 5 – July 1, 2022 In an Emmy Award-nominated performance seen on PBS, Angela Ingersoll celebrates Judy Garland live in concert. Backed by a dynamite band, Ingersoll delivers a tour de force of virtuosic vocals, passionate storytelling, humor, and heart. Ingersoll also won acclaim starring as Garland in End of the Rainbow, including Chicago’s Jeff Award and LA Times Woman of the Year in Theatre. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn.” Classic songs include “Over the Rainbow,””The Trolley Song,” and “The Man That Got Away.”

More information on the performances and ordering subscriptions can be found here.

AND AND AND:

Add A Christmas Carol To Your Season!

Don’t wait to secure your seats to Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition – A Christmas Carol. Make up for lost time with family and friends by doing something extra special this holiday season! As a special thank you, get 30% off, that’s an additional 5% off the “Christmas in July” one day sale prices – if you purchase by May 15. To purchase call 414-224-9490 today. 

Fingers crossed that all goes well for the rest of 2021 and we will see all of you at the theater! I can’t wait.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater Resets Their 2020/21 Season part 1

This morning I received an email from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater about COVID-19 imposed changes to their already modified 2020/2021 season. Essentially the season has been reset to 2021/2022 with subscriber tickets being moved accordingly. This is incredibly disappointing but not unexpected news. But I was personally wondering if I would feel safe this season and was working out the logistics in my head. Sigh.

In the meantime, five plays will be presented during the season in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio theaters…to much reduced capacities. The Stackner Cabaret will not have any performances this season. There will be a part 2 post to cover the new season program.

In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the Rep’s announcement and here is the link to the full announcement on their website.

We have important news to share about our 2020/21 Season. We’ve been working diligently to reopen in a way that is safe for both audiences and artists. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 constraints, we cannot present the season as scheduled and will move the entire season to the following year.

Our 2020/21 Season was designed to be experienced as a whole by our more than 200,000 patrons and when it became apparent that we couldn’t produce some shows fully due to safety protocols, and would have to significantly limit seating to socially distance, we concluded the entire lineup should move to the 2021/2022 Season.

For the convenience of current Subscribers, we have automatically shifted their 2020/21 Subscription forward to the 2021/22 Season.

But we are determined to still have a 2020/21 Season. We’ve developed a creative way to bring you amazing theatrical experiences via our 2020/21 Season Reset. The Season Reset features five plays that provide entertaining and uplifting stories in theaters that are socially-distanced and revamped for the safety of everyone. We recognize that returning to the theater will be a personal decision. To aid you in this decision, we have developed a RISK-FREE Reset Pass:

Experience shows live in theaters with capacities limited to 35% OR via high-definition recordings delivered directly to your screens at home (your choice).

If COVID-19 causes cancellations, you will automatically receive a refund.

When you purchase a Reset Pass, you will be seated in socially-distanced locations with the best seats offered on a first come, first served basis. As a thank you, all Reset Pass options come with a free ticket to A Christmas Carol presented by Wells Fargo.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Mark Clements : Artistic Director

Chad Bauman : Executive Director

More details on the 2020/21 Season Reset right here!

Updates On The Milwaukee Repertory Theater 2020/21 Schedule

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am certainly disappointed. But this makes sense to protect the actors and staff of the theater and of course the guests and audience. My email today produced this note about changes to MRT’s 2020/21 season.

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and weathering the current public health crisis well. While we cannot welcome you to our theaters, please know we miss you and that you are in our thoughts.

More than 10,000 Milwaukee Rep Subscribers have renewed their season tickets for 2020/21, which demonstrates an incredible devotion to our theater during uncertain times. With our stages dark, we are pouring all of our energy into roaring back in the fall including investing in paying more than 100 employees during the shutdown.

Due to the increasingly complex challenges of COVID-19, Milwaukee Rep will delay the start of the 2020/21 Season which will now begin October 30, 2020 and play through June 27, 2021 and will include three substitutions of previously announced plays, three cancelled off-subscription plays and a revised schedule. Milwaukee’s favorite Holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, celebrating its 45th anniversary in the Historic Pabst Theater, will continue as planned. 

Steel Magnolias, directed by May Adrales will replace John Proctor is the Villain in the Quadracci Powerhouse and will play June 1 – 27, 2021.

Antonio’s Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son, which was cancelled this past March due to COVID-19, will have its world premiere March 24 – May 2, 2021 replacing Tender Age in the Stiemke Studio.

The world premiere event Piano Men featuring Milwaukee’s favorite piano man himself Steve Watts will replace Blues in the Night in the Stackner Cabaret and will play May 14 – June 27, 2021. 

The off-subscription offerings of Rep Lab, Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice and Lockdown are cancelled.

Once we announce a season, changes are rarely made, but we are living in highly unusual times. A delayed start is the only way we can increase the likelihood that we will be able to present an entire season of 11 shows in theaters that are well prepared to welcome you back safely. Additionally, given cancellations worldwide, artist availability shifted significantly so adjustments were needed to bring you the world-class work we are known for.

The safety of our patrons is our top priority and we will work with health officials to make any prudent changes to our operations. Social distancing may continue through the fall and if that occurs, we will reduce the capacities of our theaters to provide appropriate distancing.

To read about our entire 2020/21 Season click here.

For additional FAQ’s around our upcoming season please visit our COVID-19 page here.

Thank you for your support and keep an eye on our website, eNewsletters and social media for all the latest on your Milwaukee Rep – including the From Our Home To Your Home series. We look forward to seeing you in the fall. 

If you have any questions please contact our Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 weekdays Noon to 6pm or at tickets@milwaukeerep.com

Mark Clements, Artistic Director Chad Bauman, Executive Director

emphasis mine

If you would like to revisit our original announcement of the Rep’s 2020/21 season, click here!