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SONGS OF THE SILVER SCREEN

SIDENOTES CABARET PRESENTS

MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

 

silverscreen-298x413Sunset Playhouse opens the ninth season of its popular SideNotes Cabaret Series with a salute to famous cinematic melodies in SONGS OF THE SILVER SCREEN, October 6-9, 2016. Filled with unforgettable music, these glittering tunes and sparkling lyrics prove that they are movie stars in their own right.

 

The cabaret combines the impressive talents of three of the area’s favorite performers: ALISON MARY FORBES, CHRIS KRASOVICH, and DON LOBACZ.  Musical direction, accompaniment, and additional vocals will be provided by GREG SMRZ.  The cabaret is written and directed by BECKY SPICE.

 

Alison Mary Forbes is familiar to local audiences, having appeared with Skylight Music Theatre, Optimist Theatre, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Chris Krasovich has performed with In Tandem, Skylight Music Theatre, and M&W Productions.  Don Lobacz is recognized as one of the members of Four Guyz In Dinner Jackets and as lead singer with BtW classic rock band.  Making his debut with Sunset Playhouse, Greg Smrz works as a cantor for St. Sebastian’s and is a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.  Becky Spice is acclaimed by audiences throughout the state as an exceptional entertainer, and now adds writing and directing to her credits.

 

These talented performers will present songs that made their first appearances in the movies and are now standards that have lasted for decades — Singin’ in the Rain, Moon River, Over the Rainbow, As Time Goes By, The Way We Were, When You Wish Upon A Star, and many others. The show also features excerpts from the great cinematic scores of John Williams and Henry Mancini. From THE JAZZ SINGER to GHOSTBUSTERS, this cabaret celebrates nearly 100 years of musical movie magic.

 

Performances are Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Sunset Playhouse is proud to be celebrating its 57th season, and now offers eight productions in the Furlan Auditorium, six Musical MainStage concerts, three shows in the bug in a rug Children’s Theater series, and many special events.  To reserve tickets, call 262-782-4430 or visit www.sunsetplayhouse.com.  For group sales, contact Stephanie at 262-782-4431, ex. 291.

2016-17 Sunset Playhouse Single Tickets On Sale July 5th!

Single tickets for our 2016-17 Season will go on sale to the public on July 5th.  We have a great line-up so be sure to order your tickets online or stop at the box office starting July 5th for the best seating selection.

We will be offering 8 shows as a part of our Furlan Auditorium Productions.  The shows are:  MOON OVER BUFFALO, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, and HELLO, DOLLY!

2016-17 Season of Sunset Playhouse Milwaukee

In addition to our Furlan shows, we will offer 6 Musical MainStage Concerts and 6 SideNotes Cabarets that are not-to-be-missed.

Season 2016 Sunset Playhouse Milwaukee

Our box office hours are:  Tuesday 1 – 7PM,  Weds – Friday 1 – 5PM and Saturday 1 – 4PM.   Be sure to stop in as soon as you can to get the best seats.  You can also call our box office at 262-782-4430 or buy all of your tickets on SunsetPlayhouse.com

SideNotes Cabaret 2016-17 Season Announced

2016-17 SIDENOTES CABARET SERIES

 

Sunset Playhouse will present six original productions as part of its 2016-17 SideNotes Cabaret Series. SideNotes offers a unique assortment of musical entertainment presented by talented professionals in the comfortable atmosphere of Sunset’s Studio Theatre, a relaxed and intimate setting complete with a full-service bar.

 

SideNotes-2016-2017-SeasonThe SideNotes season begins in October with SONGS OF THE SILVER SCREEN, a look back at the glittering melodies and sparkling lyrics that have become memorable movie stars in their own right. In December, HOLIDAY BELLES celebrates the season with a sleigh full of jazzy harmonies, melodies of the big band era, and a hearty helping of jolly favorites.

 

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SWING features Pete Sorce and Swing Explosion as they present a nostalgic musical Valentine from the Great American Songbook. The songs of Burt Bacharach will be showcased in March with WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, a retrospective of the unique style and syncopated rhythms of the composer’s many acclaimed hits.

 

In May, vocalists Ellen Winters and Johnny Rodgers perform dramatic ballads, blazing scat, and complex vocal duets in their award-winning cabaret ELLA MEETS MEL, a tribute to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé.  The SideNotes series concludes in June with BELTERS, BALLADEERS, AND BROADWAY, a cavalcade of classic ballads, famous belters, and show-stopping music from the Golden Age of Broadway.

 

SONGS OF THE SILVER SCREEN – October 6-9, 2016

HOLIDAY BELLES – December 14-18, 2016

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SWING – February 16-19, 2017

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW – March 30-April 2, 2017

ELLA MEETS MEL  – May 18-21, 2017

BELTERS, BALLADEERS, AND BROADWAY – June 15-18, 2017

 

Season tickets for the 2016-17 season at Sunset Playhouse are now on sale, both Full Package and Pick & Choose Flexible Package.  Individual tickets will go on sale July 5, 2016.

What’s Happening At Sunset

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Well, spring has sprung and we can finally venture outside so why not get out of the house and head over to Sunset for one of our upcoming productions?  April will be a very busy month at the Playhouse.  Next week (April 7-9), our SideNotes Cabaret will present HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS, an evening of Broadway show tunes. Then you won’t want to miss the Sunset premiere of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE*, April 21st through May 8th.  This hilarious yet touching  musical tells the story of six students who vie for the championship of a lifetime. Our final Musical MainStage concert of the season, RING-A-DING-DING: SINATRA & CO. (April 25-26), will swing to the sounds of the big band era with hits from folks like Frank, Ella, Bing, and Rosie.

 

 

We hope you were able to attend our sold-out 2016-17 Season Preview Party! This wonderful celebration showcased Sunset’s upcoming season, with scenes and songs from our Furlan Auditorium Productions, SideNotes Cabaret Series, and our Musical MainStage Concert Series.season-preview-party

If you are a season subscriber, you should have received your season ticket packet. If you would like to subscribe, please contact the box office and we will be happy to mail you subscription information. We offer both full-season packages and our popular Pick & Choose option which allows you to purchase four or more vouchers good for any show at any time and save money!

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Finally, under the direction of Project Manager Jan Pritzl, work is underway on the creation of our new lower-level classroom/rehearsal hall.  Thanks to a grant from Heart of Canal, we are excited to create this wonderful and much-needed addition for all our students and volunteers.

 

 

*Suggested for mature audiences only

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS – SideNotes Cabaret, April 7 – 9, 2016

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A trio of powerhouse performers will present HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS as part of the Sunset Playhouse SideNotes Cabaret Series April 7-9, 2016. Local favorites ADAM ESTES, SAMANTHA SOSTARICH, and NATHAN WESSELOWSKI will salute the best of Broadway in this homage to the timeless songs of the Great White Way. These stellar vocalists will perform music from the Golden Age of Broadway, current smash hits, and everything in between.

ADAM ESTES has appeared at Sunset Playhouse many times, as part of the Musical MainStage Concert Series and in his one-man SideNotes Cabaret. He has been seen at the Goodman Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Marriott Lincolnshire and with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, and Milwaukee Opera Theatre. SAMANTHA SOSTARICH created the role of Fortuna in FORTUNA THE TIME BENDER VS. THE SCHOOLGIRLS OF DOOM for Milwaukee Opera Theatre and has worked locally with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, Optimist Theatre, and First Stage Children’s Theatre. Most recently NATHAN WESSELOWSKI delighted audiences in the musical he composed for In Tandem Theatre, A TWISTED CAROL. He also has appeared with The Alchemist Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and will perform with Skylight Music Theatre later this season.

Musical selections will be included from Broadway hits such as ANYTHING GOES, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH PACIFIC, INTO THE WOODS, FOLLIES, THE FULL MONTY, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and SPAMALOT, among others. Songs will be presented in a combination of solos, duets, and trios.

Performances are Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

MRS. FUN To Appear at Sunset!

 

AWARD-WINNING DUO MRS. FUN TO APPEAR AT SIDENOTES CABARET

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 MRS. FUN

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SIDENOTES CABARET SERIES

FUN, FUN, FUN! with MRS. FUN

February 18-20, 2016

MRS. FUN, a multi-talented duo comprised of keyboardist/vocalist CONNIE GRAUER and percussionist KIM ZICK, will present four performances for the SideNotes Cabaret Series at Sunset Playhouse, February 18-20, 2016.  Combining a unique blend of jazz, funk, and spoken word, this acclaimed duo creates a sophisticated, complex, and adventurous style of music that has pleased audiences and reviewers alike.

 

Although Grauer and Zick are natives of Waukesha, Wisconsin (hometown of the legendary Les Paul) and attended the same high school, they had only a passing acquaintance until years later when Zick was putting together a band and needed a keyboard player.  She got in touch with Grauer and the duo has been gathering awards ever since.  MRS. FUN has been consistently praised for flawless musicianship and dynamic stage presence.

 

After relocating to Nashville, Grauer and Zick attracted the attention of many music industry leaders.  During their time there, MRS. FUN performed and recorded with k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, and Janis Ian, among others.  They also created several albums of their own, collaborating with renowned producers such as Jim Rooney and Victor DeLorenzo.

 

MRS. FUN continued to receive accolades, rave reviews, and awards after their return to Milwaukee. Voted “Best Contemporary Jazz Group” by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) for three consecutive years, Grauer and Zick also have received WAMI awards for Best Instrumentalists on keyboard and drums.  Grauer also has been awarded WAMI’s Best Female Vocalist and Best Stage Entertainer.

 

A busy touring schedule includes festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada.  MRS. FUN has shared the stage with Billy Cobham, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Arlo Guthrie, Violent Femmes, and many other notables.  In addition, they are annual headliners at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and have appeared on Wisconsin Public Television and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Performances are Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 20 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove, WI.

 

To reserve tickets, call 262-782-4430 or visit sunsetplayhouse.com.  Use code FUN and receive $5 off our adult priced tickets.

Chris Mariani in HAVE A COOL YULE

CROONER CHRIS MARIANI IN HAVE A COOL YULE

Chris_Mariani Popular vocalist CHRIS MARIANI returns to the SideNotes Cabaret Series at Sunset Playhouse December 16-19, 2015 in HAVE A COOL YULE.  Backed by a sextet of exceptional musicians, Mariani will present a blend of ‘40s romance, ‘50s swing, and holiday favorites in a program of stylish standards.

Inspired by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and other renowned crooners, Mariani has been compared to contemporary performers like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr.  Winner of the 1994 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Male Vocalist of the Year award, he first gained recognition as a rock and roll singer but returned to the music from the Great American Songbook he’d heard as a child growing up in Milwaukee.

Described as a performer with a “suave and cool demeanor,” Mariani and his band continue to carry the torch for a timeless musical genre, taking hits from the past and presenting them with a modern style that hearkens back to the soundtrack of the lounge era.  His entertaining shows have been called “a satisfying mixture that goes down slow and easy and leaves you wanting more.”

Mariani’s backup ensemble is comprised of Sam Steffke (piano), John Babbitt (bass), Jim Ryan (drums), John Rose (trumpet), Paul Brozowski (trombone), and music director/arranger Jeff LaBarge (saxophone).

Performances are Wednesday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 19 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunset Playhouse is proud to be celebrating its 56th season, and now offers eight productions in the Furlan Auditorium, six Musical MainStage concerts, and three shows in the bug in a rug Children’s Theater series.  To reserve tickets, call 262-782-4430 or visit www.sunsetplayhouse.com.  For group sales, contact Stephanie at 262-782-4431, ex. 291.

Rana Roman: SideNotes Cabaret Show

RANA ROMAN PRESENTS ONE-WOMAN SHOW

IN SIDENOTES CABARET AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

Popular singer-actress RANA ROMAN takes a look back at her performing career in RANA … ROAMIN’ – A MUSICAL MEMOIR.  Through story and song, Rana shares her adventures as she roams from her hometown of Milwaukee to New York and Los Angeles, with many stops in between.  Her journeys are filled with amazing experiences and charming characters.  Somewhere along the way, Rana finds that true happiness has always been right in her own back yard.

Rana is one of the Midwest’s most highly sought-after vocalists, appearing on both stage and screen. Highlights include touring with the national company of RENT, television performances on Comedy Central’s “The Graham Norton Show,” and the ABC daytime drama “One Life To Live.”  Locally she has worked with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Renaissance Theaterworks.  Ruben Piirainen, a versatile pianist with interests ranging from musical theatre to opera, will provide accompaniment and musical direction.  Ruben has degrees in piano performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.  His many credits include performances with Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Present Music, and the Florentine Opera Company.

Performances are Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Click Here to see a rehearsal video of Rana Roman

 

Ryan Capplemann in CAPPS OFF TO HOLLYWOOD

Ryan Capplemann aka Ryan Capp will present his one-man show CAPPS OFF TO HOLLYWOOD at Sunset Playhouse this week – April 9 – 11th.

Ryan is well known to Milwaukee theater audiences as he has performed in many shows around town and has become one of the go-to choreographers here in Milwaukee as well.  Triple-threat RYAN CAPP sings, dances, and acts his way through a cabaret performance dedicated to the great song and dance routines of the movies.  Ryan will bring vitality and dynamic energy to this presentation as he honors the artistry of famous dancers such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Tommy Tune, Ray Bolger, Jimmy Cagney, Sammy Davis Jr., and many, many more!

Ryan and music director Adam Baus will have you tapping your toes and wanting to do a time step.

There are four performances of CAPPS OFF TO HOLLYWOOD:  Thursday, April 9th at 7:30, Friday, April 10th at 8:00 and Saturday, April 11th at 3:00 and 8:00.  Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling our box office at 262-782-4430 or may be purchased on our website: sunsetplayhouse.com

CAPPS OFF TO HOLLYWOOD  is the final show in our successful SideNotes Cabaret Series.  These shows are performed in the Studio Theatre and feature table seating.  Don’t miss this great show.  Ryan Capplemann is a must see!

A VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH PETE SORCE

A VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH PETE SORCE AND SWING EXPLOSION AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

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Treat yourself and a special someone to a Valentine’s Day celebration as PETE SORCE and THE SWING EXPLOSION SEXTET present a cabaret filled with memorable vocal and instrumental standards in the styles of the Rat Pack and big bands at Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse, February 12-14, 2015.

As part of its SideNotes Cabaret Series, Pete and the group will present four performances in the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of Sunset’s Studio Theater.  The evening’s entertainment will offer timeless songs performed by a prestigious group of exceptional musicians.

PETE SORCE has performed with a “Who’s Who” of legendary entertainers including Les Brown, Nelson Riddle, Mel Tormé, and Duke Ellington. He attended Lincoln High School where he sang with his friend, Al Jarreau, and also worked with popular rock groups Big Apple and Toll Free. THE SWING EXPLOSION SEXTET includes Jeff LaBarge (leader/arranger and saxophone), John Rose (trumpet), Dave Smith (trombone), Ben Leon (keyboard), Jeff Hoorman (bass), and Jim Ryan (drums).

 

Performances are Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 14 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

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