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Sunset Playhouse named Theatre of the Year – Broadway World Regional Awards

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards; Sunset Playhouse Wins Theatre of the Year! Winners have been announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2017. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards took place in a record number of markets, with a record number of votes – including 56 cities across…

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BROADWAY VETERANS FEATURED AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

BROADWAY VETERANS FEATURED AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET   Broadway veterans SUSAN AND ANDREW VARELA will be featured in a cabaret titled PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE: THE ROMANCE OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, February 15-18, 2018 at the Sunset Playhouse SideNotes Cabaret in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.  Timeless classics from OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL,  SOUTH PACIFIC, and other works by Rodgers & Hammerstein…

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‘OUR FAVORITE THINGS’ A FITTING HOMAGE TO JULIE ANDREWS

BY MARILYN JOZWIK PUBLISHED ON DEC. 19, 2017 Virtually everyone can conjure up the voice of Julie Andrews. Whether she’s singing “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music” or “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly” from “My Fair Lady,” Andrews’ pure, pitch-perfect British-accented voice is memorable. In the show, “Our Favorite Things,” presented recently at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, Taryn Whipple sang…

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Sunset’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ captures all the beauty

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST review By MARILYN JOZWIK                   At first blush, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” might appear an odd choice for a holiday show. But after seeing Sunset Playhouse’s lavish, fun-filled and thoroughly entertaining production there’s no doubt it was a wise choice. Plus, the transformation of the Beast is not…

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ELLA KLEEFISCH NAMED RISING STAR

      Oconomowoc resident Ella Kleefisch has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, a professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. The daughter of Rebecca and Joel Kleefisch, Ella is a freshman at Oconomowoc High School. Her favorite theater credits include GYPSY (Baby June) at Sunset Playhouse, VIOLET (Young Violet) for Skylight Music Theatre, LITTLE…

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Sunset’s ‘Sister Act’ gets into the habit of laughter

By Marilyn Jozwik Published Oct. 16, 2017 When it comes to theater, nuns are fun to watch. Virtually every time we see them on stage, they are doing something outrageous and outrageously funny. In ‘Sister Act” at the Sunset Playhouse the nuns are more fun than a barrel of church chimes as they depart from their usual habits, dancing and…

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YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND opens the SideNotes Cabaret Series

SIDENOTES CABARET SERIES AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS – Limited seating remains! SideNotes Cabaret opens its season with YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, a tribute to Carole King and James Taylor, October 5-8, 2017. Audiences will enjoy an assortment of compositions by two renowned singer-songwriters of the Baby Boom era in Sunset’s intimate Studio Theatre.   The cabaret features the combined…

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Sunset serves up delicious Italian food for thought – OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

By Marilyn Jozwik I was told that there would be laughter and there would be tears during Sunset Playhouse’s presentation of Joe DiPietro’s “Over the River and Through the Woods,” my first viewing of the show. I didn’t quite get to the tears part – though there were some wonderfully done, emotion-filled scenes – but there was plenty of laughter….

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Meet the cast of ELVIS!

Our first Musical MainStage of the 2017-18 Season is ELVIS!  The show runs September 18-19, 2017.  Are You Lonesome Tonight? Then put on your Blue Suede Shoes ’cause we’ll be rockin’ and a-rollin’ all the way to Graceland.  Meet our cast: RYAN CHARLES’ (lower left) credits include In Tandem Theatre’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Jesus) and CARNIVAL (Grobert), Skylight Music Theatre (LES MISERABLES, PIRATES OF…

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Share Your Heart!

When you play the Canal Street Bingo game at Potawatomi Hotel & Casion now through Dec. 14, you’re helping raise funds for area children’s charities, giving them the gift of a promising future.  Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1.1 million last year!…

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Volunteer Appreciation Night, August 12, 2017

Sunset held a wonderful Volunteer Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 12th.  The event kicked off with cocktails from 6 – 7PM, followed by the entertainment/awards emceed by Spencer Mather and Brian Zelinski, culminating with a wonderful food buffet.  Over 150 people attended the event which was themed Old New York.  Many thanks must be extended to co-chairs Jennifer Allen and…

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Building “The DRESS” – HELLO, DOLLY! July 13 – August 6, 2017

Building “The Dress” by Joanne Cunningham  There are costumes, and then there are costumes. Some shows have iconic outfits that everyone automatically pictures when they think of a specific character. Ask someone to describe Mary Poppins, for example, and it’s almost a sure thing that they will mention her white dress with its red sash. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST? How…

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