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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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BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

Classic ballads, timeless showstoppers, and signature songs by legendary belters will be featured at the SideNotes Cabaret as DOUG CLEMONS and ANNE VAN DEUSEN present BELTERS, BALLADEERS, AND BROADWAY, June 15-18, 2017. Clemons and Van Deusen have assembled a splendid collection of tunes from classic composers such as Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Lerner & Loewe. Audiences also will…

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Musical MainStage 2017-18 Auditions: May 9, 2017

Musical MainStage  Concert Series 2017-18 Tuesday, May 9th from 6:30-9:00 pm         SUNSET PLAYHOUSE SEARCHING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS AND RISING STARS Musical MainStage is a series of six concerts requiring four professional singers and one Rising Star per show. Styles needed this season include rock, pop, standards, folk and Motown.  Rehearsals are minimal and performances take place on Mondays…

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TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD AND MEL TORMÉ

ELLA MEETS MEL  AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET   Award-winning vocalists ELLEN WINTERS and JOHNNY RODGERS pay tribute to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torm in ELLA MEETS MEL, May 18-21, 2017 in the SideNotes Cabaret at Sunset Playhouse. Along with a trio of outstanding musicians, Winters and Rodgers interpret the distinctive styles of two indisputable superstars of the jazz...

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