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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  For group sales, contact Stephanie at 262-782-4431, ex. 291.

What’s Happening At Sunset


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!


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.