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Musical MainStage celebrates the holidays with that mellow fellow, singer-songwriter John Denver. Our talented singers and musicians will cover both his Christmas tunes and his classic hits. Meet the cast:

A big welcome back to LYDIA ROSE EICHE, whom we first met exactly ten years ago when she was a Rising Star! Her Sunset credits include Babette (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and Rapunzel/Cinderella’s Mother (INTO THE WOODS). Also: Yitzhak (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) with All In Productions, Milica (SVADBA—WEDDING) with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and Ensemble for SWEENEY TODD at Skylight Music Theatre.

CARRIE GRAY is also back for her second Musical MainStage concert. Her many credits include work with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and Greendale Community Theatre. Carrie’s favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS for Sunset and Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL with All In Productions.


TOMMY HAHN, one of your favorite performers, is back in his 14th or 15th or 16th appearance—we’ve lost track! Local credits include Milwaukee Rep (MAN OF LA MANCHA) and Skylight Music Theatre (RENT, LES MISERABLES, MUSIC MAN). Regional: Fireside Theatre (PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE), Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire (PHANTOM, EVITA, MISS SAIGON), Northlight Theatre (SIDE SHOW), and DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE (Broadway Playhouse, Chicago.)


CHAD LARGET, who made his Broadway debut in the ‘97 revival of CANDIDE, directed by Harold Prince, makes his Musical MainStage debut. Other credits include PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Frederic), DIE FLEDERMAUS (Dr. Blind), and MOST HAPPY FELLA (Pasquale), all for Skylight Music Theatre, featured soloist with the Milwaukee and Racine Symphony orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Florentine Opera. At Sunset: MARY POPPINS (Bank Chairman) and SHE LOVES ME (Kodaly).

Our Rising Star is Divine Savior Holy Angels High School sophomore CLAIRE BECKER. Her credits include the school’s production of Les Miserables, along with performances for the Hartford Players, Lake Country Playhouse, and Falls Patio Players.

In addition, we have KERRY HART BIENEMAN on the keys, CASEY OLSON on guitar, and JASON LOVEALL on violin. As always, Susan Loveridge and Bob Hirschi will offer the play-by-play.

Start your holidays out right by letting those country roads take you home!


December 3, 2018, 7:30 pm

December 4, 2018, 2:00 and 7:30 pm

Note:  Performances are almost SOLD OUT.  We are considering adding a performance on Sunday, December 2nd at 7:30 or Monday, December 3 at 2:00.  If you are interested in attending one of these shows if added, please call our box office ASAP at 262-782-4430





Mequon resident Jeffrey-Thomas (JT) Snow has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, a professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. JT, the son of Jeff and Mia Snow, is a junior at Homestead High School, where he has appeared in show choir and the musical SHREK. His Wisconsin credits include First Stage Children’s Theatre and the Kids from Wisconsin, and Kentucky credits include the Woodford Theatre, UK Opera Theatre, and Lexington Children’s Theatre. JT will also appear in Skylight Music Theatre’s upcoming production of HAIRSPRAY.

Sunset Playhouse, now in its 59th season as one of the area’s premier community theaters, is also home to three professional series, including Musical MainStage. Each of its themed concerts offers one promising high school student an opportunity to work alongside professional singers and musicians.

JT will join Ellen Winters, Marcya Daneille, Adam Estes, Dominic Russo, and Kerry Hart Bieneman in a show called, “Frank & Ella & Friends,” a 90-minute concert featuring jazz and American Songbook classics.  Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, October 22nd and 23rd. For more information about the production or tickets, you can visit or call its box office at 262-782-4430.


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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 WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL (Amy) with Lake Country Playhouse, OPAL (Opal) for Acacia Theatre Company, and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Nellie) with Waukesha Civic Theatre. Ella also enjoys archery, horseback riding, drawing, and painting.

Sunset Playhouse, now in its 58th season as one of the area’s premier community theaters, is also home to three professional series, including Musical MainStage. Each of its themed concerts offers one promising high school student an opportunity to work alongside professional singers and musicians.

Ella will join Karen Estrada, Johnny Rodgers, Alison Mary Forbes, Casey Olson, and Kerry Hart in a show called “Homeward Bound,” a 90-minute concert featuring songs from the popular duo, Simon and Garfunkel. Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, December 4th and 5th.

For more information about the production or tickets, you can visit or call its box office at 262-782-4430.

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 PENZANCE), and the Boulevard Theatre (TWELFTH NIGHT, THIS IS OUR YOUTH). He’s also lead singer of the rock band “Independent Idols.”
SARALYNN EVENSON (upper left) made her Sunset debut in the concert version of SHE LOVES ME. Favorite NYC credits include Off-Broadway workshops DEX! (Laguerta) and YEAST NATION (Jan). Regional credits include INTO THE WOODS (Witch), URINETOWN (Pennywise), CHICAGO (Velma), SECRET GARDEN (Martha), TAMING OF THE SHREW (Kate), and the national tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
After a short break to tackle a new career as a medical assistant, HEATHER REYNOLDS (upper right) is thrilled to return to Sunset, where she appeared most recently in THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Alice). This is her second Musical MainStage concert and she’s particularly delighted since she grew up listening to Elvis with her dad.
DOMINIC RUSSO (lower right) is excited to make his Musical MainStage debut. No stranger to the Sunset stage, his recent appearances include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Dominic also performs as one half of THE RUSSO BROTHERS.
Rising Star TRAVIS CHEEVER (right) is a Jr. at Oak Creek High School. Credits include LOVABYE DRAGON and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at First Stage Children’s Theatre, Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Youth Theater, and the Oak Creek Production Company (Harold in FLY BY NIGHT and Dobie in THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS).
Our talented cast also includes KERRY HART BIENEMAN on the keyboard, TIM KARTH on drums, BOB MONAGLE on guitar, along with narrators SUSAN LOVERIDGE and BOB HIRSCHI.
Note:  This production does not feature an Elvis impersonator.

Musical MainStage 2017-18 Auditions: May 9, 2017

Musical MainStage 

Concert Series 2017-18

Tuesday, May 9th from 6:30-9:00 pm





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 and Tuesdays.  Students who will be enrolled in any area high school from September, 2017 – June, 2018 are eligible to be named a Rising Star.  All singers should bring 32 bars of sheet music in their key; an accompanist will be provided.  Adults will be paid. 

Candidates should fill out either a RISING STAR Audition Sheet or PROFESSIONAL Audition Sheet. Please call the Box Office prior to May 9th to schedule a 5 minute time slot between 6:30 – 9:00pm. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time with a copy of your completed audition sheet.


Here is the rehearsal and show lineup for the 2017-18 season:




Rehearsals: August 28, September 4 (LABOR DAY) and 11

Tech: Sunday, September 17

Performances: September 18 – 19, 2017


THE BRITISH INVASION: Beyond the Beatles


Rehearsals: October 2, 9 and 16
Tech: October 22
Performances: October 23-24, 2017


HOMEWARD BOUND: The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel 


Rehearsals: November 13, 20 and 27
Tech: December 3
Performances: December 4-5, 2017




Rehearsals: January 8, 15 and 22

Tech: January 28

Performances: January 29-30, 2018




Rehearsals: February 19 and 26, March 5

Tech: March 11

Performances: March 12-13, 2018





Rehearsals: April 9, 16, and 23
Tech: April 29

Performances: April 30-May 1, 2018


For further questions please contact Ann Mather at 262-782-4431 ext 221 or or check the FAQ on our website.

FAMILY TIES Rising Star: Emma Borkowski

Brookfield resident Emma Borkowski has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, a professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove.

The daughter of Nicole Krebs and Jeff Borkowski, Emma is a senior at Brookfield Central High School where she’s active in the Chamber Choir, leads an all-female a cappella group, and has been seen in OLIVER! (Nancy), CRAZY FOR YOU (Polly) and PETER PAN (Tiger Lily). With singer-dancer-actor credits at Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Waukesha Civic Theater, and the KIDS from Wisconsin, her favorite roles include Annie (ANNIE), Dorothy (THE WIZARD OF OZ), Louisa (THE SOUND OF MUSIC) and Rosie (BYE BYE BIRDIE). After graduation, Emma plans to study marketing and performance.

Sunset Playhouse, now in its 57th season as one of the area’s premier community theaters, is also home to three professional series, including Musical MainStage. Each of its themed concerts offers one promising high school student an opportunity to work alongside professional singers and musicians.

Emma will join Doug Clemons, Karen Estrada, Matt Zeman and Grace Bobber in a show called Family Ties. The 90-minute concert will feature songs from musical families like the Everly Brothers, the Jackson Five and the Bee Gees.
Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, March 6th and 7th. For more information about the production or tickets, you can CLICK HERE or call its box office at 262-782-4430.

BILLY JOEL & FRIENDS – Meet the Cast

BILLY JOEL & FRIENDS will be performed January 30 & 31st in our Furlan Auditorium. This Musical MainStage concert will be a celebration of singer-songwriters and will pay tribute to folks like Simon & Garfunkel, Carol King and the Piano Man himself.

Let’s meet our stellar cast:

TOMMY HAHN’s credits include work with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire, Northlight Theatre and DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse.

MICHAEL HENNES has been an actor and musician for almost 40 years. His credits include THE WIZARD OF OZ, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, A WONDERFUL LIFE, SISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY and DRIVING MISS DAISY. Michael is eager to share the stage with his oldest daughter!

SARA HUBERTZ studied vocal performance with Signe Quale, WI Conservatory; Marguerite Hedges, St. Paul, MN; and Boris Goldovski, Opera Workshop, the Met, NYC. She’s been seen in half a dozen of our concerts and performs regularly in a folk/rock cover band ‘The Acousticats’.

RANA ROMAN recently completed a run as Mrs. Cratchit in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Other favorite credits include appearances with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Renaissance Theatreworks and Madison’s Forward Theatre.

Our Rising Star, MEGUIRE HENNES, is enrolled in Seton Home Study and K-12 Online School. This singer, dancer, actor and musician’s credits include performances with the Lyric Opera Chicago, Northwestern University, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and half a dozen productions with the Fireside Theatre.

Tickets are selling fast so order yours today!

Richard Becker: Rising Star, Musical MainStage

Hubertus resident Richard Becker has been named a Rising Star for TWIST AND SHOUT, the 2nd show of our 2016-17 Musical MainStage Concert Series

The son of Jerry and Karen Becker, Richard is a sophomore at Marquette University High School, where he sings in its select choir and appeared in a production of SWEENEY TODD. His credits also include performances in the Hartford Players’ productions of THE MUSIC MAN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Each of Musical MainStage themed concerts offers one promising high school student an opportunity to work alongside professional singers and musicians.

Richard will join Alison Mary Forbes, Joel Kopischke, Casey Olson and Peggy Peterson Ryan in a show called TWIST AND SHOUT, a 90-minute tribute to classic Beatles tunes. They’ll be joined by Kerry Hart Bieneman on piano, Tim Karth on drums, Tom Koehn on guitar, along with two narrators, Susan Loveridge and Bob Hirschi, who provide background on the music and era.

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.


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.

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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


Musical-MainStage-Sunset-PlayhouseMusical MainStage presents: RING-DING-A-DING: SINATRA & CO. Sinatra may have been king, but he reigned over an era that introduced dozens of our favorite artists folks like Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Steve and Eydie. We’ll revisit the big band and swingin’ sounds of the forties, fifties, and sixties with some of the area’s most beloved performers:


BOB HIRSCHI is excited to take a quick break from his usual Musical MainStage narration duties to perform with great friends. Recent credits: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Alchemist Theatre) and HAMLET (Off the Wall Theatre). Bob also sings with the 9-piece classic rock band, Groove Therapy.


TOMMY LUECK keeps busy as front man vocalist for the award-winning Swing Nouveau and as one of the Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets, Wisconsin’s premier doo-wop group. Favorite acting credits include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, INTO THE WOODS, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.


A member of the Musical MainStage family for ten seasons, PEGGY PETERSON RYAN also serves as the producer of Sunset’s SideNotes Cabaret Series. She looks forward to reuniting and performing with Becky Spice and Kay Stiefel for December’s cabaret, HOLIDAY BELLES.

With more than 25 years of professional stage experience, BECKY SPICE has appeared with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Madison Rep. Her one-woman shows have been seen at hundreds of corporate, private, and community events throughout the region.


Our Rising Star, GRACE BECKER, is a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and currently appearing in the First Stage Children’s Theater production ELLA ENCHANTED. She also performs regularly with the band Mr. Lucky Syndicate.


With KERRY HART at the piano, TIM KARTH on drums, and SUSAN LOVERIDGE and JONATHAN STEWART providing play-by-play, it’s sure to be a ring-a-ding-ding good time!

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

Erin Hogan: Rising Star – Musical MainStage

Erin-Hogan-Rising-Star-Musical-MainStage-Sunset-PlayhouseGrafton resident Erin Hogan has been named a Rising Star for Musical MainStage, a professional concert series at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. She will appear in BROADWAY BUDDIES on March 14 & 15th.

The daughter of Chris and Mary Helen Hogan, Erin is a junior at Grafton High School, where she has been seen in MARY POPPINS, THE SECRET GARDEN, and HELLO, DOLLY! She recently participated in the Florentine Opera Company’s Young Singer/Actor Intensive and has received top honors in Wisconsin State Choir competitions and from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Erin will join Doug Clemons, Katherine Duffy, Joel Kopischke, and Tamara Martinsek in BROADWAY BUDDIES, a tribute to musical theater duos like Rodgers and Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb. Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, March 14th and 15th.

Be sure to call our box office – 262-782-4430 – to reserve your tickets or buy online today. This is a show you don’t want to miss.


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