'Tis the season for holiday entertainment, and Milwaukee has a stacked lineup.


 

 

1.

A Christmas Carol

What Is It? 

The Rep’s perennially popular retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story.

Why Should I Go? 

Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements unveiled his own adaptation of the show three years ago, and it’s firing on all cylinders.

Who Will Be There? 

Theater buffs, literature lovers and people who like to shout “Bah humbug!” at passersby.

When? 

Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Left to Right: Jonathan Wainwright and Ashley Bock with the company of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Michael Brosilow.


 

 

2.

Black Nativity

What Is It? 

This play by Langston Hughes is a relative newcomer to the Cream City cultural scene.

Why Should I Go? 

Hughes was one of the best writers of his generation, and the gospel music that accompanies his script is delightfully catchy.

Who Will Be There? 

Locals who want to support black excellence in their community, or create a new holiday tradition.

When? 

Dec. 5-15

Scene from the 2018 production of “Black Nativity”; photo courtesy of Black Arts MKE


 

 

3.

The Nutcracker

What Is It? 

The Milwaukee Ballet Company’s most popular annual show, with over 200 dancers.

Why Should I Go? 

The beautiful dancing. The beautiful music. And the beautiful costuming. The show, simply put, looks and sounds as good as any sugarplum.

Who Will Be There? 

Lots of kids (on their best behavior because they don’t want to wind up on Santa’s naughty list).

When?

Dec. 7-26 

Photo of Alana Griffith and Parker Brasser Vos in “The Nutcracker.” Photo by Nathaniel Davauer


 

 

4.

Messiah in the Basilica

What Is It? 

Composer George Frideric Handel’s best-known work, performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and its chorus.

Why Should I Go? 

Handel’s famous “Hallelujah” chorus is enough to recommend this show. And the Basilica of St. Josaphat is enough to recommend the MSO’s version.

Who Will Be There? 

Serious music aficionados, plus devout Milwaukeeans looking to be reminded of the “reason for the season.”

When?

Dec. 19-22

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