Holiday Theater & Comedy Events

***Please note events and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Please call ahead of your arrival.***


Thu, November 18 | 7:30pm
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall
414.273.7206 |
An acclaimed theatrical dance company that continues to test the limits of human physicality while exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies.

“The Thanksgiving Play”

November 19 – December 19 
Broadway Theatre Center – Studio Theatre
414.291.7800 |
A team of terminally woke teaching artists’ good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this blistering satire.

Jim Jefferies 

Fri, November 19 | 7pm
The Riverside Theater
414.286.3663 |
Join internationally-renowned comedian Jim Jefferies during The Moist Tour at the Riverside Theater. 

“Little Shop of Horrors”

November 19 – January 2
Broadway Theatre Center – Cabot Theatre
414.291.7800 |
A worldwide phenomenon, devouring the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years, this disarmingly funny and quirky love story returns.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

November 20 – December 26
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Todd Wehr Theater
414.267.2970 |
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. 

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical”

Sun, November 21 | 2pm & 6pm
The Riverside Theater
414.286.3663 |
A thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments.

“One Funny Mother” Dena Blizzard 

Sun, November 21 | 8pm
Turner Hall Ballroom
414.286.3663 |
Join comedian Dena Blizzard, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three on her hilarious journey through the trial and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. 

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

November 23 – 28 
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall 
414.273.7206 |
This iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new mesmerizing production.

“Red Herring”

November 24 – December 19
Next Act Theatre
414.278.0765 |
Sex! Murder! Commies! It’s 1952: America’s gonna blow the H-bomb, the voters like Ike and everyone loves Lucy on Monday nights. Hang onto your fedora: the cops are quick, the jokes are rapid-fire…and the spies are just plain hot.

Jim Gaffigan

November 24, 26 & 27 | 7pm
The Riverside Theater
414.286.3663 |
Hear Jim Gaffigan's hilarious take on relationships, kids, food, and life. 

“A Christmas Carol” 

November 30 – December 24 
The Pabst Theater
414.224.9490 | 
Make up for lost time with family and friends this holiday season as The Rep’s full ensemble production joyfully returns to the historic Pabst Theater. Enchanting music, dance, costumes, scenery and special effects will once again fill the theater to tell this timeless tale of love, hope and redemption.

Second City: It’s A Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life 

December 2 – 4 
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Wilson Theater
414.273.7206 |
While the weather outside could be frightful, the laughter inside is most delightful as comedy’s best and brightest roast the chestnuts out of all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. This performance contains adult or mature content. 

“The Laramie Project” 

December 3 – 12
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center – 325 W. Walnut Street
414.267.2970 |
In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student, was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Chelsea Handler 

Sat, December 4 | 7pm
Miller Highlife Theatre
414.908.6000 |
Join comedian, television host, best-selling author and advocate whose humor and candor have established her as one of the most celebrated voices in entertainment and pop culture.

“Steel Magnolias”

Now through December 5
The Rep – Quadracci Powerhouse
414.224.9490 | 
Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are tested when the ladies face a life-changing event.

Scribble Showdown

Mon, December 6 | 8pm
Turner Hall Ballroom 
414.286.3663 |
Everyone’s favorite improvisational animation game show is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. 

A Magical Cirque Christmas 

Wed, December 8 | 7:30pm
The Riverside Theater
414.286.3663 |
Experience the enchantment of Christmas as magical hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live.

“Black Nativity” 

December 9 – 12
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
414.273.7206 |
A joyous holiday musical, “Black Nativity” is a testament to Langston Hughes’ timeless work, telling the story of the Nativity through a combination of scripture, poetry, dance and song from the African-American perspective. This year’s production features a fresh post-pandemic take on Hughes’ song play.

A John Waters Christmas…It’s A Yuletide Massacre 

Thu, December 9 | 8pm
Turner Hall Ballroom 
414.286.3663 |
John Waters, a “gutter” filmmaker, tawdry stand-up comedian and author of many appalling books, brings a whole new bag of holiday filth for bad little boys and girls everywhere.

“The Nutcracker”

December 10 – 26
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall 
414.902.2103 |
Shake off the winter chill and gather again with friends and family for Milwaukee’s magical holiday tradition. More than 200 dancers take the stage in this holiday favorite featuring elaborate sets, lavish period costumes, special effects and magic tricks!

The Price is Right™ Live 

Sat, December 11 | 2pm & 8pm
The Riverside Theater
414.286.3663 |
Everyone’s favorite game show is on its way to you, along with the chance to win a share of the more than $12 million in cash and fabulous prizes.

Suicide is a Drag

Wed, December 15 | 7pm
Turner Hall Ballroom
414.286.3663 |
A drag show benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Wisconsin.

Potted Potter

Wed, December 21 - January 2
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
414.273.7206 |
All seven Harry Potter books in 70 hilarious minutes.

“Dad’s Season Ticket”

Now through January 2
The Rep – Stackner Cabaret
414.224.9490 |
A new musical comedy for football fanatics and the people who love them. Who will inherit Frank’s treasured season tickets at Lambeau Field? The Kosinski sisters employ every trick in the playbook, on the way to relearning that family isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.

Shen Yun 2021

December 31 – January 2
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall 
414.273.7206 |
Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life.