Holiday Theater & Comedy Events

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

The Nativity Variations

November 16 – December 11
Milwaukee Repertory Theater – Quadracci Powerhouse
414.224.9490 |
In a small midwestern town, theater director Jules and her experimental community theater troupe face their biggest and most ambitious challenge yet – staging the Christmas pageant at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church. As their adventurous vision for the greatest story ever told hilariously evolves to include Shakespearian comedy and even foul-mouthed puppets, Jules – with a gentle nudge by Father Juan – is left to consider the purpose of her art and the true meaning of the holiday season.

Ron White

Thu, November 17 | 8pm
The Riverside Theater
414.242.8200 |
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now, as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right.

A Jolly Holiday

November 18 – December 31
Broadway Theater Center – Cabot Theatre
414.291.7800 |
Ring in the holidays with a brand-new musical revue featuring 30 favorite songs from Disney’s biggest Broadway hits. A cast of phenomenal singers including an ensemble of talented youth performers will celebrate the season in style with a festive holiday party for the ages.


November 18 – December 18
Broadway Theater Center – Studio Theatre
414.291.7800 |
A white-knuckle staging of one of the most read bestsellers of all time.

The Tin Woman

November 23 – December 18
Next Act Theater
414.278.0765 |
Receiving a heart transplant gives Joy a new lease on life. Her second chance, however, comes with a question: how to avoid squandering this new gift? Based on a true story, this show is a heartfelt, humorous look at the importance of family and what it means to live fully.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

November 25 – December 24
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Todd Wehr Theater
414.267.2961 |
The beloved TV classic we know and love comes to life on stage! Join Rudolph and his friends as they face the Abominable Snowman and save Christmas. Families will fall for this festive tale that warms the heart.

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Sat, November 26 | 7:30pm
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall
414.273.7206 |
This spectacle blends the world of contemporary dance with the world of classical music for a unique holiday mash-up. Hip hop dancers breathe new life into Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces with the help of a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers. Add some flair to your holiday traditions with this exciting take on "The Nutcracker."


A Christmas Carol

November 29 – December 24
The Pabst Theater
414.224.9490 |
During the course of one memorable Christmas Eve, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future help Scrooge discover that it is never too late to change his miserly ways. One of the best-known and loved holiday stories, the enchanting music, dance, costumes, scenery and special effects will fill the theater to tell this timeless tale of love, hope and redemption.

Les Misérables

November 29 – December 4
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall
414.273.7206 |
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, "Les Misérables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

Thu, December 1 | 7pm
Miller High Life Theatre
414.242.8200 |
Gather friends and family to relive your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes from an international cast featuring stars of the Ukraine ballet.

“We Outside” Comedy Tour

Fri, December 2 | 8pm
UWM Panther Arena
414.908.6035 |
Featuring Deon Cole, Michael Blackson and Kelly Kellz.

Baby Shark Live!

Sat, December 3 | 2pm
Miller High Life Theatre
414.242.8200 |
Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea for the holidays, to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs in "Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show!"

The Illusionists

December 6 – 9
The Riverside Theater
414.242.8200 |
Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on Earth.

Wheel of Fortune Live

Wed, December 7 | 7:30pm
Miller High Life Theatre
414.242.8200 |
America’s Game® is going on tour! “Wheel of Fortune Live!” is traveling across North America and coming to you with a chance to be part of the excitement!


Louis C.K.

Thu, December 8 | 7:30pm
Miller High Life Theatre
414.242.8200 |
Six-time Emmy Award winner Louis C.K. returns with new material to lighten your holidays.

Black Nativity

December 8 – 11
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
414.273.7206 |
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes returns for its 7th annual holiday musical production. Hughes’ joyous holiday musical tells the story of the Nativity through a combination of scripture, poetry, dance and song from the African- American perspective.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

December 9 – 18
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
414.267.2961 |
Introduce your family to one of Shakespeare’s most whimsical plays. This stripped-down performance features drama, laughs and lots of enchantment.

The Nutcracker

December 10 – 24
Marcus Performing Arts Center – Uihlein Hall
414.902.2103 |
Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition brings magic and wonder to audiences of all ages, featuring the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and a student cast from Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.

Holiday Dreams Cirque

Thu, December 22 | 7pm
The Riverside Theater
414.242.8200 |
A modern, exciting and original holiday show involving holograms, projection mapping, interactive lasers and BMX daredevils, Holiday Dreams features the most amazing and talented cast of cirque performers, comedic actors, singers and specialty acts from all corners of the world.

Bluey’s Big Play

December 30 – 31
Miller High Life Theatre
414.242.8200 |
Based on the children’s television series, join the Heelers in their first live theater show, featuring brilliantly created puppets. This is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before.

Beehive: The 60s Musical

Now thru January 15
Milwaukee Repertory Theater – Stackner Cabaret
414.224.9490 |
A non-stop, energetic celebration of iconic women from the 1960s and their music. Six extraordinary women perform more than two dozen chart toppers from Diana Ross, The Supremes, Tina Turner and more. Complete with big hairdos and 60s fashions, this timeless production will have audiences of all ages singing along and shouting for more.