2022-23 Salutz Law VARIETY SERIES

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Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., An Evening with John McGivern

Spend an evening with John McGivern—best known for his five-time Emmy Award-winning work on PBS—as he shares personal and funny winter stories of growing up on the east side of Milwaukee. He shares stories of snow days, parochial school lessons, and the long, cold nights of dreaming about the two-week summer vacation at the cottage up north.

This show, presented in the Salutz Law Variety Series, will fondly recount memories of winter’s past and stories of our world today. It’s guaranteed to generate loads of laughs and a warm sense of familiarity.

John spent nine seasons on PBS with his weekly series “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” His new show, “John McGivern’s Main Streets,” can be seen on commercial stations in 30 television markets across the Midwest.

If you go: This performance is rated PG

Tickets: $36, $29, $22, plus fees and tax; student ticket discount available




Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m., Stephen Lang’s Beyond Glory

Actor Stephen Lang adapted Larry Smith’s book, Beyond Glory, for the stage in 2003. The live show premiered in 2004 at The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Theater at the gates of Arlington National cemetery. This moving performance is the second show in the Salutz Law Variety Series.

In 2005, under a unique collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense, Lang toured US military camps, ships, and bases across the globe, from the Persian Gulf to Korea. That tour culminated in a performance at the US Senate to mark and honor Senator and Men of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye’s 80th birthday. Later that year, Beyond Glory had a distinguished run at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, followed by a 101-performance run in 2007 at the prestigious Roundabout Theatre in New York. Beyond Glory has garnered critical and popular acclaim and nominations including The Chairman’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the National Education Association, and the Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Lang’s television work includes series regular roles in “Crime Story,” “The Fugitive,” and “Terra Nova.” Lang has acted in films including “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” “Manhunter,” “Tombstone,” “Gettysburg,” “Gods And Generals,” “White Irish Drinker,” “Christina,” “Band of the Hand,” “Public Enemies,” “Conan The Barbarian,” and “Avatar.”

If you go: This performance is rated PG

Tickets: $53, $46, $39, plus fees and tax; student ticket discount available




Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, 4 p.m., Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance, “The Nutcracker”

A holiday tradition for 45 years, “The Nutcracker” is presented in the Salutz Law Variety Series. Audiences of all ages have delighted in the magic that is The Nutcracker. First performed in 1892, the ballet is based on a fairy tale by E.T. Hoffman and features music composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Don’t miss the area’s spectacular performance of this iconic holiday show.

If you go: This performance is rated PG

Tickets: $36, $29, $22, plus fees and tax; student ticket discount available




Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m., “Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation”

From “Frozen” to “Phantom” to “Wicked,” this all-new fall-down funny, satirical roast of more than 30 Broadway hits features outrageous costumes, silly spoofs of the songs you know by heart, and madcap impressions by a stellar cast!

Newer spoofs include “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “Moulin Rouge.” This Salutz Law Variety Series show proves it’s never been more fun poking fun at your favorite musicals and stars! A New York sensation for 35 years, a talented quintet of comic chameleons throw out pointed parodies at a dizzying pace. Whether you are a seasoned theatre-goer or new to it all, the Tony Award® winning “Forbidden Broadway” is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs: a hip and fresh view of theatre’s tried and true that will leave you begging for more.

If you go: This performance is rated PG

Tickets: $43, $36, $29, plus tax and fees; student ticket discount available




Thursday, May 25, 7  p.m., An Evening with Groucho

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante delivers his PBS, New York, and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes, and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo, as well as Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and Marx foil Margaret Dumont. This Salutz Law Variety Series show is perfect for comedy fans of all ages!

If you go: This performance is rated PG

Tickets: $43, $36, $29 plus fees and tax; student ticket discount available




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