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The latest news on live theatre in Madison from Broadway shows on tour to regional theatre.

QUEENS OF DESTRUCTION Will Be Shown at the Capitol Theater in June
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2024


Overture Center will once again reclaim the silent film heritage of the Capitol Theater with its silent film series, Duck Soup Cinema, with the final show of the season, “Queens of Destruction,” on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Experience Global Arts and Culture at International Festival 2024 at Overture
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2024


International Festival returns to Overture Center with two days full of performances, food and more!

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC Comes to Capitol Theater in August
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2024


The ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups is coming to Overture Center this summer. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member Mick Fleetwood, comes to Capitol Theater on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

THE KITE RUNNER Tour Comes to the Overture Center This Month
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2024


THE KITE RUNNER, a play with music based on Khaled Hosseini's internationally best-selling novel, will play at Overture Center's Capitol Theater from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26 for five performances.

RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles Comes to Overture This Month
by Stephi Wild - May 02, 2024


RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is an electrifying journey through the iconic eras of Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour in addition to songs from the early years all the way to Abbey Road.

'Disney Musicals In Schools' Returns To Capitol Theater Stage, Featuring Students From Five Local Schools
by A.A. Cristi - May 01, 2024


Students at five Madison Metropolitan School District elementary schools are singing, acting and dancing with Disney Musicals in Schools.

FUNNY GIRL, & JULIET, and More Set For Overture Center's 20th Anniversary Season Lineup
by Stephi Wild - April 30, 2024


Overture Center has revealed its 20th Anniversary 2024/25 season. Broadway at Overture welcomes back audience-favorite “Wicked,” also celebrating its 20th anniversary year, and includes the Wisconsin premieres of “& Juliet,” “Shucked” and “The Neil Diamond Musical: A Beautiful Noise.”

Student Performers Star in JERRY ENSEMBLE CABARET Next Month at Overture
by Stephi Wild - April 26, 2024


Overture Center's annual Jerry Ensemble Cabaret returns on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Members of the Southern Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble will perform a 75-minute cabaret-style performance in Overture Center's Promenade Hall.

'Kids In The Rotunda' Performance By The Jerry Ensemble is Rescheduled at Overture
by Stephi Wild - April 24, 2024


Kids in the Rotunda, Madison's favorite family-friendly, Saturday live performance series, has been extended for one more week this season!

Magos Herrera is Coming to Madison For 'Up Close' Series
by Stephi Wild - April 19, 2024


This musical experience transforms the Capitol Theater into a cocktail lounge and gives audiences the opportunity to sit on stage. In the third and final performance in the 2023/24 “Up Close” season, Mexican singer and composer Magos Herrera  presents an evening of music.

Overture Hosts 10th Annual Latino Art Fair Over Cinco de Mayo Weekend
by Stephi Wild - April 19, 2024


Talented musical artists from throughout South-Central Wisconsin will perform traditional mariachi music and provide cultural musical instrument demonstrations. The event will also feature Colombian music and dance to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo weekend in downtown Madison.

ME, MYSELF & BARBRA: The Music That Made Barbara, Barbra Comes to Madison
by Stephi Wild - April 18, 2024


Jenna Pastuszek and Joshua Zecher-Ross willmake their Madison and Wisconsin debuts bringing the sold-out performance of ME, MYSELF & BARBRA: The Music that Made Barbara Barbra to Overture's Cabaret Series on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

BLUEY'S BIG PLAY THE STAGE SHOW! Comes to Overture in September
by Stephi Wild - April 16, 2024


Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes and alert the grannies! It’s time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be returning to Overture with the Bluey live show, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show!

Lewis Black Comes to the Overture Center in October
by Stephi Wild - April 16, 2024


Two-time Grammy Award winning Comedian Lewis Black releases additional dates for his GOODBYE YELLER BRICK ROAD, THE FINAL TOUR that will include shows throughout North America and Europe—including a stop at Overture Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in Capitol Theater.

Justin Willman Brings THE ILLUSIONATI TOUR To Madison This July
by A.A. Cristi - April 09, 2024


Join Justin Willman on his brand-new live show, THE ILLUSIONATI TOUR, coming to Madison on July 12.

INSIDE SECRETS OF THE WHALES Comes to Overture
by Stephi Wild - April 09, 2024


Overture Center for the Arts will present renowned underwater photojournalist and 2014 National Geographic Photography Fellow of the Year Brian Skerry presenting “Inside Secrets of the Whales” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in Capitol Theater, as the third and final presentation in Overture's three-part Changemaker Speakers Series.

Kathy Griffin Brings Her Live Tour To Madison This Month
by Stephi Wild - April 05, 2024


Kathy Griffin is returning to the stage with her brand-new standup comedy show tour, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the PTSD-List.

Mark Normand Brings YA DON'T SAY Tour to the Overture Center This Month
by Stephi Wild - April 04, 2024


Mark Normand is bringing his first national theater tour, Ya Don’t Say Tour, to Overture Center with two performances on Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Capitol Theater.

TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Comes to the Overture Center This Summer
by Stephi Wild - April 03, 2024


​​​​​​​ TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL invites audiences to experience the electrifying journey of Tina Turner, the legendary 'Queen of Rock 'n Roll.'

MOMIX ALICE Comes to Overture This Month
by Stephi Wild - April 02, 2024


Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Moses Pendleton's newest creation, 'Alice,' inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice in Wonderland.'

THE KITE RUNNER Comes to the Overture Center in May
by Stephi Wild - April 01, 2024


THE KITE RUNNER, a play with music based on Khaled Hosseini's internationally best-selling novel, will play at Overture Center's Capitol Theater from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26 for five performances.

CANDIDE Comes to Madison Opera Next Month
by Stephi Wild - March 26, 2024


Madison Opera will close its 23/24 mainstage season with its first production in over 30 years of Candide, Leonard Bernstein’s beloved American opera.  Based on Voltaire’s satirical novella, Candide mixes a dazzling score with comedy, tragedy, and impossible situations that result in a sublime whole.

Mike Birbiglia to Bring PLEASE STOP THE RIDE Tour To Overture Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - March 25, 2024


Mike Birbiglia has unveiled new dates for his 'Please Stop the Ride' tour, which will include a stop in Madison. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE Will Be Performed in Concert With Madison Symphony Orchestra Next Month
by Stephi Wild - March 22, 2024


 The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Overture Center with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert, the sixth film in the Harry Potter series.

Review: MAMA MIA at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - March 20, 2024


What did our From the opening overture to the curtain call, Mama Mia is a fun and entertaining romp. Upbeat and rollercoaster-esque, the show takes you through a mired of situations and emotions as Sophie attempts to discover her father, while her mother, Donna fights off old feeling for a love thought long dead, all while dealing with the stress of of an upcoming large wedding.critic think of MAMA MIA at Overture Center?


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Shakespeare's Lovers In June in Madison Shakespeare's Lovers In June
Madison Shakespeare Company (6/1 - 6/2)
The Kite Runner in Madison The Kite Runner
Overture Center (5/24 - 5/26)
Into The Woods in Madison Into The Woods
Cambridge Historic Gym (7/11 - 7/14)
Shrek the Musical (Non-Equity) in Madison Shrek the Musical (Non-Equity)
Overture Center (10/11 - 10/12)
Moulin Rouge! in Madison Moulin Rouge!
Overture Center (7/9 - 7/21)
POTUS: Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive in Madison POTUS: Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Bartell Theatre (5/30 - 6/15)
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in Madison Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Overture Center (6/11 - 6/16)
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