POWER BALLADZ to Open 9/20 at Marcus Center in Milwaukee

"Remember days of skipping school? Racing cars, and being cool? With a six pack, and a radio... we didn't need no place to go." Actually, Mr. Bon Jovi, there is a place you need to go - to the Marcus Center in Milwaukee on September 20 and 21, 2013 for the opening of Power Balladz. Don't miss this show that has played from Minneapolis to Off Broadway in New York City and is now on tour!

The 80's were a time known for leg warmers and way too much hairspray, questionable fashion choices and the birth of arena rock. Now, 20+ years later, a rock & roll cabaret from The Producing House celebrates the asinine and angelic 80's through its Signature Sound - the power ballad.

Power Balladz is a rock n' roll extravaganza featuring some of the greatest songs ever written by man, woman and/or beast. The show skewers and celebrates 80's rock - the musicianship and the glam, the poetry and the spandex.

The formula is simple - take three great rock singers, give them a full band, lots of lights, a fog machine, video projection and more knowledge about power ballads than is necessary (or recommended). Throw in some comedy, teased hair, three Freddie Mercurys and a t-shirt cannon and theatergoers will leave the show if not cultured, certainly entertained.

Celebrate the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s and unleash your inner rock star. Power Balladz is part Wayne's World-like comedy, part interactive game show, and 90 minutes of wicked rock that'll melt your face off with its killer voices and wicked guitar solos. So download that smartphone lighter app and get ready to sing along at the top of your lungs.

Even the suits at The New York Times called Power Balladz "a loving tribute to the heyday of the hair band, when Aqua Net ruled and MTV played videos."

The song list includes the following classic hits:

Bon Jovi - "Wanted, Dead or Alive"
Night Ranger - "Sister Christian"
Guns n' Roses - "November Rain"
Poison - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Mötley Crüe - "Home Sweet Home"
Styx - "Come Sail Away"
Journey - "Faithfully"
Heart - "Alone"
Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford - "Close My Eyes Forever"
Scorpions - "Winds of Change"
Aerosmith - "Dream On"
Meat Loaf - "Anything For Love"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Freebird"
Queen - "We Are The Champions"

For more information about the show, go to powerballadztour.com.

Performances are Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm in the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall. Tickets are $35 and go on sale on Sunday, August 11. To purchase tickets, visit the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee, by phone at 414-273-7206 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Groups 10 or more SAVE! by calling 414-273-7121 ext. 210 or 213.

The Producing House is committed to the commercial success of our projects for our investors, collaborators and artists. Our focus is on new and original work in theater. We look to merge ideas, talent, production experience and investor finance to deliver new and exciting work to Minneapolis and beyond.

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is owned and partially funded by Milwaukee County. The Marcus Center has been the premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. It provides the setting for outstanding cultural experiences, where the arts come to life for current and future generations. Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Marcus Center is a community facility that offers live performance of opera, ballet, children's theater, symphony and first-class national touring productions. For more information on Marcus Center Off Broadway Series, visit the Marcus Center website at www.MarcusCenter.org.

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