Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep

  • October 14, 2015
  • Milwaukee
  • 13


Guest Registration Fees:
$87 Guest: Lunch on your own
$106 Guest: Rep Speaker Luncheon

Members must register their own guests. One guest per member. If you have more than one guest, check with trip organizer near registration deadline if space is available.

Registration Deadline: October 7
(Please note that if you cancel after the registration deadline, there is no refund.)
Registration is closed

Join us for Dreamgirls -  the first play of our seven-play  Milwaukee Rep field trip series.

MUSIC BY Henry Krieger



DIRECTED BY Mark Clements

Experience Dreamgirls as you never have before, up close and personal in the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse.

Following sold-out runs of Ragtime and The Color Purple, the Quadracci Powerhouse kicks off with the groundbreaking musical, Dreamgirls. Winner of six Tony Awards and loosely based on the career of The Supremes, the musical features such hits as “Steppin’ to the Bad Side,” “One Night Only,” and the show stopping “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Dreamgirls celebrates the music of the 1960s and 70s with dynamic performances and a moving look at the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry.

"To miss Nova Y. Payton singing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ would be like skipping Christmas."

The Washington Post

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:  Jackie Herd-Barber and Michael Barber

What’s Dreamgirls like? Should I see it?
It’s the glitz and glam you expect from a big-name show in New York or Chicago, right in your own back yard. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs in your shower. And in the Quadracci Powerhouse, you’ll feel like you’re right there in the action. If you liked The Color Purple, Ragtime, or any big musical ever, you’ll love this.

To learn more about Dreamgirls, explore the Milwaukee Rep’s webpage: http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Tickets/2015-16-Season/Dreamgirls/

You will find an interesting and informative Behind-The-Scenes video of the production process (3.53 minutes).

Since it is early in the production schedule, monitor the Dreamgirls webpage periodically for updates using the background informational buttons:

Artists:  Cast and Creative Team Background Information

Video: Related-Performances, Interviews

Press: Press Releases, Features and Reviews

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Dreamgirls opens September 22 and continues through November 1. The running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.


Please note that we will have excellent theater seating in beige middle sections 2-5 facing center stage and concentrated primary in rows F-J that will provide an excellent vantage in which to view this large-scale production.

Non-Member Policy.  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy: Milwaukee Rep’s Powerhouse Theatre is handicapped accessible. Our seats will be in the orchestra section where each row is a step down with handrail support.  On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.


PLATO Member Cost:                                            

$72.00 Lunch is on your own                            

$87.00 Includes Rep Speaker Luncheon

Non-Member Guest of a Member Cost:

$87.00 Lunch is on your own

 $102.00 Includes Rep Speaker Luncheon

Extra Ticket Purchase: $38

For your Milwaukee Guest to sit with you in the theater.

The Rep Speaker Matinee Lunch is a buffet consisting of soup du jour, mixed green salad, seasonal fruit, assorted finger sandwiches (egg salad, ham & cheese, tuna salad + 1 chef’s choice), warm rolls, and assorted cookies and bars.  Beverages include regular and decaf coffee and assorted teas. It is held in the adjoining Intercontinental Hotel,   Cash bar is available. Lunch will be served buffet style from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM. A member of the Rep’s creative team will discuss a particular feature of the production. Cost is $15.00.

Rep In-Depth an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30 minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk. This popular series is sure to enhance your theater-going experience with background information about the play you are about to see. Come and join us and all of the other audience members who enjoy this free educational event! (Use Mezzanine Level entrance to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater)


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Free Time 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Enjoy Lunch & Explore


Option 1 – will be attractive to those who enjoy lunch on their own and want free time to explore downtown Milwaukee. There are two bus drop-off locations from which to begin.


Bus Drop 1A: Milwaukee Public Market.  There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries. For those choosing Bus Drop A who want to attend the Rep In-Depth pre-talk, our bus will return to pick you up at 12:30 PM and get you to the theater in time for its 12:45 start. Note: if want to spend more time in the Third Ward, the Milwaukee Rep is a short walk north on Water St. (5 blocks or 0.4 mile) and is located on NW corner of Water and Wells Streets. Our play begins at 1:30 PM


Bus Drop 1B: On Wells Street in front of the Milwaukee Rep entrance. There are many downtown restaurants located within walking distance from the theater, including those across the river and along the Riverwalk. Since you will be so close to the Rep, you will have time for lunch and the 12:45 pm Rep In-Depth pre-talk, or for exploring downtown a bit longer before the performance begins at 1:30 PM.


Option 2 – will be appealing to those who want to more fully explore the play rather than the neighborhood. The bus stop is on Wells Street in front of the Milwaukee Rep entrance.

The Rep Speaker Luncheon is held in the Galleria of the Intercontinental Hotel. Use the Rep main entrance. Walk to the Rotunda. Turn right and enter the hotel. The Galleria will be on your right.

The Rep Speaker Matinee Lunch is served buffet style from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM in the adjoining Intercontinental Hotel. A member of the Rep’s creative team will discuss a particular feature of the production. The luncheon buffet consists of soup du jour, mixed green salad, seasonal fruit, assorted finger sandwiches (egg salad, ham & cheese, tuna salad + 1 chef’s choice), warm rolls, and assorted cookies and bars.  Beverages include regular and decaf coffee and assorted teas. Cash bar is available.

From the Rep Speaker Luncheon to Attend Rep In-Depth. It is a leisurely walk back to the rotunda. Take the elevator to the Mezzanine, or walk up the two short flights of stairs of the white marble staircase to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Mezzanine Level Entrance.  The Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins at 12:45 PM.


Bear in mind that our boarding the PLATO bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive Milwaukee on time to begin our day.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

 Leave Madison

Bus 1  9:00 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood University  Woods to begin boarding.

Bus 1 - 9:20 AM leaves for Milwaukee
(Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

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Bus 2 - 9:00 AM arrives at Capitol Lakes for loading.

Bus  2 - 9:20 AM arrives at East Towne Shopko for loading.

Bus  2 - 9:30 AM departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


In Milwaukee

11:00 AM    Bus 1 & 2 Drop 1A in Third Ward for Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby restaurants

11:15 AM    Bus 1 & 2 Drop 1B at Rep Theater entrance for Rep Speaker Luncheon and nearby restaurants        

11:30 AM    Rep Speaker Luncheon Buffet Begins

12:30 PM    Bus 1 & 2 Return to Milwaukee Public Market to pick up those for Rep In-Depth

12:35 PM    Rep Speaker Luncheon Ends

12:45 PM    Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins. (Use Mezzanine Level entrance)

  1:30 PM    Dreamgirls performance begins

  4:00 PM    Dreamgirls performance ends

  4:00 PM -  Bus 1 & 2 Begin bus boarding for

     4:20 PM     return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

   4:25 PM    Depart for Madison (As soon as everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

Bus 2 - 6:00 PM  East Towne Shopko

Bus 2 - 6:20 PM  Capitol Lakes

Bus 1 - 6:20 PM   Oakwood University Woods

For further information, contact Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

 Dreamgirls Field Trip Registration Mail-in Form.pdf



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