I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret

  • December 11, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Milwaukee
  • 49


  • NOTE: Member ($70) with guest ($85) will cost a total of $155. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.
  • Registration Fee includes Member Registration Fee ($70) plus cost of I Love a Piano Ticket ($42), or $112.00.

Guest Registration Fee: $85

NOTE: Members register their guests.

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel with Wi-Fi and theater ticket;. Lunch is on your own.

Registration Deadline to obtain the best seats is November 11.

Registration between Nov 12-Dec 9 will be for any remaining seats, if available.
Registration is closed


Join us for I Love a Piano, the fourth play in our eight-play Milwaukee Rep theater trip series. It will be staged in true cabaret fashion.

The Stackner Cabaret provides a lighter version of live theater. Located on the 2nd Floor, this venue is much more intimate and very close to the stage and the performers. 

You will be seated at tables with wait staff, from whom which you can order appetizers, snacks and beverages from its full bar service. (124 Seating Capacity)

MUSIC AND LYRICS by Irving Berlin
CONCEIVED by Ray Roderick & Michael Berkeley
DIRECTED by JC Clementz


As a piano with one sour note passes from owner to owner, it takes the audience on a musical journey through American history told by Irving Berlin’s timeless songs. 

From Ragtime to the swinging 1920s to the songs that inspired a nation in the Great Depression, I Love a Piano embarks on an exuberant journey of more than 50 Berlin classics such as “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” 

Declared an “unforgettable tribute” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, these songs do more than identify the music of a generation: they define the music of our country.


Even if you don’t recognize the name, you undoubtedly know the music. Irving Berlin wrote holiday standards like “White Christmas,” and “Easter Parade,” and toe tappers like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “Steppin’ Out With My Baby.” 

Not only is the music fantastic, but each of our four actors are the complete package—they’ll dance, sing and tickle the ivories.

Adlon Partners
Pete and Beth Gottsacker
Wayne and Kristine Lueders

Watch - I Love a Piano video preview: 

To learn more about I Love a Piano, explore its Milwaukee Rep’s webpage.

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of I Love a Piano opens November 4. The running time is approximately two hours (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) with one intermission.

Registration Limit: 54

Registration Deadlines: 

November 11 - Best Seats

November 12-December 5: Any seats remaining

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 trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy. 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. Thirty-five percent (44 seats) of the Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible. There are three stepdown rows for the remaining seating leading to the stage without handrail support.

Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is on the left.


PLATO Member Cost: 

$70.00 Lunch is on your own                                          

Non-Member Guest of a Member Cost:

$85.00 Lunch is on your own

Fee includes: Badger Bus with Wi-Fi and Theater Ticket. Lunch is on Your Own.

Member Extra Ticket Purchase: $42

For Non-Member Guest who will meet you in Milwaukee

Free Time from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


 Enjoy Sunday Bunch or Lunch and Explore Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward or Weston on both sides of the river near the Rep


There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

For other nearby Third Ward cafes and restaurants (including map), click here.

Historic Third Ward Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Guide: Spring 2016 (with location directory p. 30 and map p. 31)

For Westown neighborhood eateries and restaurants along both sides of the river from the Rep (including map), click here.


Bear in mind that our boarding 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 in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

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

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


Leave Madison

8:30 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

8:50 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

9:10 AM     Arrives at East Towne Sears

9:20 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

In Milwaukee

11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:15 PM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby Westown restaurants

1:30 PM        Bus Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

2:00 PM      I Love a Piano performance begins

4:00 PM      I Love a Piano performance ends

4:00 PM -    Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

5:35 PM         East Towne Sears

5:50 PM         Capitol Lakes

6:00 PM        Oakwood University Woods

I Love a Piano Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members

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







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