Upcoming events

    • August 14, 2018
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 23
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    Born Yesterday @ American Players Theatre
    Hill Theatre
    Tuesday, A
    ugust 14

    Join us Tuesday, August 14th, for our second American Players Theatre (APT) play of the summer, Born Yesterday, by Garson Kanin.

    Directed by Brenda Devita

    Featuring: David Daniel, Sarah Day, Colleen Madden, Reese Madigan, John Taylor Phillips, James Ridge

    Synopsis

    Shady businessman Harry Brock heads to Washington with his ex-showgirl girlfriend Billie Dawn in an attempt to shift the law to his side. When Brock decides that Billie is too unrefined to mix with the DC political set, he hires journalist Paul Verrall to make her appear more intelligent. But a little education can go a long way, and Billie may be smarter than her “friends” give her credit for. A hilarious and timely send up of politics and perceptions.

    For more information on the play, see APT's Born Yesterday website

    Estimated Run Time:  3 hours, including one intermission (7:30 PM - 10:30 PM)

    Born Yesterday will be staged in APT's flagship outdoor Hill Theatre, a natural amphitheater with 1,088 cushioned seats. It is about a quarter-mile walk (or shuttle ride) from the parking lot to the theater. Our seats will be in the "Very Fine" Section 6 and close to the stage. More information about this theater and how to prepare for your visit, including rain policy. 


    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest 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.

    DINNER is on your own*

    There will be time for enjoying dinner, shopping in the APT gift stores, and exploring the grounds from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  You have three options for dinner:

    • Enjoy the group dinner at Arthur's Supper Club in Spring Green. The bus will drop you off at 4:45 pm and pick you up at 6:30 pm. 
    • Pack and enjoy a dinner from home on the APT grounds.
    • Order/Purchase/Pick Up (on your own) an APT Box Dinner by Hubbard Avenue Diner to be picked up at the concessions stand in the picnic area starting two hours before the performance. (See Picnics by Hubbard Avenue Diner for details.) Please note, picnics must be ordered in advance by the day before your performance, no later than 4:00 pm.

    *Group Dinner Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option dinner  addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Dinner questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes 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 Spring Green 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 - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure

    3:00 PM Bus departs East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)

    3:20 PM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    3:40 PM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods for Spring Green (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Spring Green

    4:45 PM Bus arrives at Arthur's Supper Club in Spring Green for those choosing the group dining option

    5:00 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre for those dining at picnic grounds

    6:30 PM Bus returns to pick up diners at Arthur's Supper Club in Spring Green

    6:45 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre

    7:30 PM Born Yesterday performance begins

    10:30 PM Born Yesterday performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle down the hill and restroom use.

    11:00 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    11:50 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    12:10 AM Return to Capitol Lakes

    12:30 AM Return to East Towne Sears

    Born Yesterday PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Born Yesterday theater trip organizers:

    • August 29, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 37
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                   La Carmencita                                The Fountain, Villa Torlonia,  Frascati,  Italy             

    John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was the most sought-after portraitist of his generation, creating powerful, striking likenesses of his sitters. Although he is best known for his portraits, Sargent excelled in a variety of genres and media, including landscapes, watercolors, and murals. This exhibition presents the full range of Sargent’s talents, surveying his touchpoints to Chicago while also illuminating the city’s vibrant art scene.

    Sargent first showed at the Art Institute—at the time located at Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street—in 1890, the year Chicago officially became the nation’s “second city” in terms of population. Among his paintings on view was La Carmencita, a commanding portrait of a Spanish dancer that is at once old and new—a tribute to Old Master painting that is also an Impressionist exploration of color and brushwork. The composition drew crowds of visitors to the museum, helping to put Chicago on the map as a recognized center for contemporary art and culture.

                                            Mrs. Hugh Hamm                                    Portrait of a Boy

    From July 1 through September 30, the Art Institute of Chicago will present an exhibition of American portraitist John Singer Sargent with a focus on his numerous Chicago connections. Featuring nearly 100 objects from the Art Institute’s collection, private collections, and public institutions, John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age examines Sargent’s impressive breadth of artistic practice and the network of associations among the artist, his patrons, his creative circle, and the city. Through the lens of Sargent’s work, this exhibition explores the cultural ambitions of Chicagoans to shape the city into a center of art, the development of an international profile for American artists, and the interplay of traditionalism and modernism at the turn of the 20th century.

          Street in Venice

    The registration fee ($83 for PLATO members and $98 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Singer exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Singer exhibition.

    To learn more about the Singer exhibition, go to John Singer Sargent & Chicago's Gilded Age.

    We will be at the Art Institute for five hours which will give you time for lunch and see works in the permanent collection and other exhibitions. 

    Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:

    Charles White: A Retrospective

    Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living

    Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

    Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980

    Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

    Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago

    Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design

    The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include admission to the Art Institute, the Sargent exhibition, or the special lecture. 

     

    We are offering the Bus Only Option because many PLATO members are also members of the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to the museum and the Sargent exhibition is free to Art Institute members.  Please note:  if you choose the bus only option, you will not be able to attend the 45-minute seated Sargent lecture as that is a special lecture only for PLATO members and guests paying for the complete package.

     

    And if you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own without going to the Art Institute, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Art Institute.


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $45 and for Guests it is $55.

    Lunch

    Lunch is on your own.

    Click for Museum Dining Options

    If you want to eat at a nearby restaurant, here are some suggestions:

    Where to Eat Near The Art Institute of Chicago

    Restaurants near The Art Institute of Chicago from TripAdvisor

    Best Restaurants Near Art Institute from Yelp

    Restaurants near Art Institute from OpenTable

    Restaurants near Art Institute from UrbanSpoon

    Itinerary   

    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.

    – 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

    6:20 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    6:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:00 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:20 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute

    11:15-Noon  Seated slide lecture featuring the Sargent Exhibition

    3:15 PM      Begin boarding for return trip

    3:30 PM      Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    6:30 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    6:50 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    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 of August 14 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer).  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.


    For further information:  contact Sargent Exhibition Trip Organizer: Bob Shaw at robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486
    • September 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Milwaukee
    • 32
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    Join your PLATO friends at Indian Summer Festival 2018 on Saturday, September 8 in Milwaukee, from 12 noon – 4:00 PM!  This year’s theme is “Teachings from the Turtle’s Back”.  

    Indian Summer guests will enjoy and learn from the “Circle of Art” (art by artists from many native traditions), the “Gathering Place” (community service organizations that provide support for native peoples), the “Natural Path” (holistic healing methods along with the presence of conventional community physical and mental health service organizations), and “Living Culture Area” (many cultural traditions displayed, shared and demonstrated).  

    Of course, the main event, the “Contest Pow Wow”, will showcase the talents of native dancers in full, colorful regalia accompanied by drum circles and traditional songs. 

    We will arrive at the Saturday Indian Summer Festival at 12 noon, in time to leisurely make our way to the Pow Wow area for the start of the Pow Wow with the Grand Entry at 1:00 PM.  Indian Summer guests will have time to view initial dance competition, visit the art and cultural areas or just sit and enjoy traditional native foods.

    Note: Schedule of Events and Festival Map to be announced. Monitor the Indian Summer Festival 2018 website for new information as it becomes available.

    Dress for the weather being mindful that the Indian Summer Festival is an outdoor event held on the Summerfest grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest 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. 

    Itinerary

    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

    9:30 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:55 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    10:15 AM  Arrives at East Towne Sears

    10:25 AM  Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    12:00 PM  Arrive Indian Summer Festival Main Gate

    Free Time to the explore the festival and enjoy lunch among the many food vendors. 

    4:00 PM Board bus for return to Madison.

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM      Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM      Oakwood University Oaks

    Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow Field Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741.

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • September 16, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 48
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    Songs for Nobodies @ Milwaukee Rep
    Stackner Cabaret
    Sunday, September 16

    Join us for an American premier and the first play of the PLATO 2018-2019 seven-play Milwaukee theater trip series.

    Coming to Milwaukee from sold-out tours in Australia and the UK--be the first in the U.S. to see this amazing production.

    Opening in the newly renovated Stackner Cabaret, the one-woman tour-de-force Songs for Nobodies reminds us that everybody has a story – and a song – worth hearing. Share in the life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Maria Callas icons of our age. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Amazing Grace,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” and “Vissi d’arte,” Songs for Nobodies shows us the magical power of song.

    Run Time: Two Hours (one intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Songs for Nobodies website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 7) draws near.

    Songs for Nobodies will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. Information including photos about this unique theater venue.

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest 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. 

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    11:00 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Kilbourn Street entrance 

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    11:15 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens Pre-matinee Anytime Menu available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    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 ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    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 for boarding.

    8:55 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:15 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM     Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep Kilbourn St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens 

    1:25 PM Return 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      Songs for Nobodies performance begins

    4:00 PM      Songs for Nobodies performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Board bus 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 (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    Songs for Nobodies Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Songs for Nobodies theater trip organizer, Lynne Stapleton, lmastapleton@gmail.com and 920-850-0891.                            

    • October 10, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 12
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    Join us Wednesday, October 10 for the second play of the PLATO 2018-2019 seven-play Milwaukee Repertory Theater trip series with In The Heights.

    THE SIZZLING MUSICAL FROM HAMILTON'S CREATOR

    Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

    Conceived by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Directed by May Adrales

    Winner of the Pulitzer, Emmy, 2 Grammy, and 3 Tony Awards.

    The vibrant New York community of Washington Heights is a place where the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. It’s also a neighborhood on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a show sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true home.

    Synopsis 

    In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi's, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

    Broadway.com

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the In The Heights webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 18) draws near.

    In The Heights will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    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.

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest 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.

    .LUNCH is on your own*

    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:

    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing nine distinctive eateries

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)

    Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants near the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep all within easy walking distance. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided prior to trip departure.

    Itinerary

    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

    8:15 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:50 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 AM Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 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 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    12:45 PM Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM In The Heights performance begins

    4:00 PM In The Heights 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 (Estimated)

    5:45 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:20 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    In The Heights PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact One House Over theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • November 14, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 21
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    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 Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy 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.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    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. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 2 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

 

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