The best present a person can receive is love, but the second-best present is a new dog wrapped in money. Find the perfect gift with this GrouponLive deal to see Martina McBride’s The Joy of Christmas Tour at the Milwaukee Theatre on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m. For $28, you get one ticket for balcony seating (up to a $56.65 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Like a countrified Santa Claus with nicer hair, Grammy winner Martina McBride blankets the country in warm, fuzzy feelings with her 16-city The Joy of Christmas Tour. Joined by a 12-piece band, including a string section, the smoky-voiced songbird captivates audiences with her rafter-reaching renditions of classics such as “O Holy Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and shows off her snappier side with more contemporary Yuletide tunes such as “Let It Snow.” Throughout the show, an expansive video screen helps establish a cheerful tone with flickering images of wintry street scenes and white-capped mountains. As an added treat, local celebrities make an appearance to help recite How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a stirring poem about the power of generosity in the fight against heart atrophy.
In more intimate moments of the concert, McBride takes time to chat with her audience about their Christmas memories and traditions, and shows home movies of Christmas morning at her own house. The Joy of Christmas Tour is only one facet of McBride’s holiday celebration this year: she has participated in the taping of two Christmas specials and recently visited Franklin, Tennessee, to film a new video for her cover of Charles Brown’s bluesy classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas.”
Teddy Roosevelt took a bullet in the chest outside the Milwaukee Theatre in 1912, but he was so enamored with the place that he plugged the hole with his thumb and marched back in to give an 80-minute speech. Built in 1909 over the same space where the Milwaukee Industrial Exposition Building once stood, the cultural center has persevered to become one of Wisconsin’s most colossal and elegant theater destinations. The venue sports two-tiered seating with optimal sightlines from each of its 4,086 patrons' seats.