- Tickets to see Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats
- When: Saturday, September 13, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Pabst Theater
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $120 for main-floor seating for four (up to $191.30 value)
- $30 for main-floor seating for one (up to $51.95 value)
- $100 for mezzanine seating for four (up to $191.30 value)
- $25 for mezzanine seating for one (up to $51.95 value)
- Click to view the seating chart.
Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats
The Golden Dragon Acrobats, natives of China, have grown their show for more than four decades, drawing from a tradition that extends more than 25 centuries back to create a nationally touring display of strength, dexterity, and poise. The New York Times says the performers “know how to keep topping themselves,” and they careen through their show packed with amazing spectacles and traditional dancing set to ancient and contemporary music. Holding four plates aloft on poles in each hand, a crew of spinners keeps their dishes circulating even when balancing upside down, whereas a contortionist remains stone-still to balance pyramids of champagne glasses on the bottom of her raised foot. Jumpsuit-clad acrobats climb into the centers of large hoops, coaxing them into stage-encircling rolls, and others assume gravity-defying poses atop towers of chairs and precarious ladders.
Captain Frederick Pabst contributed to Milwaukee’s status as a cultural landmark of the upper Midwest by building Pabst Theater, formally known as Das Neue Deutsche Stadt-Theater, in 1895. According to legend, when he was informed that his theater had burned to the ground, the brewing magnate interrupted his European vacation to wire home the order to “Rebuild at once!”—and 11 months later, the stage was completed anew. Where the old theater honored German artists by having their names inscribed along the cornice of the auditorium, the new building featured an international consortium of cultural notables. The theater’s globe-spanning influences were made even more apparent with the installation of an Austrian crystal chandelier and an Italian marble staircase.
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
The Pabst Theater
144 E Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202