- One ticket to see Jackie Evancho
- When: Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Pabst Theater
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- $45 for first-floor seating (up to $89.91 value)
- $30 for second-floor seating (up to $61.98 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- How you first met Jackie Evancho: singing “O mio babbino caro” on America’s Got Talent in 2010
- How old she was then: 10
- What she sings besides arias: Christmas classics on her album O Holy Night, Broadway show-stoppers with Susan Boyle and Barbara Streisand on Dream with Me, solo cinematic tunes on Songs from the Silver Screen
- Records she’s set: youngest person with a platinum album, youngest Top-10 debut artist in US history, youngest person on Earth (former)
- Other notable performances: on Oprah’s farewell broadcast, at the US National Prayer Breakfast for President Obama and other world leaders
- What to expect from this show: a set drawn from her hit album, Songs from the Silver Screen, backed by a full symphony orchestra
- A few songs from that album: “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic
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.