A cappella groups can mimic an entire orchestra, from the ping of a triangle to the self-pitying sigh of a triangle player. Sound off with this GrouponLive deal.
- $29 for one ticket to The Sing-Off Live Tour: A Night of A Cappella (up to $50.45 value)
- When: Thursday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Pabst Theater
- Seating: main floor
- Door time: 4:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The Sing-Off Live Tour: A Night of A Cappella
- Who’s singing: The Sing-Off Season Four winners Home Free; their competitors VoicePlay and The Filharmonic; and The Fannin Family, an 11-member sibling group that appeared on Season Three
- Home Free's sound: a blend of country and traditional a capella singing
- What puts the 'Fil' in The Filharmonic: the Filipino heritage of the group's six members
- Big number by The Filharmonic in season four: "This Is How We Do It"
- How they do it: boy-band-sweet harmonies, tons of dimples, and a bass singer who's part drum machine
- How VoicePlay got their start: as a street-corner barbershop act
- One of their most dramatic numbers on the show: a smooth, soulful, and highly choreographed rendition of "Play That Funky Music"
- Why Jodi Walker of Entertainment Weekly loves The Sing Off: “It’s full of questionable matching outfits, silly song choices, and more music puns than you could have possibly believed existed.”
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.
The Riverside Theater
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.