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Skylight Music Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences throughout the country since winning two Tony Awards in 2005. From Feb. 7-23, Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre tells the endearing story of youngsters learning that "winning and losing isn't everything."

 A group of quirky, socially awkward over-achievers find joy, heartache, and a purpose as they compete at the regional spelling bee. The production will be on the Cabot stage of the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, where Skylight has been performing since 1993.

 Now in its 60th season, Skylight is known for presenting the full spectrum of music theatre, ranging from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, from Gilbert & Sullivan operettas to contemporary off-Broadway revues.

 Following The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Skylight will complete its 60th anniversary season with two productions. Evita, a staged concert version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, runs March 20-29 and Leonard Bernstein's Candide concludes the season April 17-May 10.

 For tickets and additional information, visit skylightmusictheatre.org.




Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra spends February on the road, playing everything from Sinatra tunes to Mendelssohn and Beethoven in venues other than its current home, the Marcus Center.

 As the MSO prepares to move into its new home later this fall at the former Warner Grand Theater on Wisconsin Ave., their season schedule includes performances this month at the Riverside and Pabst theaters:

• Simply Swingin' – Sinatra and Friends will be at the Riverside Theater Feb. 7, 8 & 9.

• Genre bending singer-songwriter Ben Folds comes to the Riverside Feb. 19 for one night. VIP packages are available, including a meet and greet with Folds, a copy of his memoir, "A Dream About Lightning Bugs," and an invitation to his Master Class.

• Music Director Ken-David Masur conducts Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony and leads Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with pianist Orion Weiss Feb.22-23 at the Pabst Theater.

• Rounding out the month Feb. 29 & March 1, celebrated violinist Anthony Marwood performs Beethoven's revolutionary Violin Concerto at the Pabst. Rising star conductor Gemma New leads the symphony in this concert, which also includes audience favorites by Stravinsky and Ravel.

 For additional information visit mso.org.