Madison is home to a thriving local arts scene. Here are some November performing arts events you may or may not know about that we think will be very enjoyable! Many have special rates for seniors. Only accessible venues are included on this list.
BEYOND THE INGENUE presented by Music Theatre of Madison
November 9-10 at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave. (elevators and ramps are available)
Senior price: The event is “Pay What You Can.” There is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Food and drinks are available for purchase and can be enjoyed during the performance.
Tickets: No tickets are required. If you’d like to make a reservation, fill out the form at www.mtmadison.com/beyond-the-ingenue.
Some of you may have seen a preview of this show at local venues through the month of October. At this event, hear local professional singers perform fifteen songs about motherhood, aging, discrimination, abuse, self-image, and having it all. This revue, conceived by and featuring SAIL Marketing Coordinator Meghan Randolph, contends that women deserve better stories! (A great event for girls’ night out, although the guys are welcome to come along!)
FUN HOME, presented by Forward Theater Company
November 1-25, 2018 at the Playhouse in the Overture Center
Senior Price: $53-$57/ticket, plus per ticket ordering fees assessed online or by phone
Tickets: 608-258-4141 or https://www.overture.org/events/fun-home
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s father was a volatile and brilliant man whose secrets defined her family and her life. Bruce taught high school English, ran the family’s funeral home business, and was obsessed with restoring their old house. When he dies unexpectedly, Alison digs deeply into her childhood memories to try and understand how his choices may have influenced her own. This unique, funny and heart-shattering new musical zig-zags across Alison’s past and present as she tries to make sense of her parents’ lives, her own sexuality, and how she maps the terrain of her adult world.
Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN, presented by Madison Theatre Guild
November 2-17 at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St.
Senior Price: $20
Tickets: Order at 608-661-9696, online at http://bartelltheatre.org/2018/the-best-man/
At the Presidential primaries in the summer of 1960 in Philadelphia, an ethical man running for the Presidential nomination runs against an “unscrupulous” man. Populist southern senator Joseph Cantwell is a “bigot and a charlatan”, while William Russell, who prides himself on his honesty, is the liberal candidate, “likable, forceful and humorous.” Both candidates try to get the endorsement of the popular outgoing president, who enjoys not telling them which one he’ll endorse.
REMEMBERING LENNY, presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra
November 9-11 in the Overture Center’s Overture Hall
Senior Price: $28-$93/person, plus online and phone ordering fees. Price dependent on section and seat.
Tickets: 608-258-4141 or https://www.overture.org/events/mso-remembering-lenny
The Madison Symphony Orchestra remembers and commemorates the storied and significant impacts of Leonard Bernstein; visiting Bernstein’s original scores as well as Beethoven, John DeMain and the MSOobserve and reminisce on the groundbreaking compositions and legacy of the iconic American figure.
AFTER THE REVOLUTION presented by the Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre
November 30-December 15 at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St.
Senior Price: General admission is $20. Thursday shows are $15. Wednesday shows are “Pay What You Can”
Tickets: 608-661-9696 or http://bartelltheatre.org/2018/after-the-revolution/
In the first show of Krass’s Tenth Anniversary Season, the personal is political — but more importantly, it’s personal. The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph proudly devotes her life to prisoner support in memory of her blacklisted grandfather, Joseph. But when history reveals a shocking truth about Joseph’s crimes, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved. After the Revolution is a bold and moving portrait of an American family, thrown into an inter-generational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy.
If you need help with transportation or getting tickets to any of these events, or if you have questions about venues, please feel free to call the SAIL office at 608-230-4321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.