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Written and directed by Artistic Director Brent Hazelton**

Original music by Jack Forbes Wilson

Additional composition by Paul Helm

Created in collaboration with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts

November 17 - December 10, 2023 | Studio Theatre


Featuring Brett Ryback

Designed and created by Maaz Ahmed, Scott Davis, Jim Guy, Adam Hastings, Josh Schmidt, Noele Stollmack, Amelia Strahan, Alex Tecoma, Dev Wiensch, and Emily Wright

Executive ProducersRobert Balderson, Lacey Sadoff

Producer | Eric Durant and Scott Swickard

Sponsoring Partners | Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, The Valentine Fund of the Cream City Foundation

Community Partners | Cactus Club, Diverse & Resilient, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Zao MKE Church


Brett Ryback*

Mr. Showmanship!  The Glitter Man!  The Pink Tornado himself!  Liberace returns in this all-new production of the critically acclaimed audience favorite featuring Milwaukee native and Off-Broadway star Brett Ryback. A one-man extravaganza with a live piano score spanning Chopin to “Chopsticks” and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, LIBERACE! will have you cheering Cream City’s homegrown icon. 

Run time: Approximately two hours with one 10-minute intermission


Preview: Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

Opening: Saturday, November 18 at 8 pm

Pay-What-You-Choose: Monday, November 20 at 7:30 pm (walk-up tickets available starting one hour before the show)

SipStudio: Saturday, November 25 (Open to attendees of that day's matinee and evening performances)

Talkbacks: Thursdays, November 30 and December 7 (following the 7:30 pm performances)

ASL-Interpretation: Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm


“[Brett] Ryback is a riveting presence onstage. His musical chops are certainly up to the task…” | Third Coast Review

‘Liberace’ Brings Depth Beyond the Glitter | Shepherd Express Review

Milwaukee native Brett Ryback brings 'Liberace!' back to life in a remarkable performance | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Review (subscription may be needed to access full article)

What's On Tap with Sandy Maxx, featuring an interview with Brett Ryback (starting at about 7 minutes)

"LIBERACE! is a loving portrait...[it] touches on telling scenes and songs from the life of the man born Wladziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis." - David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

“[Brett] Ryback comes to the role [of Liberace] with a background so tailor-made, it seems like he was destined to wear the sequined cape.” - Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

"Milwaukee native Brett Ryback — based in Los Angeles as a stage, film and TV actor and as a writer/composer of musicals and plays — returns to his hometown this fall to play Milwaukee’s controversial musical genius Liberace at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre." - MKE Lifestyle Magazine


Arrangements & Additional Compositions
Music Director
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer

Costume Designer
Properties Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Costume Designer

Technical Director and Scenic Builder

Brett Ryback*

Paul Helm
Brett Ryback
Scott Davis***

Noele Stollmack***
Alex Tecoma***
Jim Guy
Josh Schmidt***
Emily Wright*

Dev Wiensch

Maaz Ahmed
Amelia Strahan
Adam Hastings

LIBERACE! premiered at Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret

(Mark Clements, Artistic Director; Dawn Helsing Wolters, Managing Director) in

Milwaukee, WI on Sunday, November 21, 2010.



Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.




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