CRASH THE PARTY AGENDA

Live downtown? Enjoy a pre-party at 5 PM at the University Club with shuttle service to and from the Wilson Center!

6:30 - 7:15 PM • FAR-OUT PRE-SHOW PARTY

  • Unveiling of The Burke Colonnade with groovy cocktails and beverages, as well as delicious small plates offered by Lee John's Catering
  • Pre-performance entertainment and interactive art experiences.

7:30 PM • PROGRAM

  • Exciting raffle and live auction with one-of-a-kind items (raffle tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking here; winner need not be present that evening)
  • Presentation of The EDDY Award, endowed by Murph and John Burke, to Claire & Glen Hackmann
  • Educational Excellence Award presented to Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

EXCLUSIVE CONCERT

  • Have your dancing shoes at the ready for "The Shindig!" featuring Chester Gregory, star of the Broadway hit Motown the Musical.

HAPPENING POST-SHOW PARTY

  • Dance to the music of the decades, and enjoy late-night food, dessert, cocktails, and more!

PERFORMANCE

Have your dancing shoes at the ready as award-winning Broadway veteran Chester Gregory channels the sounds that changed America in “The Shindig,” a tribute to some of the most influential artists in the history of Motown, soul, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, pop, and more. Born in Gary, Indiana, to a steel mill worker and a school teacher, Gregory drew inspiration from hometown hero Michael Jackson to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. His acclaimed performance in the Chicago and New York productions of The Jackie Wilson Story not only garnered Gregory rave reviews from The New York Times, but gave him the opportunity to sing for the legendary “King of Pop” in 2003. Michael Jackson gave Gregory a standing ovation for this performance, and a week later, Gregory booked his debut Broadway role in the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.  Gregory since has worked with such industry legends as Phil Collins, Marc Shaiman, Henry Krieger, PJ Morton, and Eric Roberson, and he has collaborated with the likes of Ledisi, Dot Da Genius, Dave Tozer, 88-Keys, and 9th Wonder. Broadway appearances have included Sister Act and the national tour of Dreamgirls. Gregory is currently starring in the national touring production of Motown The Musical.