January 13 - February 5

at the Todd Wehr Theater Directions

1957. The heart of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville pulses to the beat of jazz and doo-wop. Everyone expects Michael Jr. to follow in his father's footsteps, but who he is truly meant to be? The local talent show, a visit by iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday, and the wisdom and guidance of a community seeking to lift up their young people help Mike find the path to the man he will become. Developed with input and support from the elders in the Bronzeville community, join us for this homage to this historic and revered neighborhood, revealing a humorous and touching tale of growing up, finding one’s true self, and the power of community. Suggested for families with young people ages 8-16+

A world premiere by Sheri Williams Pannell
Presented in partnership with the Bronzeville Advisory Committee, the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District and artist Della Wells. 

Discover more about this event

The making of Welcome to Bronzeville

Local playwright and dramaturge Sheri Williams Pannell sought input from community elders to bring this story to the stage, celebrating the history and culture of Milwaukee’s beloved Bronzeville neighborhood. VIEW 5-MINUTE VIDEO 

Special Events

Discover more about Welcome to Bronzeville through a series of special events, community discussions and extended talkbacks. VIEW EVENT SCHEDULE.

Sunday, January 22

Sunday, January 22 - 1:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Flame Cast
Sunday, January 22 - 3:30 PM Todd Wehr Theater Flame Cast

Saturday, January 28

Saturday, January 28 - 3:30 PM Todd Wehr Theater Flame Cast
Saturday, January 28 - 7:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Regal Cast

Sunday, January 29

Sunday, January 29 - 1:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Regal Cast
Sunday, January 29 - 3:30 PM Todd Wehr Theater Regal Cast

Friday, February 3

Friday, February 03 - 7:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Flame Cast

Saturday, February 4

Saturday, February 04 - 3:30 PM Todd Wehr Theater Flame Cast
Saturday, February 04 - 7:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Regal Cast

Sunday, February 5

Sunday, February 05 - 1:00 PM Todd Wehr Theater Regal Cast

Flame Cast

Joshua Allen-McConnell, Miles Coppage, Lucas Czerwinski, Aziz Draper, Kaysha Gail, Kellzhei Hurn-Williams, Ashley Nord, Derrick Sanders, Anthony Wells and Collin Woldt.

Regal Cast

Makayla Davis, Kamani Graham, Lonnae Hickman, Michael Loomans, Isaiah Martin, Deyki Miller, Nahjee Robinson, Noel Rubalcava, Mason Sammarco and Braylen Stevens.

The professional actor cast includes: Dominique Worsley* as Sgt. Chaney, Gavin Lawrence* as Michael Sr., Malkia Stampley* as Billie Holiday, Samantha Montgomery* as Irene, James Carrington as Mr. Jones/Male Understudy and First Stage Fellow Lachrisa Grandberry as Cleopatra/Female Understudy.
*Member of Actor's Equity Association 

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This program is supported by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.