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Overture Center on State Street in downtown. Photo by Zane Williams

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Tel: (608) 258.4177

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Live Music Schedule:

Overture Hall:
11/3-5 Madison Opera Presents: Carmen
11/10 Bernadette Peters
11/11 Peppa Pig Live!
11/12 A Night With Janis Joplin
11/17-19 MSO: Classical Guitar
11/21-26 Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Musical
11/28 The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent
12/1-3 MSO: Christmas w/ Emily Pogoreic (Soprano)
12/9-26 Madison Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
1/2-7 RENT
1/19-21 MSO: Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky
2/6 Momix OOOpus Cactus
2/8 Gobsmacked
2/11 Portugal. The Man, Twin Peaks
2/16-18 MSO: Richly Romantic
2/20 MSO: Organist Recital w/ David Briggs
2/24 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
227-3/4 An American in Paris
3/7 Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
3/22/18 Brain Candy Live! w/ Adam Savage & Michael Stevens

Capitol Theater:
11/2 Jeremy Stolle
11/4 Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace
11/9 Better Yeti, VO5
11/10-11 Wisconsin Singers
11/14 National Geographic Live
11/16 Gregory Porter
11/17 Kansas: Leftoverture Tour
11/18 The Madhatters
12/9-23 CTM Presents: A Christmas Carol
1/7 Mr. Popper’s Penguins
1/11 Ken Page (Page By Page)
1/18 Kinfolk, The Big Payback
1/26 WSO: Altino Duo (Violin & Cello)
2/9-11 Madison Opera Presents: The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart
2/14 Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
2/17 Duck Soup Cinema: Mantrap
2/18 Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
2/23 WSO: Giora Schmidt (Violin)
2/27 National Geographic Live: Big Cats
3/3 Postsecret: The Show
3/4/ Jonny Lang

The Rotunda:
11/4 Zoozort
11/6 Making Music Together
11/11 Madison Ballet
11/24 The Cash Box Kings
11/25 Fox & Branch
12/2 The Disclosures
12/9 Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance
12/16 Yid Vicious
1/6 Truly Remarkable Loon
1/13 Monkey Business
1/20 The Handphibians
1/27 Magic Morgan & Liliana
2/3 Black Star Drum Line
2//10 Kiddyoke w/ The Gomers
2/17 Ken Lonnquist
3/3 Tom Pease

The Playhouse:
11/2-19 I and You
12/1-10 The Spitfire Grill
12/16 Cracked:The Nutcracker Untold
1/18-2/4 Exit Strategy
2/16-25 CTM: Tuck Everlasting

Promenade Hall:
2/9-18 Dark Tales

Main Lobby:

** MSO (Madison Symphony Orchestra)
      * WCO (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra)

Updated: 11/1/17 1:10am


Overture Center History:

The First Incarnation
In 1928, the Capitol Theatre opened its doors on State Street. Designed by the renowned Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp, the Capitol was a marvelous example of the type of opulent movie houses that were built back in the silent film age. Seating 2,500, the theater’s decor had a Moorish/Spanish theme. Uniformed ushers escorted moviegoers to their seats to watch features starring luminaries such as Harold Lloyd and Maurice Chevalier, as well as vaudeville acts like Mae West and Al Jolson. The state of the art building boasted the latest in modern conveniences and, perhaps most wonderful, a Grand Barton theater organ constructed by the Barton Musical Instrument Company of Oshkosh.

Over the years, as vaudeville disappeared and television and multiplexes proliferated, the theater entered a long decline. In 1974, Mayor Paul Soglin set the wheels in motion to open a new performing arts center in Madison.

Act Two
The Capitol Theater was part of extensive construction and renovation on the 200 block of State Street. Equipped with the latest in theater technology and renamed the Oscar Mayer Theatre, it was the main venue in a complex that also included the smaller Isthmus Playhouse, meeting rooms, and a Crossroads lobby connecting the performing arts venues with the Madison Art Museum under the same roof. Opening in 1980, the Madison Civic Center was Madison’s home for great arts and entertainment for 23 seasons. Dane County residents were treated to a range of experiences from luminaries like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Itzhak Perlman, to performances by local arts groups including the Madison Repertory Theatre and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, to free festivals and kids shows in the Crossroads, to the silent film series in which the Grand Barton organ continued to play.

Now Playing
In 1998, local businessman W. Jerome Frautschi made the breathtaking gift of $50 million for the development of a cultural arts district in downtown Madison. He established the Overture Foundation to solve the space needs of the city’s major arts organizations. Eleven months later, he made the decision that he would donate another $50 million more. At the completion of Phase 1 of construction, the announcement was made that Mr. Frautschi had spent an astonishing $205 million to build this state of the art facility.

Internationally famous architect Cesar Pelli was engaged to design the project. It was a challenge to design and construct the facilities within the constraints of a city block in the center of town, but the team has been up to it.

Now complete, the facility contains the fabulous Overture Hall, the intimate Playhouse, three black box spaces, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery, three community galleries, a soaring glass lobby, and the Capitol Theater, returned to its original name.


On State Street in Madison between W. Dayton Street and N. Henry Street, two blocks down from the State Capitol Square

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