Dorian Gray

The Pabst Theater
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  • Friday, February 19 - 7:30pm
  • Saturday, February 20 - 7:30pm
  • Sunday, February 21 - 1:30pm

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How to buy tickets (handling/service fees vary by purchase method)
Milwaukee Ballet Box Office: Located at 504 W. National Ave; Open M-F, 8:30am – 5pm 
Call 414.902.2103 ($4/ticket handling fee).

Pabst Theater Box Office: Located at 144 E. Wells Street;
Open M-F, 12-6:30pm, Sat, 5:30-7:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-1:30pm
Call 414.286.3663 (Handling fee for phone orders based on a sliding scale.
No handling fee in person.)

Art and Morality collide when Michael Pink’s Dorian Gray makes its world premiere at the historic Pabst Theater. Based on the acclaimed novel - "The Picture of Dorian Gray" - it's the story of a beautiful, innocent young man's seduction, moral corruption, and eventual downfall.

Dorian wishes that his portrait would grow old while he remains forever young. His wish is granted, but at what cost? He is seduced by Lord Henry Wotton’s ideal of a return to the Hellenic life in which one yields to every desire, every temptation. His spiraling pursuit of selfish pleasure and disregard for those whose lives he destroys leads him to his ultimate fate and self-destruction.

Dorian Gray explores the hedonism of eternal youth, mortality, art, and sensuality in a performance sure to stimulate your senses and rouse your emotions. This production will be Milwaukee Ballet's first full-length work at the Pabst Theater. Members of Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra will join the cast to make this truly a historic occasion.

Contains mature themes. Recommended for ages 13 and up. 

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The Creative Team

Internationally-renowned composer Philip Feeney and Emmy Award winning lighting designer David Grill (Peter Pan, Dracula, Mirror Mirror) team up once again with scenic and costume designer Todd Edward Ivins (Mirror Mirror) to bring Michael Pink’s dramatic adaptation of this story to life.

The dancers will be joined on stage by actor James Zager, in the role of Lord Henry Wotton.

Learn more about Oscar Wilde and the production in our Audience Guide!


Michael Pink
Artistic Director

Experience the Magic

Choose Your Prologue and select from the following pre-show activities at The Pabst

Sat. Feb. 20, 6:00pm - Salon Soirée
Dress up to the nines and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and stimulating conversation before the show.
Pre-show talk with LGBT literary professor Alison Sperling.
Moderated by Wisconsin Gazette's Louis Weisberg.
RSVP to mspangberg [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org (subject: Dorian%20Gray%20-%20Salon%20Soiree) (Megan by clicking here).

Sun. Feb. 21, 12:30pm
Pre-Show talk wtih Artistic Director Michael Pink
No RSVP required

Media Coverage

"[Pink's] imaginative, at times mind-blowing retelling of Dorian Gray reminds us that a centuries-old art form... remains a potent language in which to tell modern stories, communicate timeless truths, and challenge stale thinking."
- HuffPost Arts & Culture

"This Milwaukee Ballet production was so surprising and so breathtaking that words will not do it justice. Ballet fan or non-ballet fan, the only thing that should happen is that you rush to see this."

"Pink's intriguing mix of spoken word and dance created a gripping, careful-what-you-wish-for evening of gorgeous theater."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Performed under Grill's dazzling lights, the production ravishes the audiences' senses."
- Broadway World Milwaukee

"Milwaukee Ballet is comprised of truly magnificent, talented performers who are just as much actors as they are dancers. The expressiveness found in each and every one of the performers is chilling."

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