Summer Starts Here: Your Guide to Performing Arts Around Madison

Posted May 22, 2024


Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times

Any Madison summer arts bucket list worth the paper it’s printed on will include the city’s greatest hits, from Concerts on the Square and Opera in the Park to Dane Dances at Monona Terrace and the Shakespeare-studded lineup at American Players Theatre.

Like a theme with variation, every year brings something new to hear — first-time bands at Jazz at Five, jukebox musicals fresh off Broadway in Overture, artists we’ve never seen before at the Art Fair on the Square. Here, get a glimpse of what’s to come.

Show times, venues and ticket availability are all subject to change. Contact individual venues for specific details. To submit an event for additional coverage consideration, contact features editor Rob Thomas at [email protected].

Summer on stage

Set on a picturesque hill in Spring Green west of Madison, the repertory company American Players Theatre opens for previews on Saturday, June 8, with the comedy “Ring Round the Moon.”

Below is a quick rundown of the plays at APT this summer, including three productions in the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, both at 5950 Golf Course Road in Spring Green. Note that weather rarely cancels performances in advance, and actors will play in light rain.

Run dates include preview performances. Ticket prices range from $63-$104. There are deals to be found and events, like a 45th anniversary celebration on July 21, throughout the season. Visit for more details.

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