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Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St., Madison, WI 53703
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Ranked #13 of 52 Attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, Performances
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Saw Steely Dan here, very comfortable seats. Just be prepared to buy a travel mug if you want to drink in the concert area. They don't allow open containers. Very clean and great show!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went with relatives who have seen many shows here. It was a very nice building with a neat kids theater area downstairs which was open and our kids got to play a while behind the curtain. Fun.

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Blue Mounds
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46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We sat front row for Steely Dan last weekend and were a little worried of it being too loud. What a pleasant surprise. Great sound and a beautiful place to see a show! Afterward we chatted with the stage hands and they commented on what a beautiful facility and that this was one of the best venues they had ever... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were in the upper balcony for Steely Dan and the sound was amazing. There was an annoying light behind the drummer but otherwise the show was great. Beautiful venue. I would definitely return.

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Mosinee, Wisconsin, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very elegant facility. Not a bad seat in the house. Drinks were available on all levels and we were able to take them to our seats.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Beautiful theater with good acoustics, comfortable and roomy seating. Inconvenient rule about paying an extra $3 to take your drink into the theater.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Seats for War Horse were up in the nosebleed area, did not realize the balcony was so far from the stage. 1st time there. Learned a lesson the hard way. Will do a better job the next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Madison is blessed to have the Overture Center! With seven performance venues and several art galleries, there is always something going on. The building is an architectural gem, and is a feast for the eyes. And having a 1920's vaudeville theater incorporated into the modern building is really a surprise. We go to plays, symphonies, operas, the National Geographic Live... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Love, love, love going to shows here. Always excited when I get the book of the shows for the upcoming season. Plan out which shows I'm going to & mark on the calendar when the tickets go on sale. Multiple show area's & they are all very nice.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The place is beautiful and located right on State Street. It brings good entertainment. The only problem is that if you buy from their website, you will end up with bad located seats. I bought it in advance, chose the option "best available" and when I got there with friends that decided to go last minute, they could buy much... More

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