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Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

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Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architectural landmark in the heart of Madison’s thriving cultural arts district. In addition to housing ten resident organizations and presenting more than 200 performances, art exhibitions, and educational and community events each year, Overture offers a variety of venues for performances, corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, weddings, banquets, and receptions.
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The university and state politics draw a constant stream of visitors to Madison, so you'll find a wide range of accommodations in the city. Numerous hotels circle the campus, and some of these overlook Lake Mendota. Moving onto the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, you'll find a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, most of which offer panoramic views of the water. Areas south of Lake Monona feature national chain hotels and motels. These sit farther away from the action around campus and the State Capitol Building, but they can also offer water views and quiet settings near some of Madison's many parks.
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  • The Overture Center is beautiful and many good plays are performed there. The Capitol and plenty of nice restaurants are nearby.  more »
  • The three auditoriums range in size to fit any act. The subscription season includes Broadway shows but there is a wide variety of other types of music and performances. A beautiful building and excel...  more »
  • This place is incredible!!! The building is gorgeous, the seats are comfortable, and there is a good view from all levels - and I've sat everywhere. The entertainment I have seen here is engrossing an...  more »
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  • Beautiful facility. Tickets are so expensive though. That's who they're catering to, is people with $80 per seat to toss out every month or so. Still... Please check on the content of the show if you're buying a ticket, before you buy tickets for kids twelve and under though! I mean, Book of Mormon is clearly not appropriate for a ten-year-old, right? But we also saw Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella there too. And people brought six year, in their Disney Cinderella costumes. This is not Disney's Cinderella. Scarier at places, and most definitely some scenes you probably don't wish to explain to your six-year-old, after the fact, unexpectedly. On the other hand, there are many many kid-friendly and family-friendly activities every week too. Some are free, with Kids in the Rotunda, for example. A good place to watch for events at, if you live within an hour.
  • Great mix of attractions and programming from free festivals to black tie events and national touring groups. The architecture is stunning and the free art galleries (the hallways on floors 1, 2, and 3, plus the Watrous Gallery on the third floor and the adjacent Madison museum of contemporary art) make this a favorite place to browse when downtown.
  • The Overture Center offers a huge array of entertainment, from the Symphony to The Book of Mormon. There's really not a bad seat in the house, though it's really lovely to see a show from the orchestra section. The Christmas concert has become an annual tradition, and we see as many shows as we can fit into our schedule. We really, truly and absolutely love the Overture Center.
  • Always a pleasure! We saw Steve Martin and Martin Short perform here on March 13. What a fantastic sold out show! Once in a lifetime opportunity. The Overture really did an amazing job on the sound and the video production. The guest service members were very helpful and courteous.
  • Amazing hall for performances. Very attractive. Great sound quality. Large halls with a lot of seating.