Tucker and Eikenberry

Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker

The husband and wife acting team of Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry will help the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) launch its 2018 fundraising campaign with an event at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater on March 5. Tucker spent three seasons at The Rep between 1967-1970 honing his craft in such shows as The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, Amphitryon 38, The Three Sisters and The Prince of Peasantmania.

Tucker and Eikenberry have a long show business resume — and marriage (since 1970) — but are indelibly remembered for playing attorneys Stuart Markowitz and Ann Kelsey on the NBC show L.A. Law from 1986-1994.

“I was learning the craft at The Rep while UPAF was just getting off the ground,” said Tucker. “Milwaukee’s performing arts scene is recognized around the country for its excellence and that’s due, in large part, to the innovative funding model that UPAF provides and allows the arts to thrive. Jill and I are excited to return to Milwaukee to help make the case for UPAF.”

UPAF’s 2018 campaign launch event starts at 5:30 p.m. and local media personality Andrea Williams will serve as the emcee and lead a question and answer session with Tucker and Eikenberry. A reception, hosted by the Intercontinental Hotel will immediately follow. Reservations for $10 can be made here.

“We’re thrilled that Michael and Jill are volunteering their time to come to Milwaukee and celebrate the performing arts,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president and CEO. “So many incredible artists continue to grace our performance stages and Michael and Jill’s connection to the community and generosity to our local arts scene makes their appearance so special.”

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino and Quarles & Brady are sponsoring the UPAF campaign launch event, with in-kind support from Marcus Hotels and Resorts and Delta Airlines.

For more information, visit UPAF.org.

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