Woody Guthrie on the Stackner Stage
The Rep brings folk music legend to life
Co-conceived by music director/choreographer/performer David M. Lutken, Woody Sez is the kind of show that becomes a labor of love for the performers who take it on the road to engagements all over the country. The Repâ€™s Artistic Director Mark Clements saw the Chicago production, loved it and wanted to bring it to Milwaukee. That Chicago production is more or less faithfully recreated for the stage here in Milwaukee. An ensemble of two men and two women invite Guthrieâ€™s energy to the Repâ€™s coziest stage in what should be a charming look at a cultural legend who influenced the course of American music.
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie runs Jan. 3-March 9, 2014, at the Stackner Cabaret. For tickets, call 414-224-9490 or visit milwaukeerep.com.
Broadway at the Marcus Center welcomes the puppet-augmented drama of War Horse to Uihlein Hall. The endearingly creepy stick horse puppets help to illuminate a taleâ€”best known from Steven Spielbergâ€™s filmâ€”of love and strife filled with music and song, Jan. 7-12, 2014. For tickets, call 414-273-7206 or visit marcuscenter.org.
New Yearâ€™s Eve Carnival
Dead Manâ€™s Carnival
10 p.m., Landmark Oriental Theatre
In the spirit of vaudeville, the circus and burlesque, the Dead Manâ€™s Carnival brings a one-of-a-kind variety show to the Oriental Theatre. Magic, juggling, striptease and acrobatics are only a taste of the entertainment in store. As audiences arrive, they will be greeted with performances staged throughout the lobby before heading to the main theater, where Professor Pinkerton and his American roots band, The Magnificents, will host the main attractions. It will be the Milwaukee troupeâ€™s largest production yet and double as a fundraiser for their 2014 season. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at tickets.landmarktheatres.com. (Brandon Miller)
TAGS: Woody Guthrie, Russ Bickerstaff, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Stackner Cabaret, Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, David M. Lutken, Mark Clements, Broadway at the Marcus Center, War Horse, Uihlein Hall, New Yearâ€™s Eve Carnival, Dead Manâ€™s Carnival, Landmark Oriental Theatre, Professor Pinkerton and The Magnificents, Brandon Miller