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Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove continues its popular Musical Mainstage series this month with a tribute to movie musicals. This is the classic end of movies musicals from the 20th century including Old Devil Moon, the Trolley Song, Lullaby of Broadway, and Singin’ in the Rain.

It’s kind of an impressive group they’ve got assembled for this show including...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School opens its production of Shrek The Musical. What had started out on a Seattle try-out back in 2008 and then moved on to Broadway has gradually opened itself up through a series of tours and various smaller local productions all over the world until only relatively recently. The first local high school to tackle the project is DSHA, which wi...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Theatre Unchained opens the latest local production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants early this month. Raymond Bradford directs the studio theatre production of the contemporary comedy genius’ popular adaptation of a 1910 farce by Carl Sternheim.

The comedy has seen memorable local productions with the Milwaukee Rep and more recently Soulstice Theatre. This is Marti...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
War is messy, complicated stuff. It’s brutal and it’s ugly but there’s something good that can spring out of anything. There are creative, little endeavors that spring up in the absence of loved ones overseas. This coming weekend the Singers of In Good Company present a tribute to songs  and stories of those left behind waiting for their loved ones to return with Keep the H...
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Cirque du Soleil originally staged Varekai a dozen years ago in Montréal. The show has had a really exhaustive touring schedule. The original North American Tour lasted for four years. Its latest North American Tour started just last year. The tour finds its way to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in mid-December for a couple of performances.With a title that literally translates to “w...
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

First Stage’s musical adaptation of the children’s story

British musical theater songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe put together a remarkably well-articulated children’s stage adaptation of an old classic with The Three Little Pigs. Weighing in
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Neil Haven’s perennial favorite show Who Killed Santa? has been featured at a variety of different local locations over the years. The show features puppets standing-in for a slow-witted Frosty the Snowman, an alcoholic Rudolph, a tragically youthful Tiny Time, a metalhead Little Drummer Boy all grown-up and a newly-introduced Little Drummer Girl. It’s a post- Christmas holiday p...
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee have been doing comedy together for a long time. The all-woman sketch comedy group has a inventive, strikingly clever edge to it. In its best moments, the group can strike multiple levels of comedy at the same time satisfying people who want sophisticated humor and those in the mood for something a bit less complicated. It’s remarka...
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Violin. Clarinets. Cello. A toy piano. It’s a stage adaptation of the story of a chimpanzee. Lucy is further proof that local theatre has the power to create new and fascinating projects without having to resort to stuff created elsewhere. It’s fine that we’re doing another production of . . . I don’t know Harvey or whatever, but it’s really cool when Milwaukee theat...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
This week finds a new musical appearing at the Tenth Street Theatre. Originally debuting last year in New York, Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad is described as “a sexy, explosive, new rock musical,” that explores complications of love and compromise revolving around a love triangle. Rachel Zientek plays the central character of Sara—an Upper West Sider with a da...