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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

The Rep brings folk music legend to life

 Legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie led a remarkable life. His father had been a less than savory figure. His mother suffered from mental illness. He escaped his childhood Oklahoma during the dust bowl era and began to carve a name out for himself with a guitar and a social conscience. The Milwaukee
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Playwright and director Arthur Laurents conceived West Side Story as a clash between Roman Catholics and Jews; supposedly, Leonard Bernstein's love for Latin-Caribbean...
01.05.2011 | | Posted at 09:33 AM

Synching-up the Drama and Music of A Very Successful Stage Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Composers Benny Anersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus rest somewhere on the edge of my awareness. ABBA music was likely some of the first I�d ever heard feeding through pop radio as a 5 and 6 year-old in �80 and �81. Sitting down to watch Mama Mia! at the Marcus Center last night, the 1980 five-year-old in me felt very much like it was living in the future. An orchestra-like version of that distinct Ander...
11.04.2010 | | Posted at 08:14 AM

Seeing the Musical Right After the Film

By Russ Bickerstaff
As it had been a couple of decades since I�d seen Young Frankenstein,I decided to sit down and watch it just a couple of hors before going to see the musical. � According to Mel Brooks, the entire idea for the original film was Milwaukee native Gene Wilder�s. The comic actor/writer evidently agreed to do Blazing Saddles if they could work on Young Frankenstein next. Wilder�s distinctive prin...