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06.30.2014 | 52 days ago | Posted at 03:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer has just started. The end of the summer theatre months is not far off. This August, Sunset Playhouse opens what is quite possibly the final summer musical to open in the greater Milwaukee area. Gypsy is regarded by many as one of the greatest musicals ever produced. Okay, so it’s a good show, but I don’t know that I’d go quite that far. There’s no questioning that it’s a great...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Melodie Fantastique

 The proudly eclectic Japonize Elephants mix and match bluegrass and klezmer, the Balkans and Appalachia. Then they move on to explore the space where Gypsy and Arab melodies converge within the context of an eccentric
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Taverns N' Taps

 If no one else has attempted what folkie Terry Murphy does on his third album, it's a wonder that the idea wasn't on anybody else's mind: a song cycle about Wisconsin watering holes. Murphy's dozen tunes about goings-on
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Fire & Hail

 The term "punk bluegrass," coined for the Bad Livers and The Meat Purveyors, applies to Milwaukee's now-defunct .357 String Band. Their ferocious recasting of bluegrass lives not only in banjoist/singer Joe Huber's current
Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Florentine Opera brings the masterpiece to the stage

 “Carmen is a woman meant only for love and death.” These were the ominous words that Prosper Merimee used to describe the coarse Gypsy character he authored in his grungy 1845 novella. Yet Carmen’s name would soon...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Theater Review

   The Vaudeville circuit flourished on American stages for half a century. Between the 1880's and the 1930's, an endless parade of performers scraped together a living one stage at a time, wandering across the country in search of fortune. Stephen Sondheim's hugely successful 1959 musical Gypsy is a strange, endearing tribute to the era of Vaudeville. Director Dale Gutzman brings that tribute to life this month as his Off the Wall Theatre presents its production of the Sondheim classic through Oct. 11...

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