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06.27.2014 | | Posted at 06:07 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With all of the local-produced stuff going on, it’s easy to forget that the bigger productions are casually rolling through the biggest stages. Yes, you’ve seen the ads for Phantom of the Opera, but they tend to blur into everything else that’s being marketed as entertainment over the course of the summer. Sometimes when something so obvious and ubiquitous is being marketed it’s easy to ov...
04.03.2012 | | Posted at 11:23 AM

Big Budget High School Production of Andrew Lloyd Weber Classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
Pius XI returns to the historic Pabst Theatre next month for another huge high school musical show . . . this time they’re tackling The Phantom of the Opera. One of the fun things about this is the fact that the theatre itself was built around the time that the orignal story was set in . . . late 19th/early 20th centuries . . . so much of the atmosphere of the production comes from the theatre...
09.26.2011 | | Posted at 07:18 AM

Wisconsin hybrid Theatre presents PHANTOM OF THE OPERA spoof

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Wisconsin Hybrid Theatre  has been performing its on brand of vintage old-tomey radio-style comedy for several years now. Staged performances featuring actors in character as voice actors from the gold age of radio have been such a success that the company has started doing actual radio broadcasts on WMSE's Frontier Radio Hour on the first Sunday morning of every month. The latest is set to...
08.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
What with the economy being what it is, it’s always nice when theatre companies can help charitable organizations. It’s particularly inspiring to know that Soulstice Theatre, for instance, gives a portion of its ticket sales to a different charity for every (or perhaps nearly every) show it does based on the subject matter of the play it’s producing. A theatre company that small—one that ...
08.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife and I saw Phantom of the Opera last night. We’re not fans. Prior to last night, she’d seen it once before . . . and remembers very little of it. I’ve been hearing about the show for twenty years now. Even hearing about the show on TV back in the mid-‘80’s when it first came out and tickets were impossible to come by, I understood the show was very popular. Seeing the show over...
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

Theater Preview

The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera wanders into town this week fresh from a monthlong engagement in Houston. The current incarnation of the show, having toured the United States for more than 15 years and more than 6,000 performances, has racked up quite a few miles and brings an incredible amount of momentum. Not bad for an idea that, to a...
07.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre leaves town shortly to go on tour with Ulysses’ Crewmen. The Missoula Oblongata comes to town next week with its touring show . . . the wonderful thing about a touring DIY-level show is its relatively small carbon footprint. A casual observer rifling through the artifacts of the Insurgents’ traveling show would find a fake gun and holster, a gag and a bunch of rope among o...
10.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Phantom of the Opera lurked in the imagination long before Andrew Lloyd Webber turned it into the popular musical that was transformed into the most recent movie adaptation. Mostly it was because of a film more spoken of than seen, the 1925 silent picture starring Lon Chaney, Sr. as the Phantom. The movie�s reputation was kept alive by one scene, which inevitably turned up in docume...