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 people who have done professional w...
Guys and Dolls was based on fiction written by the father of modern roller derby. Okay, so that’s a bit of a stretch, but it is exceedingly difficult to say anything new about a beloved musical that has been produced countless times since it debuted on Broadway over 60 years ago.Actually it’s just one of those strange, little factoids: Damon Runyon was a journalist and author of stories about ...
Not every fundraiser raises money for a theatre company like the Sunset Playhouse. Not every theatre company fundraiser is a murder mystery party. Not every murder mystery party allows one an opportunity to meet tycoon Donald Trumpet. So consider yourself lucky that you even know about this one.’Til Death Do Us Part is set-up as a wedding for a character based on a certain clownish billionaire c...
The Sunset Playhouse will be staging a production of Guys & Dolls this coming October. The beloved musical will be directed by Michael Stoddard. Rehearsals start on Sept. 8 for a show that will open Oct. 23.From the announcement: “Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring com...
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...
Theresa Rebeck’s comedies have made for some very memorable theater in the past. Milwaukee Chamber’s staging of Mauritius was sharp, clever and engrossing. Windfall Theatre’s production of Omnium Gatherum was well modulated with a great cast. This month, Renaissance Theaterworks stages The Understudy
Although modeled after the Scopes Monkey Trial,
Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s Inherit
the Wind is really about ideological polarization. The Sunset Playhouse’s
production of the classic drama harnesses some of the play’s continued
relevance to some really good performances
In 1925, high
school teacher John Scopes was found guilty of illegally teaching evolution in
a Tennessee public school. The verdict was later overturned on a technicality,
but not before attracting the kind of attention that is the inspiration for
drama on stage and screen with Inherit
the Wind. The ever-topical drama gets