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09.20.2010 | | Posted at 08:27 PM

Neil Berg’s 100 Years Of Broadway Looking For Local Talent For Local Performance

By Russ Bickerstaff
When Neil Berg’s 100 Years Of Broadway comes to Milwaukee on October 22nd, it will be doing so with the aid of some locally-based talent. Precisely who the local talent. The Broadway. The Broadway composer/lyricist/producer brings a tribute to the history of Broadway and an opportunity to perform alongside Berg and others in the show. "How do I get my chance at performing onstage with the show...
08.23.2010 | | Posted at 08:39 PM

The Skylight Opera presents its penultimate Cabaret In The Ward

By Russ Bickerstaff
Summer theatre winds-down in anticipation of a very busy September. August is that hazy space between the end of summer theatre and the beginning of the next season. Even as Milwaukee Chamber Theatre opens the first production of its season, The Skylight Opera Theatre finishes off a series of free Tuesday evening concerts not far from the theatre in Catalano Square. This Tuesday night, the ...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Broadway Show Comes to Milwaukee

It’s not easy being green, when it involves 17 semi trailers. Wicked, the musical, whizzes into town this week, and brings with it 450,000 pounds of equipment and a company of 55 people. The personnel include cast, production managers, stagehands and other backstage support...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Theater Review

More than 20 years since it changed the face of Broadway musicals, Rent proves that its powerful message can still be told with urgency, poignancy and joy. Even theater lovers who previously have seen Rent would be remiss to skip the production that opened Friday...
04.14.2010 | | Posted at 08:33 AM

Hollywood to Broadway To Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
The latest touring Broadway production to roll through Milwaukee opened last night to an appreciative audience. One of the latest big, shiny musicals to make it out of Broadway and into the big, wide world, Legally Blonde is a nice little bit of business for motion picture company MGM. The film grossed $150 million worldwide when it was released in 2001. A few years later, MGM is owned by Sony a...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009

All-star cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman

Shortly before his death, director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) delivered the screenplay for Nine, the film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical. The project was finally brought to the screen by director Rob Marshall, whose Oscar-winning Chicago was the most successful screen musical of recent years...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Ambitious Broadway Fusion Hits The Marcus Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
According to the literature, the late 19th Century was a very sexually repressed time. Around the time that Sigmund Freud was starting to discover memories of childhood sexual abuse in his patients, a German playwright named Frank Wedekind wrote a play sharply criticizing the sexually repressive culture of Germany at the time. Wedekind’s Spring Awakenings  covered a lot of ground in a single pl...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Critically Acclaimed Broadway Fare In Milwaukee

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s not often that a big, commercial Broadway musical can have an impact beyond its own popularity. Granted, some of the biggest entertainment ventures in history (Phantom and such…) have made a hell of an impact over the years, but they do so by telling a story in broad strokes that doesn’t exactly challenge the audience. Even when Broadway musicals tackle bigger issues (Rent) they don’t...
09.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s not often that I find myself looking forward to the arrival of a touring Broadway Musical. I’d first read about Spring Awakening� when I’d found out that it was coming to the Marcus Center in a series that included shows like Legally Blonde and Wicked. In comparison to nearly everything else on the schedule of touring Broadway shows, Spring Awakening actually looks good. Here’s a q...
08.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A couple of bits of Broadway news today—a classic ‘90’s musical returns to Milwaukee just a few months after a local community theatre group did an outstanding job of bringing a home-grown production of it to the stage and a chance for aspiring local talent to perform with Broadway stars.Neil Berg’s Singing With The Broadway Stars Broadway singers often have the option of going on the ro...