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12.27.2011 | | Posted at 10:11 AM

Greendale Community Theatre presents a satirical musical puppet show

By Russ Bickerstaff
n n nI wasn’t terribly impressed with Avenue Q when I originally saw the touring Broadway show. It lacked finesse. The idea of having muppety Sesame Street style puppets fdoing a musical that covered themes of sexuality for adults was only mildly clever. Yes, to a certain extent there are some basic things that society hasn’t learned about respecting each other’s sexuality that can be done...
08.02.2011 | | Posted at 11:44 AM

A look back from the leading edge of August

By Russ Bickerstaff
  With Soulstice Theatre opening the first show of the new season last week, Milwaukee Theatre rolls into New Year's . . . the Milwaukee Theatre year starting in August with the first new shows of the new theatre season and closes at the end of the following July with the last openings of the summer theatre season. Here then is part two of a look back at it all . . . November 2010 This past Nove...
07.22.2011 | | Posted at 07:16 AM

Greendale Community Theatre’s production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

By Russ Bickerstaff
Somewhere in the 1980’s, screenwriter Dale Launer (Ruthless People) was approached by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Evidently they wanted to be in a film together and they wanted him to write it. He’d suggested a remake of an old 1964 Marlon Brando/David Niven film called Bedtime Story. It was a film about a couple of con artists on the French Riviera. Freddy Benson was a small-time hustler (...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Over the years, the practice of turning hit films into Broadway musicals hasn't guaranteed critical success. The Broadway musical based on the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, however, hit the mark, standing as a solid piece of musical theater that is thoroughly enjoyable in and of itself...
01.08.2011 | | Posted at 10:32 AM

The Greendale Community theatre’s New Show Works On Many Levels

By Russ Bickerstaff
On the right there was a picture of Jordan Gwiazdowski looking particularly hirsute. On the left there he was completely hairless with fangs and no pigmentation in either eye. It was a poster for Greendale Community Theatre’s production of Batboy: The Musical.  It was snowing opening night. The light dusting wasn’t enough to keep a decent-sized crowd away from the show. Based on the recurri...
12.16.2010 | | Posted at 07:41 AM

Greendale Community Theatre Presents BATBOY: THE MUSICAL in January

By Russ Bickerstaff
The long-lived popularity of the Weekly World News’ millennial Bat Boy character was something of a throwback to an earlier print industry. The character, who appeared in well over 50 stories in the Weekly World News over the course of its last 15 years, was alternately a hero, a monster and an every man. He’s something of a kitschier, lower-brow, tongue-in-cheek version of the heroes of ol...
07.23.2010 | | Posted at 07:50 PM

Opening night with Greendale Community Theatre’s Production of HAIRSPRAY

By Russ Bickerstaff
Tornadic Activity In Greendale One of the heaviest rainfalls in the history of Milwukee was coming down as I approached Greendale High School. I hadn’t been expecting as much, so I arrived soaking wet. By the time I’d considered myself dry enough to exit the men’s room, the lobby of the auditorium was bustling. A few seconds later there was the announcement: a tornado warning required ever...
06.29.2010 | | Posted at 07:30 AM

Two Musicals in Two Suburbs In Two Weeks

By Russ Bickerstaff
July 16th: A production of Hair opens at the Sunset Playhouse In Elm Grove. July 22nd: A production of Hairspray opens with Greendale Community Theatre in uhh . . Greendale

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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Greendale Community Theatre presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

By Russ Bickerstaff
A few days ago, I found myself sinking into a show on the documentary channel. Jeffrey Blitz’s 2002 documentary Spellbound was one of the first films I’d ever seen on critics’ advance screening. The story of eight teenagers competing in the national spelling bee remains an interesting, well-executed documentary. It was a film I was reminded of when I first saw the touring Broadway production...
07.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
STUFFY BACKGROUND CRITICISMAt it’s core, the idea for Billy Aronson and Jonathan Larson’s 1993 musical RENT isn’t entirely bad. Doing a modern interpretation of Puccini’s La boheme set in modern-day New York could, in theory, bring the unique concerns of a culture “on the edge of the millennium” into a very contemporary exploration of the life of young, urban countercultural artists...

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