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Friday, Nov. 27, 2009

Tonight @ The Marcus Center, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

A modern interpretation of Puccini’s La Boheme, Billy Aronson and Jonathan Larson’s 1993 musical Rent is one of the decade’s defining theatrical works, a very contemporary exploration of the life...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Still Waiting For The Skylight's Production . . .

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The Touring Broadway production of RENT made it into town again last night. I saw it some time ago when the production made it to the Milwaukee Theatre. I wasn’t all that impressed with it at the time. Shoot ahead to just a few months ago and I’m seeing a local production of it with the Greendale Community Theatre and I’m beginning to see the appeal. With the rough-cut grunge aesthetic i...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I find myself a little less than an hour away from my first show in over a week. This will be my third time seeing RENT—the second time I’ve seen a touring production of the ‘90’s musical. I’ll be seeing it again when Skylight does its production at the end of the season . . . and seeing the official production again after having seen a remarkably passionate production of it with the Gre...
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...
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...
07.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Due to a mix-up involving Google Maps and a particularly bewildering #76 county bus route, I was unable to make opening night of Greendale Community Theatre's RENT. (There are very few venues in Milwaukee County I haven’t made it to yet. Greendale High School is one of them.) I’d mentioned the GCT’s RENT in the preview column this week and I have to say . . . I’m far more interes...

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