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06.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s easy for me to joke about hating musicals, but I see so many of them that it’s difficult not to understand the appeal in most of them on some level. While I don’t share much of the country’s obsession with the American musical, I make every attempt to take these shows on their own merits when writing about them. That being said, the appeal of the touring Broadway musical is still k...
05.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The end of the month is ahead and with it, the end of the traditional theatre season. It’s a strange time privy to a lot of odd traveling shows from out of state, at least one 24 hour play and a few other odds and ends. For those in the mode for something a little less offbeat—those interested in something a little more glossy and traditional who can’t wait for A Chorus Line to come to the M...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I found myself at Marquette last night seeing what must’ve been my second production of The Spitfire Grill. (I’d first seen it at Acacia some time ago.) I was sitting waiting for the show to start when I overheard that there was a girl in the row behind me who was seeing the performance for a class on he history of the American Musical . . . and I always find it vaguely odd going to university...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Chazz Palminteri is a busy actor, having appeared in a number of films over the years, including The Usual Suspects, Noel and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Long before success as a screen actor, Palminteri grew up on the streets of the Bronx in the 1960’s. His memories of growing-up and coming of age animate his one man show A Bronx Tale running now through March 29th at the Marcus Center...
02.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
CATS—an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the poetry of T.S Eliot that has been hugely successful. In its nearly three decades on the road and on Broadway, the musical has sold countless tickets and probably millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise. It has an undeniable appeal with audiences everywhere, but how does its appeal compare with that of a simple house cat—say for example Fi...
02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a weekend with five openings comes . . . a week with four more openings. Starting tonight there are another quartet of shows that will be opening their doors this week. Here’s a quick glance at what’s ahead for the weekend in theatre . . . SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM—The Boulevard Theatre continues its season with a production of a contemporary comedy about three mothers at a kids’ socce...
02.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Day AFTER Tomorrow, the touring Broadway production of Annie comes to UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium. The comic strip, which still runs in a few paper, was born in the 1920’s. In the ‘20’s the strip was an innocent, little bit of humor about a little pupil-less red-haired girl who had been adopted from a boarding house by a wealthy bald-headed gentleman. By the ‘30’s, the strip ...
01.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Last night's Kansas City auditions episode of "American Idol" introduced a contestant who is apparently the first Wisconsin native to make the initial cut this season, Jamar Rogers. Don't get too swept up in Badger pride, though, since it's unlikely he'll be along too much along. Despite his likable demeanor and loud fashion sense, Rogers' possesses one of those overblown musical-theater voices that audiences are indifferent to and that the show's judges love to rip on. (The Broadway voice was what did in the otherwise talented Syesha last season

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06.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Prior to last night, I had never watched the Tony Awards before. Never. I always kind of figured that it was really none of my business. Surely, whatever an enormous crowd of theatre professionals from the east coast does in the privacy of a massive auditorium while being televised nationally by a major broadcast network is its own business. Last night I guess I felt like eavesdropping on the whol...
Sunday, June 8, 2008

Today @ the Off-Broadway Theatre - 2 p.m.

Deborah Clifton (a longtime member of the late, great Theatre X) and Peggy Hong (the poet) present a piece entitled Small Pieces Fly To Heaven this weekend only at the Off-Broadway Theatre. It’s a look at the five year-old Iraq war and its effect on both American and Iraqi women. The show uses poetry, movement . . .