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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The stage of the Todd Wehr Theater becomes larger than life so as to direct attention to the very small as First Stage presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Based on the popular children's books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, Joan Cushing's musical...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The story of Shakespeare's Othello has taken many forms over the past 400 years. The Milwaukee Rep tackles the Moor of Venice this month in a decidedly modern production that mixes the ancient text with present-day iconography...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Based on Jean Webster's progressive novel from 1912, John Caird and Paul Gordon's Daddy Long Legs has the potential to be a deep, socially conscious romantic-comedy musical. Preliminary outings of this story about a woman earning a college degree...
05.18.2011 | | Posted at 04:33 PM

The Sunset Playhouse looking for talent for retro Broadway musical

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Drowsy Chaperone sounds very much like the title of a vintage Broadway musical. It’s not. It’s actually the title of a musical about a fan of a fictitious vintage Broadway musical named, oddly enough The Drowsy Chaperone. The fan plays the record and finds himself transported to the world of the fictitious 1928 musical. Inside 50 years, this is going to be a very strange artifact, as fut...
09.17.2010 | | Posted at 05:19 AM

William Kirchen Casting for MIRRORS OF DESIRE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Wisconsin-raised Billy Kirchen is developing a musical set to debut in Berlin, Germany in Autumn of 2011. He’s looking to cast a Milwaukee-based staged reading of it here at the end of the month. Mirrors of Desire is an ambitious project that mixes the world of the fantastic with the harsh reality of sexual abuse. The project’s website has a comprehensive synopsis of the show and it sound...
04.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Oscar Wilde’s comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan debuted in 1892. At that time, the American musical was still in its infancy. It’s probably safe to say that Wilde never though of the four-act comedy as a musical. That didn’t stop Noel Coward from adapting the thing into After the Ball over half a decade later in 1954. It was his last musical to debut in the West End. At the time Coward wrote it...
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Jokes about hot flashes and mood swings abound in the popular touring production of Menopause: The Musical, which beings its month-long run at the Marcus Center this week. Here, the women of a certain age deal with their emotional and hormonal fluctuations through song, delivering 25 comedic send-ups of songs . . .
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Classical Review

I have thought about violinist Hilary Hahn more than any other musician who works the concerto circuit. She has played here often, nearly every season for many years now, returning last weekend to play with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. I certainly am intrigued by her phenomenal technique and the clarity of her musicality. Beyond that, she has a mystery about her that I find both fascinating and frustrating. I never feel as if I know her when she leaves the stage. At 28 this formerly waifish prodigy now understandably wants to be seen as a young woman. One only needed to look at her concert dress, black and decidedly adult, with a plunging neckline, to get the message. Hahn played the iconic Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, which she is performing with several orchestras through the coming fall . . .
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Ladies, please have mercy on your poor husbands and resist the urge to drag them to Menopause: The Musical. The popular touring production begins its month-long run at the Marcus Center tonight with a 7:30 p.m. performance, but no man can withstand that many concentrated jokes about hot flashes, mood swings . . .
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Theater Reviews

Sometimes the title says it all. Hula Hoop Sha-Boop is a cavalcade of hit tunes from the 1950s, brought to life by a quartet of talented young singers. The fastpaced, 90-minute show zips through more than 70 songs before the final curtain in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret.

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