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01.10.2011 | | Posted at 11:08 PM

The Marcus Center Opens Its Doors for THE WORLD: A NEIGHBORHOOD, A BROTHERHOOD

By Russ Bickerstaff
Chuck Berry recently collapsed onstage in Chicago. The 84-year-old’s influence on contemporary music cannot be underestimated, but it’s interesting to note that the 84 year-old musical legend was actually born a few years before Martin Luther King Jr. The legendary civil rights leader died far too young. With King’s dedication, there’s no question he would’ve been just as active as Berry ...
12.08.2010 | | Posted at 06:05 AM

More Catholic Comedy for Christmas

By Russ Bickerstaff
� There has been kind of a bizarre mix of shows opening this December. It�s nice to see a full weekend with four shows opening and not a single one of them a holiday show . . . an interesting, little coincidence this season happens to include not one, but TWO Catholic comedies on stages this month. Boulevard Theatre�s The Savannah Disputation�continues through the end of the month. The comedy a...
11.04.2010 | | Posted at 08:14 AM

Seeing the Musical Right After the Film

By Russ Bickerstaff
As it had been a couple of decades since I�d seen Young Frankenstein,I decided to sit down and watch it just a couple of hors before going to see the musical. � According to Mel Brooks, the entire idea for the original film was Milwaukee native Gene Wilder�s. The comic actor/writer evidently agreed to do Blazing Saddles if they could work on Young Frankenstein next. Wilder�s distinctive prin...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Theater Review

As the stigma begins to lift on older women dating younger men, traditional gender roles start to shift as well. Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company explores some of the implications in its production of Celeste Bedford Walker’s Sassy Mamas. This comic drama explores the relationships of three successful women dating far younger men in Washington...
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...
Monday, March 29, 2010

Milwaukee Ballet’s hurricane of gorgeous, complicated dancing

In my decades of touring with Theatre X, we always said that you can’t begin to know a show until you’ve played it...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Tonight @ The Marcus Center, 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 of young...
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...

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