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November 6, 2015
Wicked, the winner of over 100 international awards, opened this week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. I was lucky enough to attend Thursday night's performance which capped off by a standing ovation and thunderous applause.Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Still a Tale as Old as Time
March 18, 2015
Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened Tuesday Night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. True to the lyrics of "Beauty and the Beast", this production offered up the classic "tale as old as time".BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA 'Takes a Chance' on Milwaukee at Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
February 22, 2015
Most musical theater ends with a simple curtain call with the audience expressing their appreciation for the performance they had attended. Mamma Mia, though, ends with and explosion of music, bringing the audience to it's feet for an encore where the cast invites the audience to sing and dance along. And, Friday Night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, we certainly did.BWW Reviews: EVITA Soars at the Marcus Center
February 5, 2014
Evita opened at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night. After seeing the production on Broadway last winter (and being thoroughly disappointed), I went into this performance with an open mind, hoping that the performance would be better than in New York. Luckily, this production outshone that of the Broadway one by far.BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE - A Visually Stimulating Unique Experience
January 8, 2014
War Horse is an emotionally stimulating and visually stunning spectacle. Spot on acting, visual and audio affects, and a simple set pull together to bring the audience back to World War I era Europe. Screens, lighting, projected images, and music help to tell the story and propel you along this exciting journey. Part of the 'Broadway at the Marcus Center' series, War Horse opened in Milwaukee on Tuesday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT A 'Fabulous' Fun Time
February 21, 2013
Disco music in a church? A convent? Nuns hiding murder witness? These do not sound like plot points of a Broadway musical. SISTER ACT, though, tied all of these together with witty banter, great characters, and hummable 'fabulous' songs when it opened at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night.
January 9, 2013
Pain. Grief. Fear. Joy. Love. Hope. These are all feelings that were evoked when I was lucky enough to attend the opening night performance of MEMPHIS (2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical) at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday night.BWW Reviews: CANDY CANE TALES AND HOLIDAY CAROLS Ignite your Holiday Spirit!
December 2, 2012
Santa Claus will definitely put the cast and crew of Waukesha Civic Theatre's new holiday production CANDY CANE TALES AND HOLIDAY CAROLS on the "Nice" list this year. From the moment the fun filled evening begins, you can't help but be overtaken by the holiday spirit. The production follows the story line of a young girl and her parents as they prepare for the holiday season. As the story moves forward, the inquisitive young girls asks questions about many of the holiday traditions, where they came from, and why we celebrate them. Her parents, aided by the rest of the company, help explain and further illustrate the answers through story, song, and dance.
November 15, 2012
The Marcus Center for Performing Arts was rocking Tuesday night for the opening of the Broadway Across America touring company of "Rock of Ages". The atmosphere at the theater was more like a rock concert, than a Broadway musical. And, for this particular brand of show, it worked spectacularly.BWW Interviews: Multi-Talented Carmen De La Paz Returns Home for Benefit Concert (11/17/2012)
November 13, 2012
Carmen De La Paz, a Waukesha, Wisconsin native and international celebrity, will be donating her time and concert to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Waukesha Civic Theatre. "My Life Through Music" is the premiere of a one-woman that she hopes to take to the international stage. This exciting night of music is a telling of her life story through song and anecdote, following her from Waukesha to New York and finally Los Angeles. Songs will include Broadway hits, Disco favorites, Spanish Language Pop Music as well as Romantic Songs. All proceeds from this show will benefit the Waukesha Civic Theatre.BWW Reviews: Milwaukee Rep's ASSASSINS is Worthy
September 11, 2012
"Let me prove worthy of you love. Tell me how I can earn your love, set me free. How can I turn your love to me?" These are some of the most haunting lyrics in Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS, now in production in the Quadracci Powerhouse at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. These lyrics are sung by John Hinckley, Jr. with Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme in their duet of "Unworthy of Your Love".BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Milwaukee Rep's Artistic Director Mark Clements
September 11, 2012
It is hard not to get excited about theater when speaking the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's artistic director, Mark Clements. Clements is directing the opening production for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Quadracci Powerhouse season, ASSASSINS. During our conversation, I was struck by his honesty, enthusiasm, energy, and joy of theater.