Milwaukee Rep Announces 2013-14 Season - RAGTIME, VENUS IN FUR and More!
During the 2013/14 Season an epic slate of personalities and productions awaits you on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage! The monumental, moving, and Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime gives us a glimpse at the early 20th century life of three distinct groups of people, while the side-splitting comedy, Noises Off, peeks behind the curtain at a group of struggling actors. The tumultuous final days of Judy Garland unfold before our eyes in End of the Rainbow, a single virtuoso artist will lead a blazing, contemporary retelling of a Homer classic in An Iliad, and the dynamic birth of Superman will be explored with The History of Invulnerability, forever changing the way we look at superheroes.
We're thrilled to continue presenting emotionally-moving and thought-provoking plays in the Stiemke Studio with the sexy backstage comedy/thriller, Venus in Fur, and the Civil War drama, The Whipping Man.
The Stackner Cabaret will showcase the soundtracks of America's rich and epic musical history, beginning with a classy crooner in I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, and followed by four zany, male harmony singers inForever Plaid. We'll strum our favorite folk music with Woody Sez, and get joyously high with the sounds of Fats Waller in the wildly popular Ain't Misbehavin'.
While not part of the Subscription Series, two additional Milwaukee favorites will return, as Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge make their 38th annual appearance at the Pabst Theater in the fantastical holiday family favorite, A Christmas Carol, and our annual short-play festival, Rep Lab, will celebrate its 4th season of showcasing The Rep's highly-lauded Intern Ensemble.
I Left My Heart
A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett
Created by David Grapes & Todd Olson
Arrangements by Vince di Mura
August 23 - October 20
Called "the greatest singer in the world" by Frank Sinatra, the always-charming, classy, and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. In this sexy new musical revue, three superb male singers perform an anthology of Bennett's best work-from "Rags to Riches" to "Put On a Happy Face" to the title track and many more-celebrating more than six decades of remarkable music in this swingin' walk down memory lane.
"I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll,
they announce my name, and I come out and sing." - Tony Bennett
Adapted from E.L. Doctorow's novel (voted by Time Magazine as among the Top 100 Best Novels of the 20th century), this sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African-American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream. Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, delicate waltzes, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the Quadracci Powerhouse stage "on the wheels of a dream" in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at The Rep.
"It's big ideas...with big songs, big stories and big personalities." - NY POST
Venus in Fur
By David Ives
September 25 - November 3
Meet Thomas-a demanding playwright and director desperate for the perfect actress for his new stage adaptation of a classic erotic novel. Meet Vanda-an unusually talented young actress lusting after the leading role in the show. Through the comic genius of playwright David Ives, their late-night encounter in a deserted audition studio evolves from banal routine into a sizzling battle of the sexes blending love, libido, and literature that will keep you wondering to the very end just who, exactly, is on top.