BWW Reviews: Ma Ha Nei Bu Eebowai for THE BOOK OF MORMON
(5/22/2015) - It's quickly becoming a household name. Although it's nothing like some of the shows considered 'classic Broadway', it has erupted into an existence far from anything of its kind on stage. Book of Mormon could be considered a somewhat mythical creature in the realm of theatre. The ultimate amalgamation of all things Broadway and South Park - this show is a masterpiece.
BWW Reviews: Uprooted Theatre Say Goodbye with Riveting SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
(5/21/2015) - In a fitting finale to their grand six years of acting, directing, educating and producing together, Uprooted Theatre staged Tennessee Williams' riveting Suddenly Last Summer at Next Act Theatre under the direction of company Co-Founder Dennis F. Johnson. Marti Gobel, also a Co-Founder, appeared playing the playwright's New Orleans society woman Violet Venable while also creating backstage as costume, set and scenic designer. A formidable challenge for any actor cast as Williams's commanding matriarch grieving from the death of her son, Sebastian.
BWW Reviews: MAID TO MARRY Presents Chic, Romantic Opera at Third Avenue Playhouse
(5/21/2015) - Be shaken as well as stirred by this inventive trio at Sturgeon Bay's Third Avenue Playhouse. Robert Boles, James Valcq and Ryan Patrick Shaw conjure contemporary mayhem from an 18th century Italian opera in Stage Door Theatre Company's enchanting Maid To Marry. This evening's play on words captures the essence of merry on the way to marry.
BWW Reviews: THE SKYLIGHT RING Reinvents Wagner's Mythic Opera with Intimate Style
(5/21/2015) - Forget what might be known or understood regarding Richard Wagner's epic The Ring Cycle- a legendary series of four complete operas he composed over 26 years ( 1848-1874) that requires more than 18 hours to perform. Instead enjoy The Skylight Ring, Skylight Music Theatre's cheeky, slightly irreverent yet oh so entertaining two hour and four actor version on the Studio Stage at the Broadway Theatre Center.
BWW Reviews: MKE Ballet's CINDERELLA Glitters with Classic Romance
(5/20/2015) - The age-old story of a cinder girl disdained by her step family but destined to change her life to glitter and gold arrived at the Milwaukee Ballet's when Cinderella closed the season. This enchanting fairytale envisioned by Artistic Director Michael Pink captivated the audience with romance and some exaggerated humor courtesy of Pink's choreography and his casting--And the accompaniment by the 50 piece Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Pasquale Lurino gave Sergei Prokofiev's legendary score exceptional nuances to entrance the audience.
MCT's 40th Anniversary Gala Set for 6/6
(5/19/2015) - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) will host their exclusive 40th Anniversary gala, Cheers to Chamber! Swingin' into the 40s on Saturday, June 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The gala will celebrate four decades of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in swinging 1940s style at The Milwaukee Club. Located in downtown Milwaukee at 706 N. Jefferson Street, The Milwaukee Club is the city's premier business and social establishment. Event tickets are $175 per person, with proceeds benefiting Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's artistic and education programming.
UPDATE: The Phantom Is Finally Coming To America- LOVE NEVER DIES Will Tour US in 2017; Statement Released
(5/19/2015) - BroadwayWorld has just learned that the Phantom will soon return to America in the continuation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musical. Love Never Dies is set to tour North America in 2017. This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island. A German production is also set to open in Hamburg this fall.
Casting has not yet been announced.
Skylight Music Theatre Debuts THE SKYLIGHT RING Today
(5/15/2015) - Skylight Music Theatre is creating a new production based on Wagner's Ring Cycle. The work, titled The Skylight Ring, will run today, May 15 through June 7, 2015 in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI).
BWW Reviews: Daly Plays Heroic Edward Bloom in Brilliant BIG FISH at First Stage
(5/13/2015) - 'Be the hero in your story and the world will be yours....' Edward Bloom consistently uses these words to inspire his son Will while he was growing up. Defining what a hero is, for Edward and his son Will, plays an epic role in First Stage's Big Fish. This shortened World Premiere for Young Audiences production retells the 2013 Broadway musical adapted from a 1990's Daniel Wallace novel with stunning results. Milwaukee's legendary Jonathan Gillard Daly becomes a theatrical hero when he transforms into Edward Bloom, husband, father and master storyteller based upon the musical's book and film written by John August.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar to Join Milwaukee Rep as Associate Artist
(5/11/2015) - Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced at its "Made in Milwaukee" 2015 Gala on Saturday, May 9 that 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar will join The Rep as an Associate Artist to provide guidance and expertise to The Rep's growing new play development efforts. During that time, The Rep will feature a four-season showcase of Akhtar's work, beginning with three of his existing plays produced one each season, culminating in the production of a world premiere commission.
Lottery Policy Set for THE BOOK OF MORMON's Run at Marcus Center
(5/11/2015) - THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, has announced a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins May 19 at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee and plays a limited two- week engagement through May 31. In Milwaukee, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 a piece. Entry forms will be available two and half hours prior to each performance in the Marcus Center Box Office Lobby at 929 North Water Street. The drawing will take place two hours prior to each performance and entrants must be present to win.