With the music of Fats Domino and Elvis filling the theater, patrons to The Palace Theater were transported back to a bygone era. While enjoying their dinner, the mood was set to the 1950's, a time when muscle cars and smoking were all the rage. A time when girls could be seen in poodle skirts or cigarette jeans, and the men in letter men sweaters or leather jackets. Back to a time when Grease...was the word.BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center June 14, 2017
Grover's Corners is of course the backdrop to the romance of George Gibbs (Jon Churchwell) and Emily Webb (Amanda Rodriquez). With minimal set to interfere with the actor's ability to carry the story the play moves along initially at a refreshing small-town pace.BWW Review: Witness THE BOOK OF MORMON at The Overture Center May 12, 2017
From the moment, you are seated in the intimate Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center you are transported to Emerson's Bar and Grill. The year,1959. The month, March. Billie Holiday will only live another 4 months, at which time she will die at the young age of 44 from cirrhosis of the liver.BWW Review: CABARET Moves Madisonians at The Overture Center March 22, 2017
A producer named Greame is selling this show to investors. The show, "Game of Thrones" a Lannister Production, live and in the round with a cast of hundreds complete with animatronic dragonsBWW Review: WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton March 3, 2017
Overture Center welcomes Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also known as The TROCKS, to Overture Hall for one night only on Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. The program will include Le Lac Des Cygnes, Pas de Six from Esmeralda and Don Quixote.BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Forward Theater February 2, 2017
Anthony Reilly (David Daniel) has a secret. This secret is only known to two people. First, his adolescent crush, who when told went running away from him, breaking is young heart. The second, his father, who is so despondent about it that he may keep the family farm from him.BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises January 5, 2017
I thought, 'Big Whoop'. I never had any desire to see this show. First, it's Frankie Valli, how tough could his life really be, big star, where's the conflict? Secondly, and more importantly, I know this music. I certainly did not want to see it performed in the classical musical theater operatic style. I could be in for a very long night.BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Overture Center November 25, 2016
As a haze envelopes, The Overture Center for the Arts a drum beat begins, followed shortly by screaming electric guitar licks. The energy in the theater is palpable as dancers move and gyrate across the stage. A curtain drops over a cage suspended far above the stage and nearly immediately falls away to revealThe Illusionists!BWW Review: MARY'S WEDDING at American Players Theater November 25, 2016
Theater should have an effect on the audience, and this show does exactly that. We are told in the beginning by Charlie (Nate Burger) that tomorrow is Mary's Wedding, tonight is a dream.BWW Review: ALICE Rocks Mad City! October 28, 2016
Deep within the intimate setting of the Drury stage at the Bartell theatre, where there is arguably not a bad seat in the house, magic took place. Madison Theatre Guild presents Alice! The rock musical is described as 'An all new kind of madness' and it was!BWW Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA Sweeps Madison October 5, 2016
There is a plethora of young girls in frilly dresses and tiaras here. They laugh and run. They giggle and blush. They are joyful and their parents beam with pride.
There are also many tween and young teen females wandering around. They are in notably LESS frilly dresses, yet they too, giggle and blush
This is Cinderella.