Performing Arts

Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Wisconsin Native Relishes Touring with 'The Phantom'

Wisconsin native Linda Balgord is touring as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera.'
Credit Marcus Center


Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the home venue for many local performing arts organizations, from Milwaukee Symphony to the ballet and the Florentine Opera. 

But it also hosts performances by any number of national touring companies.  Each year, the center unveils its Broadway at the Marcus Center series schedule, featuring performances of big Broadway musicals that people might not see, unless they traveled to New York or London.

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Arts & Culture
2:09 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Umbrella Group Hopes 'God of Carnage' Smiles on New Production

Umbrella Group Milwaukee’s “God of Carnage”
Credit Maria Petrella

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Umbrella Group Milwaukee director Bo Johnson, along with actors Libby Amato, Anna Figlesthaler, and Jason Will, and by stage manager Erin Eggers.

When you’re a kid, what happens on the playground, stays on the playground. Unless, of course, what happens on the playground is an injury. And that’s when parents often get involved.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee's N'awlins Brass Band, Stubby Chubbz, Livens Up the City's Music Scene

The brass and percussion of Stubby Chubbz Brass Band.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Throughout most of the country, funerals are a time of grieving for family members, mourning the loss of a loved one. New Orleans is the exception: they celebrate the life of the loved one, often accompanied by loud brass instruments playing down the street.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Shakespeare Behind Bars founder Curt Tofteland talks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

Award-winning program helps inmates by using the works of Shakespeare.

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

New Opera Workshop at The Florentine Opera

David Walsh, Adriana Zabala and Robert Aldridge in the studio.
Credit Florentine Opera

David Walsh, Adriana Zabala, and Robert Aldridge discuss "Sister Carrie" with Bonnie North.

The regular Florentine Opera season may be over, but you can still get your opera fix on Friday and Saturday. 

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Two Guitar Giants Performed Together for the First Time in Milwaukee

Guitarists Lucas Michailidis and Peter Lang performed at the Zelazo Center on May 1st.
Credit MKE Unplugged

The fingerstyle guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee not only trains the next generation of guitarists but also brings in world class musicians to teach and perform.

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Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Actress from West Allis Writes, Stars in Film About Struggle

Actress Chuti Tiu is from West Allis.

West Allis native and actress Chuti Tiu has been making a name for herself in Hollywood. She's had parts in the films Beautiful and The Internship, and has had recurring roles on highly rated TV shows as well, including WeedsThe Closer, and Southland. But her newest starring role is as a screenwriter.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Kelley Faulkner stars in It's A Man's World
Credit Uprooted Theatre Company

Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

French Horn Rebellion Break Orchestral Mold to Drop "Hot Dance Beats"

Robert and David Perlick-Molinari are the French Horn Rebellion
Credit Facebook

Stories that begin with “this one time…at band camp…” tend to be the butt of many jokes. The story that comes after that opening line suggests a wild memory of nerdy band kids doing something unexpected.

But most band kids know that the stereotype is a false one.

The group French Horn Rebellion is out to prove that former band students can play other music besides Sousa marches, overtures, and their jazz band’s rendition of “Glow Worm.”

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Composer Searches for Micro-Aural Worlds in Nature

Composer Cheryl Leonard looks to nature's micro-aural worlds for her music.
Credit Cheryl Leonard,

Music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.

That is what happened one day when outdoor-enthusiast and composer Cheryl Leonard was in the woods, improvising with a friend. She took a rosined bow and bowed the bark of a tree and other nature objects to explore their sounds. Although she did not hear much, she explored the idea further by amplifying the micro-aural worlds around us. That is the music to Leonard’s ears.

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