Performing Arts

Stephen Sondheim is among – if not the most – celebrated American composer of musical theater.  

Michael Brosilow

The new play after all the terrible things i do premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater this week.

Alex Clark

From the Iliad to Henry V, from All Quiet on the Western Front to War Horse, the stage is a powerful place to show what happens to men in the cauldron of war. It’s now a place to show what happens to women as well.

Mark Frohna Photography

To properly appreciate the history of American theatre, you have to study one of its titans.  Playwright Tennessee Williams is perhaps best known for his searing drama A Streetcar Named Desire. But it was his play The Glass Menagerie that brought him fame. 

From the time it premiered in New York in 1944, it has probably never been out of production. 

Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre

For almost three decades, the Boulevard Theatre has called a storefront space on Bay View’s Kinnikinnick Avenue home.  

Peter Proadisch, wikicommons

    

Maria Callas may have died in 1977, but she remains a compelling figure in opera and the wider world even today.  Callas was known for her musical and acting skills that span styles, and her complete dedication to her art.

"You feel so much when she sings a simple phase," says Patrick Byrne. "She infuses each word of the text with passion or appropriate emotion."

Bonnie North, WUWM

Our guests come from Cornwall, the very southwestern most tip of England, that has its own song, poetry and story traditions. It’s a tradition that’s alive a well in Wisconsin. Many Cornish people came here to settle in the late 19th century.

Next Act Theatre, nextact.org

    

It’s going to be a funny weekend in Milwaukee. Actually, it already is a funny night….because the 9th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival is just underway. 

The Festival features four days of live performances, including stand-up, improv, sketch, and musical comedy acts. It bills itself as the largest comedy event in Wisconsin, and brings in acts from across the nation, and a lot of local talent, as well.

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.

Maria Petrella

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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