theater

In Tandem Theatre

American composer and songwriter Bob Merrill is probably best known for the Barbra Streisand mega-hit Funny Girl, which opened on Broadway in 1964. But before that, in 1961, he debuted Carnival!

Based on an earlier film starring Leslie Caron, the show ran over 700 performances on Broadway before it closed in 1963. Some of its songs include Rum Ticky Ticky Tum Tum, Always, Always You and Love Makes The World Go ‘Round.

Courtesy of Luminous Theatre

The Simpsons achieved cult status years ago. It started off as a series of drop in shorts during the Tracy Ullman in 1987, but by 1989, the animated sitcom began its own run. It has recently been renewed through at least 2019, and is the longest running scripted television in history. 

Ross Zentner

 

Joe Hanreddy is a familiar name to theatre audiences in Milwaukee. He was the artistic director at the Milwaukee Rep from 1993 to 2010. During this tenure the company created and staged more than 50 new American plays in addition to classics from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams.

 

Maria Petrella / Umbrella Group Milwaukee Facebook

One of the signature lines of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth is “Is this a dagger I see before me?” In traditional productions of the play, only the actor playing Macbeth can envision that dagger. But thanks to advanced digital technology the audience for Umbrella Group Theatre’s new production can say, “Why yes, that is a dagger you see before you.”

courtesy of Renaissance Theaterworks

The end of the first world war in 1918 - the “great war” - heralded a marked shift in western culture. Music, theater, visual art, and literature all changed, both in response to the war’s carnage and as a way of deflecting its horror.

Frank Ferrante Productions

The great comedian Groucho Marx has been gone for nearly 40 years now, but his comic legacy lives on. Classic Marx Brothers movies like Duck Soup and Animal Crackers, or Groucho's long-running game show, You Bet Your Life, can still be seen on TV and YouTube. And, his influence is still seen in the work of many comedians, from Steven Wright to Jerry Seinfeld and countless others. 

© Carol Rosegg

Many famous stage musicals, like Funny Girl, Rent and West Side Story, have been adapted for the screen. But Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella made the opposite journey. The musical version of the classic children’s tale was written for TV in 1957, and starred Julie Andrews in the title role. It wasn't until 2013 that the R&H Cinderella made its Broadway debut.

Skylight Music Theatre

While most of us might be familiar with the Disney version of Beauty & the Beast, the opera of the same name is an entirely different spectacle. Based on the original, darker fairy tale, Skylight Music Theatre's staging of the 18th century light opera is a unique reimagining - featuring dance and larger than life puppetry.

Flortentine Opera Company

Mozart’s Don Giovanni - the Don Juan story - is one of the great operas in the Western canon. Many music historians consider it to be one of the greatest operas of all time. Glorious music, an intricate plot and a very satisfying ending have attracted audiences since its premiere in 1787.

erikaslezak.com

The United Performing Arts Fund, or UPAF, supports arts organizations of various types across Milwaukee, from music to the visual and performing arts.  The organization began in 1967 as a way to stabilize the finances of Milwaukee's prominent performing arts groups, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

The Milwaukee Rep

Veterans of conflicts like Korea and Vietnam might scarcely recognize how wars are being fought today, and how they’ll be fought in the future.  For one, women represent a larger portion of our armed forces than ever before.  Secondly, the people doing the fighting need not always be on the battlefield or in the air above it.

Voices Found Repertory / Facebook

In Milwaukee's well-established theater scene, Voices Found Repertory is one of the new kids on the block. The material they generally present, however, dates back nearly five centuries. 

The group specializes in Shakespeare, but also presents some new works as well as some commissioned from playwrights.

Alec Lachman, one of the founding members, says this specialization was the inspiration for creating Voices Found. 

John O'Hara

Barbara Gensler, a legend in the local scholastic theater scene, has died.

According to her obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Barbara Gensler passed away on January 30, 2017 at the age of 81.

Gensler was featured in WUWM's Life's Voices series in 2012 for her work in the community:

As well as on Lake Effect:

 Original post from May 15, 2012:

Nina Subin

Ayad Akhtar was sitting in the Starbucks near the corner of West Blue Mound Road and Highway 100 in late 2008 when the idea came to him - a play about relationships, Muslim-American identity and the immigrant experience in the United States, and what all of it might look like 10 years after 9/11. Those early notes became the powerful play Disgraced.

Photo courtesy of Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries

Dick Enberg retired last fall from a sixty-year career as a sports broadcaster.  In that time, he covered eight Super Bowls, tennis's Grand Slam events, and thousands of baseball and basketball games.  Enberg worked with scores of fellow broadcasters, from Merlin Olsen to Joe Morgan to Bud Collins.  But of all the people he shared a broadcast booth, one rises to the top.

Pages