Whenever Ava Pine, as Cleopatra, sang on March 28, we heard and saw the glory of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Otherwise, not so much.
Real life does not offer any “do-overs” — the chance to see how things would have turned out if key decisions had been made differently. But in art, all things are possible. The characters in Next Act Theatre’s Milwaukee premiere of Three Views of the Same Object live out three different versions of the same life-and-death scenario.
The play, which was to open April 3, concerns the end-of-life decisions made by Poppy and Jesse, two aging academics who have had quite enough of worldly challenges and not enough of each other. In their younger days, they’d agreed that if one died first, the other would willingly follow. But now the time is drawing near, and each is having doubts.
Pharrell Williams’ hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” defined pop music in 2013, but it seems already that this year offers even greater things to come for the eternally youthful 40-year-old. In January, he won four Grammys, including one for producer of the year. He performed his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, although it lost to “Let It Go.” His studio album GIRL dropped on March 3, and he’s adding yet another fashion collaboration — this time with Adidas Originals — to his growing number of partnerships.
Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced this week.
The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys and electronic dance music stars Calvin Harris and Skrillex.
As the last show of its Stackner Cabaret season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is staging Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical revue that celebrates the work of Harlem Renaissance icon Fats Waller.
The best news about George Michael’s first album of all-new recordings in 10 years is that his vocal talent and charisma have not dimmed with time. Unfortunately, Symphonica feels a bit snoozy. His long-term fans likely want something uptempo on the order of “Faith,” “Freedom ’90” or “Amazing” before the music winds up with the 1940s pop standard “You’ve Changed.”
The barricades have once again gone up on Broadway. Are they worth dropping everything and joining this time?
Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend — if only in name —to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.