She was delightful in "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles," then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in "Young Frankenstein." Yet Madeline Kahn often didn't seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the hearts of audiences for three decades.
That's just one of the many sad notes that arise from "Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life," William V. Madison's well-researched and insightful biography of Kahn, once hailed by New York Times critic Vincent Canby as possibly the funniest woman in films. Imagine getting such an accolade if being funny isn't really your goal.
It didn’t take long for Jeff Whiting’s mother to realize sports were not his thing. In fact Whiting, a New York theater director and choreographer currently directing First Stage Children’s Theater’s production of "Big Fish," credits his mother for launching his career.
“My mom recalls watching me on the soccer field like my brothers, but unlike my brothers I was bored out of my mind,” says Whiting, who grew up in Salt Lake City. “Luckily, my intuitive mother said, ‘There must be something else out there for Jeff.’”
Think of the last dream you remember. Try to move your body the way it moved then, fluid and faster than your mind. Imagine the landscapes too strange to be real. Take stock of the images and motifs that mean nothing to any soul but you.
In September 2013, Milwaukee’s Early Music Now offered audiences a unique history lesson. The subject: the clarinet and how the woodwind instrument evolved over several centuries.
But if you missed it, don’t worry. Early Music Now has put the class back on the curriculum and re-invited its de facto instructor, Eric Hoeprich, to teach us about the instrument through a wide sampling of music.
Yes, we know this show has been sold out forever. But if you’re a fan of Dylan who missed your chance to get in, take solace in the knowledge that one of the greatest folk musicians of our time will be in the same state as you, perhaps even the same city or the same ZIP code, for the duration of this concert. That’s not anywhere near as good as hearing the legend perform songs from his new album of Frank Sinatra covers or classics from his nearly 60-year career, but it’s something.
Neither Marti Gobel nor Dennis Johnson knew when they planned out their season that Tennessee Williams’ "Suddenly Last Summer" would be the final show Uprooted would produce. But there’s a certain serendipity to the choice. The play creates an accidental bookend to a Tennessee trilogy: Uprooted’s first production after debuting with "Beauty’s Daughter" was "A Streetcar Named Desire," and they also held a staged reading of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in October 2012, about halfway through their six-year tenure.
But Johnson says "Suddenly Last Summer" goes back to Uprooted’s beginnings. “Other than 'Beauty’s Daughter,' it’s literally the first show that I pushed for and suggested. So, as far as that’s concerned it’s coming full circle,” Johnson says. He will direct the production, running May 14 to 24 at Next Act Theatre.
When the band Chicago hits the stage at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater May 18, it will be the latest opportunity to see one of the most successful pop-rock bands of all time. The group’s second only to the Beach Boys among American bands on the pop charts, selling more than 100 million records and registering 21 Top 10 singles.
More impressive is the band’s longevity. The band has been performing consistently since 1967, a 48-year stretch, and still has four of its original co-founders playing. One of them is keyboardist Robert Lamm, one of Chicago’s lead singers and songwriters. We can credit him with such classics as “Saturday In the Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4.”
"Stages" is what Josh Groban’s most devoted fans have been waiting for. There’s nothing experimental: no songs in Portuguese like “Voce Existe Em Mim” on "Illuminations" or strange cover choices like “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” on "All That Echoes." It is simply a collection of beautifully sung and orchestrated songs from Broadway musicals (and two movies, but one is a measured take on “Over the Rainbow” so he gets a pass).
Chris Hemsworth is about as ideal a choice to play a Norse god as you could imagine. The strapping 6’3” Aussie has the sandy hair and sculpted features that are perfectly suited to the role of Thor, one of the Avengers dedicated to saving the earth from the forces of evil.
Uprooted Theatre was born out of a simple realization: Over decades, Milwaukee had inadvertently developed a longstanding, unofficial tradition of actors, directors and designers of color training in the city only to leave and make their careers elsewhere. The company’s four founding artists — Marti Gobel, Dennis Johnson, Travis Knight and Tiffany Yvonne Cox — made it their job not just to break that tradition themselves, but make it easier for other artists of color to do the same.