It’s obvious from the first moments of the new Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch that star Neil Patrick Harris is doing something special. And it’s not just trying on a new role.
Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know Michelle Visage as the mama hen at the judges’ table. She dispenses wisdom like a buxom, dolled-up Pez dispenser — and you’d better listen, because this woman knows what she’s talking about. Her career began as one-third of the 1980s girl group Seduction (“Two to Make It Right”), which became her entré into world of drag balls and club culture. A dear friend of RuPaul, Visage took her rightful place at the Drag Race judge’s table during the program’s third season.
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.
Three theatrical friends past their prime reunite to audition for the revival of I Hear America Singing, a Broadway musical that blends traditional ballads with new melodies featuring lyrics from the poetry of William Blake, A.E. Houseman, Gertrude Stein and others. The friends share stories, relive memories and experience epiphanies that composer Daron Hagen, a New Berlin native, describes as “a revolution of the heart.”
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.
Public radio personality Ira Glass said he never thought a stage show combining radio and modern dance would work. Despite success to the contrary, he still questions the concept.
The barricades have once again gone up on Broadway. Are they worth dropping everything and joining this time?