On Stage

Summer theater blossoms on Door County stages

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 08:58

Door County is known as a summer destination, a place to get away and embrace tranquility. But for theater lovers — and other vacationers looking to try something new — driving up to the northeastern woods doesn’t mean you’re cutting yourself off from a world of dramatic culture.

Kenosha native Tom Goss makes his first appearance at PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:47

Tom Goss is the kind of artist who likes to keep his fans guessing, shifting genres from acoustic pop to more club-ready jams as the mood takes him. The Kenosha native will visit his home state's Pride festival for the first time this year, on June 5.

For Brian Firkus, a childhood slur became the springboard for success as Trixie Mattel

Written by Kerrie Kennedy,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:24

Local drag queen Trixie Mattel recently achieved A-list status when she was invited to join Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and quickly became a fan-favorite for her often-polarizing brand of drag. Out of drag, Trixie is Milwaukee native Brian Firkus, a former makeup artist and UWM student who's excited to see how far Trixie can truly go.

New Broom Street musical aims for emotional impact

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:16

Meghan Rose (left) and Kelly Maxwell are collaborators on Broom Street’s Held.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating the end of its 45th season with an original musical by two veteran Madison artists taking their first few steps into theater. 

American Players grows, with new leadership and broader artistic goals

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:23

American Players Theatre, known for its outdoor theater Up the Hill is under new management in 2015.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

The stage has been set in Spring Green for another bravura season from American Players Theatre. Now in its 36th year, APT long ago took Shakespeare out into the sticks and proved that if you produce it — and do so exceptionally well — they will come. 

Crystal Bowersox debuts songs from new album at PrideFest

Written by Bill Lamb,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:32

For Crystal Bowersox, being a touring musician striving for artistry and perfection is not an option. The American Idol contestant and PrideFest performer says, "Being a musician I don’t feel is something people choose, it chooses them.”

'Book of Mormon' is worthy of all its hype — and then some

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:51

Skylight journeys ‘Into the Woods’ to end its season

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:06

For an entire season, Skylight Music Theatre has been building a strong foundation of fairy tales, where Cinderellas and Dorothys can set out on an adventure with pure hearts and return having unequivocally vanquished the evil in their midst.

Jason Alexander prepares to sing ‘the music of Larry David’

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP Drama Writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:18

When Larry David was showing his old “Seinfeld” pal Jason Alexander the quirks of his Broadway dressing room, the discussion naturally went to the toilet.

“You know what he said? ‘It’s a two or three flusher,’” said Alexander. “He said, ‘Don’t assume.’ I said, ‘Really? OK, I won’t assume.’”

Ani DiFranco, the Righteous Babe herself, headlines PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:14

It's been almost 25 years since Ani DiFranco released her debut LP. Since then, the indie music goddess has issued 18 studio albums and will be headlining PrideFest Milwaukee on Saturday, June 6.

'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:10

Married bakers (Jonathan Altman and Karen Estrada) must fulfill the wishes of a witch (Susan Spencer) to have a child in 'Into the Woods.' Photo by Mark Frohna.

For its final show of the season, Into the Woods, Skylight has assembled a cast of mostly local actors and designers with practically no weak links. They serve as a guide into one of musical theater’s most enchanting plays, never letting the cynical realism the fractured fairy tale is known for overwhelm the warmth and emotion at its core.

'Beaches' the musical washing ashore in Chicago

Written by The AP Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:32

Get out your hankies — a stage musical of "Beaches" is coming.

The show, based on Iris Rainer Dart's 1985 novel about two best girlfriends, will begin previews in June at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. It made its world premiere last year at Virginia's Signature Theatre.