On Dec. 4, 1956, Memphis record producer Sam Phillips hosted a spontaneous recording session with four artists at his Sun Studio that changed popular music history. That fateful meeting has been recreated as "Million Dollar Quartet," the show that opens the Time Warner Cable Broadway series and runs Nov. 15-20 at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
A servant is dismembered, a wheelchair occupant is tortured, and heads roll … literally. Can comedy get any blacker than that?
William Golding, author of “Lord of the Flies,” noted that even the most civilized nation is one small step away from savagery. That same premise lies at the heart of “God of Carnage,” the final production of Door County’s Peninsula Players’ 2011 summer season.
French playwright Yasmina Reza plays the concept for laughs in her story of two couples who come together over a playground scuffle between their sons that costs one of them two teeth. The encounter sends the four adults spiraling into savagery.
Picture yourself as Laurence Olivier, Noël Coward, Katherine Hepburn or any of many theatrical luminaries of the 1930s and 1940s. You’ve been invited to Ten Chimneys, the summer home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, then Broadway’s most powerful acting couple. The fact that you received an invitation makes you part of the theatrical elite.
Jon Peterson felt the joy in entertainment slipping away, as talent gave way to contemporary, negative social expression. To remedy that, the English entertainer decided to bring back to life seven of the greatest entertainers who ever lived, to remind people of what they are in danger of losing.
All the world may be a stage and all of us players, but when it comes to legitimate theater the options are better than ever in Wisconsin. Your ticket to Broadway’s hottest shows may be closer than you think.
The “play within a play” has been a popular conceit for playwrights dating all the way back to Shakespeare and before. But fewer authors have tackled the “preparing for a play within a play” scenario, an approach that requires a little more forethought in its development.
In many ways, the village of Fish Creek is the artistic heart of the Door County peninsula. Among other things, this small community on the Green Bay side of the Door is home to the Peninsula Music Festival, which hosts its 59th season in August.
With apologies to the late, great Bette Davis, fasten your seatbelts. Off the Wall Theatre's production of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" means we're in for some campy nights.
Milwaukee has a wide-ranging and exciting theater scene, and the upcoming season finds local companies performing at the top of their games. The question is not what to see, but how to take it all in. Here’s a partial list and comprehensive links to help you decide.
How difficult would it be to mount a play about the greatest theatrical couple who ever lived? The Milwaukee Rep takes on the challenge later this month when it opens its 2011-12 season with “Ten Chimneys,” playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s comedy about Broadway giants Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne at home in their Genesee Depot, Wis., estate.
Some musicians put a lot of thought into what they should name their bands. Members of Jethro Tull ran through a litany of identities before assuming the name of the father of modern English farming and fertilizer usage. The name stuck.