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Articles tagged with 'broadway'


Sugarman seeks out "Jersey Boys" wherever they may be

Published Oct. 14, 2013

Since 2006, Merri Sugarman has been responsible for casting every role in every production of "Jersey Boys." That's a lot of Frankie Vallis, Tommy DeVitos, Bob Gaudios and Nick Massis. You can see her handiwork when the musical returns to the Marcus Center this week.


"Wicked" actress talks Wisconsin

Published June 10, 2013

Actress and singer Jane Brockman has solid Wisconsin roots. Born in Neenah, she spent Christmases here growing up, her father helped to found UW-Parkside - and the girl loves her kringle. This week she returns to Milwaukee to perform in "Wicked" at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.


Wisconsin actor talks "Catch Me If You Can"

Published April 20, 2013

Wisconsin native Travis Mitchell is returning to his home state next week in the first national tour of "Catch Me If You Can." He talks with about life on the road and his Wisconsin roots.


"Evita," "Flashdance," "War Horse" and more at Marcus Center 2013-14 season

Published April 19, 2013

The world can definitely use a good song and dance this week. That's why it was so refreshing to attend last night's preview of the the 2013-14 Broadway Across America season at the Marcus Center. The line-up is a nice mix of old favorites and new shows, and I smell a few blockbusters in there, so you might want to buy your tickets early if something strikes your fancy.


This Cooke Book needs a new recipe

Published March 23, 2013

It's difficult to pigeonhole this show. It's not a concert. It's not a tribute cover band. It's not theater. What it is seems to be a couple of hours of the great songs of Sam Cooke boiled down to a musical theater audience level and delivered with practiced smiles, dance moves, patter with the band and a timorous set of vocal chords that sometimes hit but often missed channeling one of the great singers of our time.


"Sister Act" gives audience good, clean nun fun

Published Feb. 21, 2013

Sister Act is a one-joke show. Take a black woman who can both walk the walk and talk the talk, and put her with a group of mostly white, sheltered nuns and see what happens. What happens is funny.


Coming soon: "Memphis"

Published Dec. 22, 2012

The question of when rock and roll really began has been argued about for decades, but most music historians believe the music that became rock and roll began on Beale Street in Memphis. The story of Beale Street is coming to Milwaukee with the Jan. 8-13 run of the award-winning "Memphis" at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.


Coming soon: "A Steady Rain"

Published Oct. 22, 2012

In an example of how art mimics life, or the other way around, Milwaukee will be graced with a rare touring production of one of the great plays of recent years as "A Steady Rain" has a too-brief four-day run at Next Act Theatre.


Coming soon: "Big"

Published Oct. 15, 2012

The story of a little boy who can't wait to get over his "littleness" is well known. The movie became a play, "Big: The Musical," which ran on Broadway and garnered a number of Tony nominations. And now it comes to First Stage Children's Theater this Friday.


Right wingers can't go left on "Avenue Q"

Published Sept. 27, 2012

This week Mark Belling, the high priest of right wingers in Milwaukee, was in full fury over "Avenue Q," the outstanding production of the Broadway play which is being staged at Skylight Music Theatre.


Milwaukee makes Franc D'Ambrosio want to sing

Published Aug. 28, 2012

Franc D'Ambrosio has played a disfigured opera phantom and a Corleone; he's sung on Broadway, in Academy Award-nominated film scores and all across the country. Tonight he's singing here in his grandmother's hometown of Milwaukee at the Peck Pavilion.


New facade treatment is great look for Downtown Building

Published May 9, 2012

The old Guardian Credit Union on Broadway has a creative new facade that's meant to entice new tenants while helping it stand out in a crowded market of underused and under appreciated Downtown spaces.