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Once in a great city: David Maraniss on Detroit's lessons for Milwaukee

Published Oct. 7, 2015

The Wisconsin author of "When Pride Still Mattered," the most exhaustive biography of Packers legend Vince Lombardi, was, it turns out, born in Detroit. His new book, "Once in a Great City," explores a confluence of factors that intersected to create a unique moment in the history of the Motor City. Maraniss comes to town this week to talk about the book, so we talked to him about it first...


Rep's dazzling "Dreamgirls" captures a vital slice of American music

Published Sept. 27, 2015

You would never think that it would take a slightly middle-aged white guy from England to take Milwaukee on a riotous tour of the black soul music that so enwrapped the lives of so many people, black and white. But give Mark Clements, artistic director at the Milwaukee Rep, a big showy play, and he'll swing hard at the softball and hit it out of the park. That's the case with "Dreamgirls."


My interview with "Marvin Gaye" of "Motown: The Musical"

Published July 7, 2015

Summerfest may have closed its gates for 2015, but following closely after is "Motown: The Musical," a traveling Broadway production of the jukebox musical arriving at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 7. Stepping into the soulful shoes of Marvin Gaye is actor Jarran Muse, who got a chance to chat with about playing an icon, his favorite songs and why Motown music still sings - culturally and socially.


McDonald mixes it up, shines at the Big Gig

Published June 29, 2014

Michael McDonald is into his 60s, and has been performing since 1970, so while he didn't go all-out through a full 90-minute set, he sounded crisp and provided his patented mix of pop and soul with gusto and even mixed in some different covers at the Uline Warehouse stage.

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