According to a press release, Skylight Music Theatre announced today that local developer Robert Joseph purchased the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward. The 50-year leaseback sale allows the Skylight, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Renaissance Theaterworks to continue to perform in the building.
"This step strengthens our financial position, ensures financial stability and allows us to rebuild our endowment. This sale/leaseback allows Skylight to be out of the building management business, which had become a significant drain on resources.
Skylight’s efforts can now be focused on our core competency and mission of producing the full spectrum of music theater," reads the release, sent by executive director Michael C. Lueder, artistic director Ray Jivoff and president of the board, Jack R. Lemmon.
The new ownership will address building issues which include replacing or upgrading the HVAC system and elevator, renovating the office tower and making capital improvements in the Cabot Theatre. Some of the sale's proceeds will be allocated to purchase new lighting and sound systems to improve the quality of the performance experience.
The Skylight announced its 2018-19 season last night.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.