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Ross Zentner

The musical "Pippinpremiered on Broadway in 1972. The music was written by Stephen Schwartz (the composer behind "Wicked" and "Godspell"), the production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and it starred Ben Vereen.

"Pippin" tells the story of a young prince's search for meaning and breaks the fourth wall as it describes his drive for existential significance. Although the characters are based on royals from the Middle Ages, the fictionalized story is perennial, and the show continues to find success decades after its premiere. 

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It’s virtually fall in Milwaukee. And that means the area’s arts organizations have started new seasons. There are big titles and some lesser-known ones on offer, from concerts at the new Fiserv Forum to small gallery shows.

Milwaukee Magazine previews the fall arts season from the theater, arts and entertainment scenes in its current issue.

Teran Powell

White privilege is a phrase that can be heard in many conversations surrounding social justice issues across the country. Now, it will be the subject of a new stage play coming to Marquette University that opens Labor Day weekend.

Malaina Moore is the mastermind behind the "White Privilege" stage play. She’s a junior theater major, also working on a minor in social justice and welfare.

Traveling Lemur Productions

Many Milwaukee theatregoers have seen Angela Iannone act on local stages over the years. She is a talented, passionate, and consummate artist. And she brings those same qualities to her playwriting. Theatre Red’s production of her play, "This Prison Where I Live," is currently on stage at the theatre space in the Big Red Church on 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Ross Zentner

If you've ever seen a Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) production, you already know they don’t present your normal operatic fare. If you’ve never seen a Milwaukee Opera Theatre production — from "The Mikado" performed with toy pianos and handmade percussion, to a mashup of opera and heavy metal called "Guns and Rosenkavalier" — a performance by MOT is sure to shake out any assumptions about opera you might have

The Independent Eye

Milwaukee Fringe Festival opens this weekend with performances from around the country. One of those performances is a new work from Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop, who started their theater careers in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Fringe Festival / facebook.com

Though the days of summer are waning and theater companies have opened and closed late summer productions, the fall season is still a few weeks away. In the interim, Milwaukeeans can enjoy home-grown Fringe Festival, on stage at the Marcus Center this Saturday and Sunday.

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For local Bard enthusiasts, summertime means a full slate of Shakespeare in parks throughout Wisconsin, thanks to the Summit Players. The Milwaukee-based troupe has been performing Shakespearian plays at an ever-growing roster of Wisconsin State Parks for four seasons.

Theater RED

Theater RED has been presenting shows on Milwaukee stages since 2013.  That’s relatively young, as far as Milwaukee theater companies go, but it’s positively a veteran group compared to the brand-new [untitled] Productions group.  The two organizations are teaming up to present a one-woman show on stage this weekend.

UPAF

The annual campaign for the United Performing Arts Fund, or UPAF, wrapped up this week. It successfully raised more than $12 million for local performing arts groups. In addition to the financial support it provides, the UPAF campaign connects people who have performed in Milwaukee over the years.

This year, acting couple Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry were UPAF’s special closing week guests. People of a certain age will probably remember the husband and wife team from the iconic 1980s TV series, “LA Law."

Mark Frohna

Urinetown, The Musical won three Tony Awards for best book, score, and direction of a musical in 2002. It's a very tuneful satire that takes on our legal system, social responsibility or lack thereof, corporate greed and mismanagement, and musical theatre itself.

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Steve Scionti’s “Hear What’s in the Heart: An Italian Shoemaker's Tale,” is a one-man exploration of the Italian-American experience. Scionti is the playwright and sole performer of the show, which documents his experiences growing up in Middletown, Connecticut.

Jeff Zmania Photo, Twitter

Danceworks’ spring performance, Secrets From the Wide Sky, takes flight Friday evening at the Danceworks Studio Theatre on Water Street. The show is a mix of original choreography, music, and the shared secrets of its performers.

Danceworks’ Artistic Director Dani Kuepper explains more about the show, which originated with company founder Sarah Wilbur’s idea of a wide sky performance:

Michael Brosilow

Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder's Our Town is an iconic and Pulitzer-prize winning piece of American theatre. In the 80 years since it was first produced, there have been innumerable productions from grade school to Broadway.

courtesy of First Stage

Antarctica, WI. It's not an actual place. But it is a play about Milwaukee, about its divisions and its places of connection, and about a group of teenagers trying to navigate their world and hopefully make it better.

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