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Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Uprooted Theatre Company

Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

The show is produced by Milwaukee’s Uprooted Theatre, which was created in 2008 to produce plays that affirm and inspire the city’s African American population and to give actors and directors of color artistic opportunities they might not otherwise have. Dennis Johnson is one of the founders of the company and he’s currently acting as its Public Relations Manager/Casting Director.

Originally performing this as a one-night show, Johnson thought he would bring a different kind of show to Milwaukee.

“We saw an opportunity to bring more great work to the theatre, to Milwaukee theatre, and sort of expose artists either that people might not see as often or might not see in this light,” said Johnson.

Dennis Johnson is the Public Relations Manager/Casting Director for Uprooted Theatre; Kelley Faulkner will star in the first of Uprooted’s Cabarets, It’s a Man’s World. She’ll be accompanied by musical director Dan Kazemi. The show takes place on Monday night, at Next Act Theatre. It begins at 7, with a reception starting at 6.