Performance

Michelle Owczarski

This year, Milwaukee’s Shakespeare in the Park will no longer be, well, in the park. Instead, the yearly collaboration between Optimist Theatre and Alverno College has found a more sheltered home at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, where they will stage Much Ado About Nothing.

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The Milwaukee-based Summit Players will once again bring Shakespeare to Wisconsin's state parks. It’s always an adventure to perform in a new space for any actor, but being outdoors adds its own unique sets of challenges.

One of the biggest challenges the Summit Players face is ensuring their voices are heard during the show. Actor A.J. Magoon shares his past experience competing with Polish Fest that happened to be going on right next door:

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Pasties, or meat pies, are a staple of Wisconsin’s north country cuisine.  But it’s safe to say that once you see the classic Steven Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, you’ll never view meat pies the same again.

Mitch Teich

The old maxim goes that looks can be deceiving.  In the case of singer-songwriter Carmel Mikol's new album, sounds can be deceiving as well.

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If you ever had an English literature class, it’s very likely you read the Charlotte Bronte classic Jane Eyre.  The mid-19th century novel of class, madness and love is one of the defining works of the canon.  There have been many adaptations on stage and screen, and a very recent one is now on stage at the Milwaukee Rep through May 21.

Express Yourself MKE

Express Yourself Milwaukee has been part of Milwaukee's arts education scene since 2003.  The group works with area kids that are out of the mainstream education system. In partnership with Running Rebels, the organization also engages with kids through arts activities, from drumming and dancing to visual arts and  music.

Screen capture of Florentine Opera video.

The Florentine Opera kicks off its 82nd season Friday night with a production of one of the most famous operas of all time – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The production tells the tragic story of the exploitative relationship between American Naval Officer Pinkerton and Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San in the late 19th Century. 

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Public radio listeners are well familiar with the storytelling series, The Moth.  Its beginnings were modest, and in New York City – almost a storytelling version of the idea of house concerts.

Since then, it’s become an international phenomenon, with versions ranging from the raw, unexpurgated version to a more polished variety. 

Establishing Country Roots in Brookfield

Sep 20, 2013
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Nora Collins began taking music seriously at the age of 14. Now 19, she has been named Wisconsin’s 2013 WAMI Rising Star and 2013 Vocalist of the Year.

Former BoDean Scores Playwright's Life Story

Sep 5, 2013
Mitch Teich, Lake Effect

When playwright Doug Vincent needed music for his new one-man show, he turned to what he loved: the music of former BoDean Sam Llanas.

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It was loud, angry, and rough. Punk rock came of age in the mid-1970s and was a direct reaction to the over produced rock and roll of the time.

Bill Finn

Would you spend $200,000 on a painting of a white background with white stripes?  How would your closest friends react if you did?

Good Nutrition Takes Center Stage…Literally

Jul 12, 2013
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 Milwaukee Public Theatre says "Eat Your Vegetables!"

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It's summer and time for Shakespeare in the Park. The Optimist Theatre has a new production - and a new home.