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Milwaukee Rep's Grand Scale A Christmas Carol Is Sweeping and Spectacular

Reviewed by: Matthew PertaPhoto Credit: Michael BrosilowHighly RecommendedIf you’re a theater lover with a thirst for holiday traditions there’s a good chance you’ve seen Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol performed many times on stage.  What do you retain from it year after year?  Is it a classic ...

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Milwaukee Rep's HOLMES AND WATSON Is Bold and Thrilling Theatre

Reviewed by: Matthew PertaHighly RecommendedNothing appears as it seems.  That’s what Dr. Watson needs to keep in mind as he tries to figure out which of three men he comes face to face with in an asylum is the real Sherlock Holmes, his old friend ...

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Skylight Music Theatre Stages A Heartwarming & Rousing ANNIE

Reviewed by: Matthew PertaSome theatergoers may cringe at hearing that yet another theatrical group is staging yet another production of Annie, a musical that first opened on Broadway back in 1977, and may cringe yet again at being reminded of yet another adorable little actress in ...

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Milwaukee Rep's Raucous Murder For Two Brings Down The House

Reviewed By: Matthew PertaHighly RecommendedWhoever would’ve thought murder mysteries – you know, those quiet little whodunits penned by Agatha Christie and the like, could be connected to music and laughter?  Well, somebody did – a guy from Milwaukee with a passion for theater, Joe Kinosian, ...

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Porchlight's Billy Elliot Is Pure Electricity

R.P. AlbertoHighly RecommendedAbout 15 minutes after walking out of Porchlight Music Theatre’s sold out performance of Billy Elliot, a friend turned to me because we both had not spoken a word since leaving the theatre.  Sitting over a glass of wine at a nearby bistro, ...

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SCHOOL OF ROCK PROVES THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS IN SCHOOLS

Highly RecommendedReviewed by: R.P. AlbertoIt is great to see a composer getting back to his or her roots.  Though Andrew Lloyd Webber has spent the last quarter of a century writing some of the most romantic scores for musical theater, including The Phantom of The ...

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CHITA RIVERA & SETH RUDETSKY COMING TO STEPPENWOLF'S LookOut SERIES

Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is pleased to announce their exciting Winter 2017-18 Lineup, which will feature two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera in Concert with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The one-night-only event will be on Monday, December 11 at 6:30pm in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted). Public tickets go on sale Friday, November ...

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Showbiz Nation LIVE! Episode Guest: Director/Conductor Andreas Mitisek 2007

Director Andreas Mitisek discusses Chicago Opera Theatre's production of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul". Andreas also talks about his successful tenure as COT's Artistic Director and how opera companies are adapting to a new social media culture.Showbiz Nation LIVE! Episode Guest: Director/Conductor Andreas Mitisek from ...

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