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Critics have called Urinetown, The Musical at Skylight Music theatre “a laugh riot!” and “enormously entertaining!” with a “stunningly talented cast!” more

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Inheriting the Jake Black role, Rob Colletti gives a bravado comic performance, but it’s his rapport with his tiny castmates that steals the show. more

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Outskirts Theatre Company takes the stage of the Tenth Street Theatre this month with a production of the early 2000's coming-of-age drama Bare: A Pop Opera. A very nuanced Ryan Albrechtson stars as Peter--a Catholic high school kid dealing with h.. more

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Magic is an overused word, especially when writing about movies, but La La Land is truly magical. It reunites Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for another round of young love following their success with C,Film Reviews more

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Laura Heise

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ enduring musical I Do! I Do! is a remarkably exhaustive musical exploration of fifty years in the life of two people. Next Month, Acacia Theatre presents a staging of the fifty-year-old two-person musical. It may only.. more

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J.W. Anderson and Joshua Parman’s Little By Little appears to be a charming, little three-person musical. Two women and one man have been friends since childhood. Their friendship is rendered in a quaint, little three-person musical. Sometim.. more

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The classic musical Bye Bye Birdie is retro pop. A rock singer is drafted into the Army. The show centers around publicity stunt involving him and giving one last pre-service kiss to a fan on the Ed Sullivan Show . It’s a little strange to.. more

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It can be kind of uncomfortable watching grown actors pretend to play kids. Even college students playing high school students onstage can feel weird and awkward at best. At worst, it’s strange and vaguely disturbing. Next week, the Sunset P.. more

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Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street remains quite haunting years after its original staging back in 1979. The story of a man returning from 15 years in exile to exact revenge on one who has wronged him is also.. more

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The Secret Garden with Soulstice

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s early 20th century children’s novel The Secret Garden has been adapted into a variety of different formats over the years. The story of a wealthy, young English girl raised primarily by her family’s servants in Indi.. more

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Somewhere around my senior year in high school, Green Day's  Dookie came out. It felt weird to see a band that associated itself with punk rock sell 10 million albums. I’d read about the ’70s. I’d read about a movement that had passed-on whi.. more

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This coming December, the musical Nunsense celebrates its 30th anniversary. The nun-based musical inspired by a line of greeting cards’ original production was staged Off-Broadway in a production that opened on Dec. 12 of 1985. Just a few .. more

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All In Productions

All In Production's will be presenting the Wisconsin premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical Dogfight from September 11-19 at Next Act Theatre.  The show takes place in November, 1963.  It follows a group of three young marines who are out for on.. more

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Stephen Sondheim was approached to write the music for Parade the Musical. One can scarcely blame him. It’s not exactly easy material to work with. Based on actual events, the musical tells the story of a Jewish factory owner who was conv.. more

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Paul Ruffolo

First Stage celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved stop-motion TV special Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer with a musical retelling that’s fun and inspiring for all ages. more

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TheReduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare(abridged) simply refuses to die. So many have tried to kill it in thepast, but it keeps coming back again and again and again and again. Localgroups who have staged the.. more

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KatieO’Regan’s The Dream Cafe Musical makes it to the cozy space ofthe Villa Terrace this month. It’s a drama set in the fictional town ofRhymington...a resort town that could be anywhere. It’s populated by artistsand dreamers. Drama unfolds i.. more

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Thisweek finds a new musical appearing at the Tenth Street Theatre. Originallydebuting last year in New York, Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s MurderBallad is described as “a sexy, explosive, new rock musical,” thatexplores complications of .. more

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