"Lost Girl," "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "Finding Neverland" have all examined the tale of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in illuminating ways. And now First Stage is venturing once more into alternate Peter Pan interpretations with "Tinker Bell."
"Finding Neverland" was an enchanting film, telling the story behind the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. The musical it's based on was not. Appearing at the Marcus Center, it's a musical in search of a through line and a unifying visual sensibility.
The final show for the Milwaukee Rep this season is a spectacular prequel to the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would never grown up. It's a show that will remind you of all the great bedtime stories you have ever heard.
Before the fairy tale riff "Peter and the Starcatcher" starts its run at the Milwaukee Rep on Tuesday, April 21, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with director Blake Robison about this particular Peter Pan retelling, making actors fly and why revisionist fairy tales are currently all the rage.
Last year, Carrie Underwood led a cast of musical theater performers in a production of the "Sound of Music Live!," that not only delivered a change in the normal programming, but it also drew in a large audience. NBC attempted to recapture the magic with "Peter Pan Live!" last week, and despite all the fairy dust in the world, it barely got off the ground.
Milwaukee Public Television and the Milwaukee Ballet present "Peter Pan" for a national audience on PBS at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 18.
On Tuesday, Disney releases "The Pirate Fairy" on a Blu-ray, DVD and digital combo pack, telling another tale from a place that's beyond the second star to the right and straight on till morning.
The 2011-12 season was one of the Milwaukee Ballet's most successful fiscal years to date, the organization announced last night.
The Milwaukee Ballet will present Peter Pan at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts May 10-13. The work will showcases the same classic storyline and the same impressive special effects (dancers in flight!) as its premiere performance, plus a few added twists.
It‚Äôs time for Balloon-A-Palooza, the largest balloon art exhibition in the country. It runs Nov. 17-25 at the Domes.