The show must go on for the Skylight Music Theatre - or at least online, as the company announced that, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it will present its first virtual musical: "Being Earnest."
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Surprising musical mash-ups are all the rage in theater right now - including "The Gospel at Colonus," which opened at Skylight Music Theatre on Jan. 17, telling the ancient Greek Oedipus story through traditional gospel music.
This off-the-wall, unexpected production from Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre is the best thing that's happened to a silly Gilbert and Sullivan opera since talkies.
'Tis the season for making lists - and for me, looking back with enormous gratitude at the live performances I've been lucky enough to attend over the past year. Here are the moments that had the most impact on me, that I will treasure as we move into a new decade.
The resulting musical, a Broadway reincarnation of a '90s cinematic flop, is an underdog story about righteous young people fighting the man, an energetic tale that leaves no hero unsung and no bad guy unpunished.
With a smaller cast and a less opulent look at frontier life, it's a gorgeously sung, faithful production of a 76-year old musical chestnut that fans of the classic will enjoy - though others may not celebrate the dated material with as many "yippee yay ayes."
The Skylight's lively production, running through June 16 at the Broadway Theatre Center, is a success. It's also a reminder of why they don't write musicals like this anymore.
A thrilling evening for fans of any and all of the performing arts, you will never see a commercial for the Olympics the same way after you have seen "Carmina Burana" the way it is supposed to be performed.
"Things That Go Ding!" is a variety show in the best sense of the word, showcasing the ridiculous talent of three Milwaukee performers who are allowed to do the things they do best and loving every minute of it.
The Skylight Music Theatre recently announced its upcoming lineup for the 2019-20 season, featuring classics new ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Newsies"), old ("Oklahoma," "Evita") and everything in between.
Of all the jukebox musicals, "Five Guys Named Moe" might be one of the best, simply because it doesn't pretend to be more than it is. Performed by a solid cast and a swinging five piece band, it's a warm diversion for a cold Wisconsin night.
The Skylight's production of "Hairspray," running through Dec. 30 in the Cabot Theatre, is simply a riot of hot pink, infectious tunes, flashy dance moves, social justice and true love conquering all.
A million miles away from the Skylight's typical feel-good musicals, "Pippin" is a dramatic kick to the head while also irreverent, funny and featuring some of Stephen Schwartz's most beautiful songs. In short, it's a great way to start Skylight's season.
The signs of fall are creeping closer. And while there's nothing better than Shakespeare under the stars on a hot July night, these exciting productions, gracing local stages through the end of 2018, have me looking forward to the months ahead.
There are quirky, implausible, ridiculous musicals. And then there's "Urinetown," the final show in Skylight Musical Theatre's 2017-18 season - and a total laugh riot.