Skylight music theatre

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The best of the 2019 Milwaukee theater scene

Published Dec. 20, 2019

'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.

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Extra! Extra! Skylight's "Newsies" is a feel-good fun time

Published Nov. 21, 2019

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.

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Skylight's admirable "Oklahoma!" shows its age

Published Oct. 2, 2019

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."

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Skylight's "Five Guys Named Moe" is a four-star good time

Published Jan. 28, 2019

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.

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6 shows to look forward to during the fall theater season

Published Aug. 9, 2018

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.