At this point, I feel like a broken record. When I started writing musical reviews for the Daily Cardinal, I thought I was going to have a wonderful time, writing uncontroversial reviews and love everything I went to see. But this is, unfortunately, not the case.
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Superorganism is a well-oiled machine (assuming in this metaphor that machines are coalitions of incredibly theatrical, talented and artistic people and “well-oiled” refers to their well-put-togetherness and not to the amount of oil on them). The quirky octet displayed their musicianship with a multi-faceted and highly entertaining show at the Majestic on May 1.
It isn’t often that a Broadway legend like Bernadette Peters ends up in Madison, so it was a treat to see this two-time Tony award winner at the Overture on April 19 for her traveling live show, “A Night with Bernadette Peters.” Her show was like taking a trip back in time fifty years, to the works of Sinatra and Sondheim, the era of glamour and pizzazz, and the constant objectification and belittlement of women.
With the warm weather months coming into swing, there are also some theatre performances coming up in Madison to look forward to. Within the next month, the Overture Center will host Broadway’s new travelling productions of “A Bronx Tale” and “Anastasia.”
Climate change is an enormous and real threat to our world and the wildlife that inhabits it. It is becoming increasingly apparent that human actions have largely affected global health in a negative way. The National Geographic’s “A Symphony for Our World” is not only a work of art, but a wake-up call about this issue. The 90-minute symphony highlights the beauty of our world and, through its gorgeous scenic imagery and musical storytelling, demands immediate action.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” might take the cake when it comes to virtually fossilized, ethnocentric and downright offensive pieces of American theatre. Maybe its “white savior” narrative and hyperbolic representation of Thai culture were considered all fine and dandy when this show debuted in 1951. But in our wanting-to-be-woke society of today, there was no justifiable reason for this show’s revival tour and subsequent stent at the Overture Center from Feb. 26 to March 3.
University Theatre, University Opera and the Wisconsin Union Theatre partnered to produce the university’s most involved theatre production of the school year so far, "Into the Woods." The show features over 90 cast and crew members and is showing in the Wisconsin Union Theatre from Feb. 21-24.
Broadway’s tenth anniversary tour of Rock of Ages travelled to the Overture Center on Feb. 7 to bestow its hilarious and harmonious blend of rock and musical theatre upon the people of Madison. While, yes, the crescendos were deafening and the performances astounding, the show was definitely closer to a 1980s rock concert than a 2018 Broadway musical, so there is a certain mindset needed in order to fully enjoy this production.
“Urinetown: The Musical” by the Undergraduate Theatre Association (UTA) and InterMission Theatre (IMT) was the best production I saw this semester. Every actor just seemed to fit perfectly with their character in this production. Usually there are one or two standout performers, but this cast was just spot-on, and I was hugely impressed by the group. The show featured student talent in other ways as well, from the lighting to the props to the direction, which all heightened the drama perfectly. Overall, it was a huge success for just a two-day run, and I’m so glad I caught it because it was completely hilarious.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is more than an objectively bad movie-musical from the ‘70s according to the Madison-based shadow cast at Velvet Darkness; it’s a legacy, a cultural monument and a beacon for anyone who feels outcasted.
Performances of University Theatre’s personalized version of Luigi Pirandello’s haunting play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” will be held through Oct. 28, and the production has yet to disappoint. Cast members have delivered chilling performances supported by attention-capturing staging since its opening on Oct. 11.
“Something Rotten!” stunned and delighted a packed crowd at the Overture Center on Oct. 9. The musical comedy kept audience members smiling by not taking itself too seriously. The one thing the show was lacking? Lead women.