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  • Loving tribute to ‘Ambassador of Love’

    She was sassy. She was sexual. Yet, she could be very serious at the uptick of her feather boa. And all with an attitude that was as forceful as it was playful. Pearl Bailey was an all-around entertainer for many of her 72 years, starring on stage (where she was best known for her turn as Dolly Levi in an all-black version of “Hello Dolly”) as well as screen and television. And now the woman d.... Read More
  • A decade’s look at what Broadway had to offer

    A decade’s snapshot of the most memorable productions Broadway had to offer: “The Producers” (2001) and “Hairspray” (2002) — Laugh-filled, old-fashioned musical-comedy entertainment, both shows were based on movies that had a big cult following and both featured classic, larger-than-life comic performances: Nathan Lane in “The Producers” and Harvey Fierstein in “Hairspray.” Aug.... Read More
  • Dysfunction for laughs

    Christopher Durang’s darkly satirical 1985 play, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” trashes nearly everything — from marriage to alcoholism, from Thomas Hardy to stillbirth. Based on his own family story, Durang tells the tale of Matt Hudlock, aka “Skippy,” struggling to recall his parents, Bette and Boo, and their volatile marriage. Four stillborn babies have unhinged Bette and increase.... Read More
  • Boulevard’s ‘Bette and Boo’ offers different holiday slant

    Boulevard Ensemble Theatre continues its 23rd season with gay playwright Christopher Durang’s “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” opening Nov. 24. The Obie Award-winning comedy provides a great antidote for holiday sentiment, says Boulevard artistic director Mark Bucher. Unlike traditional holiday entertainment fare, “Bette and Boo” bears wincingly harsh witness to the dark secrets that fam.... Read More
  • ‘Rent’ takes short-term lodging

    Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Gwen Stewart are reprising the roles they originated on Broadway in “Rent: The Broadway Tour” at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The show will have a week-long engagement, from Nov. 24-29. Set in NYC’s East Village, “Rent” is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, “La Boheme.” It tells the story of a group of young artists learn.... Read More