Wed, 18 October 2017
This week, instead of talking about a specific show, Suzan and Buzz chat with theater artist David Pausch about his many roles and projects, and how he fell in love with live theater.
Wed, 11 October 2017
Buzz chats with his co-host, actor Suzan Kurry, who plays both Mineola Twins, along with producer Jan Levine Thal and director Julie Johnson about Krass Theater's upcoming production of Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins at the Bartell Theatre.
The Mineola Twins
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Juli Johnson
This socio-political satire barrels through women's experience and the women's movement over more than three decades in post-World War II America, as seen through the lives of identical twins, Myra and Myrna, from Mineola, New York. The play takes place during the Eisenhower Administration; then at the start of the Nixon Administration; and, finally, during the Bush Administration.
"Ms Vogel's script is most ingenious…The sisters' opposition, neatly representing the schism between right and left in the United States, is self-destructive, and each subliminally longs for connection with the other. ..As the nightmare spins itself out, fears of nuclear attack, sexual predation, and familial estrangement meld in a way that haunts even as it teases." —The New York Times
Performances: October 13-28, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 8pm
Thursday, October 26, 8pm
Wed, 4 October 2017
Suzan and Buzz chat once again with CTM's Director of Education and Community Engagement Erica Berman about CTM's upcoming production of "Madagascar — A Musical Adventure."
Book by Kevin Del Aguila, Music & Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan. Based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture.
Directed by Erica Berman
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows four furry friends as they escape from their home in NY’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the “wild” world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar is a crack-a-lackin musical for the whole family.
Performances: October 6-22, 2017
Wed, 27 September 2017
Suzan and Buzz chat with music director Dr. J. Adam Shelton and director Michael Bruno about StageQ's upcoming production of Falsettos at the Bartell Theater.
Book by James Lapine & William Finn, music & lyrics by William Finn
Directed by Michael Bruno, musical direction by Dr. J. Adam Shelton
The Broadway smash hit comes to Madison!
Falsettos is the tale of Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread. This musical, about the coming together of the original modern family, premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, of which it won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It was revived briefly on Broadway in 2016, and the revival performance was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Performances: September 29 - October 14, 2017
Wed, 20 September 2017
Suzan and Buzz's guests are 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee co-directors Andrew Abrams and Gail Becker of Capital City Theatre.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Music and lyrics by William Finn
Directed by Gale Becker and Andrew Abrams
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six adolescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience!
Performances: September 22 - October 1, 2017
Wed, 13 September 2017
Suzan and Buzz chat with director Scott Albert Bennett and actor Rebecca Raether about Strollers Theater's upcoming production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Bartell Theatre.
A Delicate Balance
By Edward Albee
Directed by Scott Albert Bennett
Edward Albee’s classic drama about two couples whose lives are upended by an encroaching, nameless “fear,” bringing a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace. This play won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.
Performances: September 15-30, 2017
Wed, 6 September 2017
Suzan and Buzz talk with actors Sean Langenecker and Brian Turner about Madison Theatre Guild's upcoming production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus at the Bartell Theatre.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Betty Diamond
Shakespeare’s first known tragedy, TITUS ANDRONICUS was the most frequently produced of Shakespeare’s plays during his lifetime. Today, it is one of his least frequently produced shows. MTG wants to change that! Set in Ancient Rome, the aging Titus Andronicus returns home from war victorious over the “barbarous” Goths, only to realize that Rome itself is “but a wilderness of tigers.” Titus is a violent play about violent times and could easily be performed with blood and gore spilling all over the stage. That will not be this production. The focus here will be on the hard and painful emotional truths of the play.
Performances: September 8-23, 2017
Wed, 30 August 2017
Suzan and Buzz chat with director Jake Penner and actor Jason Compton about Left of Left Center's upcoming production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
If Foxconn comes to Wisconsin, Jobs must as well.
Mike Daisey had a love affair with technology and a deep admiration for Steve Jobs, one of the most important influencers of this or any age. Then he visited the plant in Shenzhen, China where the iPhone was made. And everything changed.
It’s the story of Apple, Foxconn, iPhones, cyberspace, and the dark implications of our connected age. The agony, and the ecstasy, of Steve Jobs and much more.
Directed by Jake Penner. Produced by Left of Left Center on the Bartell Theatre Evjue stage.
Thurs, Aug 31 – 7:30pm
Tickets available now. $20 general admission, $15 student/senior/service.
Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey.
Wed, 23 August 2017
Suzan and Buzz dusted off their fancy duds and attended the annual Bartie Awards so they could chat with some of the winners.
Wed, 16 August 2017
Suzan and Buzz chat with actor/producer Meghan Randolph and actor Erin McConnell about MTM's upcoming production of the rock musical "Lizzie".
By Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Directed by Dana Pellebon
On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend. This musical version of Lizzie’s story is four women fronting a six -piece rock band, set to a blistering rock score and exploring themes of betrayal, rage, sex, and murder. Learn more at www.lizziethemusical.com
Performances: August 17-26, 2017
Ticket Prices: $28 general admission, $20 students; late night show $20 general admission, $18 students.