the MadStage Podcast

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.


Direct download: MSP_039_DavePausch.mp3
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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

Produced by Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: October 13-28, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday: October 13, 8pm
Saturday: October 14, 8pm
Sunday: October 15, 4pm

Wednesday, October 18, 8pm
Thursday October 19, 8pm
Friday, October 20, 8pm
Saturday, October 21, 8pm
Sunday October 22, 4pm

Thursday, October 26, 8pm
Friday, October 27, 8pm
Saturday, October 28, 4pm & 8pm

Direct download: MSP_038_Mineola-KRASS.mp3
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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.

Produced by Children's Theater of Madison at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: October 6-22, 2017

Performance Times: 
Fridays Oct 6 & 20 @ 7pm
Saturdays Oct 7, 14 and 21 at 2:30pm
Saturdays Oct. 7 & 14 at 7pm
Sundays Oct 8, 15 and 22 at 2:30pm

Direct download: MSP_037_Madagascar_CTM.mp3
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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.

Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: September 29 - October 14, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday 7:30 PM 9/29/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 9/30/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 10/4/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 10/5/17
Friday 7:30 PM 10/6/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 10/7/17
Sunday 2:00 PM 10/8/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 10/11/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 10/12/17
Friday 7:30 PM 10/13/17
Saturday 2:00 PM 10/14/17

Direct download: MSP_036_Falsettos_StageQ.mp3
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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!

Produced by Capital City Theatre at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St, Madison

Performances: September 22 - October 1, 2017

Performance Times: 
Fri, Sept 22 and Sat, Sept 23 at 7:30 pm
Sun Sept 24 -2:00 pm
Thurs, Sept 28, Fri Sept 29 and Sat, Sept 30 at 7:30 pm
Sun Oct 1-2:00 pm

Direct download: MSP_035_25thPutnamBee-CapCity.mp3
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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.

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: September 15-30, 2017

Direct download: MSP_034_A_Delicate_Balance.mp3
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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.

Titus Andronicus

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.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: September 8-23, 2017

Performance Times: 
Sept 8 - 7:30
Sept 9 - 7:30
Sept 14 - 7:30
Sept 15 - 7:30
Sept 16 - 7:30
Sept 17 - 2:00 pm
Sept 21 - 7:30
Sept 22 - 7:30
Sept 23 - 2:00 pm

Direct download: MSP_033_Titus.mp3
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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
Fri, Sept 1 – 7:30pm
Sat, Sept 2 – 3:00pm
Sat, Sept 2 – 7:30pm

Tickets available now. $20 general admission, $15 student/senior/service.

Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey.

Direct download: MSP_32_AgonyEcstasyJobs.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz dusted off their fancy duds and attended the annual Bartie Awards so they could chat with some of the winners.

  • Ariel LeBron (Best Choreographer co-winner; "The Nance")
  • Michelle Dayton (Best Prop Design; "Steel Magnolias")
  • Zak Stowe (Best Lighting Design - Evjue; "Die, Mommie, Die")
  • Edric Johnson (Best Actor in a Short; Barbara in "Crafty," Wrong for the Part)
  • Scott Albert Bennett (Best Lead Actor in a Comedy; Angela in "Die, Mommie, Die")
  • Whitney Derendinger (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama; Caleb in "The Whipping Man")
  • Tosumba Welch (Best Lead Actor in a Drama; Simon in "The Whipping Man")
  • Bonnie Balke (Producer of "August: Osage County," Best Production of the Season)
  • David Pausch (Director of "August: Osage County")
  • Gretchen Wheat (Sarah Whelan Award recipient)
  • Stacey Garbarski (Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy; Edith in "Die, Mommie, Die")
Direct download: MSP_031_Barties.mp3
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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

Produced by Music Theatre of Madison at U.W. Wisconsin Union Play Circle, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

Performances: August 17-26, 2017

Performance Times: 
August 17 (preview), August 18, August 19, August 24, August 25, and August 26 at 7:30pm each night
August 25th at 10:30pm

Ticket Prices: $28 general admission, $20 students; late night show $20 general admission, $18 students.

Direct download: MSP_030_Lizzy.mp3
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