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 Pudding from Broom Street Theater


By Michael Tooher

Directed by Eric Holz

A driven young woman attempts to take control of a reclusive middle aged widower’s life.

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: July 10 - August 1, 2015

Performance Times: 
8 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat

Ticket Prices: $11

Call 608-244-8338 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Pudding.mp3
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Avenue Q by Middleton Players Theatre

Avenue Q

By Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty, Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Directed by Thomas J. Kasdorf & Matt Starika

Winner of the TONY "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Produced by Middleton Players Theatre at Middleton Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol Street,Middleton


June 25, 26, & July 2, 3 at 7:30pm

June 27 & July 5 at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adults $25 Seniors $20 Students $15

Call 800-838-3006 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Avenue_Q.mp3
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Violet produced by Capital City Theatre


By Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley

Directed by Stephen Amato

Capital City Theatre announces Violet. Christine Dwyer, most recently seen on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, stars in the title role. The production is directed by Stephen Amato with choreography by Joe Barros. Andrew Abrams, Artistic Director, will also serve as musical director.

Violet was recently on Broadway and nominated for Best Musical Revival of 2014 and is an adaptation of Doris Betts “The Ugliest Pilgrim.” This musical tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime.

Produced by Capital City Theatre at U.W. Old Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison

Performances: June 12-21, 2015

Performance Times:

Ticket Prices: $25 - $45

Call (608) 622-7507 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Violet.mp3
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Spirits to Enforce Produced by Left of Left Center

Spirits to Enforce

By Mickle Maher

Directed by Ned O'Reilly and Sara Beth Hahner

Twelve superheroes in their everyday guises hold a telethon to raise money for a production of The Tempest. The complex natures of heroism and villainy are comically explored through overlapping dialogue, unrequited love, and empathy for the everyperson in this literate, funny, moving play by Chicago playwright Mickle Maher. Produced by the folks who brought you Beta Blockers in February, the play will be performed, barnstormer style, at The Goodman Community Center in Madison, Firefly Coffee House in Oregon, Watertower Chop House in Sun Prairie, I'm Board Game Store in Middleton, and Tapit/New Works in Madison. Some venues will offer beverage service and light fare. See for more details.

Produced by Left of Left Center.

Performances: June 5-14, 2015

Performance Times:

  • FRIDAY JUNE 5 7:30 pm Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison
  • SATURDAY JUNE 6 7:30 pm Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main Street, Oregon
  • FRIDAY JUNE 12 7:30 pm Watertower Chop House, 109 W Main Street, Sun Prairie
  • SATURDAY JUNE 13 7:30 pm I’m Board game store, 6917 University Avenue, Middleton
  • SUNDAY JUNE 14 3:00 pm Tapit/New Works, 1957 Winnebago Street, Madison

Ticket Prices: $10 suggested contribution

Call 608-617-4917 or visit for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Spirits_to_Enforce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CST