the MadStage Podcast

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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