Performing Arts Season Preview

The 2011–2012 season brings milestones, debuts and exciting performances

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Arts for All

Wondering what to see at Overture Center? Allow publicist Rob Chappell to make a few suggestions. Here’s what he recommends for:

A date night: Cabaret—dine on the stage at the historic Capitol Theater serenaded by a cabaret singer (November 10, February 9 and May 3).

An outing with the kids: ImaginOcean (October 16), a crazy undersea puppet show from John Tartaglia, a Muppet Show alum who also helped create Avenue Q.

A girls’ night out: Straight No Chaser (October 26), the ten-man a cappella group.

The Broadway lover: The Addams Family (May 1–6), if only because it’s on its first tour.

The person who dislikes musicals: Blue Man Group (January 24–29).

Those who like art with an edge: Radio & Juliet (October 24), a ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet set to Radiohead music. The company is Ballet Maribor from Slovenia.

The world traveler: Ballet Folklorico Antioquia de Colombia (February 21) [pictured above]. Very popular in South America, this is their first U.S. tour.

The movie star-obsessed: For people who dig old-school movie stars, An Evening with Groucho (April 21).

A person looking to laugh: Whose Live Anyway (May 19). The stars of Whose Line Is It Anyway take the show on the road.

The budget-minded: Luma Theater (April 15), a show that uses light as its medium (and started in Madison!), has ticket prices that top out at $20.

Find all of Overture Center’s offerings—from Broadway hits and concerts by major music stars to contemporary dance, comedy and theater—at overturecenter.com.

 

In a Word

We asked local theater groups to describe their new seasons in a single descriptor

Broom Street Theater: Revolutionary.

The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker Governour of Wisconsin, July 29-September 4
A Broom Street Halloween, September 23–October 30
The Ghosts of Christmas Past, November 11–December 18

On the Corner of Clark and Vine, January 13–February 4
Splendor in the Math, February 17–March 10
Clause 9, March 23–April 14
900, April 27–May 19
Tracks: A Cycle in Two Plays, June 1–23
Rubbery with Violets, Or, If You Can See This, Thank Your Optician, July 6–28
Pericles, August 10–September 1
The Bottom of the Sea is Cruel, September 14–October 6
Svengali's Follies, October 19–November 10
Tales for Another Milennium, November 30–December 22

bstonline.org

Children’s Theater of Madison: Vibrant.

The American Girls Revue, October 8–23
A Christmas Carol, December 9–23
Bunnicula, February 11–19
Lord of the Flies, March 24–April 1
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, May 5–23

ctmtheater.org

Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts: Original.

Acts to Grind IV, September 23–October 8
You Name It, January 5–14
The Gentlemen, April 13–28

encorestudio.org

Forward Theater Company: Portraits.

The Farnsworth Invention, November 3–20
A Thousand Words, January 19–February 5
Love Stories, April 12–29

forwardtheater.com

Four Seasons Theatre: Eclectic.

Rent, December 2–18
Great American Songbook Cabaret, March 2–4
A Little Night Music, August 2012 (exact dates to be determined)

fourseasonstheatre.com

Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre: Participatory.

New season information is not yet available. Please check the theater’s website for updates.

madwomenstage.org

Madison Savoyards: Celebratory.

Pirates of Penzance, July 20–22, 27–29
Additional events to be announced.

madisonsavoyards.org

Madison Theatre Guild: Quirky.

Three Tall Women, September 23–October 8
Rent, December 2–18
Yankee Tavern, February 24–March 10
Up, May 4–19

madisontheatreguild.org

Mercury Players Theatre: Scrappy.

Talking Out of School:
Short Plays by Wisconsin Teachers, January 6–21
Becky Shaw, May 4–19

mercuryplayerstheatre.com

Music Theatre of Madison: Ambitious.

Songs For A New World, June 14–16
Parade, July 26–28 and August 2–4

mtmadison.com

StageQ: Funny.

Ghost of a Chance, October 21–November 5
Scrooge in Rouge, December 1–17
This Beautiful City, March 30–April 14
Queer Shorts 7, May 31–June 9

stageq.com

Strollers: Riveting.

Rabbit Hole, August 26–September 17
The Good Doctor, October 28–November 19
Black Comedy, January 20–February 11
Beautiful Bodies, April 6–28

strollerstheatre.org

University Theatre: Connections.

[title of show] a musical, September 9–18
Ti Jean and His Brothers, October 28–November 12
Bat Boy: The Musical, November 18–December 10
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, March 2–17
Pedro and the War Cantata, March 23–31
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, April 20–May 5

utmadison.com

– Katie Foran-McHale

 

Step to it!

Madison boasts an impressive array of dance companies that dazzle audiences with innovative, beautiful, moving and thought-provoking performances throughout the year. Go online to check out what’s coming up at Madison Ballet (madisonballet.org), Li Chiao-Ping Dance (lichiaopingdance.org), Kanopy Dance (kanopydance.org), TAPIT/new works (tapitnewworks.org) and Dance Wisconsin (dancewisconsin.com).

 

WANT MORE ARTS? Find arts and entertainment coverage all year long in in profiles, monthy event highlights and the Liberal Arts and Classically Speaking blogs.

 

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