From left, Monica L. Patton, Ryan Bondy and Cody Jamison
Strand in “The Book of Mormon.
diverse shows when many professional theaters open their new
seasons during fall.
next three months, there will be classic musicals, comedies,
tributes to iconic artists, dramas, quirky returns to the past
and a few provocative pieces that remind us of some societal
25-Sept. 10 - “The Odd Couple” - SummerStage in Lapham
State Park in Delafield. The still-popular comedy by Neil
Simon about a mismatched pair of guys who try to live together
without killing each other. (262-337-1560).
2-Sept. 17 - “The Wild Party” - All in Productions playing
at Next Act Theatre at 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee. A party
set in Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties where an amorous
triangle emerges into jealousy and anger. (414-278-0765).
8-Oct. 30 - “Million Dollar Quartet” - The Fireside Dinner
Theatre, 1131 Janesville Av., Fort Atkinson. A memorable jam
session among four musical greats - Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry
Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. A mix of country, Gospel, rock
‘n’ roll and pop. (800-477-9505).
8-Sept. 25 - “Moon over Buffalo” - The Sunset Playhouse,
890 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove. A farcical comedy about actors
who are over the hill, but don’t know it. A play that
brought Carol Burnett her first big hit. (262-782-4430).
9-Oct. 30 - “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar” - The Milwaukee
Rep’s Stackner Cabaret Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
The memorable Billie Holiday’s last performance in her
extraordinary career. (414-224-9490).
16-Oct. 2 - “Gypsy” - The Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W.
Main St., Waukesha. The musical featuring the story of Gypsy
Rose Lee, the domineering stage-mother who pushed her two
daughters into show biz. (262-547-0708).
18-Sept. 21 - “Love, Loss and What I Wore” - The Lake
Country Players, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. A series of
monologues by five alternating women as they reveal their
relationships and their wardrobe and the memories that clothes
can evoke. (262-367-4697).
20-Oct. 30 - “Man of La Mancha” - The Milwaukee Rep, 108
E. Wells St., Milwaukee. The classic musical featuring Don
Quixote with his sidekick Sancho and his beloved Dulcinea set
during the Spanish Inquisition. (414-224-9490).
21-Oct. 6 - “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” - The
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. A
lesser-known Tennessee Williams work about a thirty-something
schoolteacher hoping for marriage when an unexpected turn
changes everything. (414-291-7800).
23-Oct. 8 - “You Can’t Take It with You” - Windfall
Theatre, 130 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. Still playing after
almost 80 years, a comedy with quirky characters that
encourages us to let everyone be happy in their own strange
29-Nov. 6 - “The Royale” - The Milwaukee Rep’s Steimke
Theatre at 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. From the award-winning
writer of “Orange is the New Black” comes the story of Jay
Jackson trying to break the color barrier in boxing during the
Jim Crow era. It
packs a punch. (414-224-9490).
30-Oct. 16 - “Violet” - Skylight Music Theatre, 158 N.
Broadway, Milwaukee. A modern musical set in 1964 in the
segregated South, wherein Violet, disfigured by an accident,
is on a bus ride to see a faith healer and on the journey
meets a passenger who helps her discover the true meaning of
love and beauty. (414-291-7800).
1-Oct. 23 - “The Taming” - It’s at Next Act Theatre, 255
S. Water St., Milwaukee. A Miss America winner decides to
change the world, recruiting the combined efforts of a
conservative senator and a bleeding heart liberal. The play
attacks the two-party political system and celebrates the
flavor of America with laughter and insight. (414-278-0765).
7-Oct. 14 - “Lend Me a Tenor” - The West Allis Players,
8516 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis. A farcical comedy about a
wannabe performer who decides to fill in for an ailing opera
singer on opening night. Filled with the usual comic mix-ups
and lots of doors for coming and going.
7-Oct. 30 - “Dracula vs. the Nazis” - In Tandem’s Tenth
Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th St., Milwaukee. A madcap comedy
set in the 1940s when Count Dracula is dragged out of
retirement to stop Hitler from using a magical device that
will provide him and his army immortality. (414-271-1371).
7-Oct. 31 - “Jack of Hearts” - Milwaukee Entertainment
Group in the Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee. In the steamy world of Jack of Hearts, a brothel
and saloon suggestive of old Westerns, we get immersed in the
choreography of fighting, singing and dancing where the themes
of love, loyalty and truth are tested.
7-Oct. 14 - “Suite Surrender” - The Patio Players,
N88-W16750 Garfield Drive, Menomonee Falls. A farcical comedy
set in the 1940s in which two of the biggest Hollywood divas
end up in the same hotel suite. Chaos follows. (262-255-8372).
13-Oct. 30 - “Young Frankenstein” - The Lake Country
Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Dr.
Frankenstein’s grandson inherits his grandfather’s estate
and his propensity for science, so another original
“creature” emerges. We’re in for a wild ride in this
13-Nov. 16 - “Fiddler on the Roof” - Sunset Playhouse, 890
Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove. The beloved classic story of Tevye
and his family’s struggle to maintain their Jewish tradition
in the midst of change and turmoil in Russia. Wonderful music
in this one. (262-782-4430).
14-Nov. 12 - “Goosebumps” - First Stage Children’s
Theatre at the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. A
musical about a pair of children who star in the school play
soon begin to experience some spookiness in their own lives.
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Nov. 13 - “Drowning Girls” - Renaissance Theatreworks, 158
N. Broadway, Milwaukee.
Reflects the sensational murder trial of George Joseph Smith,
the British serial killer, from the perspective of three of
the young women he drowned in a bathtub. A chilling,
true-crime drama, perfect for Halloween fare. (414-291-7800).
21-Oct. 23 - “The Good Doctor” - The University of
Wisconsin- Waukesha, 1500 University Drive, Waukesha. A
combination of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov in this series of
vignettes with comedy and music that takes an affectionate
look at Russian country life. (262-521-5212).
21-Oct. 23 - “The Glass Menagerie” - Carroll University
Players at the Otteson Theatre, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha.
The classic Tennessee Williams play about a Southern Belle who
lives in the past and tries to control her adult son and
22-Oct. 30 - “Where the Streetcar Bends the Corner” and
“Zoo” - The Boulevard Theatre at the Plymouth Church, 2717
E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee. Boulevard begins its 31st season
with two pieces of the cultural history in Milwaukee. Includes
some of the icons of Milwaukee in the first piece and the
story of two couples on the rocky road to love set in the
Milwaukee Zoo. (414-744-5757).
25-Oct. 30 - “The Book of Mormon” - The Marcus Center, 929
N. Water St., Milwaukee. Back by popular demand, a musical
that gently satirizes the Mormon religion and some of its
27-Nov. 12 - “Bonny Anne Bonny” - Wisconsin Lutheran
College in the Raabe Theatre at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Wauwatosa. A rare
collaboration of professional actors from Theatre Red and
college students in
an original script by local playwright Liz Shipe,
a play that explores two female pirates as they search
for adventure, treasure and notoriety. (414-443-8800).
28-Nov. 13 - “To Kill a Mockingbird” - The Waukesha Civic
Theatre, 264 W. Main St., in Waukesha. This story by Harper
Lee still has relevance and appeal. Told from a child’s
perspective, we experience both racial injustice and the
nobility of those who fight to eradicate it. (262-542-0708).
4-Jan. 15 - “I Love a Piano” - The Milwaukee Rep’s
Stackner Cabaret Theatre entertains us with a musical revue
with more than 50 years of Irving Berlin’s best tunes.
A beautiful tribute. (414-224-9490).
15-Dec. 18 - “The Foreigner” - The Milwaukee Rep, 108 E.
Wells St., Milwaukee. One of Larry Shue’s most popular hits.
Shue spent seven years with the Milwaukee Rep as an actor and
playwright-in-residence and is seen as an icon, partly because
of his comic talent, but also because of his untimely death in
a plane crash. (414-224-9490).
18-Dec. 23 - “La Cages aux Folles” - Skylight Music
Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. The combined talents of
Jerry Herman (“Mame” and “Hello Dolly”) and Harvey
Fierstein bring us this comic, relevant story of two gay
partners trying to break the news of their orientation to a
pair of straight-laced parents. (414-291-7800).
23-Dec. 18 - “Lobby Hero” - The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre,
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. A security guard finds himself
drawn into a murder investigation in which he has to make
quick, significant decisions. A comedy, romance and a play of
ideas all rolled into one. (414-291-7800).