Forget about having to travel to New York; this weekend, four Broadway musicals are on stage in the Kenosha area:
An award-winning satire
What: “Urinetown: The Musical”
Where: The Main Stage Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road
When: The final two performances are 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $12 for students
More information: Call the box office at 262-595-2564 or log on at www.uwp.edu
What about that title? “Urinetown” is an award-winning show that takes place in a city where a water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a ban on private toilets. People must use public amenities, regulated by a single company that profits by charging admission. Hence, the name “Urinetown.” The black comedy satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as “The Threepenny Opera,” “The Cradle Will Rock” and “Les Misérables” — and the Broadway musical itself as an art form.
A beloved animated ogre
What: “Shrek The Musical”
Where: St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 2401 69th St.
When: The final performance is 7 tonight
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and will be sold at the door, starting at 6 p.m.
More information: Call 262-654-8651 or log on at www.sjcawi.org.
Where have I seen this before? “Shrek The Musical” is a stage show based on the beloved animated films and stars the familiar characters: the green ogre Shrek, Princess Fiona, the wise-cracking Donkey and the evil Lord Farquaad. They all inhabit the fairy-tale world of the “Shrek” stories.
A classic story
Where: Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road
When: Performances are 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues next weekend, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 22-23) and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 24).
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (age 55 and older) and $5 for students/staff
More information: Log on at www.kusd.edu/finearts. Also, look for a story and more photos in Thursday’s GO Kenosha entertainment section.
Is this the Charles Dickens story? Yes, the Broadway musical “Oliver!” is based on Dickens’ 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” about an orphan in London who runs away from a workhouse and winds up working with a gang of pickpockets. The musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, premiered in London in 1960. It was brought to Broadway in 1963, where it enjoyed a long, successful run. The stage show was made into a 1968 film, which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Familiar songs in the award-winning score include “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”
From TV to Broadway
Where: Wilmot High School, 11112 308th Ave.
When: 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues next weekend, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday (March 22) and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday (March 23).
Tickets: $10 for adults, available online at https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/wilmoths/buy-tix?d=0
More information: Call the school at 262-862-2351
Special performance: The Sunday matinee also features a prince/princess luncheon, starting at 1 p.m., for children age 12 and younger. The $15 ticket price includes lunch, a crown-making activity and photos with the cast. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who must purchase a ticket to the performance. A waiver is required for the luncheon. The adult ticket is $10 and does not include lunch. For more information, email the show’s director, Nora Bowers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When did this show debut? The legendary Broadway musical team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein first wrote “Cinderella” for a live 1957 CBS broadcast starring Julie Andrews in the title role. The show was seen by 107 million viewers, the largest TV audience for anything at that time.
“Cinderella” is based on the fairy tale about a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters. With the help of her magical fairy godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a princess for one night and finds true love with the handsome prince. The musical was later adapted for Broadway in 2013.
Coming this week
Kenosha Unified School District theater shows opening next week are: the drama “Proof,” March 20-24 at Indian Trail High School, and the musical “Chicago: The High School Edition,” March 21, 23-24 and 28-30 at Tremper High School. For more information, go to www.kusd.edu/finearts and look in Thursday’s GO Kenosha entertainment section.