Theater & Dance

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Matthew Murphy

Despite a paper-thin plot, the dance and the visuals rule the touring production of “An American in Paris,” at Overture Hall through March 4. more

Mar 2, 2018 5:00 AM Stage

David Andrews Rogers has his dream job as musical director of the first touring Broadway production of “An American in Paris.” Gwendolyn Rice talks to him about touring with a 14-piece orchestra and why he loves life on the road. more

Feb 22, 2018 5:00 AM Stage


James Gill

Excellent production values and a splendid cast elevate Madison Opera’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.” more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Stage


Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance pairs up with renowned corporeal mime performers for an intriguing collaborative work in “Dark Tales.” It’s at Overture through Feb. 18. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Stage


Darren Lee

It’s a shame Madison Ballet’s “She” only runs one weekend. The excellent celebration of female choreographers couldn’t be more timely. more

Feb 3, 2018 2:30 PM Stage


Samantha Dutcher

It’s been 10 years since Emily Mills and Jesse Russell launched a raunchy, inclusive event on the same night as the Frostiball. The organizers say the apocalypse-themed masquerade at the Majestic on Jan. 27 will be the finale. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM Stage


Carol Rosegg

When it debuted in 1996, “Rent” blew audience’s minds. As the 20th anniversary tour rolls through Overture, theater critic Gwendolyn Rice talks to Madison’s theater geeks about how well the show holds up. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Stage 2 Comments


Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:01 AM A & E

Wannabe dance mom Katie Reiser wishes her son would grow up to dance with Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group or The Seldoms. Here are her favorite dance shows of 2017. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Mike Brown

he musical adaptation of “The Spitfire Grill” surpasses its source material to create an authentic and heartwarming portrait of small-town redemption. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance launches its season with "Beautiful Isolation," which includes two signature works by modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow and strong pieces by co-directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. more

Nov 11, 2017 2:00 PM Stage

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James Gill

Powerful mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano really grabs the listener’s ears and eyes in Madison Opera’s revival of “Carmen” at Overture Hall. more

Nov 4, 2017 8:56 AM Stage 2 Comments

Four spectacular women deliver a dynamic punk-rock version of the story of the woman accused of killing her father and stepmother. “Lizzie” is at the Fredric March Play Circle through Aug. 26. more

Aug 18, 2017 4:35 PM Stage


Amy Kucharik

As it approaches a half-century of existence, Madison’s scrappy Broom Street Theater welcomes its fourth artistic director, playwright and novelist Doug Reed. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Jonathan Raymond Popp

An early work from Sarah Ruhl, one of the country’s most original playwrights, “Melancholy Play” has a tough time balancing humor, absurdity and darkness. Add a dreary cello score, and it ends up being a downer. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

A UW summer course explores the many facets of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s game-changing musical “Hamilton.” more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Mike Brown

Despite some dull staging, Four Seasons Theatre’s “Man of La Mancha” succeeds at delivering a challenging and gorgeous score. more

Aug 4, 2017 3:39 PM Stage 1 Comments


Michael Brosilow

In one of the greatest romantic leads of all times, James Ridge devastates as the roguish poet/soldier in American Players Theatre’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre has made major improvements to its Hill Theatre and lobby. All the magic and romance is still there, but the space is more functional and practical. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Joan Marcus

“Beautiful:The Carole King Musical” gives a glimpse into the life and work of the best-selling songwriter. King’s fans will certainly leave Overture Hall singing her timeless tunes and appreciating how she beat the odds. more

Jun 14, 2017 4:20 PM Stage