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The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie Devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley,Darcie Deaville, Helen Jean Russell and Andy Teirstein January 3 – March 9 Stackner Cabaret
The original folk hero, Woody Guthrie and his energetic, moving, and infectious melodies defined an American era of political expression, and transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle of social commentary and unity. With more than 25 songs—including classics like “This Land is Your Land,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad”—this joyous, toe-tapping, and moving theatrical concert event celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s greatest troubadour.
By Matthew Lopez February 5 – March 16 Stiemke Studio
The Civil War has ended, but for some, the struggle has just begun. A Jewish Confederate soldier, wounded in war, has returned from the battlefield to find that his family has fled. The only remaining household members are two former slaves, who have been raised by his family as Jews. Over a celebratory feast, family history is uncovered and dark secrets are revealed, forcing the men to come to terms with the sordid legacies of slavery and war that threaten each of their future freedoms.
Adapted from Homer By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’ Hare Translation by Robert Fagles February 25 – March 23 Quadracci Powerhouse
“It’s a good story,” says the lone figure, just emerged from the darkness, as he launches into this modern, enthralling adaptation of Homer’s epic poem that relives the glory and brutality of the Trojan War. Wisconsin favorite actor, James DeVita, shares the stage with a virtuoso cellist in this lean, muscular, tour-de-force performance filled with wit and wisdom that conjures the rage of the gods as it delves deep into mankind’s attraction to violence and destruction.
Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Musical Adaptations by Luther Henderson Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon Vocal Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliot March 14 – May 18 Stackner Cabaret
Get ready for two spirited hours of rowdy, rollicking music straight out of the height of the Harlem Renaissance! This Tony Award-winning tour through the legendary Fats Waller songbook will have you jumpin’ and jivin’ with the infectious energy and the cheeky humor of classic Waller hits like “Loungin' At The Waldorf" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." One of the most popular, well-crafted musical revues of all time, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is simply unforgettable and will be performed in the now-signature Rep style, with a group of five “Quadruple Threat” actor/singer/dancer/musicians.