For the week of September 16-22…
Cinderella, September 19-October 5, Cabot Theater, 158 N Broadway (skylightmusictheatre.org)
Hot on the heels of the Milwaukee Symphony’s sensational presentation of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni last weekend, Skylight Music Theater opens its new season with a production of Rossini’s opera Cinderella. Like the MSO’s performance, this production has a modern twist. As per Skylight tradition, the opera will be sung in English, and the story has a modern-day setting, right down to the dresses from New York designer Cesar Galindo. Yes, there are stepsisters in this Cinderella, but they’re hardly ugly! Typical of Rossini, very hummable melodies permeate this opera. And Skylight has taken extra trouble to make everyone aware that “this isn’t Disney’s Cinderella! So don’t expect any singing mice, but expect to have a great time as Skylight gets their new season off to a rollicking start!
The Good Father, September 19-October 12, Studio Theater, 158 N Broadway (milwaukeechambertheatre.com)
Just down the hall from the Skylight in the Broadway Theater Center, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre follows up its smash production of Master Class with its first Studio Theater production of the season. It’s Christian O’Reilly’s modern Irish love story The Good Father. Jonathan Wainwright stars as Tim, a house painter who meets attorney Jane (played by Laura Gray), at a New Year’s Eve party. No, you won’t hear Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract,” but you get the idea where the story goes from there. Both actors have become Milwaukee audience favorites, and the show sounds like perfect Date Night fare!
Elgar’s Cello Concerto, September 19-20, Marcus Center, 929 N Water St (mso.org)
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Music Director Edo de Waart welcomes exciting young cellist Alisa Weilerstein in her MSO debut in this weekend’s program. She will be featured in one of the great showcases for the instrument, Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a piece made famous by the legendary Jacqueline du Pre. In addition to the Elgar, the program features the work of another great English composer, Benjamin Britten, with the curtain-raiser Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Winding up this great lineup of orchestral music is Antonin Dvorak’s spirited Symphony No. 8. It’s a tall order to top last weekend’s performances of Don Giovanni, but it looks like the MSO will be up to the task!
Dr Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb, September 21 & 24, AMC Theaters nationwide including AMC Mayfair Mall, 2500 N Mayfair Rd (amctheatres.com)
Following up their successful series of movie classics this past summer, AMC Theatres carry on with a new series of classics this fall. Up next on Sunday and Wednesday is a 50th Anniversary screening of Terry Southern’s dark comedy Dr Strangelove, released just two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. And yes, this is certainly legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s funniest film, featuring great turns from George C Scott (Gen Buck Turgidson), Sterling Hayden (Gen Jack D Ripper) and Slim Pickens (as B-52 pilot Major “King” Kong, with a young James Earl Jones as one of his crew members). But topping them all is the incomparable Peter Sellers who plays not one, not two…but three distinctive characters in a comedy tour de farce. Two of his characters are easily identifiable, but the third one requires attentive viewing, and I’ll leave it at that. Memorable line: “Gentlemen, please! No fighting here…This is the War Room!” And who can forget Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic song “We’ll Meet Again” playing over the end credits amid scenes of nuclear annihilation?
Prometheus Trio Season Opener, September 22 & 23, Bader Recital Hall, 1584 N Prospect Ave (wcmusic.org)
Beginning their 15th season as the Resident Faculty String Trio at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the PT (comprised of MSO violinist Tim Klabunde, MSO cellist Scott Tisdel and pianist Stefanie Jacob) present a typical program of interesting music, including Gabriel Pierne’s Trio and Beethoven’s own arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 for String Trio! As always, the Trio’s well-attended performances are held in the Conservatory’s intimate Bader Recital Hall. Welcome autumn with an evening of stirring classical music from the Prometheus Trio!
Coming Next Week: My Special Preview of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival!