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Overture Center settles debt with lenders

The Overture Center's $28.6 million debt has suddenly vanished. News officially came at a press conference Tuesday morning: Lenders will write off part of the outstanding construction loan. The rest, $15.1 million, will be settled by donors led by Overture patron Jerome Frautschi. >More
 Arts Beat: Under plan, Overture Center would be owned by city, privately run

Plans for a revamped Overture Center for the Arts are being made. They include city ownership of the building and privatization of administration. It sounds great, and work could begin soon, but one question remains: what to do with Overture's union-represented city employees? >More
 Awards ceremony will salute the Bartell Theatre's best

The first Bartell Theatre Awards will be held July 10. Dubbed "the Barties," the public gala will look back over the 2009-10 season and celebrate the best of the best in an awards ceremony. >More
 With Wisconsin Life, WPR producer Anne Strainchamps creates a sense of place

Slow food. Driving on Cape Cod. Anne Strainchamps is citing points of inspiration for Wisconsin Life, her new Wisconsin Public Radio project. The veteran To the Best of Our Knowledge producer holds grand ambitions for these three-minute segments, which have been airing in recent months. >More
 Great Performance Fund moves on from Madison Rep

Qualifications for applying to Overture's Great Performance Fund have loosened up considerably. Beginning this fall, grant money once set aside exclusively for Madison Repertory Theatre will be available to any professional theater company in Wisconsin. The change was announced March 4. >More
 After 25 years, TAPIT/new works dances on

TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater turns 25 years old this season. It calls itself "Madison's oldest professional theater company." Certainly it's a rare troupe, producing works that often include tap dance. TAPIT celebrates its anniversary March 5 with the premiere of Help Wanted: A Comedy About the Search for Security, True Love or at Least a Decent Part-Time Job. It indeed includes tap dancing. >More
 Forward Theater production is a fundraising success

The figures are in, and Forward Theater Company's first full-blown production was not only a critical success, it made a lot of money, too. Kind of. Ticket sales covered only a little more than half the cost of Forward's first big production, revealing how ambitious the company's business model is. >More
 Arts teaching programs take a hit in the recession

The old saying is, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." Unless it comes to the arts; then those who can, also teach. Working as an instructor is one of the best ways for artists of all types to supplement their income. >More
 Fresco Opera Theatre repackages the genre

It ain't your grandparents' opera. Fresco Opera Theatre is opera as if P.T. Barnum had to reinvent it for Lady Gaga: fast, sexy, short and as snarky as possible. Madison's newest performance troupe looks forward to madly combining the fustiest of art forms with children's tea parties, game shows, puppet shows and pro wrestling. >More
 Returning live theater to the Orpheum

It's been 41 years since the Orpheum Theatre saw a theatrical production. That changes Feb. 25, when The Rocky Horror Show opens live at the vaudeville and movie palace. Cabaret will follow in May. The productions represent the revival of what was once one of the city's most important stages. From a technical standpoint, however, it's going to be tough. >More
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