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The Lion King rolls into Madison with a one-of-a-kind extravaganza

It is a phenomenon. Sweeping. Engulfing. Measured in numbers that boggle the mind, but also superlatives that include almost every synonym for all that is great and wondrous. It is part of a multimedia franchise valued at more than $1 billion, with a b. >More
 University Theatre's Into the Woods is entertaining, despite minor missteps

Happily Ever After has never been so fraught with danger, twists of fate, cranky giants, philandering princes and incredibly loquacious songs as it is in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. >More
 Memorable songs, good singing sustain Narnia by Children's Theatre of Madison

As I arrived at Overture Center's Playhouse Friday night, visions of Zoo Animals on Wheels filled my head. I was leery of a musical version of Narnia. However, by the end of the evening, I was struck by how Children's Theatre of Madison usually manages to get it right. >More
 With The Flying Dutchman, Madison Opera at last stages Wagner

The Madison Opera marks another milestone with its production of Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, which opens April 9. The work, which premiered in 1843, will be the first Wagner opera produced in the company's 49-year history, and Overture Hall's stage will be transformed into a vast ocean whose shores harbor the Dutchman's eerie ship. >More
 Forward Theater Company's Kiritsis imagines a hostage situation

Forward Theater Company's staged reading of Kiritsis, by local playwright David Schanker, made me realize something: despite all the financial scandals of recent years, from Enron to Madoff, I haven't been viscerally angry. Upset, yes, but not mad-as-hell, physically angry. >More
 Ibsen's language is beautiful in University Theatre's slightly stagnant The Lady from the Sea

Allusions to water and the sea permeate Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, which also references Norwegian folk tales and mermaid myths. At the risk of sounding as cheesy as greeting cards, the message boils down to: If you love something, set it free. >More
 Encore Studio's 9-1-1! dramatizes, with laughs and music, the problems of calling for help

Though it's occasionally unfocused, Encore Studio for the Performing Arts' 9-1-1! is a frequently funny, sometimes poignant examination of how calling the emergency number can be a little -- or a lot -- different if you have a disability. >More
 A public health crisis unfolds in Aquila production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People

Thursday night in Overture Center's Playhouse, the members of Aquila Theatre, a London-born company now based in New York City, got an introduction to local audiences that was what Midwesterners might evasively dub "interesting" -- a convenient stand-in for something less diplomatic. >More
 Laboratory Theatre's Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Wonderful material, uneven execution

It turns out that I feel quite protective of the Schoolhouse Rock! songs, which is probably why I was disappointed with several of the numbers in Laboratory Theatre's production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! >More
 University Theatre's all-Kabuki production is a rare treat for Madison audiences

Up until now, even if you went to live theater nearly every weekend in Madison, you would have had little chance to see locally produced Kabuki. Enter University Theatre's David Furumoto, who directs the company's current double bill: the short comedy The Zen Substitute and Narukami: The Thunder God. >More
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