Capital City Theatre is very excited to announce the phenomenal cast for our upcoming production of On The Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein. We are celebrating Mr. Bernstein’s 100th birthday in collaboration with Madison Ballet for this production. Cast members include members of the ballet, as well as, equity and non-equity performers from New York, Chicago, and Madison.
The musical based on the 2000 Lionsgate cult film will be presented as part of MTFestUK at the Other Palace Theatre. But I’m a Cheerleader , The Musical has book and lyrics by Bill Augustin, and music by Andrew Abrams, Capital City Theatre’s Artistic Director. Paul Taylor-Mills and Adam Bialow produce in special arrangement with Lionsgate.
Carrie Hope Fletcher, who starred in the London premiere of the musical Heathers—also at the Other Palace—will lead a cast that includes Jodie Jacobs (Unexpected Joy), Jamie Muscato (Heathers), Stephen Hogan (Merrily We Roll Along), Ben Forster (Rocky Horror Show), and Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie). Musical direction is by Michael Bradley. Casting is by Will Burton.
Madison's Andrew Abrams, Capital City Theatre's Artistic Director, travels to London to workshop BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL, for which he wrote the music. The show sold out as soon as it was cast.
BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL has been selected by the MTFestUK for it's inaugural showcase of new musicals.
Gwendolyn Rice of Isthmus Magazine shares her “idosynchratic list” of “onstage delights.” Capital City Theatre is honored to be included. Here’s the quote about our production of Hunchback of Notre Dame:
”Biggest performance by a cast of thousands: Hunchback of Notre Dame, Capital City Theatre
Overture’s Capitol Theater is an imposing venue with a lot of seats to fill. But Capital City Theatre succeeded not only in packing the house during the three-day run of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; they practically stacked performers atop one another on every inch of the stage. The enormous musical with a giant heart received a spectacular production with out-of-town talent augmented by some of the best singers and musicians in Dane County.”
Thank you, Madison Community Foundation, for the incredible support you give to this community, and for honoring us, along with these other wonderful organizations, with a grant today!
Press Release from the Madison Community Foundation
BREAKING NEWS: Today we announced $813,000 in Community Impact Grants to area nonprofits to provide support for race equity and academic achievement, STEM learning and entrepreneurship, reading and literacy, nonprofit mergers, arts, environment, and more.
Nonprofits receiving Community Impact Grants include:
100 Black Men of Madison, Arts + Literature Laboratory with The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Capital City Theatre, CEOs of Tomorrow, Inc., the Madison chapter of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison, Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens and the Center for Resilient Cities, Community Shares of Wisconsin, The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison, GiGi's Playhouse - Madison, Goodman Community Center, Groundswell Conservancy, Literacy Network, Madison Children's Museum, Madison Circus Space, Madison Public Library, Madison Reading Project, Maydm, Core Knowledge Charter, Sunshine Place, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed.
Today’s grants bring the total giving during 2018 to more than $2.2 million, all made possible by donors who support MCF’s Community Impact funds.
Read about what projects the grants are funding - from seeding endowments to expanding community centers: https://www.madisongives.org/n…/2018-community-impact-grants
We are thrilled to announce that But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical for which he wrote the music, will be part of the Taster Menu Series, at Paul Taylor-Mills' MT Fest UK, from February 11-23, 2019 at The Other Palace Theatre (formerly St. James Theatre.)
“Over the years I’ve been fortunate to meet writers and composers from all over the world, and this festival is about putting their work front and centre and celebrating the process of creating new musicals.”
Listen to Artistic Director, Andrew Abrams delve into the history surrounding On the Town, from Bernstein's orchestration, to its historic backdrop of World War II. Then relax into the voice of Rachelle Butler, Director of the School of Madison Ballet, as she discusses topics like dancing as a ballerina in a musical theatre production, as well as the collaboration between the two Arts powerhouses.
As Andrew said as he reverently addresses this great show, "The three leads are triple threats and have to do ridiculous things!"
Josh Walden was the Associate Director/Associate Choreographer for the Tony Nominated Broadway Revival of Ragtime. His credits as a Choreographer include various productions at the Kennedy Center, the Muny, Sacramento Music Circus, Signature Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Des Moines Metro Opera, Theatreworks USA, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Tisch School of the Arts, D.A.R.E., Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship. . . . Read More About Josh & On the Town
About Gail Becker, Directory of Education, Capital City Theatre Conservatory
Artists and arts consumers alike are drawn to Madison to live, work and play. Among the list of world class performers to find her foothold here is Gail Becker. Yes—the Gail Becker from the national tour of “Babes in Toyland” and Overture Center’s Cabaret Series. But more importantly, Becker wears the hat of a teacher, mentor, director and inspirer to students and adults throughout the community.
by Sarah Knab | Photographed by Hillary Schave
He directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Capital City Theatre, and has been instrumental in the Madison Arts scene. Now he's returning again to Madison to perform in the National Broadway Tour of "Something Rotten!"
Work Light Productions
The National Tour of SOMETHING ROTTEN!, makes its Wisconsin premiere at Overture Center Tuesday, Oct. 9-Sunday, Oct. 14.
Article by Broadway World