"But I'm a Cheerleader, The Musical," with music by our very own Andrew Abrams is hitting the spotlight again! This time, 2 of the songs will be featured in front of 80,000 + folks on West End Live (westendlive.co.uk) on June 22 at 3:55 under Paul Taylor Mills! For US fans, that’s the UK version of Broadway on Broadway, but on the famous Trafalgar Square!
The work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen King don’t often come together, but they do this summer in performances by Capital City Theatre.
Capital City Theatre, which tries to build connections between Broadway and the local theater community, kicked off its summer season with “On the Town,” the classic Bernstein comedy and musical in tribute to him during his 100th birthday year.
They acquit themselves handily as true triple threats -- each demonstrating strong singing voices with dramatically large ranges, a knack for broad, musical theater characterizations and stunning dance moves, from soaring heel clicks to balletic spins.
"Capital City Theatre's ON THE TOWN packs a playful punch with gorgeous vocals, high-energy dancing, and hilarious scenes that kept the audience laughing Friday night.
“It’s astonishing. It really does have it all! Visually it’s stunning, the costumes are beautiful, the orchestra is magnificent the acting is great, the dancing is brilliant. It’s a win win win win win situation. ~Michael Bruno, Channel 3000
"A full orchestra, led by Abrams, sounds straight out of musical theater’s golden age, from the overture to the exit music. Full of drama and romance, Bernstein’s music is a thrill. ~ The Cap Times
Norman talks to Andrew Abrams, founder and artistic director of the Capital City Theatre about their 2019 season. You can also listen to a some of the incredible Bernstein orchestration and dance music of ON THE TOWN.
Reviewer Scott Rawson discusses his views of the stereotypes in On The Town and how those views radically changed after seeing rehearsals, speaking to the cast, and hearing Director Josh Walden’s perspective on the female empowerment he is bringing to life in the show. The director spoke at length about how the women characters, in turn, empower the men by being strong characters; and how times have changed.
“It was right after the war and people were looking for a reason to just forget, they would laugh at anything. Now we want substance, and I am trying to blend the two worlds together,” Josh Walden
“Mirrors aligned the (rehearsal) space, so watching the dancers from all angles was truly awe inspiring. The tightness of the choreography was incredible and the vocals majestic.” ~Broadway World
On Tuesday, Lizzie Cutrupi, who plays Hildy the taxi driver, and Andrew Abrams with Capital City Theatre joined the Wake Up Wisconsin team to talk about the upcoming performance. To see their full interview, watch the video above.
Leonard Berstein’s On The Town runs from May 30th to June 2nd.
We are honored to announce that Capital City Theatre’s “ON THE TOWN” has received a $15,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation's Great Performance Fund for Theatre!
We are so grateful for the generous support from this incredible organization. Madison Community Foundation truly believes in the importance of the Arts as a foundation for healthy and thriving communities.
Before Andrew Abrams and Gail Becker launched Capital City Theatre in 2014, the dynamic duo led Find Your Light, a summer musical theater intensive to help bridge the gap between high school, college and a budding performance career.
While this program is still offered today, Abrams and Becker wanted to expand their offerings to include year round courses and workshops that not only focus on singing, acting and dancing, but behind the scenes skills as well. So, they launched the Capital City Theatre Conservatory in 2018.
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