Where the Streetcar Bends the Corner, Down by the Zoo!
Hop on board for an entertaining double bill. The first stop is WHERE THE STREETCAR BENDS THE CORNER, a tribute to Milwaukees neighborhoods, history, and personalities, circa 1955. Featuring comedy sketches and satirical song, this whimsical tour is devised by Milwaukee actor David Flores and Boulevard Artistic Director Mark Bucher. Then, enjoy a concert version of the Arthur Sullivan's (music) and B.C. Stephenson's (lyrics) one-act comic opera THE ZOO. This musical folly portrays love uncaged at a city zoo, in 1850s England--but director David Flores "transfers" the zany plot to Milwaukee in 1955. This affordable caravan of culture ($5 t0 $16) occurs at Milwaukee's Plymouth Church, 2217 East Hampshire-four shows, only (10/22 - 10/30)!
STREETCAR was inspired by the recent ado about streetcars returning to downtown as well as Milwaukee's nationally recognized, wacky "M'waukee-Talk" ("Meet me down by Schuster's, down where the streetcar bends the corner!"). This 35-minute, frothy jaunt simultaneously celebrates and spoofs our hometown. A mythological, time-traveling streetcar showcases the colorful history of key local areas (maybe your neighborhood is included!). Along the way, some noted notables are met (entertainers, politicians, Billy the Brownie). A comic cocktail of PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION meets MR. RODGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, STREETCAR is a tangy aperitif which will charm and amuse you.
''THE ZOO'' is a "musical folly of love uncaged" and tells the tale of two young couples and their romantic complications which ensue on a day when both couples (and an irate father!) reconnoiter at their local zoo. Originally set in London, England (circa 1875), this one-act opera is adapted by David Flores and is "rebooted" to Milwaukee, (circa 1955) and is presented as a concert staging ("book-in-hand"). With musics by Sir Arthur Sullivan (of the esteemed team of Gilbert & Sullivan) and libretto by B.C. Stephenson (who also wrote under the name of Bolton Rowe), this 40-minute opera is a compressed comedic cameo of mistaken identity, delayed love, and paternal meddling (all ends happily, of course!). Music Director Donna Kummer and pianist Elna Hickson corral the musical talents of the Plymouth Chorale (cast as the commenting townspeople) as they simultaneously contribute their impressive talents to this Milwaukee premiere. As presented in a carefree, collaborative effort by both the Boulevard Theatre and Milwaukee's Plymouth Chorale, this musical menagerie of mirth is sure to delight and entertain patrons of all ages.
Plymouth Church (View)
2717 E Hampshire St
Milwaukee, WI 53211
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|