Welcome to the Boulevard!
The Boulevard Theatre continues to be the “go to” place for the unexpected and entertaining in and around the city of Milwaukee. Boulevard began a cultural eruption when it opened its doors on Kinnickinnic 30 years ago and the overflow of civic improvement and cultural contributions to both the Bay View neighborhood and the greater Milwaukee community continues to provide fertile soil for new, emerging artists.
With so many theatre companies to choose from in Milwaukee, Boulevard Theatre remains a standout for our continued commitment to community, connection, and innovative creativity on the stage.
DEAR WORLD: A Milwaukee Premiere!
11/18-11/26, Saturdays @ 7:30pm and Sundays @ 3:00pm
Boulevard Theatre presents a concert reading of the cherished musical fable DEAR WORLD by Jerry Herman (HELLO, DOLLY!, MAME). This musical adaptation of Jean Giraudoux’s comedy THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT is presented at Plymouth Church. This melodic masterpiece tells of three colorful Parisian “madwomen”(the Countess Aurelia and her friends Constance and Gabrielle) who cross paths with an oil conglomerate who plans to blow up Paris, as oil has been discovered beneath its streets! Countess Aurelia went mad in her youth (because of a broken heart) and is now known as “The Madwoman of Chaillot.” Aurelia strives to eliminate the evil corporation – and its executives! Will the corporation be defeated? Will idealism and love triumph over greed and materialism? Attend and fnd out!
Director/actor David Flores will stage the DEAR WORLD concert reading and Donna Kummer will serve as music director. Flores and Kummer shared these duties for Boulevard’s acclaimed 2014 staging of Rodgers & Hart’s musical PAL JOEY and the 2016 SMASH hit tribute to Milwaukee, WHERE THE STREETCAR BENDS THE CORNER, DOWN BY THE ZOO! These shows enjoyed overfowing houses and won notable critical acclaim. And both showcased LOCAL artists.
A concert reading of a musical means a modern dress, script-in-hand but fully acted performance (accompanied by piano and staged efficiently) and is an excellent way to experience the best, rarely-produced works of the American musical theater. This “stripping-down” can result in a new, exciting vision of a neglected, older work.
Appearing in the leading role of “Countess Aurelia” (a role that was played by Angela Lansbury) is esteemed actress, singer, and cabaret artist Liz Norton, who won notice for her witty portrayal of “Melba” in the Boulevard’s concert staging of PAL JOEY. Some of Milwaukee’s most talented and appealing performers complete the cast, including: Julie Alonzo-Calteaux, Zachary Dean, David Ferrie, Julianne Frey, Joseph Gallo, Paula Garcia, and Chad Larget.
Attend DEAR WORLD (11/18-11/26, Saturdays @ 7:30pm and Sundays @ 3:00pm) at the beautiful Plymouth Church.
The Reviews are in and Small Things is the SHOW TO SEE!
Opening night patrons could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed SMALL THINGS…well cast, poignant, and topical. Click below and read for yourself and we will see you at the show.