Skylight announces details of new G&S Show


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Dale Gutzman is at it again, bringing wit and whimsy to the Studio Theatre

Milwaukee, WI –Skylight Music Theatre kicks off 2013 with a delightfully wonky show, HERE’S A HOWDY DO: THE MISCHIEVOUS WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. Written and directed by Dale Gutzman, this no holds barred look at Gilbert and Sullivan plays December 31 through January 13 in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI).

A musical revue unlike any other, Skylight, Dale Gutzman and Gilbert & Sullivan collide for a brand new and delightfully zany look at the world of G & S. Celebrating the genius of Gilbert and Sullivan, this unabashedly silly show features not only pieces the topsy-turvy duo wrote together, but separately as well.  Presenting the first ever Five Minute Mikado (with a dance!), uncovering the “G&S Formula”  of how they constructed their operas and allowing audiences (perhaps for the first time ever) to actually turn on their cell phones for part of the show –this evening is a Howdy Do Indeed!

HERE’S A HOWDY DO marks Dale Gutzman’s 25th show at Skylight and an ever growing tradition for the theatre’s rich history of G&S shows. Since it’s founding in 1959 with an impromptu performance of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, Skylight has held on to its roots and produced 55 G&S shows over the past 54 years.  Gutzman last wrote and directed the sold out revue AN EVENING WITH GILBERT AND SULLIVAN in 2010, but wants audiences to know to expect something entirely different this time around:

“This show is about what G&S do to us, rather than about their lives. It’s about how they get under our skin, how we recall certain memories with them and about how we share the joys of love and laughter through them. It’s got something old, something new, something borrowed and a little something blue. It’s almost like we’re married to Gilbert and Sullivan with all that implies!” says Dale Gutzman.

Conceived and Directed         Dale Gutzman

Stage Director – Dale Gutzman
Music Director – Paul Helm
Set Designer – Lisa Schlenker
Lighting Designer – Ryan Bertelson
Sound Designer – Gary Ellis
Stage Manager – Kelly Turner

Niffer Clarke
Paul Helm
Ray Jivoff
Diane Lane


Dale Gutzman (Stage Director) -  Dale Gutzman has directed 25 shows for Skylight and written many of them as well. Some of his favorites include: Beertown Burlesque, The Bathtub Gin Revue, The Free Lance, An Evening With Noel Coward, and of course Holiday Punch. He has also written and directed shows for the Royal Family of Thailand. He is the Artistic Director of Off the Wall Theatre where he will act in The Man in the Glass Booth in March. Gutzman also served as Associate Director of the Odessa Russian Drama Theatre in Ukraine. He is old now, but when he does Theatre, he feels young.

Niffer Clarke –  Niffer’s Skylight credits include Marian in The Music Man, Nurse/Mrs./Harriet Pawling in Sunday in the Park…, Daisy in Adding Machine, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Patience in Patience, Anna Held in Tintypes as well as her original show Beyond the Ingénue. At First Stage, she was seen earlier this year as the mom in Big: the musical, and will be seen this spring as the mom in Pinkalicious! Off-Bway: Bells Are Ringing (dir. Kathleen Marshall), Adding Machine (dir. David Cromer); extensive NYC/Regional credits; Film/TV: Meet the Robinsons (Walt Disney Pictures), Angel of Death (Discovery Channel), Only Criminals; Concerts: Night at the Oscars with Shirley Jones, London Symphony Orchestra; Recordings: Adding Machine, Meet the Robinsons, They Might Be Giants, debut solo album Beyond the Ingénue available on iTunes, CDBaby.

Paul Helm (Music Director) – Paul couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with a little G&S folderol at Skylight!  Past Skylight credits include Gershwin and Friends, The Music Man, Plaid Tidings, The Pirates of Penzance, The Midnight Angel, Patience, South Pacific, The Mikado, and Iolanthe.  Paul has also performed, directed and music directed with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children’s Theater, Florentine Opera Company, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, American Folklore Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, and the UW-Platteville Heartland Festival.  Recent credits include Miracle on 34th Street, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Packer Fans from Outer Space, Always…Patsy Cline, Seussical, U: Bug: Me!, Laurel and Hardy, Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Elmer Gantry (2012 Grammy award winner).  Paul will return to the Skylight later this season for Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Ray Jivoff – Ray is happy to finally work with the force of nature that is Mr. Dale Gutzman.  This season, he appeared in Assassins at the Milwaukee Rep and later will direct Sing Me a Story here at Skylight, where he directed Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Other directing credits include Annie , Hair and Sweet Charity at the Sunset Playhouse; West Side Story at UW Milwaukee; Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods at Marquette University and Ragtime, You Can’t Take it With You and On the Razzle at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.  Favorite roles at Skylight include Mr. Zero in Adding Machine; Harpo in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Animal Crackers and The Cocoanuts; Roger Debris in The Producers; Amos in Chicago;  Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and  Koko in The Mikado.  He has also appeared in shows at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act, Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret and First Stage Children’s Theatre. Ray is the Associate Artistic Director of Skylight Music Theatre.

Diane Lane – Diane Lane last appeared on Skylight’s stage as Mrs. Malaprop in the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals. Favorite roles with Skylight include Isabella in The Italian Girls in Algiers, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Tania in A Chekov Trilogy, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi and The Fox in The Little Prince.  Diane has performed over 40 operatic roles in the U.S. and abroad with companies such as Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Toledo Opera, Orlando Opera and Stadttheater Biel in Switzerland


Act 1

Thoroughly Magnificent Long Concert Style Medley of G & S Songs (Including eleven of your favorites and some not so much!)

A Lovely Duet for Two of Our Best Kids  – Oh Leave Me Not to Pine from Pirates

Chorus of Family Portraits and Spooky Songs from Ruddigore

A Song With a Lesson – A Lady of Lineage High, from Princess Ida

The Willow Song from Othello, Words by Shakespeare, Music by Sullivan

John and Freddy a poem by Gilbert

The Amazing Five Minute Mikado! – You Will Be in Awe.  (Including a Dance)

Act 2

A Brisk Opening – From The Sunny Spanish Shore from Gondoliers

Ray’s Dream Role – Sad is the Woman’s Lot from Patience

A Music Hall Interlude – When I Go Out the Door from Patience

A Tenor’s Lament – Oh Dearly My Beloved One, Bear with Me… From Utopia Limited

Medium High Tea – Featuring songs from The Sorcerer

Reconciliation – I Was Once a Very Abandoned Person from Ruddigore

The G and S Formula – As illustrated with selections from Pirates with lyrical adaptations by Mr. Gutzman


HERE’S A HOWDY DO: THE MISCHIEVOUS WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN is generously sponsored by Briggs and Stratton Corporation Foundation, Inc.

Additional information can be found at


Performances of HERE’S A HOWDY DO: THE MISCHIEVOUS WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN  will take place December 31 – January 13, 2012 in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. Tickets are generally $35.50 (plus tax) and can be purchased in person at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office or by calling (414) – 291 – 7800 Monday – Sunday from noon – 6:00 p.m. Tickets nay also be purchased online at Group, student, senior and other discounts are available.




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