On Stage / 2019-20 Season

Join us for Skylight's landmark 60th Anniversary season, full of big-hearted Broadway hits, returning favorites and shows new to Skylight! Single tickets for the 2019-20 season will go on sale in August 2019. To secure your tickets now, become a subscriber and see three shows for as little as $69 or all five shows for just $115. Call the Box Office at (414) 291-7800 or visit www.skylightmusictheatre.org/SUBSCRIBE.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!

September 27 – October 13, 2019

Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

One of the most influential and triumphant musicals in history! In 1943, Oklahoma! broke ground for seamlessly integrating song and dance into its story of a young farm girl and her two suitors. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards, Oklahoma! features a gorgeous Rodgers & Hammerstein score with such unforgettable songs as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and “Oklahoma.” Recommended for ages 8 and up

“If ever a show earned its exclamation point, it’s this one!” – Wall Street Journal

Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs. Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille. OKLAHOMA! is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

Disney’s NEWSIES

November 15 – December 22, 2019

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Jack Feldman

Book by Harvey Fierstein

Sponsored by Private Asset Management Group Baird

Based on the rousing true story of newsboys who strike against unfair conditions in turn-of-the century New York City, this Disney film became a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Featuring a score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors), book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) and exhilarating dancing, this musical delivers a timeless message about fighting for what’s right. Perfect for the whole family. Recommended for ages 8 and up

“A winning, high-energy musical for family audiences!” – Entertainment Weekly

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions

DISNEY’S NEWSIES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4686 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTISHOWS.com

RUDDIGORE (or the Witch’s Curse)  - Special Limited Run Performance!

January 3-19, 2020

Book by W.S. Gilbert

Music by Arthur Sullivan

In this special limited run in the Studio Theatre, Skylight and Milwaukee Opera Theatre collaborate to celebrate Skylight’s history of producing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan with a dramatically and imaginatively reduced production of the G&S gothic melodrama Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse last produced at Skylight in 1978. Recommended for ages 8 and up

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS

January 17-26, 2020

Conceived and Adapted by Lee Breuer

Music Composed by Bob Telson

With the ground-shaking thunder of a revival meeting and an electrifying gospel and blues score, The Gospel at Colonus is an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Featuring soaring voices, thrilling music and powerful dance, the musical is set in the context of a black Pentecostal service. Gospel premiered on Broadway in 1988 and was revived in 2018, playing to capacity audiences at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Recommended for ages 8 and up

Skylight will collaborate with Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and other Milwaukee community organizations to create an unforgettable experience.

“An exhilarating musical celebration.” – The New York Times 

Based on an adaptation of Sophocles’ OEDIPUS AT COLONUS in the version by Robert Fitzgerald and incorporating passages from both Sophocle’s OEDIPUS REX and ANTIGONE in the versions by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, which are published as THE OEDIPUS CYCLE OF SOPHOCLES, a harvest/HBJ Book, Harcourt Brace Jovanich, Inc.”.

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is available through THEATRE COMMUNCIATION GROUP, NYC and the original cast recording is released on the Elektra/Nonesuch Label.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

February 7-23, 2020

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

A group of quirky, socially awkward over-achievers find joy, heartache and a purpose as they compete at the regional spelling bee. Winner of two Tony Awards, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee charms audiences with its effortless wit and humor, fast-paced and touching story, and fresh, vibrant score by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain). It’s a wildly funny, riotous ride where winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Recommended for ages 12 and up

“Winsome and winning…generously warm-hearted!” – Variety

Additional Material by Jay Reiss. Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All Authorized Performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54thStreet, New York, NY 10019

EVITA - Special Limited Run Performance!

March 20-29, 2020

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

This staged concert version is a special limited run of the seven-time Tony Award-winning megawatt musical. The story follows Eva Duarte and her meteoric rise from impoverished child to wife of Argentine president Juan Peron and finally, to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America. Recommended for ages 12 and up

Originally Directed by Harold Prince.

Evita is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NO 10001. www.themusicalcompany.com Phone (212) 598-2204. Email info@themusicalcompany.com

CANDIDE

April 17 – May 10, 2020

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler

Lyrics by Richard Wilbur

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta is a masterpiece for the ages. Based on Voltaire’s satire of innocence, optimism and life’s unexpected lessons, Candide tells the story of two young people, their round-the-world romp and series of absurdly unfortunate events. Bridging the gap between musicals and opera, Candide holds a special place in Skylight history, produced twice at Skylight’s old space on Jefferson Street. This is its first time on the Cabot stage. Recommended for ages 12 and up

“Marvelous musicality and thoughtfully conjured, eye-pleasing entertainment.” – Washington Post

Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and John Latouche. Produced on Broadway by the Chelsea Theatre Center of Brooklyn in conjunction with Harold Prince and Ruth Mitchell. Broadway Production Conceived and Directed by Harold Prince.

Candide is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All Authorized Performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019