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
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.
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