It’s a quiet week in Milwaukee, my home town. Sure, almost every stage in the city is alive with shows that have opened in the last few weeks, but only one new show appears for this weekend. The Marcus Center’s Broadway series features the tour of Dirty Dancing, a musical based on the much-loved movie that has actually never played Broadway. It did break records in London, and has drawn solid crowds around the U.S. since 2014. You’ll have the time of your life.
Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.