Kristyn Coral Botic
Arts Roundup

Return of the 1980s

Danceworks has fun with 80s-inspired pop songs.

By - Apr 21st, 2014 02:15 pm
Plugged In. Photo by Dan Bishop.

Plugged In. Photo by Dan Bishop.

Danceworks, the Milwaukee group that can be funny, smart and sexy, offers a new show this week, called Plugged In which promises to turn the Danceworks Studio Theatre into a dance club. Local artist Jason Powell, who just finished his acclaimed turn as the Narrator/Satan in Danceworks collaboration with Present Music collaboration Temptation’s Snare earlier this month, generated the concept for Plugged In.

“Jason proposed the idea to write a set of ‘80s inspired pop songs, as if he was a washed-up singer who used to play huge stadiums, but now appears at county fairs and small town bars,” Danceworks Artistic Director Dani Kuepper says. The two then came up with the idea that several Danceworks members would perform as the backup dancers to Powell’s faded front-man persona.

The show will also feature Local artist, Tyrone “DJ Bizzon” Miller, who will perform live in an improvised conversation between sound and movement, directed by Danceworks’ Joelle Worm and featuring hip-hop guest artists alongside the company. And Kuepper revisits a work from the past, …in the night, set to remixed Mussorgsky.

April 24-26 & May 8-10, Danceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water St.  $25 for reserved seats, $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. call the Danceworks box office at (414) 277-8480, ext. 6025, or the  website,

Other Events This Week: 


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: All Rachmaninoff Friday April 25th to Sunday, April 27th. Tickets available online at

Club Garibaldi’s: S. Carey Thursday, April 24th at 9pm. Tickets available online at or call 414-483-6335.

Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra: Lyrics Masters Sunday, April 27th at 3pm at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts at 19805 W. Capitol Dr. in Brookfield. Tickets available online at or call 262-547-1858. Single event tickets range from $17-39.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center: I’m Not A Pilot featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Friday, April 25th.  Doors open at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $12-29 and are available at or by calling 414-766-5049.


Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Musical Tuesday April 22nd through Sunday May 18th.  Running time about 2 hours. Tickets available at or call 414-224-9490

In Tandem Theatre: 1959 Pink Thunderbird, April 25th through Sunday, May 18th. Runtime approximately 2 hours. See for full list of schedules and tickets or call 414-271-1371.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Lend me a Tenor Monday, April 25th to Sunday, April 27th. Doors open at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $25-40, with students receiving $5 off regular ticket prices. Get tickets online at or by calling 414-291-7800.

Next Act Theatre: Three Views of the Same Object Monday, April 21st to Sunday, April 27th.  Tickets $25-$35, Tickets are available online at or by calling 414-278-0765

Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre: Weightless Monday, April 21st to Sunday, April 27th.

Renaissance Theater Works: Skin Tight April 21st to April 27th. Please note this is for mature audiences. Tickets all show schedules are available at or by calling 414-291-7800.

Falls Patio Players: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Friday, April 25th through Saturday, May 3rd. Doors open at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.  Tickets range from $15-18.  Get tickets at or call 262-255-8372.

Fireside Dinner Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, June 8th.  See for full list of times and for tickets or call the box office at 800-477-9505.



The Pabst: Demetri Martian Friday, April 25th. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available online at or by calling 414-286-3663.



Turner Hall Ballroom: Ballroom Battle Royale, night of professional boxing, Friday, April 25th at 5:30pm.


Last Chance

Fireside Dinner Theatre : Mary Poppins, through April 20

Milwaukee Chamber TheatreLend Me a Tenor, through April 27 See our review here.

Next Act TheatreThree Views of the Same Object , through April 27 See review here.

Renaissance Theaterworks:  Skin Tight, through April 27

Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical TheatreBottle 99, through April 27



Milwaukee Repertory TheaterThe History of Invulnerability, through May 4 See review here.

Milwaukee Art MuseumUncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art, through May 4

Inova GalleryLisa Selby: Must Come Down and  Benjamin DeMott: Teeter Jam, through May 18

Milwaukee Repertory TheaterAin’t Misbehavin’, through May 18

Museum of Wisconsin ArtHandmade for Hard Times, through June 15

Charles Allis Art MuseumFORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, through June 29

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