Skylight Opera Theatre Drops "Opera" from Its Name, But Remains Eclectic for 2007-08 | Playbill

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News Skylight Opera Theatre Drops "Opera" from Its Name, But Remains Eclectic for 2007-08 Skylight Opera Theatre, the Milwaukee troupe known for its eclectic mix of operettas, new and old operas in English-language translations, as well as classic and new musicals, is changing its name to The Skylight with the 2007-08 season.

Artistic director Bill Theisen and managing director Christopher Libby announced the re-branding and the upcoming shows of The Skylight's new season (its 49th) on March 6.

The dropping of the word "opera" reflects the longtime eclectism of the Equity company's work. Opera will not disappear from the mission (there are two in the new season).

The 2007-08 slate includes the Milwaukee premiere of David Carlson's The Midnight Angel, Sept. 21-Oct. 7; the new stage musical based on the classic film musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 2007; a contemporary chamber version of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata, Feb. 1-17, 2008; the Broadway play with music Souvenir, March 14-30, 2008; and Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine — the Musical, May 23-June 15, 2008.

Pam Kriger will direct White Christmas, conducted by Richard Carsey. Bill Theisen will direct Stephen Tenmperley's Souvenir, about the rich, no-talent singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Linda Stephens stars, with Skylight's principal conductor, Richard Carsey, as Florence's pianist pal, Cosme. Theisen will direct Nine, the musical version of Federico Fellini's "8-1/2." Carsey will conduct.

All productions in The Skylight's 2007-2008 season will be presented in the intimate, horseshoe-shaped Cabot Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center, at 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee, WI. Managing director Libby stated, "The Skylight is a unique place, no one else produces the full spectrum of work The Skylight does or in such a charming theatre. To make sure we reflected our work and our space, we spoke with many long time and new patrons of The Skylight. We listened to them and decided it was time to update our look – as The Skylight."

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