Quick look: Big show postponed plus upcoming must-sees

This one-minute read gives you the top headline in local theater and reviewer Aaron R. Conklin's performance picks
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Aaron R. Conklin's quick takes

Overture Center for the Arts was forced to cancel the January performances of the touring Broadway production of “Mean Girls,” thanks to a breakout COVID-19 case in the cast. But drop-kicking the show to August means that, at least for the moment, 2022 is still set to give us a double dose of musical high-school malice and melodrama. As far as we know, University Theater is still planning its production of “Heathers: The Musical” in mid-April. As Veronica from “Heathers” would say, “How very.”

MonstersongsGlad to see that “Monstersongs,” the offbeat musical Musical Theater of Madison had planned to stage back in pre-pandemic 2019 before some ongoing revisions to the piece bumped it off, is back on the company’s 2022 docket. Composer Rob Rockicki’s look at the misunderstood world of monsters, rocks a distinctive visual vibe, featuring fun and spooky drawings by artist David O’Neill. Here’s hoping they’re able to get it mounted in time for Halloween.

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NEXT MONTH’S PICK: Forward Theater is back onstage with the world premiere of “The Mytilenean Debate,” UW-Madison Professor of English Quan Barry’s play about a heart surgeon who has to break the news to his adult daughter, who is struggling to conceive a child, that his younger wife has become pregnant. The show opens Feb. 24, both in person and online.

Aaron R. Conklin writes his award-winning coverage of the Madison-area theater scene for madisonmagazine.com.Magazine footer that says "Like this article, get so much more by subscribing"