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Frank’s Favorites: Live theater finally returns

By Frank Hermans

Welcome to my newest venture… (drum roll) as a columnist for The Press Times.

Most of you know me from Let Me Be Frank Productions or from my Local 5 Live Segment, “Frankly Green Bay,” but I now get to talk about other things rather than my businesses.

In my column, you will find trends, new productions and live performance choices.

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Being that I have been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years and love everything visual arts, I think I can be informative and maybe a little funny.

For my first column, I would like to talk about a person who has been such an influence in the theatre scene for more than 20 years and has a new must-see show in May called “Lost in the ‘50s.”

Recently, Darren Johnson, owner of Daddy D Productions, and I have reconciled a friendship that ended with the splitting of our troupes back in 2005.

Losing Darren was heartbreaking some 17 years ago, but time heals all wounds, and it’s like we have talked every day for the last 17 years.

Glad to have you back, buddy.

Here are some of my favorite things going on in May.

As I mentioned above, Daddy D’s newest show “Lost in the ‘50s” opens Thursday, May 13, with performances on Friday, May 14, and Thursday, May 20, at the historic Riverside Ballroom.

For ticketing information and the menu, CLICK HERE.

Darren’s press release reads: “All the nostalgic tunes from the past and a big dose of funny as well. It’s nifty, it’s the fifties and it’s fun.”

Birder Players of Broadway Theatre are also back in full swing with rehearsals in May for the hilarious comedy musical “Something Rotten.”

The show opens June 2, and I wanted to talk about it a little now since it’s so important to support live theater, because there is nothing like it.

I’ve tried to get into the virtual performances (a viable alternative during these extraordinary times) but it’s just not the same.

Birder Players take on a show-stopping show in “Something Rotten.”

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as The Bard.

So, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

“Something Rotten” runs June 2-13 at The Broadway Theatre in De Pere.

For tickets, go to birderonbroadway.org or call 920-445-5669.

This show is rated PG-13 for those thinking about bringing the kiddos.

Both theaters have COVID-19 requirements and restrictions listed on their respective websites.

In my next article, I’m hoping to talk about the resurgence of outdoor festivals and the opening of more venues in our community.

Frank Hermans is the owner of Let Me Be Frank Productions and Frankly Green Bay. You can reach Frank at [email protected].

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