Category Archives: Features

Review: “Hamilton” makes anticipated debut at Milwaukee’s Marcus Performing Arts Center

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award winning musical “Hamilton” made it’s long awaiting debut at Milwaukee’s Marcus Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night for a diverse sold-out crowd. Kicking off the blockbuster hip-hop infused musical’s 32-show run, as part of it’s national tour, Hamilton will bring joy to thousands of Milwaukee fans throughout the engagement which runs through November 17.

Whether you consider yourself a Varsity Broadway type or if you’ve yet to attend the city’s beautiful Marcus Center and instead rode the wave of Hamilton’s cultural impact of the last half decade, the Tony Award winning musical has something for everyone.

If you’ve been in a coma since 2016, Hamilton has brought broadway to a larger audience and at the forefront of pop culture thanks to the imagination of actor, composer and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has since became a household name with the success of the musical. Hamilton tells the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, a West Indies immigrant who became the Robin to George Washington’s Batman during the Revolutionary War. And while the musical, which was based on Ron Chernow’s biography “Alexander Hamilton”,  certainly delivers a rich history lesson to its audience, Miranda’s use of rap dialogue and a score that blends jazz, R&B, blues, rap and Broadway makes for an unlikely combination that totally works.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, like Hamilton, was an unsung hero whose story is now being told on a national scale thanks to the success of the musical, and although you won’t enjoy Miranda’s skills as an actor during the musical’s run in Milwaukee, Hamilton is a fine-tuned product now made on a large scale with little variation to ensure that the hundreds of audiences that enjoy the musical every year all witness the same quality of performance.

Hamilton’s national tour is led by a carefully crafted cast of some of the best actors in the country, including Joseph Morales and Nik Walker, who portray Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the musical’s protagonist and antagonist. Not to mention the talented musicians and technicians that work tirelessly behind the scenes to allow the actors to shine at their full potential for every city and every performance.

Morales makes Miranda proud with his amazing portrayal of Alexander Hamilton, and while he can’t fill Lin-Manuel’s shoes in all aspects of the visionary’s life, as a Broadway actor he is second to none. But while Morales’ acting is near perfect, the musical’s central character is far from it. Hamilton tells the rags to riches story of one of America’s most famous immigrants and our nation’s first Treasury Secretary, but the character still has his share of flaws including his off-putting relentlessness and public sex scandal.

In many ways, Alexander Hamilton’s friend turned foe, Aaron Burr (played by Nik Walker), is the more relatable character of the musical. Audience members may find themselves sympathetic for Burr as his jealously boils throughout Alexander Hamilton’s rise in America with Walker’s impressive portrayal. Although Burr is undoubtedly the “bad guy” of Hamilton, it’s not that easy as the musical blurs the lines in a realistic and historical way.

The list of what makes Hamilton so great is massive, but there is no better way to experience the performance than live and in person. You can bump the musical’s Grammy winning soundtrack while you’re reading Alexander Hamilton’s biography, but nothing compares to the real thing.

Hamilton tells a compelling story in a unique fashion that only Lin-Manuel Miranda knew would work. So whether you bought your Marcus Center season pass just to get your tickets as soon as possible or whether you’re one of the 40 lucky “Hamilton Lottery” winners selected during each performance of the Milwaukee run, Hamilton is a must see for any person that enjoys entertainment. Hamilton is bringing together fans of rap, American history and Broadway types thanks to the talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the amazing cast and crew of the musical’s U.S. tour.

Limited tickets remain for various performances through Milwaukee’s 4-week run, so get yours now while they’re still available. Hamilton’s Milwaukee run lasts through November 17, 2019.

5 Songs We Need to Hear at Chicago’s 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tickets for the iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM Chicago Jingle Ball are on sale now and while some tickets still remain, with names like the Jonas Brothers, Niall Horan and NF on the bill, this year will surely be a sell out.

So whether you already have your tickets to the highly anticipated show or you’re one of the ones who will claim your sets before they’re all gone, we have compiled a list of some of the songs that we need to hear at this year’s Chicago stop of the Jingle Ball Tour on Wednesday, December 18th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Hit the jump and check out our list of the five songs that we absolutely need to hear at this year’s 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now while you still can!

GET STARTED

Check Out Photos from Disturbed’s Headlining Milwaukee Tour Stop

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia for OnMilwaukee.com

Chicago heavy metal band, Disturbed, invaded the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Sunday evening for a rocking night with In This Moment. Currently on their headlining Evolution Tour, Disturbed is traveling to some of the biggest arenas in the world to bring their fiery tour across the glove. Do yourself a favor and a visit to our friends at OnMilwaukee.com for more photos and a full review.

Check out our favorite photos from Disturbed’s Milwaukee tour stop below.

Continue reading Check Out Photos from Disturbed’s Headlining Milwaukee Tour Stop

5 Songs We Need to Hear at Minneapolis’ 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The Jingle Ball Tour and the Minneapolis stop on the fan favorite tour are just a couple months away and fans in the Twin Cities can’t wait! With impressive lineups across the tour, fans at the 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball at the Xcel Energy Center will enjoy performances from Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, Monsta X, Why Don’t We, 5 Seconds of Summer and Lauv!

So with such a great lineup in St. Paul, we can’t help but think about some of the great performances we will enjoy on Monday, December 9th. From Katy Perry’s big 2019 single to one of Why Don’t We’s early hits, there are many songs that we absolutely need to hear performed at the Twin Cities Jingle Ball this holiday season.

Hit the jump and check out our list of the five songs that we absolutely need to hear at this year’s 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now before they’re all gone!

GET STARTED

Photos: The Jonas Brothers Bring Happiness to Milwaukee

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia for OnMilwaukee.com

After fans waiting many years for their return, the Jonas Brothers made up for their Riverside Theater cancellation over half a decade ago with a huge performance at Milwaukee’s brand new Fiserv Forum.

Currently on their massive Happiness Begins Tour, titled after their 2019 album of the same name, the JoBros brought cuts from their new LP and their catalog of hits to Milwaukee for a show that the city won’t soon forget.

Check out our favorite photos from the Jonas Brothers’ Milwaukee tour stop below and visit OnMilwaukee.com for more photos and coverage.

Continue reading Photos: The Jonas Brothers Bring Happiness to Milwaukee

Check Out Our Photos from Kanye West’s Sunday Service in Chicago

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Kanye West surprised his loyal hometown fans this weekend with a last minute announcement that he would bring his famed Sunday Services to the Windy City.

Taking place this morning at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, the latest installment of Sunday Service featured thousands of local fans and even a surprise appearance from Chicago’s own, Chance The Rapper.

Check out our photos from Kanye’s Chicago Sunday Service below.

Continue reading Check Out Our Photos from Kanye West’s Sunday Service in Chicago

Photos: Daryl Hall & John Oates Bring their Summer Tour to Madison’s Breese Stevens Field

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Dreams came true in Madison, WI on Sunday night as the Breese Steven Field closed out their summer concert lineup with none other than the legendary John Hall and Daryl Oates. Despite some unexpected rain, the evening was everything fans wanted and more with Hall & Oates delivering memorable performances from their extensive catalog of hits.

Opening their headlining set with two beloved records, ‘Maneater’ and ‘Out of Touch’, both classics from the ’80s that still get their share of plays in 2019, Hall & Oates continued throughout their 4-decade discography until closing their set on a high note with ‘I Can’t Go For That’. Even in their 70s, Hall & Oates didn’t miss a beat and sound as good as ever.

With fans still wanting more, Hall & Oates returned for one of the best encore performances you’ll ever see, as the pop rock duo said goodbye with performances of ‘Rich Girl’, ‘Kiss on My List’, ‘Private Eyes’ and ‘You Make My Dreams’. When one group’s encore has bigger hits than most artists’ entire body of work, it says a lot about the quality of their music. There was no better place to be than Madison last night.

Check out our photos from Daryl Hall & John Oates’ Madison performance below.

Continue reading Photos: Daryl Hall & John Oates Bring their Summer Tour to Madison’s Breese Stevens Field

Our Favorite Photos from Day 4 of Lollapalooza 2019

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Perhaps saving the best for last, the final day of Lollapalooza 2019 was maybe the best of the entire 4-day weekend. With performances from Kacey Musgraves, Meek Mill, Slash and even a DJ set from Shaq, there was something for everyone at the final day of the Windy City festival.

Check out our favorite photos from Day 4 of Lollapalooza 2019 below.

Continue reading Our Favorite Photos from Day 4 of Lollapalooza 2019

Our Favorite Photos from Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2019

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia / The Early Registration

Kicking off the second half of the 4-day festival, Chicago’s Lollapalooza is having a great 2019. With one of the best lineups of the festival season, Day 3 was as great (if not better) than the first two days of the Windy City festival, boasting performances from Lil Wayne, Tenacious D, Gunna and Twenty One Pilots to name a few.

Check out our favorite photos from Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2019 below.

Continue reading Our Favorite Photos from Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2019

Our Favorite Photos from Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2019

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Lollapalooza returned to Chicago’s Grant Park for another year of great live music this weekend, boasting one of the best lineups of the entire festival season. And Day 2 kept the momentum of opening night going as artists like Maggie Rogers, Tame Impala, Janelle Monae, NF and many more blessed the stage on Friday.

Check out our favorite photos from Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2019 below.

Continue reading Our Favorite Photos from Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2019