Streaming Oct. 16 - Nov. 12, 2020 | Live Premiere Screening Oct. 17
Skylight Music Theatre's First Virtual Musical
Being Earnest based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
Available for Streaming Oct. 16 - Nov. 12, 2020
Book and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska
Based on the play by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Michael Unger
Music Director Conor Keelan
Skylight Music Theatre will present its first online/virtual, full-length musical, Being Earnest by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska, based on Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Being Earnest takes place in a mod, 1960’s, Austin Powers-era setting. All of the brilliant wit in Wilde’s most popular play remains intact in this effervescent musical. The score is a sparkling homage to 1960’s rock groups such as Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Hollies, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more.
Being Earnest was being performed, recorded and presented in a way that assured social distancing for both cast and audience. Performers rehearsed online through Zoom, in their own homes, and final performances were edited together like a film. Being Earnest is available for streaming Oct. 16 - Nov. 12, 2020. Tickets are $25 and are available here. Patrons purchase a ticket for a specific date, and have 48 hours from their selected date to view the show online.
Being Earnest will be screened in a live premiere in the Cabot Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a talkback on stage with Skylight Artistic Director and Being Earnest director Michael Unger and members of the cast. The live event is limited to 50 people with distanced seating and safety protocols. The talkback will be live-streamed, recorded and available online after the event.
Patrons have the choice of attending the live event in the Cabot Theatre or live-streaming from home. Tickets are $35 and only available by calling the Box Office at (414) 291-7800. The Cabot Theatre is located at 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee.