Sondheim Master Class: “Send In The Clowns”

I really enjoyed coming across this video on YouTube.  It’s amazing and enlightening to see Sondheim in action.  I don’t know about you, but I would have been scared sh*tless knowing I was to sing one of Sondheim’s signature compositions in front of Sondheim himself!  So who know that one ought to separate the t’s in “ought to”?  This is great stuff….

Chicago Dramatists to hold extra farewell performance

Craig Spidle and Ian Forester as used car salesmen arguing over a commission      Craig Spidle, Kathy Logelin, and Rob Riley as used car salesmen gearing up for the last sales day of the month 

I definitely enjoyed Chicago Dramatist’s world-premiere of Bill Jepsen’s  “Cadillac”. (see my review here).  And I definitely am not the only theatre critic with this viewpoint.  It makes sense then, that – due to audience demand and critical acclaim – Chicago Dramatists would announce an extra farewell performance on Sunday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. (the show will close immediately following this performance).  So, if you haven’t yet seen this superb production, you only have 4 days remaining to see it for yourself. 

Sunday Night Sondheim – “Not Getting Married Today”

Madeline Kahn sings “Not Getting Married Today from Sondheim’s “Company”

A Red Orchid Theatre’s new Artistic Director: Kirsten Fitzgerald

kirsten-fitzgerald.jpgKirsten Fitzgerald has been a veteran ensemble member for A Red Orchid Theatre (based in Old Town) for many years.  She now can add another title to her acting bio – that of artistic director.  Kirsten Fitzgerald will replace Guy Van Swearingen, who has been the AD since the theatre’s founding in 1993.  In an interview with Sun-Times’ theatre critic Hedy Weiss, Fitzgerald explained:

“We’ve been discussing a transition for a while…..It has been by sheer force of will, energy and devotion on the part of Guy and the ensemble that we’ve flourished all these years, and we want to keep that spirit going.”

And, regarding Guy Van Swearingen’s replacement by someone from within the theatre ensemble, Chris Jones, in his Trib blog “The Theater Loop“, adds:

“It’s unsurprising that A Red Orchid picked one its own. The long-standing company is known for its fiercely loyal company members, a group that includes the stage-and-screen actors Michael Shannon and Danny McCarthy.”

Congratulations Kirsten!!

Sunday Night Sondheim – “Ballad of Booth” from Assassins

“The Ballad of Booth” from Assassins

I have to say that one of the best productions of Assassins that I’ve ever seen was a production a few years ago by Porchlight Music Theatre.  Porchlight’s L. Walter Stearns created some brilliant staging by setting the production in a museum, with a tour guide intermittently walking through – tourists in tow – giving one the feeling that we were truly experiencing various moments in history.

This YouTube video is from “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall”.  Who knew that Victor Garber (Legally Blonde, etc.) had such a great voice?!  Enjoy!