Sunday Night Sondheim – “Everybody’s Got The Right” from Assassins

From 2004 Tony Awards, here’s is “Everybody’s Got The Right” from Assassins (music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, book by John Weidman).   Included in the line-up here is Neil Patrick Harris, Denis O’Hare and Michael Cerveris (Tony winner!!!!!!!).

Take that Blue Man Group!!!

 

Take that Blue Man Group!!

 

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Save the Date – IAA annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb 24th

The Illinois Arts Alliance will host its annual Members’ Meeting and Reception on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 3 pm at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

The Members’ Meeting is an opportunity to network with other arts professionals and supporters and discuss issues of importance to the arts community in Illinois.
Ben CameronBen Cameron (pictured to the right), a nationally renowned speaker, former theater professional, and arts activist, will touch on the concepts of change, transition, and renewal and their meaning for the arts in an engaging keynote address.
Currently, Cameron manages a $17 million grant program for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, but he also has experience as an artist and arts administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, he served as executive director of Theatre Communications Group from 1998 to 2006 and director of the theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1990 to 1992.

Theater Thursdays – Neo-Futurist’s “Beer”

Thursday, January 29
Beer

by Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda

The Neo-Futurists at Metropolitan Brewery
5121 N. Ravenswood, Chicago 

beerpicThrow back a cold one from Rock Bottom Brewery and grab a slice of pizza (supplied by APART Pizza) with the cast of Beer, the latest site-specific show by The   Neo-Futurists. 10 year-old Boon’s wild night with his stepdad’s beer sends him into the land of Beer, a brewery that comes alive. With his sidekick, Puke, Boon must learn to brew craft beer to make it home safely, taking on the evil Bud Miller and the people of Milweiser in the process. Through puppetry, animation and a live band, audiences are sure to learn about the world of Beer. (Bonus: This performance takes place in a real brewery! So dress warmly.)
Show begins at 8 p.m.

After the show the audience is free to wander the brewery and drink free beer from Rock Bottom Brewery and enjoy free pizza courtesy of Apart Pizza Company.

Tickets: $20
For reservations, visit www.neofuturists.org or call 773.275.5255 and mention “Theater Thursdays.”

“Wicked” – Final weekend!!

 

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It’s hard to believe, but after nearly 4 years, Wicked is finally closing (making it the longest-running Broadway-touring play in Chicago’s history).  I have to admit that I saw it 3 times (once during previews, once with a visiting friend, and once more with my niece), and I enjoyed it each time – mostly because it’s such a delightfully clever story. 

Anyway…

Farmhouse Only this weekend remain for Chicagoans to see WICKED, the musical phenomenon that has changed Chicago “for good”.  The WICKED drawing will continue to take place for all performances. WICKED will take its final bow in Chicago on January 25, 2009.

WICKED has helped Broadway In Chicago stand as the fifth most popular tourist attraction in the City of Chicago and has spurred interest in theatre both locally and nationally.  When surveyed, over 70 percent of the WICKED theatre patrons said that they had plans to see another show in Chicago within the year.  

GlindaGoodWitch Called “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” by The New York Times and “a cultural phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED continues to cast a spell on all of Chicagoland and its many visitors – over 2.9 million people have attended WICKED in Chicago with audience members representing all 50 U.S. states and all seven continents. WICKED is now the longest running Broadway musical in Chicago ’s theater history. The Chicago company of WICKED took the stage on June 24, 2005 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

WickedWitch WICKED is produced by Marc Platt , Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone . Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento, WICKED is currently presented in Chicago; a US National Tour; on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre; in Stuttgart, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; and in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. WICKED will be opening in San Francisco on January 27, 2009 at the Orpheum Theatre.

WICKED is now playing through January 25, 2009 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph St .).

For more information, visit www.WickedTheMusical.com/Chicago or www.BroadwayInChicago.com

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Aside: This Chicago ticket broker offers a great selection of tickets in the city – Purchase tickets for Wicked in Chicago and nationwide theater events like Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets – a favorite during the holiday.

Per Whitehouse.gov – will Obama really support the arts???

BarackObamaI know that President Barack Obama (doesn’t it sound good to say that?) has talked and written about the importance of the arts in society, and how the arts can raise a student’s test scores, but – when browsing through the new WhiteHouse.gov website – I was disappointed to see that there is only one mention of the arts in the entire site:

 

Our nation’s creativity has filled the world’s libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses, and marketplaces with works of genius. The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition. As the author of two best-selling books — Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope — President Obama uniquely appreciates the role and value of creative expression.

Here’s hoping that Pres. Obama sees fit to go further with supporting and expanding the arts than his website lets on.