Ravinia concert schedule released – partial listing

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Ravinia has announced its complete lineup for 2010 featuring 117 events and more new faces than ever before. BUY TICKETS NOW by supporting* the not-for-profit festival. Public sales begins April 22 exclusively at www.ravinia.org

Here’s a partial listing of (possible) concerts/performances that theatre-goers might be interested in.  Entire schedule here.


JUNE Performances

Chicago Children’s Choir

Earth, Wind & Fire

6/10 and 6/11
Concert Dance, Inc./World Premieres

Steve Martin Performing With The Steep Canyon Rangers

Backstreet Boys

Bobby Mcferrin


JULY Performances

A Prairie Home Companion/Garrison Keillor

Cheap Trick/Squeeze

CSO/Gershwin Concerto In F/Copland
Appalachian Spring/Bernstein Symphony No. 2

The Swell Season from the Oscar-Winner Film Once

7/17 and  7/18
Sting / Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Peter And Paul Pay Tribute To Mary

The B-52s

CSO/Eschenbach Plays Mozart/Hits From Bernstein’s Candide

The Music Of Abba (Lawn Screen)

CSO/Sondheim Hits/Patti Lupone, Audra Mcdonald, George Hearn, Michael Cerveris/Gala Concert


AUGUST Performances


Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara, One-Woman Show

CSO/Così Fan Tutte, Matinee

CSO/The Marriage Of Figaro, Matinee

CSO/Annie Get Your Gun

8/14 – 8/15  (3 separate shows)
Patti Lupone/Brian Stokes Mitchell

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Swingin Balladeer Tony Andriacchi

Carrie Underwood

An Evening With The Beach Boys

Labor Day Spectacular/"1812" with Cannons

Hershey Felder In Maestro: The Art And Music Of Leonard Bernstein

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Sunday Night Sondheim: Audra McDonald!

Gotta love Audra McDonald!  Here’s “The Glamorous Life”, written especially for the film version A Little Night Music, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Lesley-Anne Down, and Diana Rigg:

Since you can never get enough Audra (at least I can’t), here’s a really fun performance of the very obscure song “10,432 Sheep” from the just-as-obscure 1950 musical comedy film West Point Story, starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Doris Day:

Sunday Night Sondheim – Audra McDonald sings “The Glamorous LIfe”, From ‘A Little Night Music’

Have you seen Tony and Grammy-Award winner Audra McDonald on the ABC television series “Family Practice“?  Her character on the show is fairly one-dimensional, but still, I’m sure she’s getting paid much more than she ever did for any of her Broadway roles.

Back on track – here’s Ms. McDonald performing “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music:


Interestingly, this is the version of the song used for the unsuccessful (but still intriguing to watch) 1978 film version (starring Elizabeth Taylor, Lesley-Anne Down, and Diana Rigg). 

A few YouTube comments:

Even though it is only in the film version, I think this may be my favorite thing to come out of A Little Night Music (the plot of which I don’t care for), and one of my favorite Sondheim songs. And who better to sing it than Audra? She seems to have a special connection with songs about children – see also “I Won’t Mind” – and of course her singing is just fantastic.


I agree, the stage version gives a more ironically comedic look at it, but the film version is, as you said, heartbreaking. She pretends that she’s proud of her mother not being ‘ordinary’ when all she wants is to be with her.
But Audra still brings it home.

More comments here.


Sunday Night Sondheim: Audra McDonald medley

One of my all-time favorite Broadway singers, Audra McDonald, performs a medley of the Stephen Sondheim songs: “What Can You Lose?” (from the movie Dick Tracy) and “Not A Day Goes By” (from Merrily We Roll Along)

Performed in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday on July 8, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, the concert – entitled Children Will Listen – benefited the ASCAP Foundation.