Theatre, Dance and Music (New)

The 2013 season at the Goodman Theatre and Joffrey Ballet is looking very exciting.   I usually attend a few performances each year in addition to performances at the Chicago Symphony Center.  My favorite being Yo-Yo Ma’s annual Silk Road Tour where I have the chance to experience ethnic music from around the world.   Here are my experiences for the 2012/2013 performance season.

Posted Reviews

  • Million Dollar Quartet – Review coming soon
  • Teddy Ferrara (2/6/13) – Read Review
  • Kinky Boots (10/2012) – Read Review
  • Crowns review posted 9/6/12 – Read Review
  • Hubbard Street Dance:  One Thousand Pieces – Read Review

Goodman theatre:  By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

  • Date:  Thursday, May 30, 2013
  • Where:  Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Description:  This “sharp-toothed comedy” (The Wall Street Journal) offers a glimpse into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs are left to reflect on the life and legacy of this controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Hilarious and poignant, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark paints a vivid picture of the cultural climate that shaped this mysterious screen queen—and wonders who, in another time, she might have been.
  • Rating:  Excellent!!!  Hilarious, irreverent, dynamic, energetic and complex.  A play that pulls you in with the laughs during the first act only to toss you about in a turbulent sea of questions and doubts in the second act. 

Goodman theatre:  The Jungle Book

  • Date:  Summer 2013
  • Where:  Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Description:  The jungle springs to life in a kaleidoscopic song-and-dance-filled spectacle that chronicles young Mowgli’s adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and featuring music from the classic Disney film, this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season.

Lyric Opera: Oklahoma

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  • Date:  Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Location: Lyric Opera, Chicago
  • Description:    Set in the West just after the turn of the last century, the high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop for one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. Here is a story that is both touching and gripping—about growing up and falling in love, dreams and nightmares, and the promise and exuberance of a new land on the verge of statehood.
  • Rating:  Excellent!!  It was funny, charming and relateable. It was nice to hear the songs we’ve heard so many times in movies performed live.

Joffrey Ballet:  Othello

Joffrey - Othello 2013

  • Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Location: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
  • Description:   Othello is passionate and powerful contemporary dance theatre that tells the dramatic story of the Venetian Moor, his beloved Desdemona, and the conniving Iago, who will stop at nothing to usurp Othello’s power. Witness ambition and betrayal, set to a commanding score by Academy Award® winner Elliot B. Goldenthal. Featuring breathtaking costumes, elaborate multi-media projections and unparalleled dancing, this will be your last chance to see the Joffrey’s riveting and critically acclaimed production of Othello before it is retired from active repertory.
  • Rating:  Superb!!!
  • Review:  The piece was completely unrecognizable from the 2010 season.  Absolutely amazing!!

Joffrey Ballet:  American Legends

  • Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • Location: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
  • Description:   American Legends is a performance of four works created over the course of nearly seven decades by choreographers Jerome Robbins, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch. And the result is a fascinating roadmap — one that never entirely discards 19th-century ballet traditions (in terms of technique, partnering, patterns), yet demonstrates the way artists have synthesized many new influences and stretched the art form
  • Rating:  Great
  • Review by The Daily Northwestern

Apollo Theatre:  Million Dollar Quartet

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  • Date:  Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Location: Apollo Theatre, Chicago
  • Description:   MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.  On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.
  • Rating:  coming soon
  • Read my review – coming soon

Goodman Theatre:  Teddy Ferrara

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  • Date:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013
  • Location: Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Description:   It’s Gabe’s senior year of college and his future looks bright: he runs the Queer Students Group, he finally has a single room and he recently started dating a great guy. But when a campus tragedy occurs that makes national headlines it ignites a firestorm and throws Gabe’s world into disorder. When new evidence surfaces, Gabe discovers that the events surrounding the tragedy aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and he is forced to question popular assumptions—and his own life’s contradictions.
  • Rating:  Outstanding – not to be missed!
  • Read my review

Goodman Theatre:  Other Desert Cities

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  • Date:  Sunday, February 3, 2013
  • Location: Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Description: When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript of her tell-all memoir in tow she unearths a devastating family secret—throwing her parents into a panic that threatens to rip the clan apart.
  • Rating:  Good

Goodman Theatre:  Crowns

  • Date:  Saturday, August 4, 2012
  • Description:  When Chicago-born Yolanda is sent down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her—and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. This jubilant musical traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear.
  • Rating:  Very Good
  • Read my review.

Harris Theatre:  One Thousand Pieces

  • Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2012
  • Location:  Harris Theatre, Chicago
  • Description:   Hubbard Street’s Landmark 35th Anniversary Season launches with a not-to-be-missed Fall Series featuring the world premiere of One Thousand Pieces by Resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. The Company’s first full-length work by a single choreographer on a single theme adds the dancers of Hubbard Street 2 and features the music of Philip Glass. Cerrudo’s inspirations for One Thousand Pieces are Marc Chagall’s America Windows, on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Rating:  Good
  • Read my review.

Bank of America Theatre:  Kinky Boots

  • Date:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • Where:  Bank of America Theatre
  • Description:  In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers’ shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.
  • Rating:  Excellent, Outstanding…. (I’ve seen it twice!!)
  • Read my Review

Goodman Theatre: Sweet Bird of Youth

Date:  October 28, 2012

Where:  Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

Description:  Into a tiny Gulf Coast hamlet drifts an improbable couple: the Princess Kosmonopolis, a Hollywood legend fleeing the disastrous premiere of her latest epic, and Chance Wayne, a young actor-turned-gigolo who has brought his new benefactress to his hometown in hopes of reclaiming his former glory. But when a youthful mistake surfaces that threatens Chance’s plan, the pair are forced to confront their crumbling dreams. Laced with humor and Williams’ “characteristically gorgeous lyricism” (The New York Times), Sweet Bird of Youth is a sensual, haunting theatrical journey that will captivate and seduce you.

Rating:  Good

Chicago Theatre:  Bonnie Raitt

  • Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2012
  • Rating: Excellent

Ravinia:  Al Green

  • Date:  Friday, June 15, 2012, 8pm
  • Rating: Good

 

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