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At the start — the rough start — of the Marriott Theatre's new revue of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, entitled, with justification, "Now & Forever," the throbbing electronic tones of "The Phantom of the Opera" fill the theater as colored...
Never the subtlest of mega-musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" at least comes with a resident cynic. That would be Joe Gillis, the struggling writer from Dayton, Ohio, who gets trapped in the web of Norma Desmond, a faded Hollywood star who...
Tags: Arts and Culture
The first and most obvious question to be asked of "The Second City Guide to the Opera" was: Was it funny enough to meet the expectations surrounding this unlikely match-up of Chicago's world-renowned comedy troupe and just as renowned opera company,...
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It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and most of the crowd for The Second City's Chicago-themed revue in the UP Comedy Club apparently didn't have to work the next day, because the room remained packed for the free extra set beginning at 10 p.m....
Tags: Music, Poetry, Theater, Entertainment, Stand-up Comedy
Lyric Opera's 2013-14 season will be given over almost entirely to bread-and-butter repertory designed, at least in part, to ensure the company's sizable ticket sales don't flag in a still-weakened economy. Although Lyric enjoys the largest subscription...
Tags: Music, The Sound of Music (movie), Prices, Nathan Gunn, Poetry
A performer with Lyric Opera of Chicago suffered serious burns Monday afternoon when his face went up in flames during a dress rehearsal of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Wesley Daniel,...
Lyric Opera patrons attending the duo recital by soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham Thursday night at the Civic Opera House probably did not expect they would be getting a guided tour of belle epoque Paris along with an exquisitely...
Without fanfare, Lyric Opera has been systematically retiring elderly opera productions that have outlived their usefulness or have simply worn out with age. A prime candidate for junking was the 1972 Pier Luigi Pizzi production of Puccini's "La Boheme,"...
Tags: Music, Poetry, Chicago Children's Choir, Entertainment
The period from the new year through the end of March invariably includes some of the most highly anticipated events of Chicago's classical music season. Here are 10 such events, listed in chronological order: Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo...
Tell me if you've heard this story before: Four good friends living in a big city try to navigate the treacherous world of dating while managing their careers and staying in vogue. No matter how crazy life gets, they always manage to celebrate good...
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Food, glorious food. Quite a bit of the stuff gets flung, splattered and slopped around the stage by the end of Richard Jones' wickedly droll staging of "Hansel and Gretel," which returned to Lyric Opera Friday night at the Civic Opera House. The...
Tags: Music, Holidays, Poetry, Culture, Arts and Culture
You've heard of pianist-conductors, violinist-conductors, even the occasional cellist-conductor. But how many conductors can you name who began their careers playing first trombone with a major American opera company while still in their teens? Ward...
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