The “Conga” line led straight to the lobby of Oriental Theater on Tuesday morning as Emilio and Gloria Estefan greeted the press in preparation for the debut of their Broadway-bound musical, “On Your Feet,” which begins previews in Chicago on June 2 and is set to open in New York on Nov. 5.
During its 42nd season as one of Chicago’s top presenters of contemporary dance, the Dance Center of Columbia College will showcase the Stephen Petronio Company paying homage to American postmodern masters, a Butoh-meets-hip-hop duet courtesy of Michael Sakamoto and Rennie Harris, the New York-based troupes of Urban Bush Women and Camille A. Brown, San Francisco Bay Area’s Joe Goode, Camille A. Brown and this city’s very own Natya Dance Theatre and the ever-popular Giordano Dance Chicago.
Here are the stats: Between July 19 and Aug. 16, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), in association with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and Boeing ,will continue the annual citywide summer tradition of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, presenting 24 free performances of “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” in 17 neighborhood parks. And while in previous seasons, CST staged abridged editions of a single play, this time around it will home in on Shakespeare’s most memorable characters in a surprising mash-up of scenes from his most celebrated plays.
“What would you save? ” That is the provocative question posed in the TimeLine Theatre …
“Shining Lives: A Musical,” the fervent yet poetic chamber work now receiving a fittingly radiant world premiere at Northlight Theatre, is, above all, a story of courage and determination in the face of profound betrayal. It is a true story – about a group of women who fall in love with their jobs, and the freedom those jobs provide, and about what happens when those women gradually come to realize that the very thing they loved was, in fact, killing them.
These days, if you have the money, you can sign up for a cruise to Antarctica that comes complete with luxury accommodations, scholarly lectures, island stops, penguin and whale-sightings, and the security of high-tech gear and sophisticated navigational instruments. This certainly was not the case when, in 1914, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton set his sights on crossing Antarctica from sea to sea by way of the South Pole. Just how challenging his expedition proved to be is the subject of Karen Tarjan’s thrilling play, “The White Road,” now in its world premiere by Irish Theatre of Chicago.
General director Anthony Freud announced today that Lyric Opera of Chicago has extended its agreement with soprano Renée Fleming to serve as its creative consultant for the next two years.
On stage, and in the recording studio, they produced gorgeous harmonies, selling 175 million records. Off stage, dissonance was the rule. That tension between artistic blending and personal friction is at the very heart of “Jersey Boys,” the enduring 2006 Tony Award-winning “jukebox musical” that has returned to Chicago in a national touring production.
In the introduction to “The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964″ — …
Based on a true story, “Shining Lives: A Musical,” based on the Melanie Marnich play, tells of the young women who worked at the Radium Dial Company factory in Ottawa, Illinois, in the 1920s and early ’30s and learned only too late that the jobs they loved were destroying their health.