People

Chicago Children’s Theater to feature new play about the Civil Rights Movement

Chicago Children’s Theater to feature new play about the Civil Rights Movement

April 24, 2015 / People, Stage

If both you and your kids start to feel a bit hyperactive during the 2015-2016 season you might want to blame it on the Chicago Children’s Theater (CCT). The company plans to produce seven different shows (as opposed to the four of this season), with three consecutive presentations with shorter runs in the middle of the season embracing the theme of “snow.” A new play by Nambi E. Kelly dealing with the Civil Rights Movement will be part of the mix.

Sarah Siddons Society honoring Jessie Mueller, Chicago’s Broadway diva

Sarah Siddons Society honoring Jessie Mueller, Chicago’s Broadway diva

April 24, 2015 / Music, People, Stage

While enjoying a brief bit of down time between her Tony Award-winning turn in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and her next project, the world premiere of the musical “Waitress,” Jessie Mueller arrived for an interview in a chic turquoise lace dress and high heels, which she quickly removed in favor of gym shoes. On Monday night at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire she will receive the Sarah Siddons Society’s 2015 Actress of the Year Award.

Hypocrites, Griffin and Theo Ubique top Non-Equity Jeff nominations (but this story has changed)

Hypocrites, Griffin and Theo Ubique top Non-Equity Jeff nominations (but this story has changed)

April 23, 2015 / People, Stage

They are the hardest working, most resourceful, and most poorly paid people in Chicago show business. And that just might be why the annual list of nominations for Non-Equity Jeff Awards is so highly prized. The 42nd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards — honoring excellence in productions by Chicago theaters that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, and did not operate under a union contract — were just announced. The Hypocrites, Griffin Theatre Company and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre garnered the most nominations, but read through the entire list and you will be reminded of how this city’s theater scene continues to flourish from the grass roots up.

Drama Desk Awards nominations include many productions with Chicago links

Drama Desk Awards nominations include many productions with Chicago links

April 23, 2015 / Dance, Music, People, Stage

Nominations for the 2015 annual Drama Desk Awards (which includes Broadway, Off Broadway and ‘Off Off Broadway” productions) were announced Thursday afternoon at New York’s 54 Below by previous Drama Desk winners Judith Light and Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”). Beyond the presence of Evanston-bred Mueller, a number of shows with Chicago connections made the list.

Art Institute gifted with contemporary art treasure trove described as largest gift in its history

Art Institute gifted with contemporary art treasure trove described as largest gift in its history

April 22, 2015 / Art, People

The Art Institute of Chicago has just received a huge windfall — a gift of 42 major works of American and European art created between 1953 and 2011. A mix of paintings, sculpture and photographs —by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Eric Fischl, Brice Marden, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, John Currin, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince — the work has been donated by Chicago collectors Stefan Edlis, 90, and his wife, Gael Neeson, 71, in what is being described as the largest gift in the museum’s history, estimated to be worth $400 million.