Music

A Sondheim Celebration set for Millennium Park

A Sondheim Celebration set for Millennium Park

July 7, 2015 / Music, People, Stage

Chicago is something of a second home for the work of Stephen Sondheim, the genius of Broadway, now 85 and still at work. So “A Sondheim Celebration,” part of this summer’s Grant Park Music Festival lineup, is bound to attract a big (and knowledgeable) crowd this Friday and Saturday night.

Test of true friendship drives emotional ‘Beaches’ musical

Test of true friendship drives emotional ‘Beaches’ musical

July 3, 2015 / Movies, Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

They meet cute, as kids, in Atlantic City. The year is 1952. Cee Cee desperately craves an audience, and Bertie can only be dazzled by this child who is bursting with such talent and moxie. These opposites attract, and it is the start of a beautiful friendship that will endure (with one major rupture) for more than three decades. That friendship also is the focus of the new musical, “Beaches,” based on the popular 1988 movie that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.