There were no vocalists or dancers on stage at Symphony Center Thursday night as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed an enchanting program of works by Sibelius, Mozart, Arvo Part and Tchaikovsky. But the program sang and moved in its own unique way, with the masterful Russian conductor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky subbing for Maestro Riccardo Muti.
The clash of social classes has served as the high-octane fuel for countless British plays, from John Osborne’s landmark 1956 work, “Look Back in Anger,” to Laura Wade’s scathing “Posh,” first seen at London’s Royal Court in 2010, and now in a dazzling U.S. premiere by Steep Theatre, where director Jonathan Berry, that master of ensemble brilliance, has gathered a large, knock-your-socks-off cast.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway debut of “Cabaret,” Kander and Ebb’s genius of a musical about the end of the flamboyant era of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi regime. To celebrate the milestone, New York’s Roundabout Theatre production of this classic is now in a national tour making a stop at the newly named PrivateBank Theatre (formerly the Bank of America Theatre).
Blair Brown has joined the cast of the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe.”
“Far From Heaven,” the musical by Scott Frankel (music), Michael Korie (lyrics) and Richard Greenberg (book) – based on the 2002 film by Todd Haynes that starred Julianne Moore as Cathy Whitaker, an affluent Connecticut housewife whose seemingly ideal life unravels – is now in is Chicago premiere by Porchlight Music Theatre.
First, a toast to many things: To Queen Victoria, cigars and brandy, the arrested development …
Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2007, will replace Maestro Riccardo Muti for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts slated for Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Honeck has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra.
The fourth annual edition of Chicago Theatre Week – a program presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, that was designed to boost theater-going during the traditional doldrums period – will Feb. 11 – 21, with tickets to more than 100 area productions (including ballet and opera) available for $15-$30, and, in some cases, even less.
I don’t often dig back into the archives, but when I first heard the news of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, “Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions,” which will be on view in the museum’s Modern Wing through May 3, I recalled writing about my thrilling first encounter with the artist’s work more than three decades ago.
“The Ben Hecht Show,” written and performed by James Sherman, will have its premiere here in a Grippo Stage Company production set to run June 10-July 17 at Evanston’s Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes. It will be directed by Dennis Zacek.