Chicago Shakes to stage ‘Road Show’ and ‘Gypsy’ (cue the requisite dream-casting)

Time Out Chicago announces that Chicago Shakespeare Theater will produce that American musical comedy classic, Gypsy, along with Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show, a show that got one of its many starts at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre under the name Bounce. Both shows will be directed by Gary Griffin, who’s had back-to-back success with Sondheim at Shakes… Read More Chicago Shakes to stage ‘Road Show’ and ‘Gypsy’ (cue the requisite dream-casting)

A brutal and bold ‘Follies’ at Chicago Shakes

Susan Moniz as Sally Durant Plummer in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s “Follies” Something magical’s happening on Navy Pier, and it’s not the weekly fireworks spectacle, though there are enough explosive moments to drive any fan of honest-to-God good musical theatre to near hysterics. It’s Gary Griffin’s astounding production of Follies, packed with so many showstopping moments,… Read More A brutal and bold ‘Follies’ at Chicago Shakes

Chicago Shakes’ Follies casting (partly) announced — where are the Chicago actors?

After much speculation, Chi Shakes has released partial casting news for one of my all-time favorite musicals, and probably the most highly anticipated production (for me) this year: Follies, at Chicago Shakes, directed by Gary Griffin. Here’s what’s been announced so far for Follies casting (via Chris Jones), which begins performances Oct. 4: Hollis Resnik… Read More Chicago Shakes’ Follies casting (partly) announced — where are the Chicago actors?

‘Follies’ concert at the Humanities Festival

Oh, Follies. That Sondheim masterpiece featuring a killer score and troubled book. And last night, a one-night only concert of this work took place at the surprisingly handsome auditorium of the Francis W. Parker School to support The Humanities Festival. This concert, sponsored by Greta Wiley Flory in memory of her late husband Bill, a… Read More ‘Follies’ concert at the Humanities Festival