This article (which is technically a blog post — ironic, given the subject matter of the piece) by Michael Kaiser, president, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has been making the rounds and making waves. Read the entire thing, but I want to draw your attention to this section: And third, the growing… Read More So, everyone’s a critic. And the problem with that is …?
Remember this classic scene from “Life Goes On”? No? Well, take a moment and watch the clip below, if not only to witness LuPone (as Libby Tatcher) give one kick-ass audition, but to see LuPone stop mid-performance to yell at an audience member — one of her favorite pastimes. Only, this time the audience member is the… Read More Patti LuPone gives a true audition
When musical theatre icon (and recent Chicago Tribune Literary Prize honoree) Stephen Sondheim gets raged up, he knows exactly what to do: fire out a feisty letter to The New York Times. Such is the case with his reaction to a recent New York Times article previewing the upcoming revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and… Read More Sondheim gets his rant on in response to revamped ‘Porgy and Bess’
I simply wanted to see Miss Saigon herself, Lea Salonga, perform at The Venue. Instead, I left with a headache and heartburn. After last night’s nightmare of an experience, I’m fairly certain Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana is where people go to die. I’ve never been to Vegas, let alone a casino, so I went… Read More Tales from the Horseshoe Casino
For someone who didn’t own anything by Apple a little more than a year ago, I’ve certainly evolved quickly: an iPhone 3GS (soon upgrading to 4), an Apple TV, an iPod Nano and an iMac. I’ve also amassed a collection of the most useless accessory ever invented by mankind: While you could blame my misshapen ears for… Read More Useless headphones, free for the taking
Not to beat a dead horse, but this just irks me: Several concertgoers claimed that security had forced them to vacate the lawn at the end of the concert, even though it was only about 8:30 p.m. and the tinkle of glasses could be heard from the nearby tent housing the benefit dinner. “Adding to… Read More Dear Ravinia: please don’t call us liars
Promises, Promises Broadway revival cast recording: It’s like bubble gum for the ears! Ok, not the best metaphor, but gosh, this is one darn enjoyable cast recording. Surprising, as I wasn’t expecting much. Sean Hayes has a delightful singing voice, and Jonathon Tunick’s orchestrations sound crisp and bright. I love that they kept the “vocal… Read More Odds and ends
Last night, Gator and I attended a West Edgewater Area Residents meeting where our alderman discussed the fate of the long-abandoned Edgewater Medical Center — a giant, sprawling network of buildings that’s been empty since 2001 for a whole host of unseemly reasons (including two Chicago favorites: fraud and corruption). Of course we all want… Read More A neighbor I could do without
Probably what most people think about when they hear the term “Chicago Theatre.” I’ve a sad story to tell. As a proud member of Corporate America, I work with some talented, cultured, educated people — many of whom haven’t a clue as to what’s happening in the this city’s theatre scene. Beyond Goodman, Steppenwolf and… Read More What’s wrong with Chicago theatre?
“Hardly anyone stood up at the end to applaud the show.” That comment was left by a reader in response to Chris Jones’ review of Beauty and the Beast. This individual was pointing out how disappointed s/he was with the production by noting it didn’t receive a standing ovation. Yes, I agree the show wasn’t… Read More To stand or not to stand? (Who cares?)
“Albion, dear Albion, we pledge our love to thee.” Yeah, that is until you unceremoniously crapped on the one area of campus I treasured most — the Gerstacker International House. The I-House, as we fondly called it, was my home away from home. As a language major, you were required to live in the I-House… Read More Albion College is dead to me.
“Wear your pearls, Bullen!” That’s what my darling Jamie texted me a few days ago to inform me that the Bridal Expo 2010 had a recommended dress code. While I decided to leave the pearls at home, I did wear a blazer and button-down shirt — dressing to impress, as any good MOH should. (As… Read More The Chicago Bridal Expo! (Or, how I succeeded in not killing myself, or a VIB, today.)
Yesterday, following a holiday party (or two), Gerald, our friend Gina and I went to Diner Delux on the corner of Clark and Devon for a late-night bite. Imagine our surprise when, after paying our tab, we walked around the corner to find my Subaru being pulled up onto the bed of an impound truck.… Read More The world’s most expensive theatre ticket, or the city of Chicago can suck it
And while you’re at it, watch this: Thank you.
[Please note the disclaimer at the end of this post. Thank you.] The current Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, currently in previews at the Walter Kerr theatre, has a band of seven players. The original Broadway production, sumptuously scored by Tony-winner Jonathan Tunick, featured an orchestra at least three times that size. The… Read More An open complaint letter to Stephen Sondheim