So, everyone’s a critic. And the problem with that is …?

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 …?

Sondheim gets his rant on in response to revamped ‘Porgy and Bess’

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’

Odds and ends

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

The Chicago Bridal Expo! (Or, how I succeeded in not killing myself, or a VIB, today.)

“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.)

The world’s most expensive theatre ticket, or the city of Chicago can suck it

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