Ravinia Bob returns: LuPone, Callaway and more planned for Ravinia 2012

There are some people out there (you know who you are) who refer to me as “Ravinia Bob.” Over time, this nickname was been truncated to “RivB,” and eventually “Riv2theB.” Why? Because I’ve made some lifelong friends over the years attending many events at the Highland Park concert venue — particularly during the summer of… Read More Ravinia Bob returns: LuPone, Callaway and more planned for Ravinia 2012

LuPone aims high in Ravinia’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Patti LuPone gets “Lost In His Arms” as Annie Oakley. Note: This production has closed; I caught the final performance of the weekend-long concert last night. “Gettin’ paid for doin’ what comes naturally!” sings Annie Oakley in that Irving Berlin classic, Annie Get Your Gun. Ok, let’s get something out of the way: Patti LuPone… Read More LuPone aims high in Ravinia’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Summer stars shine bright — and briefly! — for Sondheim at Ravinia

By itself, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by legendary Broadway conductor Paul Gemignani, playing Sondheim is something special. Add in multi Tony Award winners — and celebrated Sondheim interpreters — Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris, and you have an evening made in musical theatre heaven. This concert, billed as A Little… Read More Summer stars shine bright — and briefly! — for Sondheim at Ravinia

The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert

On July 31st, those lucky Highland Parkers are in for a real treat. Musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim has turned 80 this year, and to celebrate, Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris — four of Broadway’s very brightest performers — will honor some of his iconic works at the Ravinia festival. This will… Read More The stars align for Ravinia’s ‘Sondheim: 80’ concert

Another reason Ravinia ain’t for sissies: part 2

The Tribune has reported on another installment of crazy Ravinia antics. Remember this one from last year? Ravinia concertgoers booted for wild dancing Two people were kicked out of a concert at Ravinia in Highland Park for dancing too exuberantly, police said. The man and woman were dancing and “intoxicated and bumping into people” during… Read More Another reason Ravinia ain’t for sissies: part 2