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The 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival continues through this weekend, highlighting two works not by Bach, but celebratory in their own right. Beethoven's joyous "Choral Fantasy" will be performed 4 p.m. Friday at Packer Memorial Church, followed by Morten...
On Saturday night, the Lyric Opera of Chicago officially gets into the business of Broadway musicals. The Lyric's production of "Oklahoma," as directed by Gary Griffin, is certainly not the venerable opera company's first foray into the Broadway...
"The Marriage of Figaro," a comic opera by Mozart based on a play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, is a familiar work. Less well-known is the 1784 comedy by the French playwright, a critical diatribe about 18th-century morals. Muhlenberg...
Into the decadent world of Pasadena we go. . . . More and more I am drawn to that little triangle of treasures near Vroman's Bookstore: the Laemmle theaters, of course, where the audiences are either amazingly reverential or fully asleep, and the little...
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Fanilows, your wait is finally over. The long-delayed Barry Manilow musical "Harmony" as well as a star turn by Danny DeVito in the London production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" are part of the 2013-14 lineup for the Ahmanson Theatre. The...
Billie Holiday was many things — songwriter, vocalist, poet, a woman whose jazz-influenced vocals forever changed the way singers interpret the American songbook. But for the actress Alexis J. Rogers, the singer also known as Lady Day is nothing...
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The year 2012, as Queen Elizabeth II might have said, was quite the annus horribilis on Broadway. Especially after the leaves started to turn. Consider the less-than-regal disappointments. "The Anarchist," the polemical new play by David Mamet, closed...
As Sir Robin carols merrily to King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot, "In any great adventure, if you don't want to lose...you won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews." Eric Idle's cheeky lyric, which unfailingly generated knowing...
Stages Theatre Company with Theatre Downtown present "Summertime," a musical tribute to black Americans' influence on theater performance. Described by the presenters as a family-friendly musical revue, "Summertime" features heartwarming melodies from...
Chicagoans know the husband-wife vocal duo of Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon from their exemplary work in "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah," which plays annually at the Auditorium Theatre. But on Sunday afternoon Burke and Dixon bowed at the...
Look at that face in the photo and try to tell me that is not a great neighborhood face. Aging handsomely and full of life, it is the face of actor Danny Goldring — even the name is neighborhood perfect, Danny — sitting in the barbershop...
Expecting the usual entertaining evening delivered by talented players at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, I found instead a life-affirming, near-religious experience watching "The Color Purple" — a musical epic tracing one woman's journey from...
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