photo by Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Ballet’s new presentation of The Nutcracker came in with a flash, but fully demonstrated its intention to become a fixture in the Chicago performing arts scene. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the production will run until December 30.
I appreciated the connection to Chicago with the production taking place during the construction for World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. It’s a musicologist and dramturg’s dream. Continue reading
I’m still feeling energized and thankful for a stunning production by Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Auditorium Theatre last weekend.
It’s the time of year for valuing the people in our lives. I’ve been having a relaxing time with family away from the city for Thanksgiving, but part of my heart is still at the Dance Theatre of Harlem student matinee with my students. Continue reading
I wrote my way out. I wrote my way out of hell.
I wrote my way to revolution.
I was louder than the crack in the bell.
… And in the face of ignorance and resistance
I wrote financial systems into existence
And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.
Waking up today, we’ve elected a leader who has Continue reading
11/2 – 11/13 – Fun Home – Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre
11/5 – High Concept Lab Open House – Mana Contemporary Continue reading
I saw the preview of In the Heights by Porchlight Music Theatre.
This was a smart choice from a marketing perspective. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name is big right now and with the hype leading up to Hamilton in Chicago, the timing Continue reading
I just saw Heathers, The Musical at Stage 773 put on by Stage Door Productions. It was an interesting dive back into the 80s.
Certain songs resounded Continue reading
It’s already August! 😱 Summer is going by quickly.
I always feel like July doesn’t exist as a month. It disappears so fast every year. To me, it feels like it’s the Fourth of July, and then boom, it’s over.
And as Chicagoans know, the city is so alive in the summertime. Continue reading