photos by Liz Lauren

by David Cohen


Written and directed by Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman, the Tony Award-winning smash hit Metamorphoses kicked off last night at Lookingglass’ 25th Anniversary Season.

Mary held a dream that one day her Metamorphoses, a collection of Greek mythologies stories will be staged  as originally was she conceived it, in a pool of water, and it did. 

Telling the stories in the water, the universal symbol of transformation, put this performance above and beyond anyone would imagine. Although I have heard so about this play, this was the first time I saw Metamorphoses. Finally, I understood why it is one of the best shows ever to be produced on stage. Don't miss your chance to experience this magical and enchanted anniversary production.

Some members of the original cast returned this year to Lookingglass, but non-the-less all the members of this production give their best, and making Metamorphoses a remarkable experience of a tales on stage.

The brilliance of Mary’s work is that these ancient myths feel at once very contemporary and totally timeless, simultaneously rooted in the very specific individuals onstage and completely universal,” says Artistic Director Andy White.  “These are some of the reasons it was our longest-running hit in Chicago, then toured the country, and finally ran for a year on Broadway.  This show had a profound impact on all of us – Lookingglass, Chicago, and even the country – when we first produced it, and we’ve had an ache to revisit it for a long time. We are so proud to bring it back to Chicago now, and to have it kick off our 25th Anniversary Season.”

There is nothing but excellence to this brilliant and rare "jewel." From superb acting to brilliant directing, to design. There is nothing more difficult to create but simplicity, but in Metamorphoses all the design elements come together beautifully, and giving this production the essences it deserves. From the simple use of lights and candle lights, to beautifully synced music with every move the actors do, to simple stage and costumes design––is nothing but genius. All this talent put together to make this rare production of Metamorphoses is by far the best play of the year, and for sure one of the best play I have ever seen on stage. Bravo!

Through November 18, 2012. Tickets: $36 - $70
Saturday Matinees offer a limited number of tickets (buy one, get one free) which are available to all 3:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. This program is made possible with the generous support of Target, working with Lookingglass to make the arts accessible to all. A limited number of student tickets are available the day of the show for $20 with valid student ID. Groups of 10 or more patrons save up to 20%. Call the box office for details.
Box office is located at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. To buy online  go to www.lookingglasstheatre.org, or by phone at (312) 337-0665.

 
 
Broadway In Chicago announced the upcoming 2013 spring season line-up. This is the complete spring season including performances dates and venues
 
PRE-BROADWAY!
JEKYLL & HYDE • March 12-24, 2013 • Cadillac Palace Theater
American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy® Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony® and Grammy® Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar® and Grammy® winner Leslie Bricusse, returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production directed by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun and includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon.
 
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT • March 19–31, 2013 • Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University
This outrageously fun show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.  An international hit with more than 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive."  The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT "funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!" The New York Post declares “Queen of Broadway!  A feel-good show with a big, joyous heart!  PRISCILLA ramps up the thrills!” The New York Times raves "Performed with gleaming verve! Every conceivable surface has been decked with sequins, spattered with colored lights, or trimmed in feathers and fringe."
 
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
April 2–14, 2013 8 • Cadillac Palace Theater
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life.  With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected. This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and direction by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
 
PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE!

BIG FISH • April 2 – May 5, 2013 • Oriental Theater
BIG FISH, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August and starring Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in a limited 5-week engagement in the spring of 2013. BIG FISH is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, a book by John August and is produced by Academy Award winners Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.  A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, BIG FISH centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will.  As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.
 
ANYTHING GOES • April 23 - May 5, 2013 • Cadillac Palace Theater                 
 “ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theater Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography!  One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Chicago, starring critically-acclaimed actress Rachel York as Reno Sweeney and directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall.  The New York Times calls it “Musical-Comedy Joy” and USA Today hails it as “Glorious and Exhuberant!”  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.  Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”  Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So Delightful, So Delicious, So De-Lovely!”
 
OFF-SEASON SPECIALS
POTTED POTTERBegins Nov. 13, 2012 • Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions’ hit off-Broadway show, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, is a Critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London.  POTTED POTTER won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show, playing to sold-out houses worldwide.  Written and performed by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, complete with a game of Quidditch and aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, is perfect for the entire family.
 
AMERICAN IDIOT • April 16-21, 2013 • Cadillac Palace Theater                   
Winner of two Tony Awards® and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).  AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and
with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theater and its critically acclaimed national tour, which returns to Chicago this Spring.
 
WEST SIDE STORY June 11-16, 2013 • Oriental Theater
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY returns to Chicago!  Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).
WEST SIDE STORY tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them.  WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theater as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”  The Associated Press says WEST SIDE STORY “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

TICKET INFORMATION

The 2013 Spring Season will go on sale to the public on September 21, 2012. Tickets are now available for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for 2013 Season productions will go on sale at a later date.
 
 
by Jason Dabrowski, Jacob Christopher Green and Calidonia Olivares • Directed by Calidonia Olivares

“Throw Andrea McArdle, George Romero and Chi Chi LaRue into a blender and you’d be lucky if you get something as outrageous and sick with fun as Hubris Productions’ “Annee Pocalypse.” - Brian Kirst

That’s right folks, she’s back!  Our very own Little Whorin Annee is back in Chi-Town just in time for the elections. It’s the very near future and the world is in zombie-filled, right-wing-run, post-apocalyptic chaos. Whew! With “frighteningly funny…pseudo political content…great penis gag lines” and witty lyrics put to music reinterpreted by John Kamys (Jinx Titanic), Anne Pocalypse will have you laughing hours past its 60 minutes.  Now with MORE CAMP! So c’mon and see if the world is still here tomorrow.
 
From September 08, 2012, to September 23, 2012, with Special Election show on November 01, 2012.
Thursdays - Sundays @8:00pm • Doors Open at 7:30 • Run Time: One Hour no intermission
Price: $25 VIP: General: $15  • Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/263374
@ Mary’s Attic • 5400 N Clark Street • Chicago, IL 60640