Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to announce the Chicago 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed Beautiful Thing, The heart warming story of two teenaged boys coming to grips with their sexuality.  Director John Nasca directs a cast that includes PFP Artistic Ensemble Members Michelle McKenzie-Voigt and Patrick Rybarczyk as Sandra and Tony, with Robert Hilliard as Jamie, Charlie Wein as Ste, and Kiah McKirnan as Leah.

Jamie, a boy who skips school to avoid playing sports, is attracted to his next-door neighbor Ste, an athletic teen who is regularly beaten by his father and brothers. One night, Jamie's mother Sandra offers Ste refuge from his abusive family, setting off a chain of events that changes their lives forever. Set in a working-class area of southeast London,Beautiful Thing illustrates the struggle of growing up in a world that can be cruel and unforgiving to anyone perceived as different.

Written in 1993, Beautiful Thing was initially produced by The Bush Theatre, London, England. It received its American premiere in 1998 by Famous Door Theatre Company in Chicago and then transferred to New York in 1999 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  "As 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Beautiful Thing and with bullying issues still very much a part of today’s headlines, this is the perfect time to revisit this play, which feels more relevant than ever," says director John Nasca.

From January 17 – February 17, at the  Athenaeum Theatre (Studio Three) 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago. 
Previews: January 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. •  Opening  Night: January 19 at 7:30 p.m. •  Sunday: January 20 at 2:00 pm.
Prices: $15 for Previews • $23 on Thursdays and Sundays • $25 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tickets: Available at www.athenaeumtheatre.org or by calling 773-935-6875

Jonathan Harvey (Playwright) comes from Liverpool and now lives in London. His plays include The Cherry Blossom Tree (Liverpool Playhouse Studio, 1987), which won him the 1987 National Girobank Young Writer of the Year Award;MohairWildfire, and Beautiful Thing, winner of the John Whiting Award 1994; Babies, winner of the George Devine Award 1993 and Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award 1994; Boom Bang-A-Bang, and Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club.  Jonathan is currently working on several projects, including a new television series and a musical with the Pet Shop Boys.

John Nasca (Director) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Glitterati Productions and an Artistic Associate for Pride Films and Plays.  His directing credits include Gypsy, Moon Over Buffalo, No, No, Nanette, Love Sucks!, and the staged readings of Beautiful Thing, Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood, The Ritz, Save the Date, MauriceHello Norma Jeane, andVisalia.  John is also a 3-time Jeff-recommended costumer for Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Anyone Can Whistle, andDie! Mommie, Die!, and the proud recipient of After Dark and Broadway World awards.  His costume work also includes Noises OffMetropolisPhantom, Poseidon: An Upside-Down Musical, Follies, The Miracle Worker, Chicago, The Little Foxes, Rigoletto, The Great White Hope, Tintypes, The Women, and On the Waterfront.
 
 
 A Very Luna Christmas, a gut busting and honest portrayal of a Latina family desperately trying to survive the holidays. It’s been a rough year for the Ochoa family, but nothing, not even her husband’s recent death, will stop Oralia Ochoa from throwing her yearly Christmas party for the entire neighborhood. She gathers the Ochoa women to prepare her famous tamales, but things start going awry when one daughter shows up with her new girlfriend, another without her husband and a granddaughter who is on a conversational basis with GOD, Herself. Will Oralia be able to accept the changes her family is undergoing, or will she be left all alone in the kitchen? This is a definite must see holiday event for the whole family!
As the Holiday Season kicks into full swing, Teatro Luna invites Chicago to laugh, cry, and reminisce on holidays past with A Very Luna Christmas, a holiday show the whole family is sure to enjoy.

A Very Luna Christmas features Artistic Associates Amanda de la Guardia (Living Large..., PUTAS!) and Alyssa Vera Ramos, Teatro Luna favorites Jazmin Corona (Crossed), Angelica Roque (PUTAS!) and Ashley Alvarez (PUTAS!), and Luna newcomers Diana Campos and Sindy Castro.

Luna Central • 3914 N. Clark St. (Mainstage Space) • Dec. 3, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2013 • Thurs-Sun, matinee and prime time.
THURSDAY PERFORMANCES ARE PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door. For more information visit www.teatroluna.org 
 
 
After a highly successful  run on Broadway, Mike Tyson will take his acclaimed one-man show, MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH, on a national tour which will stop in Chicago for three performances only, February 15-17, 2013, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph St.).  Helmed by renowned director Spike Lee and producer James L. Nederlander, the tour is set to begin February 2013.

Until December 7, 2012, tickets are available for our readers before they will be available for purchase for the general public.  Tickets are available for purchase at Ticket Master or Broadway in Chicago. Code EARLY is required when ordering online. Special Meet & Greet packages are also available!

The legendary boxer, “Iron Mike,” will kick off his 10-week tour with a two-night engagement at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on February 12 –13.  The three month tour will visit over 36 cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington D.C.  For tickets and full information of this tour visit www.facebook.com/MikeTysonOnTour.

“After a successful run at the MGM in Las Vegas and on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre with Spike Lee, I’m excited to take MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH on tour and share it with my fans across the country,” said Tyson.  “’Undisputed Truth’ is my story- I'm giving my all.  I’m proud to take the show nationwide, and it’s a privilege to continue working with The Nederlander Organization.” 

MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown.  Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.

Created by Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment, MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is presented by James L. Nederlanderdirected by Spike Lee (originally directed by Randy Johnson), written by Kiki Tyson, and produced by Mike Tyson, Kiki Tyson, and Adam Steck

ABOUT MIKE TYSON
Mike Tyson is a larger-than-life legend both in and out of the ring.  Tenacious, talented, and thrilling to watch, Tyson embodies the grit and electrifying excitement of the sport.  With nicknames such as “Iron” Mike, Kid Dynamite, and The Baddest Man on the Planet, it’s no surprise that Tyson’s legacy is the stuff of a legend.  Tyson was one of the most feared boxers in the ring-- and one look at his resume proves he is one of boxing’s greats: Aside from having been the undisputed heavyweight champion, Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles simultaneously.  In 2011 Tyson was also inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Tyson’s enduring mass appeal owes not only to his incomparable athleticism, but to his huge personality and unrivaled showmanship.  And his ability to work a crowd extends far beyond the ring- Tyson’s career in entertainment spans blockbuster movies (The Hangover and The Hangover 2), television (the Animal Planet’s “Taking on Tyson”), and his own clothing company (shirts are available on his website).  Tyson is also the CEO of his own production company, Tyrannic Productions, and currently has a few film projects in development.

ABOUT SPIKE LEE
Spike Lee is a Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, Author and Educator who has helped revolutionize modern Independent cinema.  Lee is a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself’ school of independent film.  Spike's latest endeavor is the Peabody Award winning documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which revisits the recently Storm ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild in their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders.  Recent critical and box office successes have included such films as Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam.  
Lee’s films Girl 6, Get on the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions on race, class and gender identity. 
Spike’s commercial work began in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign.  Collaborating with basketball great Michael Jordan on several commercials, Lee resurrected his popular character, Mars Blackmon from She’s Gotta Have It. His other commercial ventures include TV spots for Philips, ESPN, American Express, Snapple, Taco Bell and the Lean Forward campaign for MSNBC.  
Lee began teaching a course about filmmaking and Black cinema at Harvard in 1991 and since 2002, Lee has been Artistic Director of the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production.  Spike Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham he created SpikeDDB, a full-service advertising agency.  SpikeDDB Clients include Chevy, Pepsi and Comcast.

Source: Press release from Broadway in Chicago

 
 
As Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 35th anniversary, PINK finds out how this same sex couple lives and works together in one of the world’s most progressive contemporary dance companies.

by David Cohen
photos by Todd Rosenberg


For Jonathan Fredrickson and Kevin Shannon, dancing has a different meaning every day. For them, dance it is the essence of life.

As two of the 18 members of the prestigious company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jonathan and Kevin have accomplished what most young dancers dream about. 

Growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jonathan remembers himself dancing and creating new movements every possible moment he could. His love of dance led him to the Munro Ballet Studios in Corpus Christi, where he studied ballet under the direction of teachers Cristina Munro and Kay Boon. In 2006, he received his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. 

Jonathan continued his path to success. In 2006, he joined the Limón Dance Company in New York City, where his talent and abilities as a dancer and choreographer were quickly recognized. Jonathan performed lead roles at Limón with some of the world’s greatest choreographers including Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Clay Talliaferro, Anna Sokolow, and Colin Connor. Jonathan’s enormous creative passion, along with his non-stop need to choreograph resulted in him obtaining his first commission at the age of 25 for the Limón troupe. The Edge of Some World premiered in Beijing, China in 2009, and performed during the company’s 2009–2010 season in Switzerland, Mexico, and New York City. Jonathan’s second choreographic commission, Chrysalis, premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City in December, 2010. 

In 2009, Jonathan won Hubbard Street 2’s National Choreographic Competition, and he joined the main company in February of 2011.  Also in 2011,  Jonathan was named as an up-and-coming choreographer and one of  “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine

Kevin, who joined Hubbard Street in November, 2007, also has an impressive list of accomplishments as a professional dancer.  Under the guidance and direction of Lester Holmes, Kevin began his formal dance education at his home town Baltimore, Maryland.   Later on, he graduated from the Baltimore School of Art. Kevin continued his training under the supervision of the renowned American choreographer Paul Taylor at the Miami City Ballet, the School of American Ballet. 

After receiving his BFA in 2007 from the Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin toured the U.S. with the Juilliard School Ensemble. During this time, he appeared in the nationally broadcast television special Live from Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years. During this time, Kevin also performed works by choreographers Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián.

While Jonathan  has a constant need to create, Kevin’s passion is turning a choreographer’s vision into reality by delivering each dance step as accurately as possible. “As a dancer, this is the most satisfying moment: when I give life to a piece created by one of the world’s leading choreographers,” he says.

Although their relationship didn’t begin as love at first sight, dancing brought the two closer together. Working closely in the same profession, the couple has had to learn how to separate their personal lives from their professional lives. The process of becoming dance professionals has taught both men how to stay  focused and determined. These qualities have helped both Kevin and Jonathan overcome stressful moments. One such moment occurred during the filming of a rehearsal for the annual AIDS Foundation of Chicago benefit, Dance for Life when Kevin’s pants ripped open in the middle of the performance. While the cameras continued to film, Kevin focused on one thing only: the show that must go on. Jonathan believes that the ability to cover up mistakes and make them appear part of the performance can be achieved only “by a true professional dancer.”

“A creative person must push himself beyond normal boundaries to evoke inspiration within. “You must know and believe in yourself, love yourself, and know what makes you a human being,” Jonathan says. “This is what it takes to succeed in the world of dance and in life.”

While climbing the ladder as an up-and-coming choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jonathan states that he will never give Kevin an advantage over any other dancer. “I will always look for the most talented dancer who is capable of performing what I have envisioned and created,” says Jonathan, with a soft but confident voice.

How does this young couple handle the pressures of their demanding day-to-day work? Kevin loves to cook, while Jonathan loves to dine out. They also enjoy quiet evenings,  watching movies like Sophie’s Choice, and cups of coffee at corner cafés, watching the parade of people walking by.

Perhaps the secret to their successful relationship lies in the fact that they don’t live together. Keeping two separate apartments provides the space they need, where each is able to focus on finding his own internal balance.

“Eventually, I can see us moving in together,” says Kevin, who is not opposed to the idea of gay marriage. However, level-headed Jonathan wants the two of them to take their time and not rush into any big decisions. They’re taking one step at a time as they move together into their futures, while continuing to explore their creative sides.

As a form of non-verbal communication between humans, dance is the language Jonathan and Kevin use to express their feelings for one another. They will keep moving forward together with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a most welcoming and accepting company. After all, we have the privilege of choosing the way we want to live and love.  

 
 
photos by Michael Brosilow • The Odd Couple Northlight Theatre z • Left to right top to bottom: Tim Kazurinsky (Felix), Marc Grapey (Oscar), Bruce Jarchow (Roy), Peter DeFaria (Murray the Cop), William Dick (Vinnie), Molly Glynn (Cecily), Katherine Keberlein (Gwen) and Phil Ridarelli (Speed)

by David Cohen

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Northlight Theater is everything one would except from any of Neil Simon's plays or comedies.  The Tony Award-winning comedy classic of famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix is a huge hit!  

When recently-failed marriages lead famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix into sharing an apartment, Felix’s finicky habits and Oscar’s slovenly ways make for a disastrous yet sidesplittingly funny combination. 

Directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones, this production couldn't have been better. The chemistry between Tim Kazurinsky (Felix Ungar) and Marc Grapey (Oscar Madison) as the famously mismatched roommates is perfect. It is a match made in heaven, and you couldn't ask for more. The Chicago cast include comic actors Bruce Jarchow (Roy), Peter DeFaria (Murray the Cop), William Dick (Vinnie), Molly Glynn (Cecily), Katherine Keberlein (Gwen) and Phil Ridarelli (Speed). The entire cast is solid, and together they deliver many laughs as they score a perfect 10 for this fun and amusing comedy. 

Actor George Wendt who dropped out of this production for a coronary bypass surgery, left the door open to the understudy, Chicago actor and Broadway veteran Marc Grapey who stepped into the role of Oscar Madison. Grapey who was playing the role of Murray the Cop in the Northlight production is fantastic as Oscar.  This role fits him like a perfect glove, and perhaps he is the reason why The Odd Couple is so odd but so good.  

Due to overwhelming demand The Odd Couple was extended for another week, and performances will run through December 16, 2012..  “This is a distinguished ensemble of Chicago's great comedic actors giving such rich and colorful portrayals in Neil Simon’s finest and funniest script.  Audiences have been loving this show.”

Northlight Theater • 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie •  847.673.6300 • through December 16, 2012 
Tickets: From $25-$72; Student $15 (subject to availability) 
Schedule: 
Tuesdays: 7:30pm (except Nov 27 & Dec 11) • Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except Dec 12), and 7:30pm (except Nov 21)
Thursdays: 7:30pm (except November 22) • Fridays: 8:00pm • Saturdays: 2:30pm (except December 15), and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm, and 7:00pm (except Nov 18, December 9 and December 16).

For more information visit www.northlight.org



 
 
Photo by Gavin B  &  by Sean Will (L to R Top to Bottom): Billy Stark, AnnaleighBilly Porter, Stark Sands • Jerry, Harvey, Cyndi • Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford, Stark Sands • Stark Sands, Billy Porter 

by David Cohen

Last night, October 17, 2012, four-time witty and charming Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, pop icon and Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper who made her musical theatrical debut, and director choreographer Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, put their foot down as they captivated the Chicagoan audience at the world premiere of the highly anticipated new musical "Kinky Boots," at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. 

Based on the 2005 British film, Kinky Boots the musical will inspire your soul just as it did to an entire town in Northern England years ago. This true story is about Charlie Price who was forced the save his family's shoe factory after the death of his father.

Lola, a fabulous drag queen performer comes to the rescue as the savor. Together Charlie and Lola revitalize the failing business, and bringing the shoe factory back to life, while they fighting their own long life battle of living at their fathers' shadow. During this process the two men are becoming the type of men their fathers always wanted them to be, while transforming the entire community through the power of acceptance.

Kinky boots brings many talents together off and on stage. There is no one else who can write bette drag then Fierstein. Along with Cyndi who composed character songs, club music, disco, ballads and dance numbers just like "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" the show delivers a great musical, and it is another great hit that Fierstein can add to his resume. As alway, Fierstein is on the right track, and his writing gives 'Kinky' the character and essence the show needs. This is a fun musical, fresh, and it is a solid entertainment as every musical should be. 

Just as Fierstein gives life to his writing, Billy Porter gives life to Lola.  From the moment Lola gets on stage, she conquers the audience's attention.  With her entourage of super duper fabulous drag queens who fill the stage with life and exhilarating energy, Porter delivers one of the best diva drag queen I have seen on stage, a roll that every drag queen would love to fulfill. His acting ability and commanding voice, should put him in the race for a Tony-winning performance for the coming year.

One of the best surprises came from the extremely talented Annaleigh Ashford in the role of Trish. Ashford delivered a perfect and brilliantly comic performance, and without no doubt her remarkable voice deserves a a winning Tony too. 

Overall, Kinky Boots is another great musical hit. It is fun, full of life, it is a  musical that doesn't stop for a moment and keeps you on your toes for two full hours. Go find out what a bunch of drag queens can do to you and others... I promise, they will ignite your body, soul and spirit. Surly, they will ignite more than just your boots!

Through November 4th, 2012Bank Of America Theater • 18 W. Monroe Street • For tickets ($33-$100) and more information visit  www.BroadwayinChicago.com.

 
 
Photos by Danny Nicholas

by David Cohen

In true Black Ensemble Theater style where the music takes center stage, Musical Director Robert Reddrick gives live to One Name Only (A Different Kind of Reality Show) a tribute to the music of the Ladies of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston.

One name Only is the story of ten women finalists competing for the title "Best Star Singer," set in a reality TV show with a panel of judges. Just as in the popular American Idol the reality TV show, each contestant tries to make their way to the top, and with one third of the final vote the audience decide who is the winner for that evening. This ensures that every night the outcome of every show will be different.

And if this is not enough, the Founder of BE Jackie Taylor promises to deliver more surprises. There are going to be special guest appearances by national recording stars, including the one-and-only Dionne Warwick, and of course the date of her appearance is kept as a secret. On some nights, “guest judges” will include some of Chicago’s brightest stars and powerhouse singers. Surly, this is a clever way of creating excitement and making us experience the "real" world of reality TV shows.

Written and directed by by BE Associate Director Rueben Echoles, this world premiere musical is entertaining, unique in its approach to  the theatrical experience, but it is not as great as the previous show The Marvin Gaye Story. The first act is too slow and too long. It did lack the energy and the power of the second act, which has the best hits, solos performances of the entire production. Dawn Bless who performed as Ms LaBelle, delivered the best moments of the entire production singing the classic hit Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Ms Bless brought the audience to their knees, and won an stand-ovation for her superb and outstanding ability as a singer and actor. Nonetheless, Lisa Beasley as Tanika and Candace C. Edwards as Marylin, are remarkable in the leading roles. With their commanding voice and talent, the two delivered a perfect final round as they did justice to Houston's hits, and gave this production of One Name Only the essence of what the Black Ensemble is all about. Overall, One Name Only is a good and fun show that will send you home happy and satisfied.

Through November 11, 2012 • The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street • Valet parking is available. 
Tickets from $55-65. 10% discount for students, seniors, and groups.  Available at www.ticketmaster.com, or call 773-769-4451.

 
 
in the photo: Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The 35th Anniversary Season of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will feature the work of Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo who was inspired by Marc Chagall’s famed America Windows, permanently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Commissioned by Hubbard Street Cerrudo created a single theme, entitled One Thousand Pieces, to celebrate the Company’s significant 35-year history as Chicago’s premiere contemporary dance company. This world premiere will be given in honor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Harris Theater.

“For 35 years Hubbard Street Dance has showcased Chicago’s extraordinary local talent and vibrant cultural community to the world,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am committed to making Chicago a worldwide destination for dance and look forward to celebrating this wonderful cultural institution in our city.”

“I am honored that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago can celebrate the start of its 35th Anniversary in our hometown with this beautiful tribute,” comments Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton. “I knew immediately that I wanted the launch of this monumental season to embody all that Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is — a dance company proud of its hometown and collaborations with like- minded cultural institutions; a company that is deeply seeded in choreographic development and new works; and a company that believes in the importance of all art forms, in this case dance, visual art and music melding together for this cultural event. It is only natural that in honor of our 35th Anniversary, we give this new work to The City of Chicago in tribute to Mayor Emanuel and his commitment to make Chicago an international destination for dance.”

The monumental panels of stained glass, created by Chagall especially for the Art Institute and dedicated to Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902–1976), commemorate the American Bicentennial. The glowing glass infuses the artist’s landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago and symbols of the fine arts that suggests the creative expansiveness made possible by American freedom and liberty.

“Hubbard Street has given me the opportunity to launch my career as a choreographer and I will always be grateful for that,” reflects Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. “Choosing Marc Chagall’s America Windows is a nod to the year that Hubbard Street was founded, as well as to the feelings and energy that these beautiful panels convey to me. Having thought about this work since last year, I am eager to get started on creating this tribute. With America Windows as my inspiration, the music of Philip Glass as my frame, the Harris Theater stage as my canvas and the dancers of Hubbard Street as my paintbrush, I hope to create a magical evening that does justice to this renowned dance company, and honors a City that has become my home.”

At the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 18-21, 2012. Tickets from $25 to $99. For more information about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 35th Anniversary Season and subscription packages, please call the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744 or visit www.hubbardstreetdance.com.

Source: Press release.
 
 
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.