'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 14th, 2011
THE LATEST IN UNAUTHORIZED GOSSIP AND BUZZ
FROM THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S SHOWTUNE VIDEO BARS,
AND MUSICAL THEATER NEWS FROM CHICAGO TO BROADWAY
by Paul W. Thompson
Overheard last weekend under the showtune
video screens at Sidetrack and The Call:
This past weekend saw the Broadway debut of one Jessie Mueller, daughter of Roger and sister of Abby and Andrew, and the Chicago Showtune community is abuzz about it! Just six months ago this Chicagoan from a quintessential performing arts family was appearing in “Shout” at the Marriott Theatre, and just weeks ago she won this year’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role – Musical for starring in “She Loves Me” at the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe (she was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for the same performance). But now, Mueller is starring opposite Harry Connick, Jr., in the reconception of the 1965 Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane musical “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.” One great thing about all this is that the original leading lady back in the day was Chicagoan Barbara Harris, and another great thing is that Connick’s standby for the male leading role is none other than Chicagoan Sean Allan Krill (he was in last Christmas’s “Spamalot” at the Drury Lane Theatre). The best thing of all is that, whether a particular review is negative or less so about the “On A Clear Day…” production as a whole, nearly everything coming out ofNew York about Jessie Mueller is very positive. Thanks for doing us proud, Jessie! And if you haven’t seen a clip of her in this show, here is one of the ending of her big solo, “Ev’ry Night At Seven.” Good Lord, such pipes!
Speaking of the Broadies… the second annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, the Chicago area’s only theater awards voted solely by the fans, are heating up the holidays in a big way! Voting ends at midnight on Thursday evening, December 15, 2011, so if you still can, get your votes counted! Other media outlets have been announcing their end-of-year top ten lists, but Chicago.BroadwayWorld.com lets the fans have a voice! And once the winners are officially announced online, make your plans to attend the Awards Celebration at The Call nightclub in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood on Wednesday evening, December 28th! It will be a fun night of seeing old and new theater friends and colleagues, and all nominees for the awards (and everyone affiliated with nominated productions) will be given a yellow nominees’ ribbon at check-in. Winners will receive certificates (new this year), and many theater folk will be given the opportunity to address the crowd. I’ll be hosting the event, assisted by The Call’s Ashley Morgan, along with BroadwayWorld Chicago contributors M. William Panek and Misha Davenport. The Call is at 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, and owner and VJ Michael Hogan will be spinning his regular Wednesday Showtune videos! Come one, come all, to The Call! I look forward to seeing you there.