'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 8th, 2014
THE LATEST IN UNAUTHORIZED GOSSIP AND BUZZ
FROM THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S SHOWTUNE VIDEO BARS,
AND MUSICAL THEATER NEWS FROM CHICAGO TO BROADWAY
Overheard last weekend under the showtune
video screens at Sidetrack and The Call:
It's tonight! The fourth annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration commences tonight, Wednesday, January 8th, at 8:00 pm at The Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. I hope you can join us! We'll be there till midnight, handing out certificates to the winners of the 36 categories, as voted on by YOU, the readers of BroadwayWorld Chicago, the Mosh Pit peeps, my besties. It's a 21 and over establishment (sorry, young readers), but it's free to attend, with no drink minimum. And you get your truly, plus The Call's hostess Ashley Morgan, the nicest bartenders in town and showtune videos from VJ Michael Hogan. And speeches! We love acceptances speeches. Especially from people who just found out they won! We didn't announce the winners ahead of time this year. And I guarantee you excitement. Grab your showgoing pals and head on over. We're there till midnight! If this doesn't get you out of the house on a winter evening, I don't know what will....
And leave it to Broadway In Chicago to move us into 2014 showgoing mode with two big openings. First up is "Ghost," the national tour of the short-lived 2012 Broadway musical (it originated in the UK in 2011, and of course is based on the popular 1990 film). This is a non-Equity tour, and because of transportation-related weather issues it did not perform at our Oriental Theatre last night as scheduled. But we are told that everything is going on tonight as planned, with a two-week run through January 19, 2014. (Ticketholders for last night should exchange them before Monday, the 13th.) Chicago native Carla R. Stewart plays psychic Oda Mae Brown. Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics is one of the writers. Matthew Warchus directs.
Speaking of originating in the UK..., you made have heard of a little show called "The Phantom Of The Opera." Now in its 27th unbelievable year on Broadway, the Andrew Lloyd Webber romantic pop opera is about to be the biggest thing on a Chicago stage this winter. Beginning tomorrow night, January 9, and running through March 2nd at the Cadillac Palace Theatre is a tour of an entirely different staging of the show from the Hal Prince version we've seen since the late 1980s. Still featuring most of Maria Bjornson's legendary costumes, the show has otherwise been entirely reimagined by producer Cameron Mackintosh, first for a UK tour and now touring the US. Chicago is the first major stop. Direction is by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Scott Ambler. Cooper Grodin and Jay Lusteck, formerly seen at Light Opera Works, are in the ensemble. Ben Jacoby and Linda Balgord, seen one year ago in "Now And Forever: The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber" at the Marriott Theatre, are Raoul and Madame Giry. Mark Campbell and Julia Rose Udine are The Phantom and Christine Daae. It's here, people.