'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 2nd, 2013
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:
And so, we must say goodbye to T-BOM. "The Book Of Mormon" ends its ten-month run at the fabled Bank Of America Theatre on Monroe Street this Sunday, October 6, 2013. Nearly everyone I know who has seen it feels it is one of the funniest and most insightful musicals they have ever seen, and fully deserving of its accolades, including the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Chicago's production of the "South Park"-"Avenue Q" mashup also gets some credit internationally for showing that the lead role of Elder Cunningham doesn't have to be played by an actor of the same physical type as role originator Josh Gad. And we're promised a return of the production during the 2014-15 season, just as "Wicked," "Jersey Boys" and "Rock Of Ages" have returned multiple times after a long Chicago run. About the only show that didn't come back after a big push here is 2009 Tony winner "Billy Elliot," whose run here was truncated. Can't win 'em all, I guess.
Given how great our Super September was this year, I regret to inform you that the very popular closing date of October 6 will hit a LOT of productions in addition to T-BOM. Broadway In Chicago's tour of "Evita" will close and move on this Sunday, after a three week shakedown here. Other shows closing on October 6 include the phonemenally well-reviewed local debut of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Next To Normal" at the Drury Lane Theatre and the well-regarded local debut of the Tony Award-winning "In The Heights" at the Paramount Theatre. Also closing are two productions housed at Stage 773 in Lakeview, Porchlight Music Theatre's Double Trouble and NightBlue Performing Arts Company's "Spamalot." I hope you have your tickets by now! And local actors and artistic personnel, get ready for the big fruitbasket turnover of who works where!
But never fear. New productions crop up al the time. And we are about to have not one but two productions of a perennially popular title from the English light comic opera end of the repertoire. "The Mikado" will play in what will probably be a fairly traditional production of the Gilbert and Sullivan mainstage mainstay from October 11-20, 2013, at Chute Auditorium on Oakton Street in Evanston, courtesy of The Savoyaires and their 49th annual production. Chute has been their home since 1994. Elizabeth Margolius directs, with musical direction by Timothy Semanik.
And The Hypocrites, one of Chicago's favorite professional actor ensembles, will bring their production of "The Mikado," first seen last year at their home, the Chopin Theatre, to the Steppenwolf Garage, playing November 14-December 29 in Lincoln Park. Sean Graney adapted and directs the remount. Have you seen the production photos? Check them out!