10 ON TUESDAY with Doug Peck

It's Tuesday!

BroadwayWorld Chicago brings you 10 on Tuesday, featuring artists in and around Chicago. This week's questionnaire participant - musical director around town, Doug Peck!

1) Name: Doug Peck

2) Where Are You From? Evanston, Illinois

3) Currently Working On / Recently Closed? I just got back to Chicago after music directing and orchestrating Kiss Me, Kate at the DC Shakespeare Theatre and music directing, orchestrating, and piano-conducting the Oregon Shakespeare Theatre production of Guys and Dolls at the Wallis Theatre in Beverly Hills, LA. I'm in rehearsals right now for Sister Act at the Marriott Theatre.

4) What's your dream production? I have two coming up! My second (of at least a hundred, we can hope) Dreamgirls at Porchlight Music Theatre and my first Wonderful Town at the Goodman Theatre. I'm also dying to do Nine again - I directed it in college, but have never musical directed it.

5) Favorite post-performance haunt? Petterino's. The Matchbox. My house with friend, my vinyl collection, and my cats, Orpheus and Baldwin.

6) Living or dead, who would you drop everything to see perform? Nina Simone. Maria Callas. Leontyne Price. Patti LaBelle. Patti Smith. Aretha Franklin. Yoko Ono. Tina Turner. Waltraud Meier. Billie Holiday. Christa Ludwig. Shirley Verrett. Jessye Norman. Carmen McRae. Joan Sutherland. Kathleen Battle. Shirley Horn. Ella Fitzgerald. Mahalia Jackson. Lauryn Hill. Eileen Farrell. Missy Elliot. Clara Ward. Barbra Streisand. Renata Scotto. Carol Vaness. Grace Bumbry. Annie Lennox. Marilyn Horne. Cesaria Evora. India Arie. MeShell Ndgeocello. Sarah Vaughan. I suppose I should name at least some guys. Fine. Franco Corelli and Andre DeShields.

7) Who's your biggest inspiration? See above. My parents. My incredible friends. Leonard Bernstein. James Baldwin. Zora Neale Hurston. My person trainer, Adrian Aguilar, and yoga teacher, John David Nelson. Currently, Bernie Sanders and those brave enough to support his vision of a better America for all people.

8) Describe the Chicago community in three words. ACTING, ACTING, ACTING. You can't step onstage here without telling a story.

9) Fill in the blank: "If I could change one thing about theatre in Chicago, it would be ..... higher fees for artists. You think you know, but you don't know. Obviously money is only one reward for what we do, but it would sure be nice."

10) Fill in the blank: "The thing I'd never change about theatre in Chicago is ....... the fluency our actors can have been musical and non-musical work. The risks we are allowed to take when the commercial element is less prominent."

Twitter: douglaspeck; Instagram: douglaspeck; Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave-Lux

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