WBEZ | Studio BE http://www.wbez.org/tags/studio-be Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Sudeikis to stay at SNL, for now anyway http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-sudeikis-stay-snl-now-anyway-102367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/jason sudeikis snl.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Straight off of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-snl-taps-three-chicagoans-new-season-102317">the recent new Chicago-full line-up</a> at <em>Saturday Night Live,</em></strong></span></span> former Chicagoan Jason Sudekis <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/jason-sudeikis-and-his-romney-impression-to-stay-at-saturday-night-live/">will be with <em>SNL</em></a> at least through January, reports the <em>New York Times</em>. &quot;He&rsquo;s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me,&rdquo; said Lorne Michaels. Also, they don&#39;t have anyone else to play Mitt Romney.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="288" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=jok29krxxejfdnlz-impyq" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="512"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- More options for those trying to find ways</strong></span></span> to get those kids entertained during the CTU strike. Head to Prop Thtr&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.neurokitchen.org">Neurokitchen&#39;s </a>Curiosity Club Strike Camp which &quot;will nurture kids inquisitiveness and encourage them to take initiative for their own learning&quot; and costs $40 a day.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brainsurgeontheatre.org">Brain Surgeon</a>&#39;s Make a Movie Camp (also at Prop Thtr) teaches kids how to make a movie at $45 a day.<a href="http://www.studio-be.org/alternative-arts-programming-registration/"> Studio BE</a> is doing a variety of things, including dance, and for only $20. Hubbard Street Dance also has dance classes for $60 a day.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-sudeikis-stay-snl-now-anyway-102367 Daily Rehearsal: a 'Jersey Shore' musical http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/daily-rehearsal-jersey-shore-musical-89457 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-21/jerseyshoremusical.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-21/Sky%E2%80%99s%20the%20Limit%20%28Weather%20Permitting%29.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 114px; border-width: 10px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. The latest from Second City is&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://secondcity.com/performances/detail/707/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)</a></strong></span></span>,&nbsp;</em>and they say, "As all Chicagoans know, our daily trials range from a summer with no sun to dodging car doors while using the bicycle lane to the latest zombie uprising, we remain cautiously optimistic that the sky’s the limit – unless, of course, there’s a blizzard, tsunami, or hail storm." They might want to add heat.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. Jonathan Abarbanel has a through look at&nbsp;</span></strong></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/fat-lady-sings-overview-opera-scene-chicago-89376" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">opera</span></strong></span> in Chicago</a>&nbsp;today. Even if you hate opera and gosh darn you just don't know what they're saying/singing, this is an interesting read. He mentions&nbsp;<em>The Rose of Shambul</em>, which he says "has a typical romantic story in the Viennese tradition of 'kaffee mit schlag,' but Chicago Folks Operetta is betting that excellent musical values and a colorful production will win converts." But not everyone is a convert: "I'd recommend&nbsp;<i>The Rose of Stambul</i>&nbsp;to operetta lovers looking for something off the beaten path,"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-folks-operetta-cultivates-the-rose-of-stambul/Content?oid=4291297" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">says Albert Williams at the Reader</a>. "But if CFO wants to be taken seriously, it'll have to bring its theatrical values up to snuff."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">3.&nbsp;<em>West Side Story</em>&nbsp;is here</span></strong></span>, intern Lauren saw it last night and said she'd rate it pretty high, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0721-west-side-story-review-20110720,0,6758730.column" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Chris Jones wants to remind us</a>&nbsp;that, "The composer, Leonard Bernstein, is dead." Yes...he is.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">4. Theater Wit has announced their 2011-12 season</span></strong></span>. Though it's not actually so much 2011, seeing as their first production doesn't go up until January's&nbsp;<em>The North Plan.</em>&nbsp;Of course, they'll be hosting resident productions from Bohemian Theater ensemble and Stage Left Theater, which will be presenting their whole seasons at Theater Wit's relatively new building, as well as as well as plently of rental productions, from BONEdance, Griffin, New Millenium, and several others.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-21/jerseyshoremusical.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 194px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>Jersey Shore</em> fever is sweeping the nation;</strong></span></span>&nbsp;the University of Chicago is having a conference on it, and now it's being put to music.&nbsp;<a href="http://4dayslate.tumblr.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><em>Jersey Shore: The Musical</em></a>&nbsp;is being produced by 4 Days Late, and is at Studio BE this summer. It's also a parody of the show, if that makes you feel any better about your urge to see it. Star and head writer Erin Lane&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/6600078-421/local-troupe-brings-jersey-shore-to-chicago-stage.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">told the Sun-Times</a>&nbsp;that “We basically turned [Snooki and Vinny] into our young lovers...Challenged by their celebrity and fame at the end of Act 1, the show gets canceled and they have to deal with real life.” Sounds just as riveting as the real thing.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/daily-rehearsal-jersey-shore-musical-89457