WBEZ | Million Dollar Quartet http://www.wbez.org/tags/million-dollar-quartet Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Pianos, pianos everywhere http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-pianos-pianos-everywhere-100530 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Homewood%20Pop%20Uprights%20to%20Play.jpeg" style="float: left; " title="(Photo by Ryan Fitzpatrick)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Pop Uprights to Play</strong></span></span> is a new thing coming from the Village of Homewood (where is that? Southwest of Chicago). Their website is worth a look, if only for the <a href="http://www.homesweethomewood.com/">URL</a>. &quot;Local artists and service groups are painting murals on donated pianos to be placed around Homewood with an invitation for anyone to tickle the ivories regardless of musical talent. Pop Uprights to Play will be unveiled during the 4th of July parade and be available at the Family Fun Fest at the Izaak Walton Preserve immediately following the parade at 12 a.m. Pianos will appear around Homewood throughout the summer until Homewood&#39;s annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook Off on September 15, 2012.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/chirplog/2634/chicago-theatre-off-book-june-29-2012-ed">Chicago Theatre Off Book</a> Bowling Party</strong></span></span> has added a few teams, including Strawdog, Stage Door Johnnies...Ball Scratchers and Daddy-o&#39;s. Now&#39;s the time for you to create your own ridiculous name. July 1, 6 to 10 pm.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<em>Million Dollar Quartet</em></strong></span></span> has been extended through January 6, 2013.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-pianos-pianos-everywhere-100530 Daily Rehearsal: For those who hate NATO http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-those-who-hate-nato-99293 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Side%2BMullet%2BSend%2BOff%2BPoster_0.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 239px; " title="" />- <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>More details have been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-21-years-old-audition-hair-98934">revealed about</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/standupmixtape">Standup Mixtape</a></strong></span></span>, this time from another exit interview with Cameron Esposito <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15359441/cameron-esposito">with&nbsp;Jason A. Heidemann</a>: &quot;We&rsquo;re having these shows [this summer] at a recording studio that&rsquo;s here in Logan Square. They are these 25-people-only invite shows. We&rsquo;re taking the audio from there and we&rsquo;re going to be doing limited cassette pressings that will be available at Reckless Records. The idea is to make it the opposite of a podcast. It&rsquo;s something tangible and it&rsquo;s something that happened in front of people.&quot; The opposite of a podcast.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>- Activities you could take part in this weekend</strong></span></span> that are not NATO-related <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-05/weekender-comics-comedians-and-cover-bands-99269">also include Esposito&#39;s Side Mullet Send Off</a>. You could also take advantage of the <a href="http://www.hottix.org/">many half-price tickets that are usually available</a>; just remember, allow time for travel.</p><p>-&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong><em>Delocated&nbsp;</em>star John Glaser&nbsp;</strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-05/delocated-star-jon-glaser-gets-dumb-99280">spoke with Mark Bazer</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<em>The Interview Show</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>- Million Dollar Quartet </strong></span></span>came and played and talked for <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> Friday morning and it was rousing. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/rock-n-roll-morning-million-dollar-quartet-99287">There are videos</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/daily-rehearsal-those-who-hate-nato-99293 A rock 'n' roll morning with Million Dollar Quartet http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/rock-n-roll-morning-million-dollar-quartet-99287 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mdq_og.jpg" title="(Facebook/the actual Million Dollar Quartet)" /></div><p>The bio-musical <a href="http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/newyork-chicago.html">Million Dollar Quartet</a> (MDQ) has become a seemingly unstoppable success on stage. And that makes sense &ndash; given that it&rsquo;s based on an actual chance gathering and collaboration by unstoppable and incomparable musicians.</p><p>MDQ is a story wrapped around a one-night jam session that brought together four future music legends: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/42417348?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p><p>The meeting happened in early winter in of 1956 at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee &ndash; each there for different reasons, but the resulting recording session came together as though it was destined to happen.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> is joined in our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio on Friday by the actors/musicians who bring it all to life at Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.apollochicago.com/">Apollo Theatre</a>, where Million Dollar Quartet is currently running. They are Colte Julian (Jerry Lee Lewis), Shaun Whitley&nbsp;(Carl Perkins), Brandon Bennett (Elvis Presley), Sean Sullivan&nbsp;(Johnny Cash), Brad Ber (Jay Perkins) and Dan Leali (drums).</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/42416720?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/rock-n-roll-morning-million-dollar-quartet-99287 Daily Rehearsal: Starkid Starkid's again http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-23/daily-rehearsal-starkid-starkids-again-96649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/starkid new copy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Woody Allen might</strong></span></span> be one of the few who can just start a show on Broadway, with no out of town tryout. He's set to bring the stage version of his 1994 movie <em>Bullets over Broadwa</em>y, <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/allen-taking-bullets-over-broadway-to-broadway/">reports<em> the New York Times</em></a>. And they remind us, in case you've forgetten, that his <em>Midnight in Paris</em> is up for several Oscars this Sunday. (Though I guess if it hadn't opened on Broadway that's be a bit awkward.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Team STARKID is at it <a href="http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Team-StarKid-Announces-HOLY-MUSICAL-BMAN-for-March-20120223">again</a></strong></span></span>; they've have&nbsp;<em>HOLY&nbsp;MUSICAL B@MAN!</em> at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted in Boystown. It opens in previews March 16. They still like their superheroes, they do: "Holy Musical B@man! features the world's most beloved superheroes and be-loathed villains&nbsp;in a way they were never meant to be seen - singing and dancing! After witnessing the murder&nbsp;of his parents, a young billionaire makes a solemn vow to dress up like a bat and wage a oneman war on crime! But when this solitary savior realizes that 'one' is the loneliest number to&nbsp;wage a war with, he'll set out on a musical adventure to rescue the city - and find a super&nbsp;friend."</p><p style="text-align: left; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aPLeg4Huh-M" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Paramount Theatre has released their 2012-13 line-up</strong></span></span>. What to expect? <em>Grease</em>, <em>Annie</em>, <em>The Music Man</em> and <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em>. So, nothing shocking, but that's how they do. <em>Grease </em>starts in September, and Executive Director Tim Rater says&nbsp;"While we will continue to challenge ourselves to raise the bar artistically in season two, we are committed to offering subscribers the same deal at the same price as our introductory offer in season one." And two of these shows will have the same director; Rachel Rockwell is behind the helm of <em>Annie </em>and <em>The Music Man.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Profiles Theater has extended <em>Bachelorette </em></strong></span></span>to a nice and hearty April 29.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And <em>Million Dollar Quartet</em> </strong></span></span>-- which is in it's FOURTH year in Chicago -- will go on until September 2, 2012. Don't wait until Labor Day.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-23/daily-rehearsal-starkid-starkids-again-96649 Daily Rehearsal: a Twitter theater holiday poem http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-15/daily-rehearsal-twitter-theater-holiday-poem-94931 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-15/twitter holiday.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Didn't get <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/dueling-critics-guide-holiday-theater-tinsel-and-treacle-triumph-94">enough holiday</a></strong></span></span> with the Dueling Critics online? Listen to them talk about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/dueling-critics-unwrap-box-full-holiday-theater-94924">what holiday shows</a> you should attend during their appearance on <em>848 </em>this morning (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-15/there-are-over-50-holiday-shows-chicago-year-whos-profiting-them-94">if you want to attend any at all</a>).</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. This is a match made in once-in-a-lifetime experiences</strong></span></span>: Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura and nine-year-old Emily Beazley&nbsp;will be in <em>A Christmas Carol</em> next Wednesday night, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish foundation. This is the fifth year the Goodman has done this with the foundation, but it doesn't get any less cute.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-15/twitter holiday.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 322px; height: 262px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Tonight's show of <em>Million Dollar Quartet</em></strong></span></span> will have an encore that's even less of a surprise than most; W.S. "Fluke" Holland is scheduled to perform after attending the show, and there will also be a Q &amp; A -- we love those. In case you're not familiar with Holland's work, he's a drummer best known for working with Johnny Cash.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I was not a childhood fan</strong></span></span> of <em>A Christmas Story</em>, but it's still a bit of a thrill to see a grown-up Ralphie producing the musical version. The most surprising, non-theater related news from <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/9310247-421/speaking-with-peter-billinsgley-120911.html">this interview in the <em>Sun-Times</em></a> reveals that&nbsp;Peter Billinsgley was also the producer of <em>Iron Man</em>?! That's a real Hollywood fairytale.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. And read <a href="http://www.hesherman.com/2011/12/14/a-twitter-poem-for-the-holidays/">an amazing Twitter poem</a></strong></span></span> (who knew there could be such a thing?) from Howard Sherman. Either he's a genius and this took like an hour, or he's been brainstorming all year. You be the judge.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-15/daily-rehearsal-twitter-theater-holiday-poem-94931 Daily Rehearsal: John Mahoney out of Steppenwolf's 'Penelope' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/poster_pen.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/poster_pen.jpeg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 215px; height: 280px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Sad news: John Mahoney will no longer be part of <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/productions/index.aspx?id=528"><em>Penelope</em></a>,</strong></span></span> which was slated to open in previews next week. Steppenwolf announced yesterday that there's been a death in Mahoney's family, and he'll be returning home. "Our hearts and prayers go out to John during this difficult timeā€¦ and we hope to announce a replacement shortly," Artistic Director Martha Lavey said in a statement. Today the company announced he'll be replaced by Tracy Letts, who has been a part of the ensemble since 2002, and has won a Tony for his play <em>August: Osage County</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. TimeLine has announced the addition of nine Associate Artists</strong></span></span> who will work with their Company Members; they are Will Allan, William Brown, Aaron Carter, Andrew Carter, John Culbert, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, Ann Wakefield&nbsp;and&nbsp;Alex Weisman. What will their actual tasks include? "They serve as non-voting advisers in artistic planning," the company said in a statement, "and are encouraged to propose and promote artistic programming ideas and to enhance the work culture and environment of TimeLine."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/chicago-news.html"><em>Million Dollar Quartet</em></a> is adding a new song</strong></span></span> to their set for the holiday season -- Chuck Berry's "Run, Run, Rudolph." Is it enough of a reason to see the show again (or for the first time)? Please watch the amazing video below and judge for yourself. The show will also be adding New Year's Eve performances, where they'll toast by singing "Auld Lang Syne." If I were you, I'd hope for champagne. The show is in Chicago through mid-January.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KCTeXUkTFwQ" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;<em>Sound of Music</em> fans will love this Chicago-local connection</strong></span></span> to their favorite film;&nbsp;Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin von Trapp (the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp) will be at the <a href="http://ParamountAurora.com">Paramount</a> on December 4 singing the songs that stole a million hearts. Didn't know the von Trapp's were real? Now you do!</p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. The Chicago Opera Theater will be announcing</strong></span></span> the appointment of a new General Director on December 7 at 12:30 pm, somewhere in the Loop. They'll be passed the baton of sorts by current general director Brian Dickie. In his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-21/fat-lady-sings-overview-opera-scene-chicago-89376">overview of the opera scene</a>&nbsp;published in the summer, Jonathan Abarbanel pointed out that Dickie has been in the position since 1999, during which time "COT has specialized in baroque opera as well as a broader and definitely contemporary world view."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-23/daily-rehearsal-john-mahoney-out-steppenwolfs-penelope-94322