WBEZ | Chicago Commercial Collective http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-commercial-collective Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: A 'Magic Flute' casting change http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-magic-flute-casting-change-102061 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/magic%20flute.jpg" style="height: 86px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Emily Hindrichs</strong></span></span>&nbsp;will be taking over the role of The Queen of the Night in&nbsp;COT&#39;s <em>The Magic Flute</em> because Claudia Boyle wasn&#39;t able to come from Ireland because of visa issues.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>-&nbsp;The Chicago Commercial Collective&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy"><em>A Steady Rain</em> </a></strong></span></span>will tour the surrounding states, with stops in Wisconsin and Michigan this fall. &nbsp;is proud to announce their first production, the remount of the Chicago and Broadway hit drama,&nbsp;<em>A Steady Rain</em>, will tour Wisconsin and Michigan this fall.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And this just in for an old-ish <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/08/17/lewis-black-at-city-winery-chicago">review of Lewis Black</a>,</strong></span></span> who inaugurated City Winery. Tony Adler enjoyed his set, but admitted that might have been because he&#39;s Black&#39;s demographic. &quot;...there&rsquo;s more to Black than his sour style of nostalgia. There&rsquo;s apoplexy. It&rsquo;s surprisingly satisfying to watch him act out&mdash;waggling his fingers, sputtering, blubbering, and putting odd spins on words.&quot;&nbsp;Additionally: &quot;John Bowman and Kathleen Madigan open for Black. Loved her, didn&rsquo;t really get him at all.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/daily-rehearsal-magic-flute-casting-change-102061 Daily Rehearsal: The Goodman labels 'Iceman' its most successful production ever http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-goodman-labels-iceman-its-most-successful-production <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- <a href="http://www.prometheantheatre.org">Promethean Theatre</a>&#39;s 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> includes several classics, like <em>Black Magic: An Evening of Shakespeare</em>, Bertolt Brecht&rsquo;s <em>The Caucasian Chalk Circle</em>, and <em>A Study in Scarlet</em>, an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes mystery.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- And <a href="http://www.strangelooptheatre.org">Strangeloop Theatre</a>&#39;s 5th season includes <em>Loopshop</em></strong></span></span>, which is a series of workshops by local playwrights like Anthony Ellison, David Clark, Maria Bunham, Keith Gatchel, Scott A. Miller and Darrin Luginski. They each get two performances only, each performed&nbsp;at Chemically Imbalanced Theater. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nathan%20Lane%20Iceman%20Liz%20Lauren_0.JPG" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="Nathan Lane in 'The Iceman Cometh' (Photo by Liz Lauren)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The Goodman is calling <em>Iceman Cometh</em></strong></span></span> their most successful production ever. The&nbsp;&quot;nearly five-hour, 18-character epic broke box office records and played to 100 percent of capacity at the Goodman&mdash;officially concluding its 50-performance extended run as the most successful show in the Goodman&rsquo;s 87-year history,&quot; they said in a statement. &quot;Audiences numbered more than 42,000 Goodman Subscribers and ticket buyers&mdash;30 percent of whom attended the Goodman for the first time&mdash;and visitors from 46 states and eight countries....&quot; Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulated them, Nathan Lane called it &quot;the high point of [his] theatrical career&quot; and Brian Dennehy said it was &quot;the most fun and the most successful&quot; of all his &quot;great experiences in Chicago theater.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Chicago Commercial Collective <a href="http://twitter.com/Asteadyrainchi/status/220212031687639040">tweeted </a></strong></span></span>&quot;They&#39;re not Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, @WBEZ, but I&#39;d still say Randy and Peter are man candy!&quot; in response to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/daily-rehearsal-steady-rain-returns-without-hollywood-man-candy">our post</a> about the leading men of Chicago&#39;s&nbsp;<em>A Steady Rain</em>. Yes but they&#39;re not <em>Hollywood </em>man candy. (Not yet anyway.)</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-goodman-labels-iceman-its-most-successful-production