WBEZ | The Magic Flute http://www.wbez.org/tags/magic-flute Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: 'SNL' features 'chubby', 'brunette' and 'dopey-looking' Chicagoans in season premiere http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-snl-features-chubby-brunette-and-dopey-looking <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tim%20robinson_0.jpg" style="float: left; " title="'Dopey-looking' Tim Robinson." /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;Tom Shales has joined Roger Ebert</strong></span></span>&nbsp;to blog for the <em>Sun-Times. </em>His first task:<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/shales/2012/09/sat_night_live_lives_-_still_loved_much_needed.html">review Saturday night&#39;s <em>SNL.</em></a><i>&nbsp;</i>Shales used the opportunity to describe <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-snl-taps-three-chicagoans-new-season-102317">all three new cast-members from Chicago</a>&nbsp;in less-than glowing terms.&nbsp;Aidy Bryant is &quot;a cute chubby girl&quot;, Tim Robinson is &quot;a dopey-looking guy...who definitely has possibilities&quot; and Cecily Strong just gets &quot;brunette.&quot; Over at the <em>Tribune</em>, Nina Metz has <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-0917-snl-locals-20120916,0,3897602.story">slightly more to say </a>about the trio, and also comments on Vanessa Bayer, who was tapped for the show two seasons ago.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blackensembletheater.org/now-playing"><em>One Name Only</em>&nbsp;(<em>A Different Kind of Reality Show</em>)</a></strong></span></span> sounds fantastic because it&#39;s all music from greats like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. &quot;<span style="background-color: rgb(228, 229, 233); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.25px; text-align: justify; ">Th</span>e Divas make a television appearance but the show is all about the up and coming talent. The contestants are young girls (all except one) trying to sing their way to the top. Their destiny is in the hands of the audience who will have the final vote. Be a part of the excitement. This is one show you&rsquo;ll want to see again and again!&quot; So its like <em>American Idol</em>/<em>The Voice</em>/<em>The X-Factor&nbsp;</em>but theater.</p><p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- &quot;&#39;Another <em>Magic Flute</em>?!&#39;&nbsp;</strong></span></span>I gave up counting how many times this year I was asked this &mdash; or even had it shouted at me &mdash; by opera fans,&quot; <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/15193947-421/chicago-opera-theater-proves-magic-flute-isnt-totally-played-out.html">writes Hedy Weiss</a>. But this one,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-chazz-palminteri-perform-free-production-new-play"> from COT</a>, is worth it, &nbsp;says Weiss.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Here&#39;s the </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/fall-arts-preview-2012-from-theater-to-dance-to-comedy/Content?oid=7425573"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong><em>Reader</em></strong></span></span>&#39;s fall arts preview</a>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email<a href="mailto: kdries@wbez.org"> kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-snl-features-chubby-brunette-and-dopey-looking 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: Chazz Palminteri to perform in free production of new play http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-chazz-palminteri-perform-free-production-new-play <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5678148983_a69e4694fd_z.jpg" style="height: 409px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Chazz Palminteri. (Flickr/David Shankbone)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The fifth season of <em>The Late Live Show</em></strong></span></span> starts Saturday September 1 but this year, it&#39;ll be at 8 pm. They have a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thelateliveshow/the-late-live-show-the-quest-for-a-fifth-season">Kickstarter</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Reminder: Chicago Opera Theater </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/daily-rehearsal-chicago-opera-theater-makes-2012-season-updates-957">is doing <em>The Magic Flute</em></a> this fall. &quot;This is the first new production of <em>The Magic Flute </em>in Chicago in 17 years, the last being Chicago Opera Theater&rsquo;s production in 1995 at the Athenaeum Theatre.&quot; It&#39;s the first time an English translation by Jeremy Sams has been put up in Chicago, and it&#39;ll run September 15, 19, 21 and 23 at the Harris Theater.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Actor&nbsp;Chazz Palminteri </strong></span></span>will be performing in a free performance of the new play <em>Unorganized Crime</em> by Kenny D&#39;Aquila. It&#39;s&nbsp;Monday, August 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. You have to make a reservation to get the free tickets though, so email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aintfordummies@gmail.com" linktype="2" shape="rect" target="_blank">AintForDummies@gmail.com</a>. I recognized Palminteri from <em>The Usual Suspects</em>, where he played the U.S. Customs agent who is duped, but he was also nominated for an Oscar for the Woody Allen movie&nbsp;<em>Bullets Over Broadway</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Drury Lane Theatre&#39;s 2013-13 season</strong></span></span> (we&#39;re there already?!) includes <em>Oliver!</em>, <em>Boeing-Boeing</em> (a favorite of mine), <em>Next to Normal</em>, <em>Hello, Dolly!</em> and <em>Young Frankenstein</em>. Lots of exclamation points! Remember, this means the first production doesn&#39;t open unli April 2013. So, this coming spring, for those getting turned around.</p><p><em>Correction: This post originally inaccurately depicted the status of COT&#39;s </em>The Magic Flute<em>. It will be performed as usual.</em></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-chazz-palminteri-perform-free-production-new-play