WBEZ | Anna D. Shapiro http://www.wbez.org/tags/anna-d-shapiro Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Windy City east? Chicago's theater stars working in NYC http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/windy-city-east-chicagos-theater-stars-working-nyc <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//new york.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="335" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/new york.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>There are so many Chicago directors working in New York this season, it should be called &quot;Windy City East.&quot; <a href="http://goodmantheatre.org/">Goodman Theatre</a> resident director Chuck Smith is there now directing &quot;Knock Me a Kiss&quot; by Charles Smith (different person/no relation) for the <a href="http://www.newfederaltheatre.org/content.cfm?cntid=5">New Federal Theatre</a> (opens Nov. 21). Playwright Smith is a member of the <a href="http://www.victorygardens.org/about/charlessmith.php">Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble</a>. Then MacArthur &quot;Genius&quot; Fellow <a href="http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.6241249/k.7FC4/David_Cromer.htm">David Cromer</a> begins rehearsals in January for a Broadway revival of William Inge's &quot;Picnic&quot; (cast and opening date TBA). Next, veteran Gary Griffin returns to the Encore! series at <a href="http://www.nycitycenter.org/">New York's City Center</a> for a concert staging of &quot;Lost in the Stars&quot; by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson (Feb. 3-6).</p><p>Then, Steppenwolf's Anna D. Shapiro will stage &quot;You Can't Take It With You&quot; for an April Broadway opening. Finally, it's Cromer again next fall with the Broadway production of a new musical &quot;Yank,&quot; about a gay soldier in World War II (previously seen in a successful Off-Broadway production at the <a href="http://www.yorktheatre.org/">York Theatre</a> with a different director). Cromer's attachment to &quot;Yank&quot; is surprising because (1) he isn't associated with musicals and (2) he's also committed to directing a revival of Tennessee Williams's &quot;Sweet Bird of Youth&quot; next fall, starring Nicole Kidman. Maybe all them Chicagoans finally will teach New Yawk what a decent slice of pizza should taste like.</p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/windy-city-east-chicagos-theater-stars-working-nyc