WBEZ | 42nd Street http://www.wbez.org/tags/42nd-street Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gary Griffin returns to Stratford in 2012 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-05/gary-griffin-returns-stratford-2012-87441 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-06/Garrygriffin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="334" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-06/Garrygriffin.jpg" title="Garry Griffin (photo by Don Ipock Photography)" width="500"></p><p>Veteran director <strong>Gary Griffin</strong> will return in 2012 to the world-renowned Stratford Festival in Canada to stage the musical, <em>42nd Street</em>. The return engagement is all the sweeter because next year is the 60th anniversary of the Stratford Festival, and Griffin will be the sole participating Chicago artist.</p><p>Indeed, Stratford has become annual gig for Griffin as he's been north of the border for three consecutive years, scoring artistic and personal successes with his productions of <em>West Side Story</em>, <em>Evita</em> and--this year--<em>Camelot</em>. Several other Chicago-connected big names also were at the Stratford Festival this year, writer/director Frank Galati and actor Brian Dennehy (a member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective). But Griffin will be flying solo in Ontario come 2012, a celebratory season dedicated chiefly to Canadian artists and playwrights. But with <em>42nd Street</em>, Griffin will stage a quintessential "New Yawk" showbiz story.</p><p>The Stratford Festival now ranks along side the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the New York City Center Encore! Series as one of Griffin's three home bases. He remains associate artistic director of Chicago Shakes, and he's staged five shows for Encore!, most recently a heartfelt and gloriously-sung production of the Kurt Weill-Maxwell Anderson rarity, <em>Lost in the Stars</em>, last February. His most recent show for Chicago Shakespeare Theater was this season's well-received <em>As You Like It</em>.</p><p>Griffin frequently is identified with musicals and/or large and lavish shows, but his current Chicago project proves he can go small-scale, too. Griffin staged the one-character play, <em>The Detective's Wife</em>, at Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, utilizing the troupe's original, tiny 50-seat space at the back of Books-on-Vernon. The world premiere by Keith Huff plays through July 31. Coincidentally, Writers' Theatre founder and artistic director Michael Halberstam is a veteran of the Stratford Festival where he cut his teeth as a young actor in the 1980's.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 04:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-05/gary-griffin-returns-stratford-2012-87441 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater news 4/13 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-413-85129 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-13/img_sippin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1. WBEZ's very own&nbsp;Peter Sagal, the host of <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/">Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me</a>,&nbsp;</em>will step behind the mic for a very different kind of radio show: "<a href="http://www.maximumfun.org/content/sound-young-america-live-2">The Sound of Young America</a>" is back at Second City. The show, hosted by Jesse Thorn, is this Wednesday, April 13th at 8 pm, and this is only the second time it's come to Chicago, so who knows when it will blow through town again. If you can't make it, that's the joy of radio these days: it's all on the internet.</p><p>2. ALSO at Second City is their new show "<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/performances/detail/541/">South Side of Heaven</a>", which is getting <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/unscripted-blog/136512/unscripted-blog">rave </a>reviews, and I mean rave. Except from, interestingly enough, the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>' Hedy Weiss, who <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/4737246-421/second-citys-heaven-misses-the-mark.html">seemed to find</a> its outlook a little bleak, listing "Strange, strained, unhealthy, doomed" as words that came to her after watching the production.</p><p>3. Reviewers seem to be emotional this week: Chris Jones got close to crying while watching "42nd Street", <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2011/04/42nd-street-review-rachel-rockwell-marriott-theatre-chicago-tribune.html">saying it</a> "brought a lump to my throat on at least three occasions (which is three more than the last time I saw this show)."</p><p>4. This week Chicago is abuzz with all things Neil Gaiman! Monday, the full cast from Lifetime Theater <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/62556/">performed</a> a reading of the show. Tuesday, <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/62643/">he spoke</a> with Audrey Niffenegger about imagination. And tonight,&nbsp;he'll be <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/61838/">at</a> Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. All events are presented by Chicago Public Library, in honor of&nbsp;his fantasy novel&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent;">Neverwhere,</i>&nbsp;which has been chosen as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/11s_neverwhere/oboc_11s_greeting.php" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">One Book, One Chicago</a>'s 20th selection. Presigned books from Hyde Park bookstore the Seminary Co-op Bookstore will be for sale for you to tenderly caress at a later date; the event starts at 6 pm.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-13/img_sippin.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title=""></p><p>5. "<a href="http://dixiestupperwareparty.com/">Dixie's Tupperware Party</a>" has finally made it to Chicago, and will be at the Royal George Theater for another month. More importantly,&nbsp;<a href="http://dixielongate.wordpress.com/">check out Dixie's blog</a>; it may be sparse, but it never, ever strays from character.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-13/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-news-413-85129