1. Mamma Mia!, which runs in Chicago through January 29, had an inexplicable full length performance of a song broadcast on CLTV today. What song was it? Well we keep those TVs on mute so I can actually get some work done, so I couldn't tell you, but everyone was wearing the same jeans and bejeweled Mamma Mia! t-shirts.
2. A Chorus Line at Paramount -- yay or nay? "Although director-choreographer Mitzi Hamilton...has wisely toned down the snarkiness of the all-powerful, largely in-the-shadows director, Zach (played here with appealing naturalism by Luis Perez, a former Joffrey Ballet principal dancer), the show conforms to the basic parameters," writes Hedy Weiss. Is this a good thing? I guess so.
3. Mr. Ricky at Lookingglass has a couple panel discussions hosted by WBEZ folk; this Sunday's Game-Changers: Paul Robeson, Joe Louis, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Branch Rickey, & Jackie Robinson is moderated by Natalie Moore. And February 5th's panel will be moderated by Alison Cuddy; it's called The Speed of Change: Revolution or Evolution?
4. Albany Park Theater's Homeland sold out its first run, and has been extended. You can join the waiting list for the upcoming shows, or buy actual tickets to shows February 25 through the weekend of March 10.
5. Theater Hall of Fame nominees have been announced: see the fancy internet invite below. They'll be honored this coming Monday at the Gershwin Theatre.
Woodie King Jr.
Paul Sills (posthumously)