Friday, July 31, 2009

Denver Post article on Miami City Ballet and Edward Villella

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Miami City Ballet is in Colorado for the Vail International Dance Festival, and the Denver Post has an article here about their appearance.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Critics Have Fallen for The Mistresses!

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Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune: "...because of Giering's gorgeous music and Blatt's richly textured lyrics, The Mistress Cycle is quite a moving and provocative affair that manages to pack a lot of wisdom and poignancy on matters of love and power into its short duration. And Kurt Johns' fine production features a cast of empathetic women with beautiful voices.

"The production at the Auditorium Theatre this summer originated at the Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park, in the theater's depressing temporary quarters. The show transcended those surroundings, and it surely deserved the greater elegance afforded by this transfer to the Auditorium, where both show and audience occupy the stage in intimate configuration." CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times: "First staged at Highland Park's Apple Tree Theatre in late 2007, The Mistress Cycle -- a musical theater piece about five very different women who all played the role of "the other woman" -- is now being remounted at the Auditorium Theatre. And the production is serving as a most intriguing test case for possibly alternative uses for that beautiful Louis Sullivan building.

"Can the theater's vast stage be transformed into a black box theater just large enough to contain both an intimate musical and an audience of 200 seated on risers? And, at those times when the full theater is not being occupied by the Joffrey Ballet, a Broadway musical or some other large-scale event, can it serve as a transfer house for successful shows from the suburbs and other parts of the city? The answer to both questions is yes..."CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

Rebecca Sarwate, Edge Chicago: "A sensuous delight in every connotation of the word, it is no surprise that the production received a Jeff nomination for Best Revue pursuant to the 2007-2008 season. The only shock is that it did not walk away with the trophy. Forget everything you thought you knew about musical revues in the past. Though light on dialogue, The Mistress Cycle has a strapping narrative arc, a compelling and moving plot, told through one emotionally reverting song after another." CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Chris Arnold, "After a successful, Jeff nominated run at Apple Tree Theatre, The Mistress Cycle is receiving a stunning downtown Chicago premiere at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Don't worry about the notoriously cavernous Auditorium because the stage has been converted into an intimate space, proper for a chamber musical. Director Kurt John's production is a textbook example of less is more, putting the focus on storytelling rather than spectacle." CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Tickets $49.
By Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787)
In Person: 50 E. Congress Parkway
Groups (10+) and ATRU subscribers: 312.431.2357

Friday, July 17, 2009

Photo of the day - balloon launch

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On Wednesday, our Hands Together, Heart to Art campers wrote messages to the parents they had lost and tied them to balloons. The campers and counselors then walked to Buckingham Fountain, where the campers released their messages.

Photo by Beth Bullock.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Meet the Miami City Ballet dancers

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On their YouTube Channel, Miami City Ballet is posting a series of short videos catching up with their dancers! Find out more about these "Superhuman Dancers" who will be gracing our stage in October.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Q&A with Megon McDonough

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Megon McDonough is getting ready to make her Auditorium debut on Saturday! To find out more about this versatile singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer, check out a Q&A here.

For tickets to Saturday's cabaret performance, call 312.922.2110 ext 300 or buy online at

Friday, July 10, 2009

If Louis and Dankmar could see us now!

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For the month of July, our lobby is the lunchroom for hungry campers and their counselors and teaching artists!

Hands Together, Heart to Art, our performing arts day camp designed especially for children who have experienced the death of a parent, is in full swing. This session features 40 campers ages 7-11. These energetic kids are dancing, acting, singing and preparing for their final performance, sure to be a treat. Along the way, they are talking with adults who also lost parents as children and making new friends.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is generously providing our campers with balanced, nutritious lunches - which they are enjoying in what might be the only camp cafeteria designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan!

Photo: Auditorium staff prepares for the ravenous campers!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Joan Curto interviewed in Naperville Sun

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If you didn't make last Saturday's cabaret performance by Joan Curto, you missed quite a show! Joan was warm and witty, and the musical arrangements she put together with Beckie Menzie were sophisticated and sometimes surprising.

Here's a feature about her performance in her hometown paper, the Naperville Sun.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Just for Fun - Pic of Auditorium as Ballroom

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An interesting look at Auditorium history - a 1930s picture of the Theatre turned into a ballroom.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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