Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nutcracker at #theAud [By Rogue Ballerina]

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By Rogue Ballerina

I’ve been coming to see performances at The Auditorium Theatre since 1999. I’ve seen everything from the American Ballet Theatre to singer Michael Buble, but my favorite outing is to see Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. It’s a tradition. The beauty of the ballet and seeing the little girls dressed up is part of the magic, but the grandness and detail of the theater is what really makes it special. It wouldn’t be the same anywhere else.

Kindness ushers you through the front doors into the bustling lobby with marbled mosaic floors, a children’s choir singing carols and holiday decorations adorning 123-year-old walls. Once inside the theater, I can’t wait to look up at the gorgeous details of the painted murals and gold leaf designs on the walls and ceiling. Right before the conductor comes out, I take a moment to read the quote painted at the top of the proscenium - “The utterance of life is a song, the symphony of nature.” – and I think of all the people before me who have come here to appreciate the arts and be entertained.

In “The Nutcracker” there is a specific moment at the end of the Snow Scene in Act I, when the music and dancing all stops for a brief moment. That lull was always filled with Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino yelling “Bravo!” at every show. He passed away in 2008, yet I can still hear his voice in my head at that moment every time I watch and it makes me smile. He is part of the theater and my memories created at The Auditorium.


My real name is Vicki Crain.  I’m a freelance writer, mainly arts and culture, in Chicago and a former dancer and dance teacher.  I danced with a semi-professional regional ballet company in Central Illinois for over ten years (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker…the usual), where I also taught at the affiliated dance school while finishing up college (B.A. in English).  After moving to Chicago, I danced for a season with Zephyr Dance and did freelance work, including six years dancing and touring with a Chicago-based production company. I’ve worked with a range of choreographers including Randy Duncan, James Kelly, Jan Erkert and Dame Libby Komaiko.  My age is irrelevant except for the times when I’m getting out of bed and need to use my dog Giselle’s steps for help.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Taste of Tesori

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Hello Auditorium Theatre Friends & Subscribers!

I would like to take this guest blogging opportunity to introduce you to the newest dining destination in the loop – tesori.  Tesori opened in mid-September and we have been enjoying the positive feedback so far.  We must say, we love our Loop neighbors. They’ve made us feel so welcome over the past several weeks.

The kitchen is led by Chef Andrew Deuel, who recently relocated from New York to bring his Italian-inspired flavors to Chicago.  He uses French techniques and fresh ingredients to evoke complex flavors in simple, approachable food.  All our house made pastas including our Agnolotti are becoming fast favorites.  Agnolotti resembles ravioli when the small pieces of flattened pasta dough are folded over the main ingredient.  Ours are filled with duck confit and served in decadent foie gras truffle butter.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Tesori offers both a dining room and lounge.  The lounge has been full of energy with so many friendly faces from the area.  They have especially been enjoying our wine on tap. While it’s new to most people, they are pleased to find the level of quality and freshness it brings to the pour.  Another exciting element of this new restaurant venture has been the addition of artisanal pizzas.  Have you ever thought about what goes into creating the perfect pizza?  The team spent months pouring over dough recipes to find the exact taste and texture they were looking for.   And you know what?  They found it!  The result is a delicious pizza like you’ve never tasted.  Be sure to try the Salsicca, which includes homemade fennel sausage, broccoli rabe and parmesan.  And pairs perfectly with a selection of our local beers or craft cocktails

With all that’s been going on at tesori, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner.  Those of you lucky enough to be attending the Nutcracker must be getting excited already.  If you are looking for lunch or dinner options, tesori just may be just the place.  In fact, show us your ticket stub and we’ll offer you a complimentary dessert.   Being so close, many of our guests have been joining us pre- and post-performances at the Auditorium Theatre.  If you plan on joining us before a show, just let us know when curtain call is and we’ll ensure you leave tesori so you can arrive with time to spare before the lights dim.

Want to get to know us a little more?  Click here for an introduction: Introducing tesori.

And don’t forget, if the holidays are near, that means New Year’s Eve planning isn’t far behind.  Tesori has an amazing party planned.  Our $85.00, 5-course tasting menu will end your year on a culinary high note.  The festivities continue as popular Chicago entertainers Lynne Jordan and the Shivers perform to help countdown to January 1st.  Once the confetti has fallen and the toasts have been made, end the evening with a complimentary Chicago Trolley ride to your doorstep, within a 3 mile radius.   If you’ve already snagged a party invite elsewhere, know that you can join us for our first seating beginning at 5:00pm.  This way, you can enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner before heading off to your celebration.

Tesori is located at the corner of Adams & Wabash.  Click here for our contact information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  We’ll see you soon.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

Singing in the Choir of #TooHotChi

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By Norm Cratty, Tenor

I consider myself fortunate to be a member of the Chicago Too Hot Choir.  This will be my 6th year singing in this annual celebration of the legacy and birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  A former co-worker forwarded the audition and rehearsal announcement to me, so I thought, “Why not just try to see if I am good enough to sing in this.”  I have yet to see the show from the audience's perspective.

At the audition, I tried as best I could to come close to the level of professionalism I was hearing from the other choir members.  I sat through the first run-through of some of the music that first night and thought, “Oh no.  This is entirely too fast and I’m never going to get any of this.  It is beyond my capability to do this.”  I was floored and exhilarated when I received the call that my voice was accepted into the tenor section.  I returned the following Monday, but with not much confidence in my ability; I didn’t believe in myself.  Who was I trying to fool with thinking I could actually pull this off?  At each rehearsal I kept at it and was introduced to more songs in the performance.  It started becoming comfortable to me; the music engrained in my head and heart, and I started feeling accepted by all the other singers.  Words cannot convey what I felt while sitting for the first time at dress rehearsal on the Auditorium Theatre stage.  I thought, “What have I done?  How did I get myself into this?”  Then I started reflecting on all those artists and musicians who set foot on that stage before me.  I was in awe of the entire experience and I soaked it in.  Yet not once was I ever fearful of the experience I was subjecting myself to.

Then something clicked after that first year.  I got it!  I was becoming more comfortable and familiar with the music and being a part of making that incredible sound.  I was getting the beat and rhythm down (it became intuitive).  All that was needed now was to memorize the words.  And memorize I did.  I stuck with it.  After my first year in Too Hot To Handel, Bill and Suzanne felt I was good enough to be placed in the front row.  (One of the requirements of being in the front row is that you must be off-book.  Completely memorized!)  It was such an honor and thrill for me to excel in something that now, in hindsight, felt absolutely right to me and natural.  I was completely comfortable and confident in that position.  I was feeling Too Hot in my bones!  That experience invigorated and ignited my heart and soul and the warmth I experienced from that lasted for several months after.  I was (and am) hooked on being part of Too Hot!

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Saturday, January 19 - Sunday, January 20, 2013
Times: Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Price: $74-$30
Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through Handel’s classicalMessiah, the Auditorium welcomes backToo Hot for its 8th year. Too Hot packs the stage with more than 200 musicians, including some famous Chicago jazz favorites. They are joined by soloists Alfreda Burke, Rodrick Dixon and Karen Marie Richardson, as well as the city-wideToo Hot choir to create the jazziest Messiahyet.
Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.341.2357

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Nutcracker - A Joffrey Dancer's Perspective

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By Rory Hohenstein, Joffrey Dancer

When the holidays approach, as a ballet dancer that means The Nutcracker. If not the first, then it is definitely among the first ballets you perform. And like our craft, it takes time to grow, through the years moving from party child, to toy soldiers, then professionally progressing in roles as well until you can look back and successfully know you've performed almost every part. Besides the amazing score played by the orchestra, what makes this experience even more fun is having the chance to perform in such an historic and beautiful theater like the Auditorium. 

As artists in the theater, we experience the complete opposite side of what the audience sees, such as the quiet empty lobby, with all its grand marble and tiles. Or the smell of the popcorn seeping through the dressing room halls as the ushers start preparing before the doors open. But mostly, as the audience sits in their seats staring at the life and art happening onstage, we the artists are living the story, looking out at the opposite side of the theater. 

The House of the Auditorium is beautiful and stunning from where we stand. Looking out into soft glowing arches that surround everyone, it is a privilege to perform here. As dancers, every year heading into Nutcracker season, we have grown accustomed to working through the holidays, but perhaps the best part of that is knowing that it has come as a tradition for most families and friends to celebrate the season with Nutcracker. And to be a part of others' yearly traditions feels quite special. So the next time you're in your seat, be sure to look up and all around and take in the beautiful sights of the theater. Know that that our view is quite beautiful as well. 


Rory Hohenstein was born in Washington, D.C. At age six he began dancing jazz, tap and modern. At 12 he began training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in D.C. In his senior year of high school, he joined Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris, while completing his studies overseas. In July of 2000, Rory joined the San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps and was promoted to a soloist in 2006. In 2008, he moved to New York City, joining choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s new company, Morphoses. As a member of Morphoses, he performed in their home season and toured with the company to Sadler Wells London and the Sydney Festival in Australia. Rory spent 2010 as a freelance dancer working on several projects with different companies, most recently finishing a season with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Rory has had the pleasure of working with many esteemed choreographers including Helgi Tomasson, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Alexi Ratmansky, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Jorma Elo and Wade Robson, from T.V.'s "So You Think You Can Dance." This is Rory’s first season with The Joffrey Ballet.

The Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker
Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Friday, December 7, 2012 - Thursday, December 27, 2012
Times: Times Vary - See Below Schedule
Price: $117-$31
Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes(including a 20 minute intermission)
Collaboration conceived and directed by:
Robert Joffrey
Music: Peter llyich Tchaikovsky 
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of America’s #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.
“The perfect ballet” – Washington Post
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holidays at #theAud Photo Contest

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Holidays at #theAud Photo Contest

Enter to win a pair of tickets to
A new winner chosen every week!

Katie and Brandae Stocking
How to Enter: Photograph yourself, your friends, or your family in the Auditorium Theatre lobby this holiday season. Post the photo on your favorite social media site and tag us to enter. Be sure to make your post "public" so that we can see your entry! You may enter as many times as you like - the more photos, the more chances to win!

There are three ways to enter:

Twitter - tag @auditoriumchgo and #theAud
Facebook - tag Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 
Instagram - tag AuditoriumTheatre

Prizes: One winner will be randomly selected each week until the end of 2012. Each winner will receive two (2) free premium tickets to Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, January 19 & 20 at the Auditorium Theatre.

Plush Holiday ToysContest Rules: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win a prize.  Must be 18+ years of age. Contest ends December 31, 2012 at noon. The submitter certifies he or she has obtained permission from all persons appearing in the entry; however, only the entrant submitting the entry is eligible to win the prize. Photo must not contain material which is sexually explicit, obscene, violent, illegal, or offensive. Photo must not include 3rd party trademarks, logos, or insignias. You must tag @auditoriumchgo or #theAud in your Twitter post to enter.  If you enter on Facebook, you must tag the Auditorium Theatre Facebook page, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Tag @AuditoriumTheatre on Instagram to enter. Posts must be made "public" to be entered to win. Weekly contest winners will be chosen and announced on Mondays during the month of December. Auditorium Theatre staff will contact winners via Facebook or Twitter; failure to respond after 48 hours of notification may lead to the forfeit of prize. Photo entries will be used by the Auditorium Theatre to promote the contest, the Auditorium Theatre, and the programming at the Auditorium Theatre. This contest is in no way sponsored by Facebook or Twitter and is being run exclusively by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Void where prohibited. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Home for the Holidays [Set List]

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The Auditorium Theatre welcomes back the immensely talented Bourné Family, after their sold-out show this spring! Singing traditional carols, as well as their personal Christmas favorites, the evening promises to leave you in the holiday spirit. See their set list below!

Home For The Holidays
Set List

Silent Night
Carol of the Bells
Silver Bells
Ave Maria (a couple different ones)
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
O Come, Emmanuel
The Music of Christmas
Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Tell Me Why
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

and many more...

But that's not all!  Interlaced with all of the songs will be Bourné Family holiday traditions from games, to stories, and a few more surprises!


Home For The Holidays With The Bourné Family

Venue: The Auditorium Theatre Katten/Landau Studio
Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Times: 8:00 pm
Price: $35-$25

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving with The Bourné Family [photos and costumes!]

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As a family, we love a good celebration!  From birthdays, to anniversaries, to graduations and everything in between, we can't help but get excited and sometimes go a little "above and beyond".  Thanksgiving is no exception, and every year, we dress as either Pilgrims or Indians and enjoy a day of good food, good laughs, and great fun.  It's become such a well loved tradition that even friends and relatives who drop by know, they'd best don their first Thanksgiving garb and enjoy the festivities.   So, enjoy the photos of our Thanksgiving fun and join us December 1 to see what we've got up our proverbial sleeves for's going to be fun...I promise!

Home For The Holidays With The Bourné Family

Venue: The Auditorium Theatre Katten/Landau Studio
Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Times: 8:00 pm
Price: $35-$25
The Auditorium Theatre welcomes back the immensely talented Bourné Family, after their sold-out show this spring! Singing traditional carols, as well as their personal Christmas favorites, the evening promises to leave you in the holiday spirit.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy [Student Rush]

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Student rush tickets available for 
Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy!

26 tickets are available for each performance of Sister Act for student rush.  Available on the day of the performance only, one hour before curtain. Price is $25 per ticket - limit 2 tickets per valid student ID.

Our standard Student Rush rules apply:

Get Student Rush Tickets:
  • Available day of show, one hour before show time
  • In person at the Auditorium box office (50 E. Congress Pkwy)
  • Two tickets per valid college ID
  • Tickets cannot be reserved by phone or online

NOTE: Student Rush tickets are last minute tickets sold at the discretion of the presenter. Policies may vary. Tickets and locations are subject to availability.

Sister Act

Presented by Broadway in Chicago
Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Tuesday, November 13 - Sunday, December 2, 2012
Times: Times Vary. See Schedule Below
Price: $150-$28
SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Parisian Menu to Follow Moulin Rouge - The Ballet

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Written by: George L. Jewell, Founder & President of Jewell Events Catering

The Auditorium Theatre is without a doubt, one of my favorite special event venues in Chicago! The elegance and history that emanates from its walls set the perfect ambiance for events of all kinds and sizes. The acoustics in the theater are world-renowned and provide a perfect space for musical engagements and it’s always fun to plan menus around the shows! For instance, I would have loved this Parisian menu last weekend during performances of Moulin Rouge – The Ballet! A theme appropriate bistro buffet menu would include some of these delicious French items:

Hors d’Oeuvres Station Serving

Duck Confit with Cranberry Black Pepper Chutney 
Resting on a Petite Sweet Potato Gaufrette

Petite Pastry Bouche 
With Creamed Spinach Diced Onion, Garlic, and Emmental Cheese

Petite Rounds of Foie Gras with Port Glaze 
Resting on a Toasted Brioche Round and Topped with Fleur de sel

Small Plate Action Stations

Cailles au Jus de Grenade
Deboned Quail Marinated in Pomegranate Juice, Tarragon and Shallots
Stuffed with Sweet Red Cabbage and Topped with a Pomegranate Jus
Served with a Petite Salad of Mixed Greens
Grapefruit Segments, Pomegranate Seeds and Pine Nuts in Light Champagne Vinaigrette

Filet de Boeuf au Poivre
Pepper Crusted Medallions of Beef Tenderloin
With Vidalia Onion Chutney to the Side
Winter Vegetable Gallette with Chevre Cheese

Dessert Station

Trio de Sucreries Françaises
Chocolate MilleFeuille with Raspberries
Individual Orange Crème Brulee
Pecan Praline on French Vanilla Mousse

In order for Jewell Events Catering to continue to be industry leaders, we must adapt to evolving trends and have the ability to customize a menu such as this, while always making sure our food is exquisite and our service is impeccable. We have a great, creative team that is constantly contributing new ideas and making suggestions, which has been key to our success. However, we never lose sight of the classic culinary standards that guide our kitchen. Count on Jewell to handle your catering needs and special events at Auditorium Theatre!

George L. Jewell

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hauntings at the Auditorium Theatre

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By Dulcie C. Gilmore 

Anyone who has sat, alone, in the ghost light of the Auditorium Theatre knows it has a strong persona.  Once the crowds have left and the actors have retired for the evening, the theatre itself invites those from the past to come from the shadows.  But what lurks there from the ancient past, from the ground itself?

Many sightings of Native Americans occurred in 1987.  One was particularly strong.  A large group took an architectural tour of the theatre on a chilly day in October.  At the end of the tour, we paused for questions.  One lady asked what production was in rehearsal.  I thought it an odd question, as the stage was bare.  I replied that we were dark at the time.  She, along with several other guests, asked why the person in Native American costume was on stage.  Many of them saw him cross from stage left to stage right.  The chief was wearing a war bonnet headdress . . . the feathers were huge.  

I had seen him, too, on another occasion.

We decided to have the theatre “cleansed”.  My assistant (who was keenly interested in these matters) found a woman to perform the task.  She spoke to the spirits in a strange tongue that I did not understand.  We learned that the Auditorium was built on the site of a battle at which a young Indian chief and his princess were killed.  The cleanser came back with sage, cedar and sweet grass.  During the smudging, she spoke to the Indian spirits and encouraged them to leave.  Negative energy rose with the smoke and left the theatre clarified and pure. 


Dulcie C. Gilmore was executive director of the Auditorium Theatre from 1987 to 1997.  During her tenure, the theatre hosted Les Miserables (the first long run in the theatre’s history), and the openings of the first national companies of The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Show Boat.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trés Chic! Three Reasons, I Loved Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet

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By Nicole Wetzell, Sales Manager

This spring, I experienced Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. This story ballet was thrilling, and I’m excited that you’ll have the opportunity to experience it this weekend. But, there were three things I especially enjoyed:
  • The Music: I am a classical music maven, so you can imagine how happy I was when the ballet opened to La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf, the main characters Nathalie and Mathiew danced to Claire de Lune by Claude DeBussy and finally when the ensemble danced to the rousing Can Can by Jacques Offenbach plus many more of my favorites including pieces by Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich and Richard Strauss. 
  • The Sets: The first thing I thought as the curtain opened was that the sets will look awesome on our stage. It’s no wonder, a few months later I learned that the Moulin Rouge cabaret and the Auditorium Theatre were built in the same year, 1889.
  • The Story: Who doesn’t love a…well…love story? Plus, there’s a fun scene that includes the Green Fairy.
I hope to see you in the theatre in this weekend, and can’t wait to hear about your trés chic Auditorium experience.

A city girl with small town flare, Nicole Wetzell serves at the Auditorium as the Sales Manager where she delights in connecting with patrons and assisting them to create unique Auditorium experiences. Contact Nicole at

Monday, October 29, 2012

Got Friday Night Plans? We Do! [50% off Moulin Rouge - The Ballet]

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Got Friday Night Plans?  We Do!

Friday, Nov. 2

The Hottest Deal in Town is Only $50!
Savings: 50% off - Original Value: $100. Deal includes the following:

DINE OUT - 5:30 pm
Awaken you French taste buds at one of River North's dining hotspots, Paris Club. Guests will each receive 2 drink tickets and a selection of Croque Monsieur Fingers, Pretzel Croissants, Chicken Drummettes, and Pommes Frites.

Paris Club is located at 59 W. Hubbard

RIDE IN STYLE - 7:00pm
Trolleys from London Limos, Ltd. will arrive to transport guests from Paris Club to the Auditorium Theatre.

See Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet in premium seats, located in the Auditorium Theatre's Dress Circle.

Auditorium Theatre is located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
In the spirit of the Moulin Rouge of Paris, Moulin Rouge® is a registered trademark of Moulin Rouge S.A.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Making of Moulin Rouge - The Ballet [Videos]

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Learn about the creation of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Moulin Rouge - The Ballet" in this 10-video series.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet
Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2012
Times: Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
Price: $74-$30
Get transported to the turn of the century Paris…a city of exquisite contradiction…when Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet.Featuring a French music score, high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, aspiration and heartbreak, the ballet tells the story of Matthew and Nathalie as they tempt fate while seeking love at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Preparing for Ballet Folklórico (in the kitchen!)

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By: Judie Moore Green, Chief Development Officer

The Auditorium Theatre is buzzing with excitement as we prepare for the arrival of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández for their performances this weekend.  Our box office is preparing seats for our audiences while our technical crew prepares the stage and lighting for the dancers.  While I won't bore you with the details of my day to day office preparation, I wanted to fill you in on a secret way that I prepare for a weekend of performances - in the kitchen!

Planning for Ballet Folklórico de México has put me (and my stomach) in the Mexican spirit!  I am planning on cooking one of my favorite recipes tonight and wanted to share it with you as well; comment and let me know what you think and share your favorite recipes as well!

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Times: Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
Price: $74-$30
Journey through the past with Ballet Folklórico de México, performing the dancing traditions of Mexico for 60 years. Credited as the Cultural Representative of Mexico to the world, Ballet Folklórico offers a lively performance that is full of movement, rhythm and technical perfection.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

Friday, September 28, 2012

Michael Feinstein on Windy City Live!

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Michael Feinstein spent the morning in-studio with Windy City Live!

In addition to performing, Michael talked about his many projects and his performance with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra tomorrow night at the Auditorium Theater. For more details on his many endeavors, be sure to check out the links below:

- Michael Feinstein's website:

- "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" on PBS:

- The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook initiative:

Michael Feinstein with Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Times: 7:30 pm
Price: $92-$32
Singer, pianist and music revivalist Michael Feinstein will join Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra to honor the Great American Songbook. Performing classic songs that have delighted audiences throughout the decades, these two musical sensations will guide audiences on a journey through some of the most beloved music of our time.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Enter to Win a Signed CD from Michael Feinstein!

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Winner will be randomly selected. Contest ends Friday, September 28. 
Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of
 The Sinatra Project Vol. 1
The Sinatra Project Vol. 2
The Power of Two (with Cheyenne Jackson)
Fly Me to the Moon featuring Guitar Legend Joe Negri
Enter on our Facebook page HERE
or email

Michael Feinstein with Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Venue: Auditorium Theatre
Dates: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Times: 7:30 pm
Price: $92-$32
Singer, pianist and music revivalist Michael Feinstein will join Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra to honor the Great American Songbook. Performing classic songs that have delighted audiences throughout the decades, these two musical sensations will guide audiences on a journey through some of the most beloved music of our time.
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 10+ 312.431.2357

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Note from Susan Werner - Enter to Win a FREE DVD!

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Hey everybody - lots of activity at Congress and Wabash lately.  Anybody been in the fabulous new Roosevelt U building?  Seen the cool new Roosevelt building going up across the street from the AUD?  This is the hottest neighborhood in town these days, and we're thrilled to be part of the action. 

WE means the quirky, brilliant Natalia Zukerman on lapsteel and bass, smokin' harmonica from Trina Hamlin, and, in his AUD debut, Chicago's own Andon Davis on guitar, dobro, and mandolin.  EVERYBODY will find something to love about this show, and, if we do it right, some of you, we suspect, might just love the whole thing.  

Join us Saturday September 15th onstage at the AUD, corner of Congress and Wabash.  

- Susan Werner.  

Enter to win a FREE DVD from Susan Werner! 
Just enter HERE for a chance to win!
"LIVE from STONE MOUNTAIN is a DVD of a show I did with the band at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Maine last year.  My band in the DVD is Trina Hamlin and Gail Ann Dorsey - Gail Ann, ATRU audiences will recall, sang "Blue Bayou" at an Auditorium show two years ago and STOLE THE SHOW.  (She is truly amazing.)  There is also behind the scenes footage in the "Bonus Materials" section which includes me in my office writing, on the road with Jane, and sound checking with the band."


On Stage With...Susan Werner

Venue: Auditorium Theatre Stage
Dates: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Times: 8:00 pm
Price: $75-$50
Sit on the awe-inspiring Auditorium Theatre stage while enjoying Susan Werner’s ever creative songwriting.  This year's "rural roots" presentation will feature mandolin/string player Andon Davis, along with harmonica phenom Trina Hamlin and lap steel star Natalia Zukerman.  
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787) | Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Groups of 6+ 312.431.2357

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Why I Love "The Devil’s Ball"

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By Julia Nash, Junior Board Member

The Auditorium Theatre lobby never ceases to amaze me.  I've taken in the ornate decor and stunning 19th century architecture countless times for various shows, programs, parties and celebrations at the theatre, but never have I been quite so blown away as I was at last year's "Devil's Ball."  As a member of the hosting Junior Board, my love for the event last year was twofold; not only was it fundraising success for the theatre, one of Chicago's oldest national landmarks and architectural masterpieces, but seeing the lobby come alive with a new generation of supporters experiencing the building and having a great time made it truly unforgettable.  It was a great event for the theatre, and one of the most fun nights I've had out in the city to date!

This year we're bringing "The Devil's Ball" back with all the style and panache of last year's event, plus a few new surprises.  Highlights of last year's party for me included the DJ & dancing, Smilebooth, the silent auction & wine auction, as well as the most coveted of all features, backstage tours of the theatre!  I was pleasantly surprised when so many of my friends told me what a great time they had touring the theatre.  It meant a lot to me that, more than just being a really great time, people got to see the theatre I love so much in all of its 3,500 light bulb decorated glory.   It's a rare opportunity to step backstage in a theatre that's almost 125 years old, and this year we're making sure these tours are accessible again, so be sure not to miss it when you arrive.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention what a great, sophisticated crowd of Chicagoans (and out-of-towners!) the ball drew last year, and is sure to expand on this September.  I loved getting to meet the other ball-goers who share interests in either the architecture, programming, history or even just curiosity about this incredible Chicago landmark.  Dressed to impress and ready to party in a location fit for the cause, seeing the Auditorium lobby buzz with new energy and awestruck faces was the highlight of last year's "Devil's Ball" for me.  The Junior Board has been working hard this year to make sure this "Devil's Ball" is all that and more, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!  And don’t miss out – tickets are just $65 if you buy before September 13th.  Donations are also welcome.  See the Auditorium Theatre "Devil's Ball" site for details.


The Devil's Ball
Presented by the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board

Venue: Auditorium Theatre Lobby
Dates: Friday, September 28, 2012
Times: 7:30 pm
Price: $65
Save the date to join the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board for the second annual Devil's Ball. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, theatre tours, auction and the return of the ever popular Smilebooth!

$65 until September 13
$75 from September 14 - September 27
$85 at the door (cash only)
Use code word BALL when purchasing

"The Devil’s Ball" in a Nutshell

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By Gina Sopron

Last year I had the privilege and the pleasure of being able to attend "The Devil’s Ball" at the beautiful and historic Auditorium Theatre. Being a marketing intern at the time allowed me to be a part of the event; I was able to see the theatre transformed and see the guests arrive excited for what was in store for them.  That night you could partake in a silent auction that featured all kinds of incredible items,  from theatre tickets to packages for a night out on the town. Also, there was a wine raffle (one of my favorite things of the night) which was very clever: you purchased a cork with a number on it and at the end of the night the staff matched it up with a numbered bottle. It was a complete surprise what kind of wine you won!  Another favorite was the toast at 11:11 (as the date of the event was 11-11-11) which was a perfect way to bring the night to a close.

This is the perfect event for young professionals to attend: great food, open bar, live DJ, Smilebooth, theatre tours, and dancing. It is really fun to be able to go to an event that has an environment made for mingling, where I can meet people who are the same age as me and also have common interests. The night is so enjoyable, you may even forget the great cause you are contributing to just by attending; the proceeds from this event go to the continued restoration of the theatre and help to support the Auditorium Theatre’s educational programming.

Overall, you do not want to miss the second annual "Devil’s Ball" presented by the Junior Board. It is an event that you will remember for years to come and it is a perfect way to contribute to a great cause. I cannot wait to see you all there this year on September 28th! 


The Devil's Ball
Presented by the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board

Venue: Auditorium Theatre Lobby
Dates: Friday, September 28, 2012
Times: 7:30 pm
Price: $65

Save the date to join the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board for the second annual Devil's Ball. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, theatre tours, auction and the return of the ever popular Smilebooth!

$65 until September 13
$75 from September 14 - September 27
$85 at the door (cash only)
Use code word BALL when purchasing

Friday, August 24, 2012

WWII Song Book [Guest post by Tammy McCann with VIDEO]

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By Tammy McCann

I'm so thrilled to have this opportunity to share my musical vision with the Auditorium Theatre Membership.   Music for me is a basic and expansive form of human communication.   It’s a medium that is the most personal form of expression and also brings people together.  Jazz, in particular, is such a rich and varied idiom that allows one to create their own language. With this show I hope to  uplift and connect with the listener and the intimate setting of the Katten/Landau Studio is the perfect venue.

In my research of this time period I found music rich with humanity, love and longing.  The show is entitled “I'll Be Seeing You” because I felt this song embodied the heartfelt wish of a soldier to his young bride or a mother to her beloved son. That this was not good-bye but just a short moment in time that would be over before they knew it.  I’m so fascinated by the amazing strength of the men and women who endured so much during this time in our nation's history and I  wanted to share my interpretation of these timeless stories.   Please join me to celebrate the” WWII Song Book” and lets create some new memories together .

Tammy McCann is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist whose powerful, sultry, and soulful voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging Classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own.  Or as Jazz Critic Stanley Crouch would put it, “Her pitch is superb,…clear on the top and startling at the bottom, while all of the steps in between are polished with swing...”    Ms. McCann’s warm delivery allows her audience to go on the musical journey with her and her engaging personality imprints the memory of her performance on their hearts.  McCann has performed with such luminaries as Von Freeman, Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, and toured as a ‘Raylette’ with the great Ray Charles. With sold out shows in some of the top jazz venues in America including Birdland, The Blue Note, and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and the Jazz Showcase.  Tammy McCann is one of the rising stars with a one of a kind voice.  Or as Chicago Tribune’s Arts Critic, Howard Reich would put it McCann has, “A voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions .. a voice that inspires wonder!”

About her upcoming show, “I’ll Be Seeing You – The World War II Songbook,” McCann says, "I’m so fascinated by the amazing strength of the men and women who endured so much during this time in our nation’s history.  In my research I found music rich with humanity, love and longing.  Timeless stories that need to be shared."

The show will feature, "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me" by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Bob Russell, "I'll Be Seeing You"  by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Irving Kahal, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Bob Russell and "Straighten Up and Fly Right" written by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills.


Tammy McCann: I’ll Be Seeing You – The World War II Songbook
Venue: Auditorium Theatre Katten/Landau Studio, 425 S. Wabash
Dates: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Times: 8:00 pm


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