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Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am

The Springfield Muni Opera’s summer season continues with Elvis rock ’n roll

  “I vote for ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls,’” I hear someone say as I walk backstage at the Springfield Muni Opera. I look up and see director Anna Bussing caught in a brief debate with a member o...
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 am

Sound of Music opens the Muni’s summer season

 I guess I just assumed I wouldn’t like the Sound of Music. Until last Friday, I’d never actually seen the play, but I was certain I had enough information to make what seemed like an easy de...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 am
 In the theater class he teaches at Robert Morris University, George A.M. Heroux advises students to look for plot details from one’s life. “I’ve done that with the plays I’ve written,”...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Local production continues at the Hoogland Oct. 11-13

 Is it timeless or just old? Inherit the Wind may be a staple of community theater, but can a fictionalized account written 58 years ago about something that happened 88 years ago resonate with A...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:08 pm

Through the years with Springfield’s talented old-timers

If anyone can lay claim to being the “father” of The Mature Mob, it’s Jim Myers. It began in the early ’90s, when Jim, at age 76, began taking tap dance lessons at the Springfi...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 05:01 pm

Muni brings gritty drama Rent to the Springfield stage

When Mac Warren submitted Rent to the Muni’s play reading committee, he knew the edgy show would be a tough sell. The Tony and Pulitzer winning musical, based loosely on La Boheme, depicts New Y...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 03:25 pm

Springfield’s summer theater continues its strong season with Peter Pan

If there’s one thing the cast and crew of the Muni’s latest production want you to know, it’s this: their Peter Pan is more than just a kids’ show. And while the husband-and-wi...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:25 pm

For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience

It’s more than you,It’s more than me,No matter what we are,We are a family.This dream is for all of us, This one can be real,And you can’t stop us now,Because of how you feel. &nbs...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:45 am

An eclectic 2013-14 season is waiting in the wings

Sangamon Auditorium’s upcoming season, starting in September, is a heady mix of surefire crowd-pleasers and boundary pushing one-offs, finding Broadway touring companies rubbing shoulders with c...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 08:10 am

Hedwig is a “transformative” rock musical

“The word of the day is ‘immersion,’” says Legacy Theatre owner Scott Richardson, and truthfully there are few more appropriate terms to describe the Legacy’s production ...

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