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Performing Art
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am

The green monster comes to the Muni

 Looking for a place where you can see a wisecracking gingerbread man, an enormous singing dragon, a talking donkey and a diminutive aristocrat sharing the stage with a couple of green freaks who
Performing Art
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 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
Performing Art
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 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, May 29, 2014 12:00 am

The national scandal hits home. An underfunded overworked health care system needs reform.

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scandal is starting to hit closer to home. It was late 2013 when Dr. Sam Foote filed a complaint with the VA Office of Inspector General and met with news
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00 am

Conductor celebrates two decades in Springfield with special two-night performance

 Non-professional choirs and community choruses often write to world-famous venues hoping for a chance to sing inside. Cathedrals, castles, museums and other sites will appease amateur groups by
Performing Art
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. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America’s future

Angela McGonigle tried to do everything right. Born and raised in Springfield, she had saved $5,000 to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville but used the money to study abroad instead. D
Performing Art
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 12:00 am

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
Performing Art
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 12:00 am

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


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