IllinoisTimes - Performing Art https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-35-1-performing-art.html Sat, 21 Sep 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Mature Mob goes for rock ’n’ roll https://illinoistimes.com/article-21573-mature-mob-goes-for-rock-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-roll.html Mature Mob goes for rock ’n’ roll
 The Mature Mob was born in 1991 as a fundraiser for Senior Services of Central Illinois, a revue of talented actors, singers and dancers aged 50 and over. Few Mob shows in recent memory have bee...]]>
The joyful journey - Walking Across Egypt, at New Salem Aug. 29-31 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21562-the-joyful-journey.html The joyful journey - Walking Across Egypt, at New Salem Aug. 29-31
A number of years ago there was a craze for bracelets with the initials “WWJD” which stands for “What would Jesus do?” Surely this is a worthy question, but the sheer number of those bracelets...]]>
Memphis is a revelation - At the Hoogland, three performances left, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 https://illinoistimes.com/article-21563-memphis-is-a-revelation.html Memphis is a revelation - At the Hoogland, three performances left, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
 When the musical Memphis opened on Broadway in 2009 it was certainly successful, winning four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Critical response, however, was mixed, with the book by Joe DiPi...]]>
A wonderful Wizard of Oz https://illinoistimes.com/article-21497-a-wonderful-wizard-of-oz.html A wonderful Wizard of Oz
 The Wizard of Oz is part of American entertainment’s DNA. Since its publication in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s book, and the films and stage versions to follow, have been celebrated and analyzed a...]]>
Thoroughly Modern Millie - A thoroughly modern controversy? https://illinoistimes.com/article-21440-thoroughly-modern-millie.html Thoroughly Modern Millie - A thoroughly modern controversy?
 Thoroughly Modern Millie is The Muni at its best, filling the stage with spectacle and the night with song and laughter. It’s (mostly) a charming and hilarious story of misguided lovers strugg...]]>
The King and The Bard - New Salem is All Shook Up https://illinoistimes.com/article-21431-the-king-and-the-bard.html The King and The Bard - New Salem is All Shook Up
 All Shook Up at Theatre In The Park is a constantly entertaining Elvis Presley “jukebox musical” with surprising depth. From the rousing “Jailhouse Rock” opening to the “Burning Love�...]]>
Big Hair at the Barricades - Hairspray at The Legacy all July https://illinoistimes.com/article-21382-big-hair-at-the-barricades.html Big Hair at the Barricades - Hairspray at The Legacy all July
 From its magical and jaw-dropping opening moment to the finale that had the audience on its feet cheering, Hairspray at the Legacy Theatre reinvents the delights of old-fashioned musical comedy...]]>
Sex, lies and political power - Evita, a must-see at the Muni https://illinoistimes.com/article-21369-sex-lies-and-political-power.html Sex, lies and political power - Evita, a must-see at the Muni
 The Muni Opera is staging the groundbreaking and endlessly entertaining musical Evita for the first time in a generation, and it is a must-see.Evita is the very adult Cinderella story of Eva Dua...]]>
Five presidents and a funeral https://illinoistimes.com/article-21178-five-presidents-and-a-funeral.html Five presidents and a funeral
 “If you want this job, there’s something deeply wrong with you.” – Ronald Reagan in Five PresidentsWhen former president Richard M. Nixon died in 1994, his funeral brought together the f...]]>
Mature Mob celebrates the 50s https://illinoistimes.com/article-20374-mature-mob-celebrates-the-50s.html Mature Mob celebrates the 50s
 It’s well established that the 1950s was a decade of enormous change on many fronts. It’s especially true within the narrower context of popular music, from the growth of rock ’n’ roll,...]]>
Theatrical exorcism - UIS Theatre takes on Pirandello’s haunting humorous Six Characters https://illinoistimes.com/article-19899-theatrical-exorcism.html Theatrical exorcism - UIS Theatre takes on Pirandello’s haunting humorous Six Characters
 Nearly a century ago, Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello prefigured postmodernism with his then-controversial 1921 play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, which continues its two-week run...]]>
New director plans changes for Sangamon Auditorium - Six Broadway shows coming to Springfield https://illinoistimes.com/article-19852-new-director-plans-changes-for-sangamon-auditorium.html New director plans changes for Sangamon Auditorium - Six Broadway shows coming to Springfield
 Bryan Rives took over as director of Sangamon Auditorium in October 2017 and has been busy for the past six months reimagining the 40-year-old, 2,005-seat venue both physically and conceptually....]]>
The Mature Mob goes country https://illinoistimes.com/article-19105-the-mature-mob-goes-country.html The Mature Mob goes country
 If country music has a sacred place, it’s the Grand Ole Opry. One country reference book compares it to the importance of the Vatican to the Catholic church. The Opry’s role in the developme...]]>
Legacy’s Newsies is dazzling, topical https://illinoistimes.com/article-18881-legacy%25E2%2580%2599s-newsies-is-dazzling-topical.html Legacy’s Newsies is dazzling, topical
 “Wrongs will be righted if we’re united. Let us seize the day!”These words might sound more like fiery pro-union rhetoric than a lyric from a high-spirited musical romp. Turns out it’s b...]]>
This new season is all over the place - Sangamon Auditorium offers something for everyone in the director’s last hurrah https://illinoistimes.com/article-18736-this-new-season-is-all-over-the-place.html This new season is all over the place - Sangamon Auditorium offers something for everyone in the director’s last hurrah
 The far-reaching 2017-2018 Sangamon Auditorium season will take audiences from Motown to mariachi and from murder mystery to Mummenschanz. It is the final season to be programmed by Bob Vaughn,...]]>
International Carillon Festival begins Sunday https://illinoistimes.com/article-18746-international-carillon-festival-begins-sunday.html International Carillon Festival begins Sunday
 The carillon in Washington Park is not only a familiar icon to Springfield residents, it is also known internationally as one of the world’s largest and best carillons. From June 4 to 9, renow...]]>
A playful play - Edwards Place Players’ latest production is a backstage farce https://illinoistimes.com/article-18448-a-playful-play.html A playful play - Edwards Place Players’ latest production is a backstage farce
 “I had always had this dream to do a play about Abraham Lincoln’s wedding,” said Springfield Art Association curator of collections Erika Holst. “I have zero theater background, so I jus...]]>
Spotlight on Ice turns 40 - Bigger and better than ever https://illinoistimes.com/article-16947-spotlight-on-ice-turns-40.html Spotlight on Ice turns 40 - Bigger and better than ever
 This weekend, take a break from the taxes, leave the yard work, gather up the family and head to Nelson Center for the 40th anniversary Springfield Figure Skating Club celebration “Spotlight o...]]>
Poetry Out Loud - Illinois' 2016 Statewide Poetry Out Loud Winners https://illinoistimes.com/article-16955-poetry-out-loud.html Poetry Out Loud - Illinois' 2016 Statewide Poetry Out Loud Winners
Here's a clip of Illinois' Statewide Poetry Out Loud 2016 winners:Last week, Mariah Brooks, junior at Southeast High School in Springfield, and Amber Price, junior at Maine East High School in Park ...]]>
The sweet flow of Poetry Out Loud - Local high school student places first in regional poetry contest https://illinoistimes.com/article-16836-the-sweet-flow-of-poetry-out-loud.html The sweet flow of Poetry Out Loud - Local high school student places first in regional poetry contest
 Troy Roark is amazed at how much talent is “hiding” in local schools.Roark, Springfield Area Arts Council board president, is referring to the group of 17 high school students who competed i...]]>
Mature Mob is good for what ails you https://illinoistimes.com/article-16141-mature-mob-is-good-for-what-ails-you.html Mature Mob is good for what ails you
 I’ve learned some basic truths in recent months. Among them: pains and little cares, dear, come in little pairs, dear; the rich get rich and the poor get poorer; and, perhaps most important, n...]]>
Vigesaa’s Cabaret performance a triumph https://illinoistimes.com/article-16115-vigesaa%25E2%2580%2599s-cabaret-performance-a-triumph.html Vigesaa’s Cabaret performance a triumph
 The dark, highly-sexualized Cabaret is an interesting choice for the Muni, that stalwart of wholesome outdoor musical theater where the audience is invited to sing the national anthem before eve...]]>
West Side wows https://illinoistimes.com/article-15989-west-side-wows.html West Side wows
 The events that have made headlines throughout this past year make me question how much progress we’ve actually made since that time. [West Side Story] While this story takes place on the stre...]]>
Magical musical - The Legacy Theater presents Mary Poppins https://illinoistimes.com/article-15930-magical-musical.html Magical musical - The Legacy Theater presents Mary Poppins
 Mary Poppins. We all know her and love her from the 1964 Disney movie. She is a little bit sarcastic, clever, always kind and very magical. Did you know, however, that the creator and author of...]]>
Successful Seussical https://illinoistimes.com/article-15864-successful-seussical.html Successful Seussical
 Springfield’s Muni Opera was blessed with a dry, comfortable evening for opening night of Seussical the Musical July 10. The show, based on Dr. Seuss’ popular books including Horton Hears a...]]>
Something for everyone - New season at Sangamon Auditorium covers the waterfront https://illinoistimes.com/article-15738-something-for-everyone.html Something for everyone - New season at Sangamon Auditorium covers the waterfront
 The 2015-2016 season for Sangamon Auditorium, UIS has been announced, and at the risk of an internal contradiction, the shows, beginning in September, are typically eclectic. Auditorium director...]]>
Young reenactors learn history and life - Steps on the Road to Freedom performs April 29 https://illinoistimes.com/article-15380-young-reenactors-learn-history-and-life.html Young reenactors learn history and life - Steps on the Road to Freedom performs April 29
 While most people think of history as just bygone times, Robert and Patricia Davis breathe life into it through their reenactments of real characters of the slavery and Civil War eras.They have...]]>
The Sky’s the Limit for the Mature Mob https://illinoistimes.com/article-14494-the-sky%25E2%2580%2599s-the-limit-for-the-mature-mob.html The Sky’s the Limit for the Mature Mob
 Signs that fall is approaching: cooler weather, the beginning of football season, this year’s Mature Mob show....Okay, that last one may not be an annual rite of the season for you, but in rec...]]>
Jekyll & Hyde grapples with good and evil https://illinoistimes.com/article-14429-jekyll-hyde-grapples-with-good-and-evil.html Jekyll & Hyde grapples with good and evil
 The mercurial weather on what would have been Jekyll & Hyde’s opening night at the Springfield Municipal Opera mirrored well the play itself. A violent, Hyde-like thunderstorm forced a can...]]>
Shrek - The green monster comes to the Muni https://illinoistimes.com/article-14308-shrek.html Shrek - 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...]]>