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BILL DYSZEL - THE INTERNET ATE MY BRAIN at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre March 31st

Ever feel like you want to throw your cell phone away, but then realize you need to call someone to tell them where you are? Was the last time you ended an argument with a Google search around lunchtime today? How many pairs of shoes did Amazon send to you before you actually wore them? If you are a keen social observer like Bill Dyszel, there is a good chance that you already know how amazingly dependent we are on the internet, that highway of information and practical applications that make life so easy we often forget to actually live it in real time.

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RICH DANIELS: MAKING MAGIC – ELLA & LENA: The Ladies and Their Music

Rich Daniels and The City Lights Orchestra return to the Auditorium Theatre on November 17th for ELLA & LENA: The Ladies and Their Music, a centennial concert celebration of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Chicago vocalist and producer Joan Curto will be joined by many of Chicago’s top artists including E. Faye ButlerBeckie MenzieTammy McCannPaul MarinaroTom Michael and Sophie Grimm with a 17-piece orchestra featuring songs from the Great American Songbook.

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2017 JEFF AWARDS - A LETTER FROM RON KEATON

Our Conversation this week comes in the form of a letter from Ron Keaton. Ron agreed to step in when business called me out of town. It was a chance for Ron to give his unique point of view on a big night of recognition for Chicago's professional theatre community and share comments from award recipients in many of the categories. 

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BRENDA DIDIER - PORCHLIGHT'S BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

For Brenda Didier, directing Porchlight Music Theatre's production of Billy Elliot The Musical is like coming home again. The show opens the company's 23rd season in their new digs at the Ruth Page Center in Chicago a place that is very familiar to Didier. She has vivid memories as a young dance student. And perhaps most helpful, particularly to the story of Billy Elliot, is rekindling the excitement she experienced realizing her own dream that began when she was eight years old.

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