Thursday, January 03, 2013

THE BOOK OF MORMON Adds 14 Additional Weeks, Extends Through Sept. 8, 2013


««««!  THE BOOK OF MORMON is manna from some warped ‘ South Park ’ heaven!
Laughs flow like Mormon wagon trains rolling West.  Be not afraid, suburban pilgrim.
These Mormons are so lovable, you feel half-inclined to take a couple of ‘em
home with you. MORMON is hilarious.”

CHICAGO (January 3, 2013) – Broadway In Chicago and the producers of the new musical THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, announced today that tickets will be available for 14 additional weeks of performances of THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe).  A new block of tickets for performances June 4 – September 8, 2013 will go on-sale to the public on Monday, January 7 at 10 a.m.  Tickets are sold out through March 3, 2013, with some tickets still available March 5 – June 2, 2013.    
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.  Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “ South Park .” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
THE BOOK OF MORMON’s Second National Tour cast includes Nic Rouleau, direct from the Broadway company, starring in the role of Elder Price.  Ben Platt stars opposite Rouleau as Elder Cunningham.  Also featured in the Second National Tour are Syesha Mercado as Nabulungi, Pierce Cassedy as Elder McKinley and James Vincent Meredith as Mafala Hatimbi, with Christopher Shyer, David Aron Damane, J. Casey Barrett, Tallia Brinson, Rob Colletti, Patrice Covington, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Jake Emmerling, Mike Evariste, Donell James Foreman, Bradley D. Gale, Eric Giancola, Darius Harper, Eric Huffman, Corey Hummerston, Eric Jackson, Emily Jenda, Nick Laughlin, Stephen Mark Lukas, Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Monica L. Patton, John Pinto Jr., Jon-Michael Reese, Travis Robertson, Cessalee Stovall and Hardy Weaver.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, Best Music (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Lyrics (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Actor in a Musical (Josh Gad) and Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  
The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
A new block of tickets for performances June 4 – September 8, 2013 will go on-sale to the public on Monday, January 7 at 10 a.m.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at  Prices range from $45 - $200.  Groups of 15 or more can call (312) 977‐1710 to purchase tickets.  THE BOOK OF MORMON also conducts a pre-show drawing at the box office for each performance, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 each.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Newsletter

DCASE Enewsletter - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
JANUARY 2013    Bookmark and Share
We at DCASE have so many great plans for 2013 and can't wait to share them with you throughout the year. From our major festivals on the lakefront to a solo performer for LunchBreak at the Chicago Cultural Center, there is so much to see and do for little or no cost at all.
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in this issue
Reminders Hear It Here First The Jewel Of Michigan Avenue Juicebox! A New Music Series For The Stroller Set Begins Friday, February 1! Are You Ready To Get Wired? Twirl, Twist And Swing In The New Year At Winter Dance! Sunday Salon With Ice! February Cultural Center Presents Special CD Release Event! Experience Art In The Works Congo Square Theatre Company Presents

Hear It Here First
Off The Record, A Listing Party
A brand new monthly series co-presented by DCASE, Elastic Arts Foundation and Saki is Off the Record: A Listening Party which kicks off on Saturday, January 19 in the Penthouse of the Logan Center for the Arts, located at the University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th Street. Co-presented by the Elastic Arts Foundation, the premiere listening party features The ONES and Natural Information Society from 8-11pm. The second listening party of the month will be Monday, January 28, 7-9 pm at Saki in Logan Square, 3716 W. Fullerton and feature the band Brokeback.
Off the Record offers the opportunity to hear a new record, often in advance of its release. Each party will feature the new recording as well as members of the band performing the songs live. Many of the artists will also participate in a Q and A with the audience including The ONES, Natural Information Society and Brokeback.
The ONES is comprised of two performers, Yaw Aygeman and Khari Lemuel who first began to work together when they happened to be in the same recording studio. That was 2002 and since then, Yaw and Khari have performed for colleges, community events, television programs, as well as venues large and small.
The Natural Information Society features bassist and composer, Joshua Abrams who has performed as a leader and sideman in projects across many genres. He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings. Abrams has also performed and recorded with some of the city's great jazz performers including Fred Anderson, Von Freeman and Nicole Mitchell. When Abrams is in Chicago he plays weekly with Jeff Parker and John Herndon.
Saki and DCASE will co-present Brokeback performing songs from their new release Brokeback and the Black Rock (Thrill Jockey), the band's first release in 10 years. Brokeback is the side project of Doug McCombs (Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day) and includes members Pete Croke (Tight Phantomz, Head of Skulls!, Reds and Blue), Chris Hansen (Pinebender, Head of Skulls!), and James Elkington (the Zincs, the Horse's Ha). Brokeback & the Black Rock was recorded and engineered by Chicago staple (and Tortoise drummer) John McEntire.
Stay tuned for more announcements about upcoming monthly listening parties and the locations.

The Jewel Of Michigan Avenue
Chicago Cultural Center
Whether the weather outside is frightful or delightful, the Chicago Cultural Center is always welcoming and this winter, it's the place to be for art, theater, dance, music and kids.

Juicebox! A New Music Series For The Stroller Set Begins Friday, February 1!
Juicebox offers Chicago's best music, dance, and theater in a kid-friendly setting. A free series of cutting edge performances, Juicebox, held on alternate Fridays at 10 am, is geared at toddlers but is engaging for the whole family. Kids can sit on the floor, walk around, meet the artists, and sometimes even play with the instruments and puppets. BYO snacks are welcome too! For more information visit

Are You Ready To Get Wired?
DJ Striz
The LunchBreak Series in the Randolph Café takes a twist in 2013 when Wired Fridays debuts on Friday, January 4 at 12:15 pm. Wired Fridays will be set up as a mid-day dance party series featuring DJs and electronic music. From ambient to dance, the world of DJs and soundscape artists will be uncovered each Friday through May. The LunchBreak Series will continue to feature music of all genres on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

DJ's For January:
January 4 - DJ Striz
One of the windy city's most versatile DJs, Striz has developed a reputation for funking up any environment with his unique
blend of downtempo, hip hop, broken beat, and house.
January 11 - Frankie Vega
Chicago based Frankie Vega is a DJ, producer, legendary event promoter by night and Apple specialist by day. He is most known for pushing the limits of excitement of nightlife tradition.
January 18 - Chris Widman
As a host of the weekly radio program Abstract Science (celebrating 15 years in 2012), Widman is at the forefront of breaking new styles, crossing genres and re-introducing forgotten music.
January 25 - DJ Warp
With a unique ear for electronic music and international music, DJ Warp has become a staple DJ playing at many Chicago clubs and venues, including past residencies at legendary clubs such as Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque.
Visit our website for more information on Wired Friday's

Twirl, Twist And Swing In The New Year At Winter Dance!
The Flat Cats
Winter's version of Summer Dance, Winter Dance 2013 will be held January 4 - 6 in the Yates Gallery located on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Winter Dance will bring people of all ages and skill levels together with free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. See you there!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Swing Band: The Flat Cats
Dance Studio: Big City Swing - East Coast Swing
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Dance Instruction
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Music and Dancing
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Salsa Band: Carpacho y Su Super Combo
Dance Studio: Latin Rhythms - Salsa
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Dance Instruction
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Music and Dancing
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ballroom Band: Teddy Lee Orchestra
Dance Studio: Chicago Dance - Fox Trot
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Dance Instruction
1:00 pm-3:00 pm Music and Dancing

Sunday Salon With Ice!
ICE, photo by Armen Elliot
On Sunday, January 6 at 3:00 pm in Preston Bradley Hall, Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis kicks off the 2013 Sunday Salon Series. This FREE performance is presented in partnership with International Contemporary Ensemble in celebration of ICE's 10th Anniversary season. ICE will feature two works that elevates chamber music to new levels.
Two musical revolutionaries, separated by centuries. Franz Schubert's Octet is a piece of symphonic scope, intricately scored for just eight players. Its movements take the listener through the full range of Schubert's lyrical library, from sweeping lines, to simple melodies, pain and anguish, and joyous dancing. George Lewis is a modern master whose own accomplishments put him at the frontier of experimentation in jazz, improvised music, computer music research, and trombone performance.
This is a "DON'T MISS" performance!
The Sunday Salon concert series features a very special guest on Sunday, January 13 with a solo violin concert from Sandeep Bharadwaj
at 3 pm. The child prodigy and World Record Holder on the violin will perform diverse compositions and will be accompanied on the Mrigandam by Vidwan Sri T. S. Nandakumar.

February Cultural Center Presents Special CD Release Event!
Grazyna Auguscik, photo by Magda Marczewska
Grazyna Auguscik - Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 pm in Preston Bradley Hall
Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and non-jazz audiences alike with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. A prolific collaborator who has shared the stage with such jazz notables as Michael and Randy Brecker, John Medeski, Robert Irving III, and many others, she will lead a live concert as part of the Chicago Cultural Center Presents series during which material from the forthcoming album "Man Behind the Sun - songs of Nick Drake" will be performed by an all-star band.

Experience Art
Claire Ashley exhibit frizzflopsqueezepop
The Michigan Avenue Galleries, located on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center will feature the work of Claire Ashley
when the playfully titled, "frizzflopsqueezepop" opens for exhibit from January 12 through March 31. The exhibition features vibrantly colored works painted on tarpaulin: some hang on the wall, others occupy space on the floor, while still more can be inhabited by humans who will place the objects in motion in two scheduled performances. The Chicago Rooms on the second floor of the Cultural Center will host an exhibition entitled INDIGO: New Works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, January 26 - April 27. Employing fair trade embroidery artisans from women's collectives in India and executing their works in indigo blue, Indian artist Jyoti and US artist Kina draw upon India's history, narratives of immigration and transnational economic interchanges.
Beginning February 1 - May 5, the Yates Gallery on the fourth floor of the Cultural Center will host Shawn Decker: Prairie. This sound installation mimics what one hears and feels on prairie lands, with computer generated programming, and a minimalist sculptural presence. Dance performances throughout the run of the exhibit will interplay with its theme.
The first performance is by the Elements Contemporary Ballet performing a piece entitled Elemental, an original 30-minute work composed of 10 short segments by 10 different choreographers. The intersection of the unique, individual voices of the choreographers parallels the random connections and systems of likeness perceived in Decker's sound and electronic media installation. Performances are twice a day, 12:30 pm and 4 pm on February 16, 17 and 20 at the exhibition in Yates Gallery.

In The Works
The department's residency program, In the Works, provides an opportunity not to just to theater companies to workshop a new play, it provides an opportunity for audiences to enjoy a behind the scenes look at how productions come together. You might be seeing these scenes the first time they ever performed in public.
On January 20 at 2 pm in the Storefront Theater located across from the Cultural Center and XX E. Randolph, Blair Thomas and Company present excerpts from Moby-Dick
. The words of this great novel come to life through a family-friendly puppet play. Reservations are recommended. RSVP to Voolf
, presented by the Cock and Bull Theater, is a unique take on an old fairy tale as Peter, Grandmere and Red Riding Hood must deal with their own fears of love and lust while confronting the iconic fairytale villain - the wolf. Voolf is also at the Storefront Theater on February 3 beginning at 2 pm. Reservations are recommended. RSVP to

Congo Square Theatre Company Presents
Congo Square Theatre Company, The Fall Of Heaven
The culminating production for the 2012-2013 season for Congo Square Theatre Company is The Fall Of Heaven, based on The Tempest Tales, written by Walter Mosley. The series is presented in partnership with the Chicago Public Library and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events the week of January 14-20, 2013, as the ensemble hosts a week-long series of events including: workshop session with the cast, a public interview and book signing, a film screening and talkback, featuring the film based on Mosley's well known mystery novel, Devil in a Blue Dress. The Mosley on the Square events take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Harold Washington Library.
Visit our website for more information and a complete schedule

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McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park
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Industry of the Ordinary
through February 17

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