Seeing and hearing this troupe of talented singers, who perform primarily in the Zulu vocal styles of Isicathamiya and Mbube, is a life-changing experience.
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Stephan also presents a performance that holds up to the incomparable Rosemary Clooney’s classic crooning. Her terrific rendition of “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” is enhanced by the gorgeous costume design and stylings of Brenda Winstead.
This isn’t the familiar holiday ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Audiences won’t see any waltzing Snow Flakes or twirling Sugar Plum Fairies here, and there isn’t a single Grand pas de deux performed on the Chopin stage. What audiences will see, however, is an exciting, magical, often touching holiday story, loosely adapted from Hoffmann’s tale, by Jake Minton.
The shrewd adaptation at work in the Lyric production should serve as a reminder that the overriding theme of the story is, after all, justice.
By Eric Karas American Blues Theater presents its holiday tradition of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago. This is their 18th year doing the show. It’s a “radio play” of the Frank Capra classic film about a small town man who finds out what life would be like if he never existed. When patrons