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Hamilton in Chicago

Dear Friends,

Great news!  The glory of Hamilton is expanding!

And by that we mean that the first Hamilton tour officially just opened in Chicago to (not surprising!) rave reviews.



Here is the full review from the Chicago Tribune

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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To The Bard, Part 2!

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder from a post we wrote about a few months ago:

The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is having a year-long celebration, Shakespeare 400!

Today they are promoting”Talk Like Shakespeare” day and tonight there will be a fireworks display at the Navy Pier!  If you live in or are visiting Chicago, you definitely don’t want to miss out!

To read more, check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s website.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Year of Shakespeare

Dear Friends,

In our newsletter today, we want to tell you about an amazing new happening in Chicago. They are having a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare, including theatre, dance, music, art, and literature.  It’s all here for you below!

Best regards,


Chicago Shakespeare

“Chicago hosts largest global celebration of Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy in 2016 featuring theater, dance, music, art, literature and cuisine

Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson, and leaders of the City’s cultural institutions to announce Shakespeare 400 Chicago—a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the playwright’s vibrancy, relevance and reach. As the world commemorates four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, this Quadricentennial festival explores how his words continue to live in Chicago—uniting our city’s cultural, creative and educational institutions, and welcoming leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage.”

To read more, watch videos, or request a brochure, go to The Shakespeare 400 Chicago website.

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Chicago Performance

Exciting review from our latest performance of FDR, starring Ed Asner, last week in Chicago at the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre!

Ed Asner was an absolute delight as Franklin Roosevelt. We were proud to present his one man show, FDR, in celebration of Roosevelt University’s 70th birthday. FDR’s grand-daughter and great grand-son were in the audience and they were very complimentary about Ed’s portrayal of their family’s patriarch. He displayed FDR’s warmth and humanity and brought that special Asner touch to a complex character familiar to us all. In addition, he was very open and accessible, happily greeting our patrons and even spending an hour in the classroom with our theatre students.

Of course, we already know that Ed is fantastic in his role as FDR—but it’s always great seeing others agree!

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Lottery Support.

Remember our recent post about lottery winner Roy Cockrum?

Well, he’s at it again!  This time the lucky recipient is The Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the production of Mary Page Marlowe, a play by Tracy Letts (who also wrote August Osage County).

Now if we could all win the lottery and pledge support to our favorite theatres and shows, the theatre world would be an even happier and more creative place!

Read more about it in the article we found in the NY Times.

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Hitting the Jackpot!

We always love sharing exciting theatre news—and this one is certainly remarkable!

A former monk and also actor, Roy Cockrum, recently won $153 million in the Powerball lottery!  With this money, he created a pension fund for himself and is vowing “to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches.”

His first move was to fund a play at the wonderful Goodman Theatre in Chicago.  This play, “2666”, was based on the same style of production of a play Cockrum saw years ago in London.  At the time he “made a mental note that if I ever got some dough, I would do what I could to support nonprofit theaters being able to do that level of production.”

What a marvelous way to give back to the community—by helping to support the oldest and largest not-for-profit theatre!  The Goodman is committed to “dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in [Chicago].”

You can read more about the story here:

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