Judging by my commute this morning, this summer is all about Lollapalooza.
This fall in Chicago, however, it's all about Sondheim.
Three major companies are producing Sondheim pieces around the same time, and we'll get a taste of each all before the first snow falls (hopefully).
Sweeney Todd opens at Drury Lane Oakbrook next week, and Follies at Chicago Shakespeare can't get here soon enough! Sidebar: Have you guys seen that cast list?! It's mouth-watering. Unfortunately we still have to wait until October. Though personally, I'm most looking forward to Porchlight's take on Putting It Together.
This is Porchlight's first show under new artistic director Michael Weber, and with multiple Jeff Award-winning director/choreographer Brenda Didier at the helm it's sure to be a success.
Full disclosure: I'm understudying the oh-so-talented Alex Weisman, and just the other night I had my first look at what the production team has up their sleeve...it's pretty amazing stuff. This isn't going to be another "Sondheim revue" where the audience settles in and listens to Sondheim songs and has a lovely evening and goes home. It's SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Brenda Didier is a certified genius with a very specific vision for an overall story. Plus it's stylish as hell. The costumes, the set...all very posh, all very West Loop chic.
Get into it.
Whatever you're most excited about, this is definitely the season to be a Sondheim-lover.
Filed under: Porchlight Music Theatre