Just as the arrival of our Chicago tulips tells us that Spring is finally here, the resurgence in the Real Estate market tells us that we have come a long way since those challenging days in 2009 and 2010! I have had four transactions in just one block of the South Loop in the last six weeks – it is unprecedented!
In the tulip photo the background is our famous Chicago Theater, which is quite appropriate because in addition to tulips, Spring brought a very important theatrical announcement for a client of mine, for whom I am so very happy. I am referring to the recent Tony Award nominations!
Who says that the Second City can’t have success on Broadway! My client lived in Streeterville and she is a theatrical producer with past Tony nominations for Best Play in 2004, Best Revival of a Play in 2007, and both a nomination and a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2008!
She revived the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Steppenwolf Theater in 2010 and just two weeks ago earned an astounding 5 Nominations for the 2012 revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Broadway, a scene is shown above.
She is up as Producer for Best Revival of a Play. Not only that, but she employed some of Chicago’s leading theatrical talent for the direction and primary roles of this compelling drama, with a full slate of home-bred Chicago talent gaining huge Broadway recognition! Here is the team that received the other nominations:
• Carrie Coon for Best Featured Actress, from performances with the Remy Bumppo Theater and several seasons in Spring Green, WI, and from the Steppenwolf’s own presentation of “Virginia Woolf”
• Pam MacKinnon for Best Direction of a Play, who was born in Chicago, worked around the entire country, and then directed the Steppenwolf production of “Virginia Woolf” before directing the Broadway production,
• Amy Morton for Best Leading Actress, who has had a stellar career in Chicago theater going back to the Remains Theater with Gary Cole and Bill Petersen and then with the Steppenwolf
• Tracy Letts for Best Leading Actor, who has won fame for many years in both directing and acting at the Steppenwolf and numerous other theaters
I also wanted to mention another client I admire, who became a long time friend of mine, who was a producer for “Oprah” and won Daytime Emmys as an “Oprah” producer for Outstanding Talk Show in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, then winning again in 1995, 1996, and 1997 as Oprah’s Executive Producer!
I don’t mean to sound too “syrupy” or starstruck, after all it was merely my good fortune to be able to work hard for these clients in the relatively ‘unglamorous’ role of helping them buy and/or sell real estate here in our beautiful City, but when I was a little girl I would never have dreamt that I would have the good fortune to be in this position!
One last note is that both of these admirable, accomplished women were also Mothers, working hard and achieving success while also raising children – they truly Did It All!! And so I don’t dare let this opportunity go by to say Happy Mother’s Day and keep having a great Spring!
I would also say “Go Cubbies” but in the short time since my last posting I’m afraid they are already showing us that this will be yet another challenging Season!