A week ago Billy Elliot premiered in Chicago with the first of four Billy's, 13-year-old Cesar Corrales who won the opening night nod over 14-year old Tommy Batchelor, who played Billy on Broadway. The other two Billy's are 12-year-old Giuseppe Bausilio from Bern, Switzerland where his parents operate two ballet schools and J.P. Viernes, age 13 from Half Moon Bay, CA. All are amazing dancers. Since the role is such an important one, I am wondering how big a difference it makes in the show depending on who plays the roll of Billy. I would love to hear which Billy you saw, what you thought about him and the show in general and if anyone has seen the play more than once with different actors playing Billy.
Learn some smart money solutions with Financial Journalist Terry Savage at a free lunchtime talk at the Harold Washington Library Center. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium,
400 S. State St. 312 747 4396.
KITTY KELLEY signs her book, "Oprah: A Biography," at State Street's Border's Books. 150 N. State Street, 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.
Chicago's 2010 Improv Fest opens today with a new attitude. This year's Fest will put a brighter spotlight on local troupes but will still feature national and international performers. Tonight's kick off event takes place at the Annoyance Theater. The main act features SNL vet and Chicago resident Tim Meadows paired with Second City's Joe Canale and Brad Morris. 8p.m. 4830 N. Broadway.
An ATC Premiere.
"Welcome to Arroyo's" OPENS TONIGHT at the American Theater Company. This offering by Pulitzer-prizing winning playwright, Kristoffer Diaz is set in a small New York tavern. The comedy follows the two DJ narrators as they turn up the volume in an attempt to spin their family-run bar into the big-time. 1909 W. Byron, 773 409 4125. Through May 16.
Sola Restaurant, located nearby at the corner of Lincoln and Byron offers a Hawaiian inspired menu featuring locally raised ingredients. Take advantage of their 3-course prix-fixe menu offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. 3836 N. Lincoln. 773 929 5171.
Brownstone Tavern and Grill offers a less expensive alternative. Monday night specials include: A $10 rib platter with purchase of a drink. and $10 Coors Light buckets. Monday night is also trivia night with the fun and gams starting at 8p.m. 3937 N. Lincoln, 773 528 3700.
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