Again, Alvo streets are quiet.
Two outstanding shows at the Lied Center reviewed.
Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy
Improvisation comedy is a heck of a good time. Jim and his cohorts made the time disappear last Thursday night. Laughed until it hurt. Lots of audience participation - and they did their local research very well - they even knew where Tecumseh is located. My favorite was the middle eastern taxi driver and his conversation with the partying Lincolnite.
Memphis the Musical
Some of the best productions in the country come to the Lied Center - this was the Tony award winning musical set in the 50's in Memphis, Tennessee and the introduction of "race music" to a local radio station and the interaction of the crazy DJ with the black musicians in Memphis. OUTSTANDING songs sung by GREAT voices. Unvarnished look at racism in the 50's (guess what, some still is here). Multilevel sets and seamless scene changes. If you get a chance to see this - DO IT!!
Awards for 2009-2010 Broadway Season
BEST BOOK - Joe DiPietro
BEST SCORE - Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS - Daryl Waters and David Bryan
Drama Desk Awards
BEST ACTRESS - Montego Glover
BEST MUSIC - David Bryan
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS - David Bryan & Daryl Waters
Outer Critics Circle Awards
BEST ACTRESS - Montego Glover
BEST SCORE - David Bryan & Joe DiPietro
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Sergio Trujillo
Rating: 4 out of 5 due to the Lied sound system overpowering the singers at times.
Thanks to ProDraw for use of the animated trophies.
LSO Wows the Kids at O'Donnell Auditorium
"Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
I usually don't recommend mixing elementary school kids with classical music - their antics keep me awake - but when Edward Polochick and the LSO performs Beethoven's symphonies with the narrative about Beethoven, it grabs their attention. The narrative consists of letters between a young man - where Beethoven lives in the upstairs apartment - and his uncle. The letters complain about the disruptive behavior of the composer, both in the apartment (beating on the floor while writing music) and in the community. This gives the audience insight of Beethoven's struggle with his deafness and his frustration at not being able to fully appreciate the symphonies he writes.
Most of the kids were as enthralled as we were - LSO has world - class musicians in all the sections. However, the little rugrat in front of us with the smartphone (flashing on and off) plus his sneakers with the piezoelectric flashes (you know who you are) should have stayed home with the evil baby sitter.
Polochick conducts the entire orchestra, using all the sections equally. The musicians in each section sound almost like a single instrument. You have got to hear to believe.
Local teams in the semi-final playoffs tonight - Tuesday, November 19th!
Good job Bluejays! On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6 pm the Bluejays will host the Columbus Lakeview Vikings in a C -1 state semi-final football game at Memorial Stadium in Ashland. This is a state playoff game, and no passes will be honored; admission will be $ 7.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for students.
Ashland-Greenwood 33 - Columbus Lakeview 28
They will play for the C-1 Championship against Cozad at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, November 26 at 10:15 AM.
Also, the Malcolm Clippers meet David City Aquinas in a C-2 semi-final in Malcolm on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Admission to the game is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for K-12 students. Only NSAA and media passes will be accepted. The game will be broadcast on KVSS 102.7 FM and KLIR 101.1 FM. It will also be available as a live stream at nfhsnetwork.com or nsaahome.org.
Aquinas 37 - Malcolm 14
Congratulations on a fine season!