My never-a-better-time for live indoor entertainment guide, featuring an-imagined-1965-Dr. King-Malcolm X-meeting tonight at IUN; an eclectic symphony line-up for February 8th and a preview of Broadway-bound “Big Fish.”
MLK Holiday Event Tonight at IU Northwest:The Meeting by Jeff Stetson, an award-winning play that imagines a conversation between Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X set in the winter of 1965 in a Harlem hotel room. The production stars Wesley Lawrence Taylor as Malcolm X and Jeff Robinson as Dr. King. The play starts at 6 p.m. at Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium in the Savannah Center at the IUN campus just south of I-94 at the Broadway exit. If you plan to go, check out information on visitor's permits for parking at the school. A reception will take place immediately following the show in the Savannah Center Lobby.
Unusual Classical Contemporary Combo at NISO Concert: Friday, February 8th Violinist Corey Cerovsek is featured playing Korngold's Violin Concerto. The range of the program is shows the limitless possiblities of a romance theme ranging from classics composed by Faure and Ravel; a world premiere called Neodammerung from Matrix Revolutions alongside Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. The concert starts at 7:30 at The Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point and there is a 6:15 Pre-Concert warm-up talk by Conductor Kirk Muspratt that you shouldn't miss.
Big Fish Story: Chicago has been through this a zillion times now: A show opens here for a limited run----The Producers (The Musical), Robert Falls production of O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, the world premier of August: Osage County at Steppenwolf, Spamalot, Kinky Boots---and quickly evolves into a Tony-winning, Broadway mega-hit that lasts for years in New York where the catastrophic ticket prices become mind-boogling. You had a chance to sort-of get in on the ground floor and see the show in a limited pre-season run, a trial offer in Chicago and you were too busy and dismissed it or you thought the show sounded like a 50-50 disaster. (This happened to me and numerous others when The Producers opened here with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick opened. I ended up seeing the show in New York years after the Chicago production. I learned my lesson. When Steppenwolf produced Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I got my tickets early.)
So now there is Big Fish will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street) in a limited 5-week run starting Tuesday, April 2nd through Sunday, May 5th.(Tickets go on-sale Monday, February 4th.)
The story started life as a book, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace published in 1998. In December 2003, the movie Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter was released by Columbia Pictures and eventually won a bunch of awards. You probably saw the movie and forgot it like I have.
The stage re-incarnation has a star lineup: “Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown (Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) as Young Will, and featuring Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar, Kirsten Scott, Sarrah Strimel and Katie Thompson, Big Fish has a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Alex Brightman, Bree Branker, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hoffman, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater,” quoting from the press release.
I don''t know if I'm going to risk feeling stupid and left out on this one or not. But you have been warned.