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Sweeney Todd at Stage 773 Chicago

The Demon of Fleet Street Visits Chicago

October 31, 2014
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by:
Kit Graham

Looking to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween without dressing up? Pay a visit to the demon barber of Fleet Street and see the Porchlight Music Theater’s production of Sweeney Todd. The theater company has assembled a remarkably talented cast who brings Stephen Sondheim’s musical tale of a murderous London barber to life. While it can be hard to sell men on the idea of seeing a musical, Sweeney Todd is exactly the type of musical men love. It is a dark story, filled with betrayal, violence and murder. Women may be more interested the secondary storyline of Anthony and Johanna–young lovers trying to find a way to be together. The songs are …  Read more

Dance, Destiny + Hard Work: Meet Iona Calhoun-Battiste

The Lifelong Dancer Discusses How She Made Her Dreams Come True by Helping Others

September 19, 2014

“We want to include everyone and make everyone feel important and special,” said Iona Calhoun-Battiste, founder of the Iona Calhoun School of Ballet at the South Shore Cultural Center. “But we recognize that not everyone is at the same level, so how do you support the girls who are really good and want to dance as a career, and how do you support those that dance recreationally, but it’s still important to them?” It’s this type of supportive mentality that has built the foundation for her school and sets it apart from others in the field. “Other schools will say, ‘If you can’t do it, then you can’t stay,’” Calhoun-Battiste said. Having gone …  Read more

Thunder Strikes Twice

Sharknado's Writer Thunder Levin Dishes On Sharks And Tornados for Sharknado 2: The Second One

July 25, 2014

When writer of Sharknado, Thunder Levin, was asked what to expect in the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, he said, “Well, I think there might be some tornados…and we might have a few sharks.” He paused and then released a chuckle. It’s certainly this type of deadpan humor that made the first movie such a success and almost hard to top. Almost. “This one is even bigger and better,” Levin said. “It takes place in New York City, which automatically makes it bigger and better.” Spoken like a true New Yorker. (I won’t even get into our rather “amicable” pizza debate.) “And that includes a bigger and better chainsaw wielded by …  Read more