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'It's Magic Beyond Belief'
The Renaming Of The Oriental Theatre
SINGER/actress Macy Gray, known for her unbridled spirit and her unique voice, hits the City Winery stage for two shows on December 28 and 29. A post-show meet-and-greet for fans will take place after each performance. (The ticket for the VIP event does not include admission to the concert, but it will include a photo opportunity with Gray and a signed CD.) Gray, who has shared the movie screen with stars such as Denzel Washington, grabbed her spot on the music scene with her triple-platinum CD How Life Is in 1999, and she has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to highlighting tunes from those albums, she also will do music from her 10th and latest full-length album, RUBY. For more information and tickets, go to www.citywinery.com.
The Extension Of Rightlynd
JAMIE Allan, known as the United Kingdom’s original “technology magician,” will perform in the U.S. for the first time during nine shows at the Harris Theater from December 22 through December 30. Allan has become one of the world’s most entertaining magicians in his presentation called “iMagician,” a show that combines trickery and illusion with technology. In the three years since Allan debuted iMagician, he has mastered the combination of classic magic with cutting-edge technology, which includes high-powered laser beams, digital tablets and social media. In the show by the most televised British illusionist of the last decade, the performance will include laser levitation and focus on Houdini’s legendary underwater escape. For more information, go to www.harristheaterchicago.org
IN honor of the late James M. Nederlander’s influence and various contributions to Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District, the iconic Oriental Theatre will be renamed the James M. Nederlander Theatre as a tribute to the legendary Broadway theater owner and founder of Broadway in Chicago. The new marquee and signage will be unveiled as The Nederlander Theatre on February 12, 2019, with the opening of Dear Evan Hansen (Feb. 12-March 10), the Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Following Dear Evan Hansen, upcoming productions under the new marquee will include A Bronx Tale (March 12-24), Anastasia (March 26-April 7), Tap Dogs (April 16-April 21), RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (May 10-19), Falsettos (May 28-June 9) and CATS (July 16-August 4). For more information, go to www.broadwayinchicago.com.
DUE to growing demand, the powerful and critically acclaimed production Rightlynd has been extended through December 30 at Victory Gardens Theater. Written by award-winning playwright Ike Holder, one alderwoman blocks a huge redevelopment project that would regentrify a Chicago neighborhood that’s decorated with abandoned storefronts, deteriorating apartment buildings and one that is subjected to an accelerated crime rate. A cast that includes Jerome Beck, Robert Cornelius, LaKecia Harris, Anish Jethmalani, Eddie Martinez, Monica Orozco and Sasha Smith displays multiple talents in a play that’s a combination of hope, change, compromise, power and political corruption. For more information, go to www.victorygardens.org.