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MUSIC icon Stevie Wonder makes another stop at the United Center on October 16 as part of his “Songs in the Key of Life Performance” tour in which he performs in full his classic 1976 Grammy Award-winning double-album. Wonder previously brought the tour to the United Center last November, when he performed all 21 songs from his landmark, 18th studio album before adding a medley of some of his other memorable hits. Songs in the Key of Life was considered by many critics and music lovers to be the most ambitious R&B album of its time, including such songs as “Contusion,” “Ordinary Pain,” “Sir Duke,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” “Love’s In Need Of Love Today,” “Village Ghetto Land,” Pastime Paradise,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” “As,” “If It’s Magic” and “Joy Inside My Tears.” For tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com.
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Stevie Wonder's Return To Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago's The Marriage of Figaro
THE cast of Gotta Dance––including noted TV actors Stefanie Powers, Georgia Engel, André De Shields and Lillias White––energized Broadway Playhouse during a brief, electrifying performance to give eager theatergoers a sneak peek at the musical, which is scheduled to run at Bank of America Theatre, beginning December 13 through January 10. The pre-Broadway world premiere highlights the true story about 10 determined seniors who overcome a litany of obstacles to realize a dream. Each year NBA basketball teams hold highly competitive auditions for their dance teams, but one particular year a team did something totally different––requiring audition dancers to be at least 60 years old. “Gotta Dance is a metaphor for everything in life. Whatever it is you got to do in your life, there’s only one way to do it––and that is to do it,” says director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who put his signature on Kinky Boots and On Your Feet. “You have to get up, you have to get out of bed and you gotta dance. It’s about celebrating life; it’s about celebrating joy and being exuberant. It’s about getting up and joining in as opposed to sitting on the side.” For more information and tickets, go to www.broadwayinchicago.com.
Chicago's Observation of Hispanic Heritage Month
IN honor of Hispanic Heritage Month––September 15 through October 15––Chicago and the nation celebrate the Hispanic culture and highlights artists, activists, pioneers, teachers, students and so many more who embrace their Hispanic heritage. Various events will be held throughout the city to recognize the contributions and vital presence of both Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States, and to observe their native heritage and contributing culture. The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968, beginning each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries––Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period. The terms Hispanic and Latino refer to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. For more information, go to www.hispanicheritagemonth.org.
THE Lyric Opera of Chicago will open its 61st season with the presentation of Mozart’s acclaimed comedy The Marriage of Figaro, which will be conducted by Henrik Nánási in a dazzling new production from renowned director Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Marriage of Figaro is Gaines’ first non-Shakespearean opera, following her distinguished operatic debut staging Verdi’s Macbeth at Lyric in 2010. The Marriage of Figaro opens on Saturday, September 26 with nine performances through Saturday, October 24. Performance dates are September 26 at 5 p.m.; September 30, October 3, 6, 9, 15 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.; and October 18 and 21 at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call (312) 827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org. The 2015/2016 season also includes Cinderella (October 4-30); Wozzeck (November 1-November 21); The Merry Widow (November 14-December 13); Bel Canto (December 7-January 17); Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez with Sir Andrew Davis in concert (January 9); Nabucco (January 23-February 12); Der Rosenkavalier (February 8-March 13); Romeo and Juliet (February 22-March 19) and The King And I (April 29-May 22).
Broadway in Chicago's Gotta Dance Preview