The folks at the Theatre at the Center have mounted a major country/folk revue of the iconic voice of Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003)- one of America’s greatest troubadours in Ring of Fire. Cash was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century whose songs included cowboy, folk, gospel, country, rockability, rock n’ roll and pop music. From 1955 to his death at age 71 in 2003, Cash with his wife June Carter Cash, toured the country singing his heartfelt repertoire of pure Americana tunes. His distinct bass-baritone voice was his calling card.
Heartbeat of Home is a refreshingly new take on Irish step dancing in that it has the manic energy and style but with more pizazz, improved Irish styles with smart inclusion of other sounds and dance styles. The result is a dramatically exhilarating new show with hints of the glory of Riverdance. Doherty and McColgan have another hit on their hands. The dancing go on…
The Lyric Opera of Chicago has mounted a most pleasing production of Puccini’s favorite opera—Madama Butterfly. Each time I see Butterfly live on stage. I am overwhelmed by the haunting and melodic score by Puccini. I can see why this is one of the most beloved operas of all-time. The sheer intensity and sweeping majesty of the Japanese set (design by Christopher Oram), in a new production, together with Puccini’s theatrical score made for a marvelous experience. Add the exquisite voice of Amanda Echalaz who deftly depicts Cio-Cio-San as the epitome of devotion,
hope and honor. Patricia Racette takes over the role of Cia-Cia-San for the January, 2014 dates and she received an enthusiastic standing ovation on January 11, 2014.