Thursday 10 Dec 2009

Podcast With Addams Family Composer Andrew Lippa


To celebrate opening night of the much anticipated The Addams Family, Alissa and I caught up with our friend Andrew Lippa, who has written both music and lyrics for this Broadway bound mega hit. Mr. Lippa discusses how the musical has evolved since we last spoke and his creative process of writing songs for such well known characters. Andrew also catches up ShowBiz Chicago listeners with his next project, The Man In The Ceiling, produced by Disney’s Thomas Schumacher.
According to the producers, “In this original story, the famously macabre Addams Family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandmama and Lurch headlong into a night that will change the family forever.”
The Addams Family runs through January 10, 2010 at the Ford Center For The Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. Ticket prices are $28 to $105 and may be ordered through Ticketmaster. Visit Broadway In Chicago for more information. Broadway previews will begin March 4, 2010, at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th Street). The production is set to open on Broadway April 8, 2010.
Monday 30 Nov 2009

ShowBizQ Podcast With Jackie Hoffman


A comedic favorite in both New York City and Chicago, Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Hairspray, The Book of Liz) recently sat down with ShowBiz Chicago to discuss her upcoming solo show, “Whining in the Windy City: Holiday Edition” at the Royal George Cabaret.

Now appearing as ‘Grandma’ in the world premiere of The Addams Family at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre, Hoffman’s newest cabaret show is part of a much-heralded succession of the comedienne’s one-woman productions in Broadway’s cabaret hot spots. Hoffman has previously appeared in One Woman Shoe, Scraping the Bottom, Jackie with a Z,Chanukah at Joe’s Pub, and The Kvetching Continues.

For more information on Jackie Hoffman “Whining in the Windy City: Holiday Edition” at the Royal George Cabaret, Mondays Nov. 30- Dec. 21, please visit

For more information on The Addams Family, please visit
Tuesday 17 Nov 2009

Interview Podcast With Anderson Davis


Hunky Anderson Davis dons the role of Lt. Cable in the phenomenal touring production of Rogers & Hammerstein's 'South Pacific', which will play a limited run at the Rosemont Theatre, November 24 - 29.

Make sure you check out the Chicago Pride ticket discount offer!! SOUTH PACIFIC TICKET DISCOUNT

Bob Boyett and NETworks Presentations announce casting for the Chicago area engagement of the National Tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher. The Tony Award-winning production will play the Rosemont Theatre for a limited one-week engagement Nov. 24 – 29, 2009.

The Chicago engagement of the National Touring Company of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC will be led by internationally renowned bass-baritone David Pittsinger, who most recently portrayed Angelotti in “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera, as Emile de Becque and Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush, with Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis), Keala Settle (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor), original 2008 Broadway cast member Genson Blimline (Stewpot), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).

The ensemble will include Christopher Carl, Eric L. Christian (from the Broadway production), Jacqueline Colmer, Mike Evairste (from the Broadway production), Kate Fahrner, Nicholas Galbraith, Alexis G.B. Holt, Chad Jennings, Christopher Johnstone, Kristie Kerwin, Jodi Kimura, Joe Langworth, Maxine Linehan, Diane Phelan, John Pinto Jr, Travis Robertson, Josh Rouah, Tally Sessions, KristenJ. Smith, Matt Stokes, Gregory Williams and Victor Wisehart.

Critics lauded high praise for the National Tour’s debut in San Francisco, CA:

“This is the South Pacific we’ve been waiting for” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Shimmering romance in the ravishing score” (San Jose Mercury News)
“Fans of musical theatre shouldn’t miss this show” (San Francisco Examiner)
“Incredibly vibrant production manages to be truthful and relevant; you’re likely to forget every other South Pacific you’ve seen previously” (

Carmen Cusack “shines as Nellie Forbush” (Santa Cruz Sentinel) as she “achieves a delicious balance of sweet and smart” (San Francisco Examiner); and “her honeyed voice captures both Nellie’s ‘cockeyed optimism and her brass” (San Jose Mercury News).

David Pittsinger previously played the role of Emile de Becque in the Broadway production at Lincoln Center Theatre, and joins the National Tour direct from his performance at the Metropolitan Opera which was praised as “a stirring performance” (The New York Times).

Anderson Davis as Lt. Joseph Cable, was hailed as “rich in exposed passion” (San Francisco Chronicle), giving an “artful, noteworthy performance” (Santa Cruz Sentinel) where he “combines machismo and sensitivity” (San Francisco Examiner). Matthew Saldivar is “energetic” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “a kick” (San Francisco Examiner). Keala Settle delivers a Bloody Mary that’s “played with sass” (San Francisco Examiner) and “mesmerizing” (San Jose Mercury News).

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC swept the 2008 Tony Awards®, winning seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. This breathtaking new production is still selling-out at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in an open-ended run on Broadway, lauded by the critics as “Simply Wonderful! Beguiling Theatrical Magic!” (New York Post), “Ravishing and Overwhelming” (Variety) and “Rapturous and Revelatory!” (The New York Times).

Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

The lavish new production features a cast of 34, musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony Award®) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members – the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production – will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony Award®) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.

SOUTH PACIFIC comes to the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Nov. 24 – 29, 2009. Tickets are $39.50 – $79.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Rosemont Theatre box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Groups of 15 or more, call GroupTix at 877-447-7849.

For more information on SOUTH PACIFIC visit or Become a fan on Facebook (South Pacific on Tour).

Bartlett Sher (Director) Lincoln Center Theater: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Awake and Sing (Tony nomination), The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination). Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre; credits there include: the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas (both also Long Wharf Theatre) and Nickel and Dimed; plays by Chekhov, Wilder, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner. Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival), The Barber of Seville (Metropolitan Opera), Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera). New York: Cymbeline (2001 Callaway Award for Best Director; first American Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company), Waste (2000 Best Play Obie), Don Juan (all TFANA). He is a member of the TCG Board.

David Pittsinger (Emile de Becque) Broadway: South Pacific (Lincoln Center). Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (also live HD cinemacast), Don Carlo, Rake’s Progress, Giulio Cesare, La Bohème, The Magic Flute. NYCO: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Orlando (Zoroastro). U.S. & International credits include: Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte/Vienna, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires), Tosca (Scarpia/FGO), Nozze di Figaro (Count/La Opera) Faust (Mephistopheles/L’Arena Sferisterio, L’Opera de Montreal), Mefistofele (Mefistofele/I Solisti Veneti, Pittsburgh), Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow/Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Bordeaux,), Carmen (Escamillo/Montpellier, Santa Fe). Orchestral appearance include: Vienna Philharmonic,, Salzburg Festival, Dresden Festival, NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, ENO, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Discography includes: Charles Ives Songs, La Calisto, Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna. Awards: “Artist of the Year” Awards from NYCO and Pittsburgh Opera. MM: Yale.
Friday 25 Sep 2009

Lily Tomlin Returns!!!

Lily Tomlin Podcast

She's back!!! Our favorite comedian returns and talks with Alissa & Michael about her plight to save the elephants, how comedy has changed over the decades and the facinating question of how female comedians are objectified.

Also, CLICK HERE for our Lily Tomlin ticket giveaway and a chance to meet Ms. Tomlin after the show.

Lily will be performing one night only, October 2nd at the Paramount Theatre.
Saturday 19 Sep 2009

Lea Salonga Podcast


Not only does she enjoy being a girl, but Lea is also a proud Mom and talks about how she juggles her world wide concert tour with raising a family. Ms. Salonga also tells about growing up in the Philippines under Corazon Aquino, their first Democratic female President who died last month.

Lea Salonga is a multi-awarded Filipino singer and actress who is best known for her acclaimed portrayal of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. In the field of musical theater, she is recognized for having won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Theatre World Awards, the first to win various international awards for a single role. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.

Ms. Salonga will be in concert at The Venue, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:00pm. Lea Salonga Tickets

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