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  World Premiere
 THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

   Book by Itamar Moses
   Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
   Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin
   Based upon the novel by Jonathan Lethem

   September 30 – November 2, 2014

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Lethem, the soaring new musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE makes its world premiere this fall with a dynamite creative team including composer/lyricist Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. Co-production with Dallas Theater Center.

Having a Blast

As we pause to recognize Overture Center for the Arts’ tenth anniversary, renowned Broadway actor and Overture’s opening night star André De Shields shares how his journey in the arts has been molded and shaped by Madison’s own artistic evolution
   

BY ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS

Aug 19, 2014

 
Be forewarned, I am a man who believes in signs and omens, and all that they might portend. That said, once upon a time, long ago, but not so far away, there was a young student of color at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who, more than anything, wanted to be considered an asset to his alma mater.

As any good storyteller would, I am going to begin at the beginning, which for this particular journey is Wednesday, June 25, 1969. That was the date of the long-anticipated opening of the Madison Civic Repertory Theatre.

Chicago Humanities Festival’s
25th anniversary lineup a full catalog of “Journeys”


   At the Francis W. Parker School
   November 3, 2014

Helmed by Jeff Award-winning duo Rob Lindley and Doug Peck, this musical revue is a chronological journey featuring a song from each Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” production since 1949. Choreographed by Katie Spelman, the production will feature André DeShields (“The Wiz,” “Jungle Book”), Ernestine Jackson (“Raisin”) Karen Mason (“Sunset Boulevard”), and numerous stars of the stage.

Tickets can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or by calling the CHF Box Office at (312) 494-9509, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
   
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