Happy new year! So what do we have to look forward to in 2012 in the world of
Meanwhile, Tony Tomaska, the longtime producer of "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" and the former owner of the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, is also working on a new space. Plans remain in flux, but this new venue would be in the Old Town neighborhood and would host commercial attractions, especially those that will use a bar and catering service. No details yet on when this one will open or what the first show will be.
How about high-profile shows? Well, there's no question that the casting of
So, for different reasons, will the Lookingglass Theatre Company production of "Cascabel," a circus-and-food entertainment that was conceived by Tony Hernandez and will star the chef
And then there is "The Book of Mormon," which will open its Chicago production in December and test the market once again for a long-running, dedicated Chicago company of a hit Broadway show. Assuming the show is done right — and everyone involved has pledged to be hands-on in its gestation— it's hard to see how this could be a bad bet, especially given the quality of the show and the potency of the South Park brand. More than any other show, "The Book of Mormon" has the ability to attract crowds of tourists to the Loop. There's an enormous demand to see this show, and folks may as well come here rather than go to Broadway.
But are we talking 18 months or four years? Time will tell.
I think there also will be some yet-to-be-announced pre-Broadway tryouts in Chicago this year, given that the
So what else will be worth watching in 2012?
Well, we'll get a clearer sense of the kind of work artistic director Chay Yew wants to do at Victory Gardens. We'll find out if the
Will any new talents break out? Keep your eye on Michael Mahler, whose new musical "Hero," about a comic book artist, is slated for the summer at the