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Backstage with John Douglas Thompson

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 06/01/2012 12:42 PM
Backstage with John Douglas Thompson

In his many years as a New York–based actor, John Douglas Thompson has built a reputation so stellar that he is now “regarded by some as the best classical actor in America,” according a recent profile in The New Yorker. But John’s gripping performance as Joe Mott in the Goodman’s production of The Iceman Cometh marks only the second Chicago production for this celebrated actor, and his first on the Goodman stage. Here’s our Backstage interview with this extraordinarily talented actor.


Staff Profile: Julie Massey

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 06/06/2012 03:21 PM
Staff Profile: Julie Massey

It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to put on plays and keep an organization like the Goodman humming along. We’re creating a new series of blog posts to reveal the men and women behind the curtain; check back here for monthly interviews with Goodman staffers about their work, their passion for theater and their lives outside the Goodman.


All Hymns Considered: The Music of Crowns

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 06/11/2012 04:51 PM
All Hymns Considered: The Music of Crowns

A major part of the popular appeal of Crowns is Regina’s seamless integration of several gospel standards into the musical, creating a score that is moving, celebratory, familiar and fun. To get into the spirit of Crowns, we’ve compiled a “greatest hits” guide to some of the classic tunes you may hear in the production. It’s an introduction to the music of Crowns and a mini-history of some of gospel music’s pioneers and most enduring voices.


At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 06/15/2012 01:05 PM
At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom

Six weeks ago we checked in with The Iceman Cometh’s Tara Sissom as she and her cast mates began what was likely to be one of the most exhausting (and exhilarating) experiences of their stage careers. With nearly 40 performances of the four hour and 45-minute epic ahead of her, we wanted to see how she was feeling as the show opened and compare it to how she felt with all those performances behind her. Now, with only three performances of Iceman left, we caught up with Tara and asked her the same set of questions as before—check out her old interview to see how her answers have changed.


Crowns at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Posted by: at 06/20/2012 03:44 PM
Crowns at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

We’re still a few weeks away from the premiere of Regina Taylor’s revamped production of Crowns (performances start June 30), but tomorrow you can check out a sneak peek of some of the songs and dances from the gospel musical for FREE. In celebration of Chicago’s annual Gospel Festival, the cast of Crowns will appear in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park to kick things off on the first night of the festival. The performance is completely free and open to the public—you don’t even need to reserve tickets. Just drop by the park around 6:30 to experience the songs of Crowns!


Thank You Chicago!

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 06/22/2012 12:03 PM
Thank You Chicago!

Because of your extraordinary support, more than 42,000 Subscribers and ticket buyers were able to experience this monumental work, dubbed "one of the most significant productions in Chicago theater history," by the Chicago Tribune.


All Hymns Considered—Opus 2

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 06/22/2012 04:03 PM
All Hymns Considered—Opus 2

This week the theater is abuzz with gospel tunes as the Crowns cast prepare for the first preview performance on Saturday. With the launch of the run just days away, we have compiled the second half of our guide to the tunes that inspired this 10th anniversary production of Crowns. Check out these classic hymns—you can also listen to a playlist that includes Opus 1 of “All Hymns Considered” on the Goodman’s YouTube page