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The Lion King (movie)

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  • In 'Traces' and 'Falling,' artists get their own moments

     In 'Traces' and 'Falling,' artists get their own moments
    About halfway through Second City's very moving and revealing collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago last week — you missed it, but I suspect it will be back — I found myself thinking about another fabulous show at the Broadway Playhouse in 2011. Titled "Traces," it was the work of a Montreal-based company named 7 Fingers, and it subsequently played off-Broadway. Both of these shows were memorable for much the same reason. They involved performers seizing the chance to self-actualize and break out of a box.
  • 'The Jungle Book' at Goodman Theatre: When Mary met Walt (and Rudyard)

    'The Jungle Book' at Goodman Theatre: When Mary met Walt (and Rudyard)
    Rudyard Kipling hated Chicago. "It holds rather more than a million of people with bodies, and stands on the same sort of soil as Calcutta," wrote the man whom George Orwell dubbed "the prophet of British imperialism in its expansionist phase,"...

    Broadway review: Mormons, missionaries and music

    Broadway review: Mormons, missionaries and music
    If any show could make the case that you can have fun with absolutely anything in the oft-painful run of human experience — AIDS, genocide, genital mutilation, poverty, religion, "The Lion King" — then that show is "The Book of Mormon," the...

    How and why actors' paychecks are shrinking on tour

    How and why actors' paychecks are shrinking on tour
    Last week in New York, a group of very angry actors expressed their feelings to their union, Actors' Equity, about the collapse of salaries for the performers who tour with Broadway shows to cities like Chicago. It is not hard to see why they were angry....

    'Frozen': Defying meteorology ★★★

    'Frozen': Defying meteorology ★★&#9733
    Big, bright, often beautiful and essentially an action movie, as are most animated features these days, "Frozen" comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios. While Disney credits the 1845 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen" as primary...