| Nov 25, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The final verse of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1974 hit single “Sweet Home Alabama” — “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers / and they've been known to pick a song or two” — probably confused generations of pre-Wikipedia radio...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As you listen to Aretha Franklin's new album, it's hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: "Step aside, ladies — here's how it's done."
Released on Tuesday, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" is the first album under a new...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Music mogul Clive Davis has a 1-2 punch of year-end releases up his sleeve. Oct. 21 brings a new studio album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” followed Nov. 10 with “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances”...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Jackie Taylor, the maestro of the Black Ensemble Theater, has penned countless affectionate biographical tributes to recording artists. Whether it was Marvin Gaye or Dionne Warwick or Jackie Wilson, Taylor charted their highs and lows, explored but...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Saturday | "The Gravedigger": Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's horror story is a continuation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," produced by First Folio Theatre. Through Nov. 2 at First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves might cue the chants of “wait until next year” for Chicago baseball fans, but for theater lovers it's a whole new ballgame. Below are just a few promising names on this fall's roster of shows.
| Sep 4, 2014
| 11:58 AM
It really should not work.
“What’s New Pussycat? The Soundtrack of an Era,” through Sept. 28 at Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, should be a cheese platter, a real clunker where oldies but goodies go to die, die, die a...
| May 1, 2014
| 8:19 PM
Nicholas Rodriguez is a bit of a tease. The Broadway actor, headlining this weekend at the Orlando Cabaret Festival, has titled his show "The First Time…" and the preshow publicity coyly reminds us that "You always remember your first time…"...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 3:05 AM
If you want to see a documentary made with passion and guaranteed to rock your soul at least two or three times before the final credits roll, don’t miss “Muscle Shoals” at 9 tonight on WETA-TV (Channel 22), Washington’s PBS...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 2:12 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is “Chicago’s Golden Soul.” Currently playing at Black Ensemble Theater, the energetic and informative show is a revue of the many songs recorded in Chicago during the city’s heyday as a soul...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Michael Leeds and Kevin Black fell in love with the music of the 1960s.
It may have started with a mutual affection for Burt Bacharach, but the affair soon grew to include Dusty Springfield, Etta James, the Supremes, Ray Charles, Simon and Garfunkel,...