Posted inArts & Culture

‘125 is feeling very good’

Because Chicago is so well known for its “Magnificent Mile” retail district—North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River—it’s all too easy to overlook, or take for granted, the importance of what can be called the city’s cultural corridor: Michigan Avenue stretching south from the river to Roosevelt Road.  What an extraordinary array […]

Posted inTheater Review

Getting to know Lloyd Price

The venerable Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts building opened its newly renovated auditorium last summer with the underwhelming musical Skates. This summer, it’s rolling the dice on Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical, a biographical jukebox show about the hugely talented, but relatively overlooked, force behind the title song, as well as “Stagger Lee”  and […]

Posted inGhost Light

The Studebaker gets ready to roll

Last August, I caught up with Jacob Harvey just as he was taking over as the new (and first-ever) managing artistic director of theaters for the Fine Arts Building. At the time, he noted that with the loss of the Royal George as a midsize rental house, the soon-to-be-remodeled Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts […]