Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre opens its 95th season with the musical “Les Miserables.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Charlie Brown is playing Jean Valjean in Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Les Miserables." He talks his own interest in the long-running musical, the specific story arc of his character, and how he's approached the character. "Les Miserables" runs September 6th through the 15th.

Nate Downs joins us to talk about Corn Stock Theatre's production of "Company." A fan of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Downs says this was one of his "bucket list" shows. Through the stories of perennial bachelor Bobby, his girlfriends and his married friends, the show presents multiple takes on love, marriage and relationships. "Company" runs August 23rd through 31st at Corn Stock Theatre in Peoria.

Review - "The Wiz"

Aug 8, 2013

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season is currently presenting “The Wiz.” Brian “Fox” Ellis has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Bryan Blanks. He's directing Corn Stock Theatre's production of "The Wiz." It's the first time this show has been staged at the Corn Stock Tent. Blanks talks about his own history with the show, what he looked for in casting his production, and about the work he did ahead of time to ensure a strong turnout at auditions.

This week, we're talking with Jimmy Ulrich about Peoria Players' upcoming youth production of "All Shook Up." The "jukebox" musical features music made famous by Elvis Presley, and a story about a small Midwestern town, thrown into disarray by the arrival of a motorcycle-riding drifter. Ulrich says the music -- along with the fact  that it's a newer musical --  makes the show a treat for both the performers and the audience. "All Shook Up" runs August 7th through the 11th at Peoria Players Theatre.

Arc Light Productions is currently presenting the musical “The Music Man.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Corn Stock Theatre is presenting the musical “Anything Goes,” as part of its summer season. Douglas Okey has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

OutThis week, we're talking with Erin Craig. She plays Reno Sweeney in Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming  production of "Anything Goes." The show features a treasure-trove of Cole Porter music and a heavy dose of tap-dancing. "Anything Goes" opens tonight, and runs through July 20th under the tent at Upper Bradley Park.

This week we're talking with Chip Joyce. He's directing Eastlight Theatre's production of "Jekyll and Hyde," a musical adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale. The production continues with performances Friday and Saturday night.

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season continues with a production of “The Foreigner,” starring Peoria native Steve Vinovich. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This weekend, Corn Stock Theatre opens its production of "The Foreigner," starring Peoria native, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich. Vinovich has performed on stage, film and television since graduating from the University of Illinois; he's recently returned to New York after many years in Los Angeles. He talks about how the idea for the production came about; why he's fond of this play and this particular role; and about his 40-year career as a working actor.

This week, we're talking with Caleb Finley. He's directing Peoria Players Theatre's production of "Bus Stop." The  play revolves around a group of bus travelers, stranded in a remote bus stop by a heavy storm. Finley talks about drew him to the script, about trying avoid over-reliance on the film adaptation of the play, and about the two characters at the center of the script's main plot. "Bus Stop" continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Peoria Players.

Review-"The Music Man"

Jun 5, 2013

Corn Stock Theatre opens its 60th summer season with The Music Man. The musical, which tells the story of con man Harold Hill, won five Tony awards on Broadway and was adapted to  film in 1962. Brian "Fox" Ellis has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Corn Stock Theatre is celebrating it's 60th season this summer. Theatre Manager Cindy Hoey joins us to talk about some of the productions planned for the season, including a visit by guest artist, and Peoria native, Steve Vinovich. Corn Stock will also present "The Wiz" for the first time, with a new director. The season kicks off with "The Music Man," which runs May 31st to June 8th.

Peoria Players Theatre closes its current season with the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Laura Garfinkel, the director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." She talks about the universal themes which permeate the show: the tension between tradition and modernity, the bonds of a small community, and the expectations family members have of one another. Those themes, and memorable score, help explain how the show has endured for almost fifty years. "Fiddler on the Roof" runs May 3rd through May 12th at Peoria Players Theatre.

The play “Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)” provides a comedic look at two well-known Shakespeare tragedies. Cara Rosson has a review of a production currently running at Illinois Central College, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” presents a musical look at the colorful and controversial 13th President of the United States. A production at Eureka College opened Tuesday night and continues through Saturday. Brian “Fox” Ellis has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Doug Day, director of "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a short play which explores issues about family farming, organic food, and land use. The play is intended to set up a discussion with the audience about policy options and personal choices. Performances in Peoria are Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The play will also travel to Urbana and Springfield in the next few weeks.

Lindsey Cheney joins us this week to talk about Peoria Players Theatre's production of "Godspell." The show recreates selected parables from the Gospels and features music by Stephen Schwartz. Cheney talks about how the director and cast have updated and personalized the script, about some of the musical numbers in the show, and about how the rehearsal process has created a strong bond among the company. Performances of "Godspell" continue through Sunday.

Review - "Godspell"

Mar 20, 2013

Peoria Players Theatre continues its current season with the musical “Godspell.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Ryan Campen, the director of "Frost/Nixon," which  opens this weekend at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse. The play tells the story of the 1977 interviews between former President Richard Nixon and British television personality David Frost. Campen talks about his working with his cast to create portrayals of such iconic historical figures, and about his decision to incorporate live, audio-visual elements into the production.

Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of one African-American family in the early days of the civil rights movement. A production is now on stage at Bradley University. Reviewer Douglas Okey says the play has as much to say today as it did in 1959. He has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre  League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Review - "Rashomon"

Feb 27, 2013

A murder trial becomes the basis for questions about credibility and truth in the classic play “Rashomon.” A production of the play opened last weekend at Illinois Central College Theatre. Cara Rosson has this review for WCBU, and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of WCBU or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce. He' s playing the title role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which continues tonight and tomorrow night at Corn Stock Theatre. Joyce talks about the origin of the show, the process of "becoming Hedwig" each night, and what it's like fronting the Angry Inch -- the on-stage band that peforms during the show.

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