Latest national Broadway tour for ‘The Sound of Music’ a favorite family affair by Philip Potempa When the live television theatrical production of “The Sound of Music” ranked as a ratings success for NBC in December 2013, with more than 44 million viewers tuned in, it was further proof of the lasting magical appeal of the fabled story of the von Trapp Family. Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, explained the idea for the TV stage special: “I waited for a moment when we could rediscover ‘The Sound of Music’ as it was originally created. Because of the...Read More
REVIEW: Pride Films and Plays’ ‘Perfect Arrangement’ a polished tale of private lives By PHILIP POTEMPA OfNotoriety Early on in Topher Payne‘s clever stage comedy “Perfect Arrangement,“ the four central characters, who share love-crossed relationships, face an important realization: there is a difference in having a private live, and what is defined as a secret life. As carefully directed and fine-tuned by Pride Films and Plays‘ Associate Artistic Director Derek Van Barham, there is an ideal balance achieved blending parody with possibility in this new Chicago premiere run of “Perfect Arrangement” playing now through Oct. 22 at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway in...Read More
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