Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) is among three master teachers leading the 2012 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project at Northwestern University in Evanston. Lippa will be joined by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Craig Carnelia and three-time Grammy winning singer and songwriter Lari White to conduct the no-fee program for aspiring songwriters, from June 18 to 23. The intensive master classes and workshops culminate in a showcase of new works by participant songwriters and a celebration concert. Emerging songwriters in pop, music theatre, hip-hop, folk, Latin and country music are encouraged to apply by March 30. To learn more, visit www.mercersongwriters.org and www.johnnymercerfoundation.com/intro.html.
Million Dollar Quartet continues to break box office records at the Apollo Theater on 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue as noted by the show’s producer Gigi Pritzker, who says, “Million Dollar Quartet has been a hit in Chicago, New York, London, and on its national tour. Million Dollar Quartet is now well into its fourth year in Chicago, and it remains as fresh, energetic and engaging as always—partially due to the more than 20 rock ‘n’ roll hits in the show and the tremendous talent on stage. We are thrilled to open this new block of tickets for sale and we are grateful for the continued support of Chicago audiences.” The production has been extended through September 2, 2012, with tickets available at the Apollo box office; by phone at 773-935-6100; and online through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.
Lookingglass Theatre Company will open its 25th Anniversary Season with Metamorphoses, based on the Myths of Ovid, written and directed by Lookingglass ensemble member Mary Zimmerman. “Metamorphoses is one of those rare productions that truly has it all: beauty, mystery, humor, pathos. The brilliance of Mary’s work is that these ancient myths feel at once very contemporary and totally timeless, simultaneously rooted in the very specific individuals onstage and completely universal,” says Artistic Director Andy White. “These are some of the reasons it was our longest-running hit in Chicago, then toured the country, and finally ran for a year on Broadway. This show had a profound impact on all of us – Lookingglass, Chicago, and even the country – when we first produced it, and we’ve had an ache to revisit it for a long time. We are so proud to bring it back to Chicago now, and to have it kick off our 25th Anniversary Season.”