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National tour of ‘Les Misérables’ arrives in Chicago, features NU alumni

National tour of ‘Les Misérables’ arrives in Chicago, features NU alumni

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Theater

A&E Anthony Crane (Communication ’93) said he remembered seeing the Broadway production of “Les Misérables” for the first time as a teenager. Some 30 years later, he now has a very different view of the show — this time from the stage. Crane is playing the role of Monsieur Thénard...

Northwestern alumna Megan Rosati develops TV pilot from feminine horror pitch

Northwestern alumna Megan Rosati develops TV pilot from feminine horror pitch

Jane Recker, Assistant A&E Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

A&E Plush couches, light pink dresses and soothing voices aren’t typical trademarks of horror, but they’re exactly what helped Megan Rosati (Communication ’05) get a contract to develop her own TV show. The application for “Clive Barker presents: Reel Fear Horror Contest” asked filmmake...

After winning horror contest, Northwestern alum Anthony Williams begins developing pitch into feature-length film

After winning horror contest, Northwestern alum Anthony Williams begins developing pitch into feature-length film

Jane Recker, Assistant A&E Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

A&E How do you stop a ghost from haunting you? By bringing it back to life, of course. It’s a premise that sounds like a silly joke, but it won writer Anthony Williams (Communication ’08) and director Danny DelPurgatorio $300,000 from “Clive Barker presents: Reel Fear Horror Contest”...

Northwestern alum cast in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ on Broadway

Northwestern alum cast in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ on Broadway

Madeleine Fernando, Web Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Theater

A&E After Inauguration Day, Alex Weisman (Communication ’10) needed an escape. To brighten his day, Weisman picked up a copy of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” returning to the Wizarding World for the first time since college. Within six weeks, Weisman had devoured all seven ...

NU alumna, professor star in all-female production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

NU alumna, professor star in all-female production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Grace Gay, Reporter

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Staff, Theater

A&E In the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s latest production, the stage bleeds purple. The all-female production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” features the acting talents of Northwestern alumna Heidi Kettenring (Communication ’95) and Communication Prof. Cindy Gold, while B...

Park at Wrigley concert to feature Bienen professors, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians

Park at Wrigley concert to feature Bienen professors, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, Students

A&E Rather than the chanting of excited Cubs fans, Park at Wrigley will be filled Sunday with the harmonious sounds of classical music performed by several professional symphony musicians and Northwestern faculty. Park at Wrigley — known to many as Wrigley Field’s backyard — will double a...

Musical project immerses Northwestern student actors into Scottish theater scene

Musical project immerses Northwestern student actors into Scottish theater scene

Ben Pope, Reporter

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater, Top Stories

A&E Communication senior Reed Lancaster hails from England, attends college in the U.S. and, over the summer, played a Scot. As Quinn in “Atlantic: A Scottish Story,” one of two musicals produced in a collaboration between Northwestern and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lancaster immers...

Former Northwestern football player Anthony Battle reflects on experience as contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’

Former Northwestern football player Anthony Battle reflects on experience as contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’

Madeleine Fernando, Web Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

A&E From teaching English in Indonesia after graduation to spending nine months in Côte d’Ivoire as a Fulbright Scholar, Anthony Battle (Weinberg ’13) is no stranger to throwing himself into unconventional experiences. So it came as no surprise when, at his co-workers’ urgings, Battle...

Recent graduate Eric Peters lands first gig in ‘Motown’ national tour

Recent graduate Eric Peters lands first gig in ‘Motown’ national tour

Jane Recker, Assistant A&E Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater

While it might take most aspiring young actors several years and grueling side jobs to get their big break in professional theater, all it took for Eric Peters was a daring move to New York City and a summer-long wait. “It feels crazy to be talking about this,” Peters said. “This isn’t how...

NU alum offers ‘backstage look’ at Nora Ephron films in debut book

NU alum offers ‘backstage look’ at Nora Ephron films in debut book

Madeleine Fernando, Web Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Literature

Faked orgasms in a New York City diner, failed attempts at cybersex, finding love atop the Empire State Building. These are just a few of the iconic scenes created by incomparable rom-com filmmaker Nora Ephron and the subject of Erin Carlson’s (Medill ’05) first book. “I’ll Have What She’s...

American premiere of vocal piece to combine 1,000 Chicagoland voices

American premiere of vocal piece to combine 1,000 Chicagoland voices

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

September 28, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Multimedia, Music, Students, Video

Grammy Award-winning flutist Tim Munro was long compelled to find ways to break down the performer-audience divide in music productions. To achieve this goal, Munro invited groups from all around Chicago for the American premiere of a multiple-ensemble piece. David Lang’s “crowd out” — a composition...

New Block Museum exhibition combines 18th century, contemporary art

New Block Museum exhibition combines 18th century, contemporary art

Jane Yun, Reporter

September 27, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Visual Arts

The Block Museum of Art is reviving the legacy of William Blake in an interdisciplinary exhibition that draws parallels between the artist’s work during the Romantic era and pieces he inspired modern artists to create. Titled “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius,” the exhibition opened Saturday...