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Bienen alumna wins prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Bienen alumna wins prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Madeleine Fernando, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Music

A&E Bienen alumna Madison Leonard is living proof that the third time really is the charm. On April 29, Leonard (Bienen ’16) was named one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a competition that seeks to discover “promising young singers” across the natio...

Student-run music management company brings its leading artist to Evanston

Student-run music management company brings its leading artist to Evanston

Vy Duong, Reporter

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

The summer before coming to Northwestern, Communication sophomore Ethan Larson was determined to break into the music industry. However, he quickly realized no one wanted to hire a 17-year-old fresh out of high school. So, Larson and a close friend did the next best thing: They launched their own...

The Monthly: May Edition

The Monthly: May Edition

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, The Monthly, Top Stories

In this edition of The Monthly: Director Greg Berlanti shares how his personal coming-out experience affected the storyline of the film “Love, Simon” in this issue’s cover story. Further reads: The Monthly Editor previews the royal wedding as alumna Meghan Markle nears the road up the steps of...

For Greg Berlanti, coming out was hard. In ‘Love, Simon,’ he rewrites his happy ending.

For Greg Berlanti, coming out was hard. In ‘Love, Simon,’ he rewrites his happy ending.

Madeleine Fernando, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Television and Film, The Monthly, Top Stories

Greg Berlanti recalls his time at Northwestern with the fondest of memories: He enjoyed his independence, met some of his lifelong friends and simply loved school. There was just one aspect of his daily life that terrified him — he was gay. More than 20 years later, Berlanti (Communication ’94)...

NU alum Michael Greif, of ‘Rent’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ discusses his journey from Northwestern to Broadway

NU alum Michael Greif, of ‘Rent’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ discusses his journey from Northwestern to Broadway

Carmen Fernandez, Reporter

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music, The Monthly

Although Michael Greif (Communication ’81) may not be a household name for those who aren't die-hard theater fans, many of the shows he's directed have gone on to be some of the most iconic musicals in the history of Broadway, such as "Rent," "Next to Normal" and, most recently, "Dear Evan Hansen" and...

Created by and for music lovers, The .WAV Company grows its presence on campus

Created by and for music lovers, The .WAV Company grows its presence on campus

Andrea Michelson, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, The Monthly, Top Stories

When nearly 200 people showed up to The .WAV Company’s first concert on Feb. 23 — nicknamed The Juul and Soylent Show — co-president Gibran Wirjawan knew he was doing something right. The show proved to be so successful that even the Evanston police made a surprise appearance at their venue, the...

Meghan Markle’s road up the steps of the palace

Meghan Markle’s road up the steps of the palace

Stavros Agorakis, Monthly Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Instagram Posts, Latest Stories, The Monthly, Top Stories

It’s a tale as old as time: Whether it’s Marilyn Monroe wooing the likes of Laurence Olivier in “The Prince and the Showgirl,” or Meg Ryan charming Hugh Jackman in “Kate & Leopold,” fictional British royals never fail to fall in love with the American darlings who sweep them off their...

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company brings the taste of Texas to Chicago

Smylie Brothers Brewing Company brings the taste of Texas to Chicago

Jane Recker, Assistant Monthly Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, The Monthly

I’ll never forget the first time my freshman roommate encountered a Midwestern barbecue. Slightly homesick for her native Texas, she rushed down to the courtyard of Willard Hall where the barbecue was being held, anxious to to get a well-missed taste of her home state’s delicacy. Her excited anticipation...

87th annual Waa-Mu show captures spirit of collaboration onstage

87th annual Waa-Mu show captures spirit of collaboration onstage

Andrea Michelson, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 2, 2018


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

“Manhattan Miracle,” the 87th annual Waa-Mu Show, tells a dramatized story of the production of the first American musical. Communication senior and Waa-Mu co-chair Andrew Restieri said the show follows a group of artists “coming together to create something larger than themselves.” Coincidentally,...

Northwestern alumnus helps program light-up mushrooms for Smithsonian art installation

Northwestern alumnus helps program light-up mushrooms for Smithsonian art installation

Amelia Langas, Copy Chief

May 2, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories

Bomani McClendon (McCormick ’17) had yet to graduate from Northwestern when he was brought on board the “Shrumen Lumen” art project as a software programmer. Then an intern at the design company IDEO, McClendon was hand-picked by Joerg Student, executive design director at the company and lead...

Feinberg Prof. Ricardo Rosenkranz mixes magic, medicine in stage show

Feinberg Prof. Ricardo Rosenkranz mixes magic, medicine in stage show

Alena Prcela, Reporter

May 2, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Staff, Theater

When Feinberg Prof. Ricardo Rosenkranz wandered into a tiny Mexico City magic shop 18 years ago, he didn’t expect his world to change. But it did. “I was entranced,” Rosenkranz said. “But I had no idea what this would come to mean to me.” Now, Rosenkranz teaches medical students...

First-year Feinberg students launch Northwestern Medical Orchestra as downtown instrumental music outlet

First-year Feinberg students launch Northwestern Medical Orchestra as downtown instrumental music outlet

Troy Closson, Print Managing Editor

May 2, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

Even before arriving on campus, first-year medical students Bettina Cheung and Michael Wang noticed the Feinberg School of Medicine didn’t have its own “instrumental music scene” — and were determined to change that. It’s easy “to get absorbed in the bubble created by the environment”...