Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Costner’s band comes to Arcada stage ]]> Lead story image

When deciding whether or not to get back into the music scene nearly 10 years ago, Kevin Costner had a few fears. “I didn’t want to embarrass to myself. I wanted to bring something substantial to an audience that thought enough to come and pay,” the actor/director/musician said. “And I wanted to be judged on the music, not some clever critic who just thought to try to take me to task.” Several albums and world tours later, Kevin Costner & Modern West continue to perform their country rock in front of sold-out audiences. Now on tour, the band will perform … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:27:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Foghat brings signature sound to Arcada stage ]]>

There are many reasons why Foghat continues to rock throughout the decades. “The main reason is I won’t lie down. I love my job,” drummer and founding member Roger Earl said. While the lineup may have changed since it first formed in 1971, the band has continued to record and tour. The current lineup — featuring Earl, Craig MacGregor on bass, Bryan Bassett on lead/slide guitar and Charlie Huhn on guitar and lead vocals — has been together longer than the original band, Earl said. “Everybody’s friendly. We get on real well. We’re happy drunks when we drink,” he joked. … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Show celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber from ‘Joseph’ to ‘Phantom’ ]]> Lead story image

Audiences are bound to leave Metropolis Performing Arts Centre with happy “Memories” after attending “Kevin Moore Presents Score by Score: An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Weber” April 24. Moore will share behind-the scenes stories about the songs and the composer between performances by five of Chicago’s finest cabaret artists. He has produced shows about Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, among others. “Andrew Lloyd Webber is a composer who stands as tall as these people in the world of contemporary music,” Burr Ridge resident Moore said. “His repertoire is voluminous and these are songs that … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dave Mason comes to North Central College, Arcada ]]> Lead story image

Even after 50 years in the business, Dave Mason is still feelin’ alright. Dave Mason, former member of the British classic rock band Traffic, presents Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville. He’ll also perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on April 27. Mason, who went on to a successful solo career after leaving Traffic, will perform hits like “Feelin’ Alright” and “We Just Disagree” plus new material and songs from his latest album, “Future’s Past.” “The show is in two parts,” he said. “The first part … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Broadway ‘Cabaret’ comes to Downers Grove stage ]]>

You know what they say about life — it’s a cabaret. And you can come to the cabaret when the Downers Grove Players present “Cabaret” April 25 to 27 and May 2 to 4 and 9 to 11. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays at the Lincoln Center in Downers Grove. It is directed by Mike Manolakes of Bolingbrook. “Cabaret” is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, spawning several productions and revivals … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vero Voce does Murder Mystery dinner at Gabby’s ]]>

Big Daddy Sugarbaker has some decisions to make. Feeling his end is near, he must decide which of his loved ones will inherit his Southern estate. To make his choice, he gathers them together for one last time. “It’s a family reunion for Big Daddy Sugarbaker, who has called his family and friends together to discuss the fact that he might be dying soon. Of course, he gets murdered,” said Director Dennis Brown. “And now we have find out who of his friends and family have done the dirty deed. A lot of fun and hilarity ensues.” Help unravel the … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 Blonde Moms return to Raue Center stage ]]> Lead story image

The Moms are back in town. The comedic act 3 Blonde Moms — See How They Run returns to the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake for an 8 p.m. show April 25. It’s the half-dozenth time the show’s been at the Raue; they’ve come through town so often that founding Mom Joanie Fagan has a standing post-show dinner date with several fans. The semi-scripted PG-13 show is chock-full of jokes and stories from the Mother ‘hood. They talk about kids, school, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and shopping. 3 Blonde Moms has appeared on E!, CMT and at Montreal’s … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: ‘Robin Hood’ ]]> Lead story image

Elgin Ties Dance Festival: The dance festival is April 25-27 at Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th floor. Visit How much: $5-$12 “Annie”: Woodstock Musical Theatre Company presents the musical to April 27 at Woodstock Opera House. At 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Call (815) 338-5300 or visit How much: $20-$23 “Tiny Thumbelina”: Steel Beam Children’s Theatre presents the musical to April 27. At 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, Visit How much: $10-$15 “Robin Hood”: Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents the classic April 24-27 at the Hemmens Cultural Center. At 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: Natural Egg Dyeing ]]> Lead story image

“Annie”: Woodstock Musical Theatre Company presents the musical to April 27 at Woodstock Opera House. At 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Call (815) 338-5300 or visit How much: $20-$23 Tim Cavanaugh: Lucy’s Comedy Cafe presents the comedy star at 8:30 p.m. April 18. At 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit How much: $20-$25 “Robin Hood”: Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents the classic April 24-27 at the Hemmens Cultural Center. At 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Call (847) 214-7550 or visit How much: $5-$8.= Elgin Public Museum: Natural Egg Dyeing at noon-2 p.m. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:25:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ College of DuPage stages 5th Cent. ‘Dreams of Antigone’ ]]> Lead story image

Stand up for what you believe in and learn from history’s mistakes are two big themes in a new play at College of DuPage. Theater students present “The Dreams of Antigone” in the Playhouse Theater of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The play is written by Curt Columbus, former associate artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, and directed by Connie Canaday Howard. It is a contemporary adaption of a Sophocles original piece. It is not set in modern times; it is set … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cochran and friends perform at Copley Theatre ]]> Lead story image

Hosting a weekday early morning radio show means going to bed early every night — unless you’re performing stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Saturday is my only off day on my sleep schedule, so I can stay awake until 10:30 or 11 o’clock,” said Steve Cochran, who is the morning drive host from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN 720 AM radio and performs stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Which is good, because if I fell asleep during the (stage) show I would offend everybody.” Cochran, along with comedians John DaCosse and Pat McGann, will present The Cochran Comedy … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Tiny Thumbelina’ gives Steel Beam kids a chance ]]> Lead story image

What’s Thumbelina to do when she meets a bunch of animals with ulterior motives — including a mole that wants to make her his bride and a water rat that wants to put her in a show? Children of all ages can watch the musical tale of “Tiny Thumbelina” as it unfolds on stage at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles. The show opens April 5 and runs through April 27, “It’s the story of Thumbelina and how she get lost, and gets found again and discovers the Land of the Little People,” Director JZ Zaeske said. Along the way … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: ‘Tiny Thumbelina’ ]]> Lead story image

“Tiny Thumbelina”: Steel Beam Children’s Theatre presents the musical to April 27. At 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, Visit How much: $10-$15 Elgin Public Museum: Venomous Science Night at 6-8 p.m. April 11. At 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin. Call (847) 741-6655 or visit How much: $2 Voices in Harmony: Season of Passion: Hope Eternal will be performed at 4 p.m. April 13 at the Raue Center For The Arts in downtown Crystal Lake. At 26 N. Williams St. Visit How much: $15-$18 Huun Huur Tu: The Throat Singers of Tuva will perform at 8 p.m. April … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Classic ‘Arsenic’ returns to Westmont stage ]]> Lead story image

A couple of sweet old ladies, some bumbling police, a creepy doctor and a guy who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt are all a part of a hilarious play. The Progressive Village Performance Network presents the classic play, “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. April 13 at the Westview Hills Middle School in Westmont. It is directed by Robert Mackert of Westmont, president of the PVPN board. “Arsenic and Old Lace” is an old play — it was written in 1939 by Joseph Kesserling. It’s about two elderly sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:41:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vero Voce presents kids classic ‘Velveteen Rabbit’ ]]> Lead story image

Long before there was Buzz and Woody, there was the Velveteen Rabbit. “Velveteen Rabbit is like the first ‘Toy Story’ that was around. It’s about toys coming to life and becoming alive. And it’s about how the love of a child for a toy can make it real,” said Director Dennis Brown. “The Velveteen Rabbit” opens April 12 at Vero Voce in St. Charles and runs through April 19. Based on the classic book by Margery Williams, and adapted for the stage by Scott Davidson, the musical tells the story of a stuffed velveteen rabbit that is given to a … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:44:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ McAninch hosts New Philharmonic’s Beethoven tribute ]]> Lead story image

The New Philharmonic returns to its home at The Mac with a tribute to the bad boy of baroque: Ludwig Van Beethoven. “The Ultimate Rebel – Ludwig Van!” will be at 8 p.m. April 12 and 3 p.m. April 13 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The New Philharmonic will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, op. 67, C minor; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, op. 92, A major, directed by Kirk Muspratt. “They say that Beethoven’s 5 is the most famous piece of music in the world,” he said. “You could play it … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:48:18 -0500