Productions of Hip-Hop "Othello: The Remix" and "Shrek" Planned for Chicago Shakespeare
by Hedy Weiss
Let it never be said that the Chicago Shakespeare Theater permits either of the two stages in its Navy Pier home to lie fallow. Amid all it current offerings, including the upcoming mainstage production of "Julius Caesar," plans are afoot for two additional shows.
First, on the heels of its London world premiere at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare's Globe, as well as engagements in Germany and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, comes the U.S. premiere of "Othello: The Remix," the latest hip-hop style creation by the Chicago-bred Brothers Q who also devised such shows as "The Bombitty of Errors" and "Funk It Up About Nothin'." The show will begin performances in the Upstairs Theater on March 12. Tickets ($20-$35) are now on sale.
Headed to the stage this summer as its annual family production is a 75-minute production of "Shrek, The Musical" running July 13-Sept. 1. It will be directed by Rachel Rockwell, whose recent production of "Annie," at the Paramount Theatre, was a huge success. Rockwell was just named director/choreographer of a grand-scale revival of "Brigadoon" coming to the Goodman Theatre in the summer of 2014.
Based on the Academy Award-winning DreamWorks film and the book by William Steig, CST's 75-minute production of "Shrek ,The Musical" tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim his once-secluded home. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon and rescues the cursed princess Fiona.The show features music by Jeanine Tesori ("Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Caroline or Change"), with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire (" Good People"). Tickets for "Shrek" are $18-$25.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (312) 595-5600 or visit www.chicagoshakes.com.