Published on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:33
Chicago Tribune's stage show "Chicago Live!" -- featuring Tribune journalists and performers from Chicago's Second City comedy troupe, along with numerous guests -- has been retooled, revamped, and expanded. The local performances will soon be coming back.
"Chicago Live!" has been changed in many ways, in the hopes of connecting with a wider audience and making the shows more of a special event. One of the biggest changes is in the frequency of the performances. Instead of of having "seasons" consisting of 6-8 weeks of new shows performed at one downtown theater location, "Chicago Live!" will now become a quarterly event that will be held at various locations all around Chicagoland. The 60-minute show has now been expanded to a 90-minute show, as well.
The Chicago Tribune has done some reorganizing of its live events and "Chicago Live!" is now under the Press Pass banner of Trib Nation events. There hasn't been a performance of the "Chicago Live!" show since late June.
The basics of "Chicago Live!" remain the same. It is still being produced by the Chicago Tribune in a partnership with WGN-AM and The Second City. WGN Radio will continue to air a tape-delayed and edited version of the show on the radio station soon after the day of the performance. Chicago Tribune columnist and reporter Rick Kogan will continue to host the live shows and an "Almanac" segment within each show.
The very first of the new "Chicago Live!" quarterly shows will take place next week, on November 1st, as the show heads down to the far south suburbs. The next "Chicago Live!" will take place at The Center for Performing Arts at Governor's State University (GSU) in University Park, IL, with the show beginning at 7:00pm.
Scheduled guests for this show include disgraced Chicago alderman and current WVON-AM host Cliff Kelley, Chicago-based hip-hop artist Psalm One, and Three Floyds Brewing's Vice President Barnaby Struve. Chicago Tribune staffers scheduled to be part of the show include Dawn Turner Trice, Josh Noel, and Bruce Dold. Of course, members of Chicago's Second City will be part of the show, as well, adding topical humor and musical sketches to it. Rick Kogan's "Almanac" segment will look at fascinating stories of Chicago's south suburbs.
In a statement today, host Rick Kogan said: "As much as I love the city, I love the suburbs and couldn't be more pleased and excited to be taking the show on the road. I have visited often and written about GSU and think it's a perfect setting for this ongoing adventure. Who knows, we might get some cityfolk to travel south of I-80."
Tickets for the November 1st "Chicago Live!" performance are available now for $20 each at ChicagoLive.com
The WGN-AM radio broadcast of the show will take place two days later, on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00pm.
The second of the revamped "Chicago Live!" shows is scheduled to take place in the northern suburbs on February 14, 2013 at the Bennett Gordon Hall within Highland Park's Ravinia.