Episode 84: Ways to be Dazzled this Holiday Season

On this episode of Show & Tell with Andrea Darlas, we present to you four ways to be dazzled this holiday season in Chicago. First, James Hadley from Cirque du Soleil shares all the details of their show, “Twas the Night Before…” running at the Chicago Theater. Scott Speck from the Joffrey Ballet regales us with tales of the history of the Nutcracker and walks us through the creative staging of  Christopher Wheeldon’s Chicago-Set “The Nutcracker.” See this at the Lyric Opera now through December 27. Andy Mientus brings the Christmas cheer along with puppets! “Jim Henson’s Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band” Christmas plays now through the end of the year at the Studebaker Theater. Finally, the Chicago Botanic Garden is lit up for the fifth year in a row as Lightscape returns! Jodi Zombolo, Associate Vice President, Visitor Events & Programs at the Garden, joins us with the details! 

Guest Info: 

• James Hadley, Cirque du Soleil Senior Artistic Director, dazzles us with the details of their show, Twas the Night Before…, which is running in a limited engagement from December 7-28 at the Chicago Theater. For tickets, visit www.chicagotheatre.com/cirque.

The Joffrey Ballet’s music director, Scott Speck, Joffrey’s music director,  joins Andrea to talk about the everlasting magic of the Nutcracker and the and lesser-known details of the score. The Joffrey Ballet is presenting Christopher Wheeldon’s Chicago-Set “The Nutcracker” from December 2-27 at the Lyric Opera. For tickets, visit www.joffrey.org/nutcracker.

• Andy Mientus, who is Starring in the title role of Emmett, tells us all about “Jim Henson’s Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” playing now through the end of the year  at the Studebaker Theater. Visit www.fineartsbuilding.com/studebaker for details. 

Lightscape lights up the Chicago Botanic Garden for the fifth year, and Jodi Zombolo, Associate Vice President, Visitor Events & Programs at the Garden, joins us with the details! The Lightscape is at the Garden now until January 7. For details, visit www.chicagobotanic.org/lightscape.