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graveyard shift Offers Returning Creatives the Chance to Dig Deeper for the World-Premiere Production For 16 years, Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival has played a key role in helping playwrights get their work out into the world, but they aren’t the only ones who learn and grow as a show finds its legs. Directors and…

“Family Limitation”

Reproductive Rights pre-Roe v. Wade By Jonathan L. Green Abortion, defined here as the purposeful termination of pregnancy, has existed in different forms—surgical, medicinal and physical—across the globe for thousands of years (the first written record of an induced abortion is more than 3,500 years old). In ancient Egypt, Greece, southeast and east Asia, among…

Decision v. Dissent

The Constitutional Arguments in Roe v. Wade By Jonathan L. Green Photo by Wesley Tingey In the Supreme Court’s majority opinion of Roe v. Wade in 1973, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote: “We forthwith acknowledge our awareness of the sensitive and emotional nature of the abortion controversy… One's philosophy, one's experiences, one's exposure to the raw…

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Steven Strafford slips into the role of Crumpet, the less-than-jolly elf in The Santaland Diaries Celebrated for his knack of identifying the odd in the obvious and weirdness around every turn—expressed with a genuine astonishment at the ways of the world—humorist David Sedaris has become something of a regular Christmas visitor, thanks to The Santaland…

Meet the Man Behind the Miser

An Interview with Actor Larry Yando In 2006, award-winning actor Larry Yando stepped into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time. Little did he know that 13 years later, he’d still be delighting Goodman audiences with his take on one of the greatest grouches of all time. As the holiday season swings…

The Spirit of the Season

A Conversation with A Christmas Carol’s young performers During the Christmas season at the Goodman, the joyous feeling of holiday magic is palpable throughout the halls of our theater. This year, we asked some of our young performers in A Christmas Carol to tell us what “Christmas Spirit” means to them—and we can learn a…

The Real Hanky-Panky

The Goodman's Hanky-Panky expertly mixed by Lounge Lead Sean Grosshans Over a hundred years ago a pioneering woman was taking on new roles, breaking cultural barriers and leaving her mark on history. No, we are not talking about Sarah Bernhardt this time; we are talking about Ada Coleman, the inventor and inspiration behind the Goodman’s…

76 Trombones, 62 Years Ago: The Debut of “The Music Man”

"The Music Man" creator Meredith Willson, a flautist and piccolo player, composer, conductor and musical arranger, seemed on the surface an unlikely candidate to create Broadway’s next hit, given his lack of experience in the medium....In the late 1940s, Willson began working on the first of his three autobiographies, "And There I Stood with My Piccolo." This lighthearted book explores Willson’s turn-of-the-20th-century childhood in Mason City, Iowa, where he adroitly honed the skills that enabled his professional career in music while also wholeheartedly participating in small town misadventures.

Falling in Love with the Stage Musical

From Leonard Bernstein’s "Candide" to the Damon Runyan-inspired "Guys and Dolls," to her own adaption of "The Jungle Book," Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman has brought her unique style to this beloved American entertainment. She’s long exercised her chops on the Goodman stage and now returns with "The Music Man," the 1957 classic about a smooth-talking swindler and the small Midwestern town he wraps around his little finger.