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Wonderful Town‘s Lauren Molina Takes Over Theatermania’s Instagram

See what happened when actor Lauren Molina, who plays Eileen Sherwood in Wonderful Town, took over Theatermania's Instagram account to document a two-show day right here at the Goodman. Wonderful Town plays through October 23! Buy tickets now at GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown. Tomorrow will be wonderful! #LaurenMolina #InstagramTakeover #WonderfulTown #GoodmanTheatre A photo posted by TheaterMania (@theatermania) on Sep…

New York City in Leonard Bernstein’s Musicals

Just as Bernstein’s classic musicals On the Town (1944), Wonderful Town (1953) and West Side Story (1957) are known for their complex, vibrant scores and glorious dance numbers, all three also share another central component: their New York City setting. In each of these musicals, New York itself functions like a character in the show,…

An Enclave for Artists: A Brief History of Greenwich Village

“The poet reads his crooked rhyme/Holy holy is his sacrament/Thirty dollars pays your rent/On Bleecker Street.” So crooned Simon & Garfunkel in their 1964 song “Bleecker Street,” which recalls a time before Manhattan rents skyrocketed and most poets fled the island for cheaper housing. In 1964, Greenwich Village was nearing the end of its century-long…

Music Director Doug Peck on the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein

For Wonderful Town, music director Doug Peck reunites with director Mary Zimmerman. Having also previously collaborated on The Jungle Book and Guys and Dolls, this marks their second partnership on a Leonard Bernstein musical after the Goodman’s acclaimed 2010 production of Candide. Below Peck talks about Bernstein’s impact on American culture, in both the musical…

Why Wonderful Town?

To those of us who grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s, New York City seemed  like Oz—a fantastical potpourri of bustling streets, gleaming skyscrapers and millions of people of every shape and description, all of whom had come to the city to chase their dreams. And in New York, all of those dreams…

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