The senses are stuffed with aural and visual excess as English tribute act Brit Floyd recreates the sonic mind expansion and visceral enlightenment of a real Pink Floyd show. The band of highly trained virtuosos and a quintet choir of chanteuses does justice to its subject like a jury of smitten rock critics, nailing every note and nuance of Pink Floyd’s signature sound. Rollicking through all of The Floyd’s epic oeuvre, the British band finesses a catalog of timeless hits, including “Wish You Were Here” and “Learning to Fly.” The elaborate stage setup replicates The Division Bell tour, replete with metamorphic lasers and lighting, avant-garde screen projections, and a mammoth ocular stargate, giving fans the closest thing to seeing a Pink Floyd show without being miniaturized and injected into their uncle’s subconscious.
Through spellbinding drama and whimsical musical performances, the Chicago Kids Company showcases familiar and imaginative children's stories that enchant kids and adults alike. Based on the classic tale, the musical recounts the story of a wandering puppet who must find his way home to his father, the toymaker Gepetto. Along the way, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a real boy, the value of truth, and the importance of never judging anyone based on the finish of their skin. Colorful costumes, hilarious characters, and audience participation will captivate youthful imaginations as professional actors and up-to-date references pique parents' interest until the final curtain. This vibrant performance is geared toward children ages 2–12, making it suitable for wholesome family outings and creative play dates. Buyers can combine two Groupons to entertain up to eight siblings, students, or envious fairy-tale dwarves.
Helmed by Victor Muenzer, a Grammy-winning conductor and trumpeter, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra breathes new life into classical masterworks, operatic favorites, and Broadway hits. Instead of hiring Shakespeare’s ghost to run a kissing booth, the orchestra delivers two tributes to his most famous love story, Romeo & Juliet, in its "Valentine Romance" program. A cadre of soloists who have played with venerable Chicagoland and international orchestras make hearts swoon during Prokofiev’s emotionally intense Romeo & Juliet, op. 64 and a star-crossed suite from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. In addition to performing a solo, local violist Dan Golden will premiere his latest composition, Eine Kleine Klezmer Musik, a danceable love song to Jewish music from Eastern Europe.