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Behind the Curtain with Paul Lisnek on WGN Plus from WGN Radio in Chicago

Behind the Curtain with Paul Lisnek on WGN Plus from WGN Radio in Chicago
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Behind the Curtain with Paul Lisnek on WGN Plus from WGN Radio in Chicago

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Meet the Mayoral Race Candidate series continues with Troy LaRaviere; then One Night only: “Silent No More”- a theatrical documentary performed by People with Hearing Loss at Goodman Theatre on 8/25

8/15/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago Mayoral candidate Troy LaRaviere. Troy discusses his background, how and why he got into politics and his plan for the city budget, the growth of violence in the city and addressing police-community relations and much more. Then, one special night at the Goodman Theatre called “Silent No More,” a theatrical documentary which is an intimate storytelling event comprise of witty, inspiring and raw stories that remind us all of the power […]

Duration:00:46:47

Violence in Chicago Rages and Trump attacks the Press – analysis by Political analyst/author of Unlock Congress Michael Golden; Upcoming National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival at Victory Gardens

8/8/2018
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This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to focus on the shocking level of violence occurring in the city of Chicago. How much is the Mayor to blame and what do his challengers have to say? Unlock Congress author, political analyst and strategist Michael Golden shares his insights. Then Chicago prepares to host the 6th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) at the Victory Gardens Theatre from August 13-18. It will feature performances, play readings. workshops,...

Duration:00:37:51

Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot shares her platform for running the city of Chicago; and the Importance and Role of LGBTQ Theater in Chicago through the years and the current season at Pride Films and Plays

8/2/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain of the upcoming Chicago Mayoral race with candidate Lori Lightfoot. Ms. Lightfoot addresses violence and police accountability in light of the newly announced Police Consent Decree, plus rising taxes and fees in the city to balance the budget, and a chance to learn about her background and upbringing. All of which will help you in your consideration of who the next mayor of the city should be. Then, the power and importance of LGBTQ theater […]

Duration:00:53:55

A Look at the Magic that was Elvis with Heartbreak Hotel Star Eddie Clendening and the Legal issues of the Michael Cohen / President Trump tapes plus more of the week in Politics

7/26/2018
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Elvis may have left the building but he returns in the person of actor/singer Eddie Clendening who plays Elvis Presley in Heartbreak Hotel currently at the Broadway Playhouse. Eddie talks about when he discovered the King of Rock and Roll and how he chooses to play the legend as the regular man he was. Then, (at 21:40 into the podcast) Political strategist and lawyer Richard Gordon analyzes the legal and political aspects of the release of the Michael Cohen/President Trump […]

Duration:00:42:10

Trump-Putin Bromance and its Impact on 2018 Midterms; Singer/Songwriter/Arranger Laury Shelley sings Michel Legrand at August 1st Jazz Showcase

7/21/2018
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The president’s interaction with Vladimir Putin ruffled many feathers here at home. And the President continues the relationship with an invitation to the White House. What impact might this have on the 2018 Midterm elections? Political strategist Brad Bannon goes Behind the Curtain to explore. Then, the incredibly talented singer /songwriter Laury Shelley talks about her career working with Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett and many other legends and provides information for her upcoming concert...

Duration:00:39:14

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Insight into the Latest in Politics from Roseanne to Russia with TV/Radio’s Bill Press (Crossfire)

5/30/2018
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This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with TV/Radio political icon Bill Press to talk about the impact of Roseanne’s recent tweet on Valerie Jarret that cost her a show and job, as well as the latest on the President’s claims of Spies placed in his campaign and Dem’s hopes for November, 2018. Bill Press is well known for his hosting Crossfire on CNN, Buchanan and Press and many other avenues in radio, TV and press from a man who […]

Duration:00:40:29

Mind Reader Mark Toland Blows Audiences Away in an open run at Greenhouse

5/27/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Mind Reader/entertainer Mark Toland. The show is amazing. He appears to read people’s minds to uncover their birthdays, astrological signs and more. But is he really reading minds? Is that the way this works? He fesses up during the interview about just how real this incredibly entertaining show is when it comes to knowing what people are thinking. Listen in to this really interesting interview about a unique artform in the world […]

Duration:00:33:52

The Chicago Theater Scene Rocks with a look at: “ Memphis the Musical” (Porchlight), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Lyric Opera) and “To Catch a Fish,” (Timeline Theatre)

5/16/2018
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This week Paul goes behind the curtain to look at 3 powerful productions on the stages of Chicago’s superb theater world. The Tony Award winning “Memphis” is presented by Porchlight Music Theatre and stars Liam Quealy (Hughy Calhoun), Aeriel Williams (Felicia Farrell) and director Daryl Brooks talk about the Music of our Souls in this great musical that is a must see! Then, the Lyric Opera Theatre has blown the roof off of Chicago with its production of “Jesus Christ […]

Duration:00:47:13

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Chicago’s Incredible Architecture Under Threat….with Preservation Chicago Executive Director Ward Miller

5/10/2018
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This week Paul goes behind the curtain with a focus on Chicago’s amazing architecture with the executive director of Preservation Chicago, Ward Miller. The recent find of artifacts from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 underneath the surface of the site for the Obama Library and Education Center, the uncertain future of The Tribune Tower, Macy’s on State Street and the State of Illinois Building is explored and the list of the 7 most endangered Chicago buildings along with an explanation...

Duration:00:39:53

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Celebrating the Royal Wedding with Chicago’s Queen of Cabaret Denise Tomasello; plus an indepth look at the work and views of Chicago actor Behzad Dabu (“How to Get Away with Murder;” “The Chi”)

5/3/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago’s Queen of Cabaret who will be celebrating the Royal Wedding on May 19th at the Drake Hotel. A night of delicious food and music as only Denise can do it, all to recognize the special day for the royals but doing it the Chicago way. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite.com and search “Royal Wedding reception gala.” Then, Paul visits with one of Chicago’s finest stage actors Behzad Dabu who has […]

Duration:00:37:58

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Up and Coming Second City Performers talk Chill Vibes in a Nuclear War; A new definitive Bio of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald with author Geoffrey Mark

4/27/2018
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This week, Paul goes Behind the Curtain with up and coming House Company members of Second City. Justin Fullerton, one the fantastic ensemble starring in “How to have Chill Vibes in a Nuclear War” shares the creative process of producing a show based on improve, and how they tap into the issues in our lives and set them to comedy. Then, author/performer/ celebrity expert Geoffrey Mark discusses has latest book on the incredible career of Ella Fitzgerald. This new centennial […]

Duration:00:45:45

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Happy Days Mom Marion Ross talks about her life and career, the Happy Days and Those That were Not!

4/18/2018
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This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with Happy Days Mom Marion Ross to discuss her new autobiography, “My Days: Happy and Otherwise.” From her early days growing up in Minnesota with a dream of being an actress, thru her days in films (working with Clark Gable, Bill Holden and so many others) to Broadway and ultimately to the iconic role of “Mrs. C” on Happy Days, Marion shares the happy and the not so happy. You’ll hear […]

Duration:00:33:29

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Trump’s lawyer’s office raided, Syria faces our wrath and Paul Ryan retires; All explored with Democratic strategist and Attorney Richard Gordon

4/12/2018
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This week, attorney/political strategist Richard Gordon joins Paul to go behind the curtain on the FBI/DOJ raid of Trump attorney Cohen’s law offices and home to confiscate evidence related to possible wrong doing. Was the office “broken into” as the president alleged, is attorney-client privilege dead (as Trump tweeted), and what action might the President take against Syria for its latest chemical attack on its own people? Also, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announces his retirement....

Duration:00:24:20

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Chicago Opera Theater’s Upcoming Gala and Season, and Maestro Hershey Felder Returns to Chicago starring in “Our Great Tchaikovsky” at Steppenwolf

4/5/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago Opera Theater and it’s productions of rarely performed works for a modern era. Joined by General Director Doug Clayton and General Manager of Strategy and Development Ashley Magnus. Upcoming is Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely performed Il Pigmalione presented as Act I followed by Rita, an early and late work of the composer combined in COT unique fashion. They also talk about the upcoming annual gala to take place following the performance on...

Duration:00:32:09

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: The Challenge of Handling ALS in the Family and the Les Turner ALS Foundation that is there to ease the Way

3/29/2018
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This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to place a focus on ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) a challenging and usually terminal disease that attacks the muscles but often leaves the mind in tact. The disease knows no boundaries in who it attacks and when it does, lives are changed forever. Andrea Pauls Backman, the Executive Director of Les Turner ALS Foundation talks about the resources available to patients and families and board member Robin Fern who lost […]

Duration:00:28:59

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: Primary Election week in Review with DePaul Professor Nick Kachiroubas and Upcoming Shows at Court Theatre with Artistic Director Charles Newall

3/22/2018
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Paul goes Behind the Curtain this week to recap the Illinois primary election results from the Governor and Attorney General race to Congress and Cook County. DePaul Professor Nick Kachiroubas provides insight and interacts with Paul on why things went as they did and what this may mean for the general elections in November. Then, Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newall talks about the current production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and other classic works being brought to the...

Duration:00:37:04

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: David Schwimmer directs Kevin Douglas’ “Plantation” at Lookingglass Theatre; WWII Musical “Yank” at Pride Films and Plays; singer/songwriter Kevin Pollack Premiere’s his new Song “Something Good is Coming Down

3/15/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with director David Schwimmer (“Ross” from Friends) and Playwrite Kevin Douglas on his new hilarious play “Plantation,” currently playing at Lookingglass Theatre. They discuss the collaborative process of bringing this new work to the stage. Then, Paul talks with Book/Lyric writer David Zellnik about his play “Yank! A World War II Love Story,” along with Pride Films and Plays artistic director David Zak who directed Yank, and actor Matthew Huston...

Duration:00:44:32

Paul Lisnek’s Behind the Curtain: David Schwimmer directs Kevin Douglas’ “Plantation at Lookingglass Theatre; WWII Musical “Yank” at Pride Films and Plays; singer/songwriter Kevin Pollack Premiere’s his new Song “Something Good is Coming Down

3/15/2018
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Paul goes behind the curtain this week with director David Schwimmer (“Ross” from Friends) and Playwrite Kevin Douglas on his new hilarious play “Plantation,” currently playing at Lookingglass Theatre. They discuss the collaborative process of bringing this new work to the stage. Then, Paul talks with Book/Lyric writer David Zellnik about his play “Yank! A World War II Love Story,” along with Pride Films and Plays artistic director David Zak who directed Yank, and actor Matthew Huston...

Duration:00:44:32

Paul Lisnek’s – “Behind the Curtain”: Broadway’s Laura Benanti comes to Chicago; Powerful new Play “The Green Book” at Pegasus Theatre

3/8/2018
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Broadway’s Laura Benanti comes to Chicago; Powerful new Play “The Green Book” at Pegasus Theatre

Duration:00:29:20

Paul Lisnek’s – “Behind the Curtain”: Paying property taxes digitally, Victory Garden’s “breach”

2/22/2018
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Paul goes Behind the Curtain with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, who shares a brand new website that allows online payment of property taxes. Also, other new technological advances in the Treasurer’s office are shared. Then, Playwrite Antoinette Nwandu discusses her new, witty play, Breach: a Manifesto on Race in America Through the Eyes of a black girl Recovering From Self-Hate, now playing at Victory Gardens Theater. Cast member Karen Rodriguez also joins the discussion on playing...

Duration:00:32:10