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  Ball At The Savoy at Stage 773

Ball At The Savoy

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Jazz meets Operetta in the exciting American Premiere of Paul Abraham's 1932 hit, "Ball at the Savoy." This sexy, danced-infused operetta embodies the best of Weimar-era Berlin as a clever wife serves up a tasty dish of revenge to her unfaithful husband. The show set Berlin on fire in 1932 with its infectious music, dancing and ravishing star, Gitta Alpar, until it was shut down by the Nazis. Chicago Folks Operetta's production will feature a 17 piece orchestra, singers, dancers and a new English translation.

Presented by Chicago Folks Operetta

Thru - Aug 3, 2014



Price: $40

Show Type: Performance Art

Running Time: 2hrs, 45mins; one intermission

www.chicagofolksoperetta.org/buy-tickets-2/ballsavoy/


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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Alison Kelly, the company's general director and frequent leading lady, makes the most of Madeleine's vulnerability, hurt and proto-feminist sensibility. She also cuts an attractive figure and gets to deliver some of the show's most winning songs, including the melting "Toujours l'amour." Her singing is, however, more problematic: While her middle register is secure, phrases that lie in her upper register tend to be shrill and hard-edged whenever she goes for the big-money notes at the top."

John von Rhein


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The libretto (by Fritz Lohner-Beda and Alfred Grünwald, in a new English translation by Gerald Frantzen and Hersh Glagov) mixes operetta sentimentality and screwball comedy in the tale of an aristocrat's wife who (almost) cheats on her husband in revenge for his supposed infidelity. A farcical subplot involves a Turkish diplomat who falls for a free-spirited American songwriter. Racy stuff for its time, the work is quaint and even a bit sexist now, but a historically significant piece of musical theater nonetheless, and a wonderful vehicle for the superb soprano Alison Kelly as the (almost) unfaithful wife. Frantzen, Kelly's spouse, is in fine tenor voice as the husband, and the chorus and orchestra are excellent."
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Albert Williams


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Come see this delightful operetta/ Broadway musical- you'll have fun and be blow-in away by the stage craft and voices of this most worthy troupe of artists. The Chicago arts community is enhanced by the craft of the creatives at Chicago Folks Operetta-their numerous English translations of German operetta give voice to those forgotten musical treats. Come see Ball At the Savoy to understand the wonder of these gems!"
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Tom Wiliiams


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