Sondheim's Ravinia Chat Canceled

News   Sondheim's Ravinia Chat Canceled The conversation between award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim and Ravinia Festival president Welz Kauffman, which was scheduled for Aug. 11 at 6:45 PM, has been canceled.

The official Ravinia Festival website says the chat "has been canceled for health reasons. We regret any inconvenience."

The discussion was scheduled to precede the 7:30 presentation of Gypsy, which stars Patti LuPone as Rose, Jack Willis as Herbie, In My Life’s Jessica Boevers in the title role, Leo Ash Evens as Tulsa, Katie Rancourt as Baby Louise, Ashton Smalling as Baby June, Jen Temen as June, Rengin Altay as Miss Cratchitt, Derin Altay as Electra, Jane Blass as Mazeppa, Debra Watassek as Tessie Tura, Michael Weber as Uncle Jocko/Mr. Goldstone and Richard Henzel as Pop/Kringelein.

The company also includes Nancy Braun as Mother/Hollywood Blonde/Toreadorable/Dolores/Cow (Act I), Molly C. Callinan as Mother/Hollywood Blonde/Toreadorable/Show Girl, Javonte Childress as Newsboy/Rich Boy, Robyn Clark as Mother/Hollywood Blonde/Toreadorable/Renee, Nick Coussens as Clarence/Newsboy/Tap Dance Boy, Joe Dempsey as George/Pastey/Phil/ Chauffeur, Trevor Efinger as Farmboy/L.A./Cow/Sign Man, Elana Ernst as Mother/Waitress/Hollywood Blonde/ToreadorableAgnes, Kenneth-Michael Glass as Farmboy/Sign Man, David Hull as Farmboy/Angie, Kamilah Lay as Balloon Girl, Cassandra Liveris as Hollywood Blonde/Toreadorable/Marjorie May/Cow, Katheryn Patton as Mother/Hollywood Blonde/Toreadorable, Matt Raftery as Dance Captain/Farmboy/Cow/Sign Man, Richie Roesner as Newsboy/Young Scout, Justin Stein as Assistant Stage Manager/Scout Leader/Photographer, Marc Tumminelli as Farmboy/Yonkers/Scout Leader and Cedric Young as Cigar.

Lonny Price directs the production, and Paul Gemignani conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical bowed on Broadway in May 1959 at the Broadway Theatre, playing 702 performances before closing at the Imperial Theatre, where it later transferred, on March 25, 1961. Gypsy tickets can be reserved by calling (847) 266-5100 or by visiting www.ravinia.org.

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