PHOTO CALL: Linda Balgord, Matt Raftery and Susan Moniz Premiere Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
By Krissie Fullerton
19 Jan 2013
The world premiere of Marriott Theatre's Now and Forever, a theatrical exploration of the songs of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring Linda Balgord, began Jan. 16 in suburban Chicago.
The show features lyrics and/or text by Don Black, Christopher Hampton, Charles Hart, Trevor Nunn (after T.S. Eliot), Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Richard Stilgoe and David Zippel, with contributions by Amy Powers, from Evita, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and its sequel Love Never Dies.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.