Backstage Chicago with Lisa Fielding

Backstage Chicago with Lisa Fielding

Backstage Chicago with Lisa Fielding

CATEGORY: Arts
Join WBBM’s Lisa Fielding for Backstage Chicago. Lisa takes you behind the curtain with entertainment insiders. She’ll get a first look at pre-Broadway rehearsals, explore the latest art exhibitions, talk to the artists and creators who are finally back to work, and experience Chicago’s long-awaited return to live, in-person performances. Listen to new episodes every Thursday.
  1. January 17, 2023
    25 min
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    Punk Rock Paleontologist at the Field Museum
    Who doesn't like a good dinosaur exhibit? Especially at Chicago's Field Museum? This month on Backstage with Lisa Fielding, we switch things up and talk with paleontologist and scientist Jingmai O'Connor about…
  2. December 13, 2022
    28 min
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    Cue to Choir: Uniting Voices of Chicago
    In the latest episode, we talk with an iconic Chicago-based children's choir that was created in a direct response to the civil rights movements to bring people of all background together. From the suburbs to t…
  3. November 15, 2022
    24 min
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    From Ukraine to Cabaret Zazou
    In the latest episode, we talk to a circus power couple. He is a professional juggler, a AGT finalist, a family man, and proud Ukrainian. His wife, a world famous Mongolian contortionist. Viktor Kee and Ulzii M…
  4. October 18, 2022
    14 min
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    Chicago Is A Film City
    We're back! We're turning the lights on and opening up the curtains for Backstage Chicago with Lisa Fielding. The podcast will continue on a monthly basis where we'll give you an inside look at the arts & cultu…
  5. May 12, 2022
    19 min
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    Lyric Opera: The woman behind the curtain
    This week on Backstage Chicago, She's one of the few women calling the shots backstage in the live performance industry. Rachel Tobias has been the stage manager for the Lyric Opera for 20 years. She calls hers…
  6. April 28, 2022
    38 min
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    Cabaret Week: An Exploration of Chicago's Cabaret Scene
    This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa sits down with a group of performers bringing the first Cabaret Week to the city of Chicago May 6 - May 16. Each performer talks about the joys of live performance and the r…
  7. April 14, 2022
    36 min
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    The Otherworld Theater: A Sci-Fi Production Company
    This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa travels to a hidden treasure in Wrigleyville called the Otherworld Theater. It's considered the premiere Sci Fi/Fantasy production company in North America and houses two st…
  8. April 07, 2022
    34 min
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    Show Me How You Burlesque!
    On this episode of Backstage Chicago, Lisa travels to Sway Dance studio on the north side to talk to three amazing burlesque dancers about the history of burlesque, their unique approach to the art form, and wh…
  9. March 24, 2022
    35 min
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    Ravinia Music Festival: A Summer Staple
    This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa sits down with Jeff Haydon, President and CEO of Ravinia to talk about its history and how excited they are to be back after a three-year hiatus. This episode gives our list…
  10. March 17, 2022
    37 min
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    World Comedy Expo: It's Time to Laugh
    On this episode of Backstage Chicago, Lisa visits The Second City's UP Comedy Club to discuss the World Comedy Expo's debut, with Kerry Sheehan (Business Director), Saku Yanagawa (Artistic Director), and Kelly…
  11. February 24, 2022
    36 min
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    3Arts: Witnessing the Spectrum of Humanity
    This week on Backstage Chicago, we visit the MOMENTA dance space in Oak Park and talk to the folks from 3Arts. Esther Grimm (3Arts Executive Director), Robby Lee Williams (dance artist), and Brian Balcom (theat…
  12. February 17, 2022
    33 min
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    Chicago a cappella: Coming Out of the Dark
    This week on Backstage Chicago, we travel to Wheaton College to chat with Dr. John William Trotter (artistic director), Trevor Mitchell (tenor) and Emily Price (mezzo soprano) of Chicago a cappella. Their new p…
  13. February 03, 2022
    34 min
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    Chicago Tap Theatre: Tap's Golden Moment
    On this week's episode of Backstage Chicago, we hoof it with the dancers of Chicago Tap Theatre, Chris Large (Apprentice) and Mark Yonally (Founder and Artistic Director). We talk about the history of the dance…
  14. January 27, 2022
    42 min
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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra: 131 Years of Music
    This week on Backstage Chicago, we sit down with two musicians, Bill Buchman (Bassoon) and Max Rami (Viola), from one of the oldest and greatest orchestras in the world: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We talk…
  15. January 20, 2022
    44 min
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    Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: Bringing Art to Life through Puppetry
    This week on Backstage Chicago, we visit the Chicago Puppet Studio inside the historic fine arts building. We talk to some of the artists who use creativity and storytelling through puppetry. We'll also get a s…
  16. January 13, 2022
    33 min
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    Illinois Rock & Roll Museum: Building the Road to Rock on Route 66
    On this week's edition of Backstage Chicago, Lisa travels down to Joliet to the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum where Founder and Executive Director Ron Romero gives us the scoop on building this road to rock on th…
  17. January 06, 2022
    53 min
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    Teatro ZinZanni: An International Ensemble
    This week on Backstage Chicago, we go behind the scenes with some of the cast members of Teatro ZinZanni, an international ensemble of singers, dancers, clowns, acrobats, and aerialists who've been wowing crowd…
  18. December 30, 2021
    37 min
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    Magician Dennis Watkins: A decade in the historic Palmer House
    This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa sits down with magician Dennis Watkins inside the Magic Parlour at the historic Palmer House to discuss card tricks, mind blowing mentalism, and how hot magic is right now.…
  19. December 23, 2021
    16 min
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    Behind the Scenes with Disney's Frozen: The Musical
    This week on Backstage Chicago, Lisa catches up with the cast and crew of Disney's: Frozen The Musical now playing at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago.  Next week, Lisa sits down with Magician Dennis Watk…
  20. December 16, 2021
    29 min
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    Black Ensemble Theater: A Village of Artists
    This week, we took a trip to the iconic Black Ensemble Theater to hear from the founder Jackie Taylor and producing managing director Darryl Brooks about their history and plans for the future.Tune in next week…

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