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"Chicago, Chicago..."

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...I forget the next words. A toddlin' town? (And what does that mean?)

And here I am, though soon to leave. I flew in yesterday morning, attended the 4 PM performance of THE GIVER, and am about to fly home.

I have seen the play of THE GIVER performed in countless towns and cities, done by countless theaters; and each one is different. The words are always the same, of course. but the set design, the costumes, the directing, the casting and acting...makes each one unique.

Three years ago ADVENTURE STAGE produced the stage version of GOSSAMER and did a great job so I was not surprised that once again they put on a fine production. Here is the set:


...well directed, well acted, and well received by an enthusiastic audience.

I am in a hotel in Oak Park, a lovely suburb (home to Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway) and soon to leave for the airport to head home. Next stop, Canada...more about that later.

I am toddlin' off to O'Hare.

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Shelley Sunday, 25 March 2012

We had those brochures at the OP Library and I'm sorry I missed it! It looked like a great show. But welcome to town, however briefly. :)

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From Tom McCarey, Agent, Chicago, IL
The "Toddlers," originally from a small village somewhere in Germany, settled in Chicago when they were forced to leave their homeland for having too much facial hair. They moved to the United States where many gathered in Chicago which was propitiously located along the chilly shores of Lake Michigan. As it happened the Windy CIty's winters provided them with an opportunity to proudly display their moustaches, beards, van dykes and mutton chops. Indeed, their glut of facial hair was welcomed, desired, and sometimes envied given the plummeting mercury. Today any visit to Chicago is not complete until you visit The Toddler Museum at the corner of Goatee and Toupe to see the crafts inspired by and made with Toddler facial hair. Perhaps you have seen the Toddler Toque, a hat made entirely of 5th Generation toddler hairs. It is said to be twice as effective as wool while a fraction of the weight. More information about the Toddlers and their role in Chicago history is available somewhere in wikipedia.

FROM Alan May, Broker, Evanston, IL
[b]Chicago, Chicago that toddling town
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around - I love it
Bet your bottom dollar you lose the blues in Chicago, Chicago
The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down

On State Street, that great street, I just want to say
They do things they don't do on Broadway
They have the time, the time of their life
I saw a man, he danced with his wife
In Chicago, Chicago my home town

Published in 1922. Recorded by Sinatra in 1957, and used in his film, The Joker Is Wild. The song first appeared on the album, Come Fly With Me. Previously a vaudeville song sung by Blossom Seeley.

Original lyrics indicate that *Billy Sunday *, the evangelist, could not close Chicago down-after all, it WAS Capone's town!!. later Billy Sunday was replaced with Marty Faye who was a Chicago radio DJ and TV talk show host from the 40/50/60s. He was known for his abrasive style and voice. If you ever heard him, you wouldn't be likely to forget him, though you might try to, very hard.

Toddlin' was considered the word for "casually walkin' home from having a leasurely drink"... so I presume it had something to do with that... but that's all I got!

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