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Paul Lisnek Behind the Curtain on WGN Plus from WGN Radio in Chicago
 
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The WHOLE New World of Alan Menken – legendary Composer and Songwriter of Aladdin/Newsies/Bronx Tale in Concert at Auditorium Theatre on March 30th; the Cast of Little Shop of Horrors at Mercury Theater; and Richard Pryor, Jr. the son of the legendary comedian on his new book This week, one of the most exciting looks behind the curtain ever! Fi ...…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with author and newspaperman “John Bernard Ruane” to discuss his new book, “The Real News: The Never Before Told Stories of Donald Trump & Fake News.” A series of stories that make you wonder if they actually happened, from a young child offering up the solution to the gun issue, to Oprah Winfrey’s decisio ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with noted actor/writer/director Chazz Palminteri to chat about “A Bronx Tale.” The show is autobiographical, even moreso than many people realize; Chazz talks candidly of the shooting he witnessed as a child, his resulting friendship with a mobster and romance with an African American woman in the 1960s ...…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with the authors of a new book that looks at the reasons behind Chicago’s financial, educational and political challenges through a comparison and analysis to life in many other big cities. Co-authors Ed Bachrach and Austin Berg teach us in “The New Chicago Way,” that the power structure, corruption level, ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Roslyn Kind…yes, she is Barbra Streisand’s sister but a force in her own right with an incredible voice and a passion for trying to replace the negativity in our country today with love and peace. The story beyind her newly recorded “Save the Country, “ now available on I-Tunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc. ...…
 
This week Paul goes Behind the Curtain to look at the political issues of the day including the crafting of a proposed deal by Congressional negotiators to end the border wall vs. shutdown showdown. Political strategist Brad Bannon of Bannon Communication Research opines about who he thinks the winners and losers are, and a look to what the dem ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with a visit to two great shows on the stages of Chicago. First, Windy City Playhouse presents: “Noises Off,” a British farce that plays with great hilarity pleasing audiences every night. WCP is becoming known as the theater of immersive productions, ones which take the audience INTO the action or behind ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to discuss two theatrical productions that address issues facing so many people today. First, the cast of the funny and meaningful play “Dada Woof, Papa Hot,” produced by About Face Theatre and playing at Theater Wit thru Feb 16th. Parenting is challenging for straight couples as well as gay couples. This ...…
 
This week’s podcast is all theater! Paul talks with the star of Kinky Boots, Kenneth Mosely (Lola). Kenneth, who appeared in Chicago as Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical now steps into this iconic role from the fun uplifting show playing at the Cadillac Palace theater through January 27th. Then both members of the two-person cast of Woman in Bl ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to discuss the need to increase the role and success of women in politics and government. Rebecca Sives, the author of “Vote Her In” and “Every Day is Election Day,” presents the game plan for giving women a larger voice in government. Then the incredible musical experience “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Go ...…
 
This week readies for the holidays by going behind the scenes of the hottest shows playing in Chicago this season. First up, “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of Paul’s all time favorite shows. He visits with Maite Uzal (Golde) and Natalie Powers (Chava) to discuss the everlasting appeal of this huge Broadway hit. Then the percussion-filled “Stomp” is ...…
 
Paul goes Behind the Curtain to discuss amazing efforts to assist Veterans in need. First, Benjamin Patton (the grandson of decorated WWII General George S. Patton and the son of another decorated General) has created the Patton Veterans Project…a filmmaking venture with vets called “I was There” Film Workshops. A fascinating story to get vets ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to take a new look at one of the most infamous crimes in history. Two young promising University of Chicago students, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb decide they want to commit the perfect murder, but that was not to be. Represented by the legendary attorney Clarence Darrow. Captured in word, documents, p ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain of Cameron Macintosh’s Dynamite Revival of Miss Saigon. Nearly 30 years old, this show is a classic that continues to “wow” audiences with it’s gorgeous score and powerful story. Paul is joined by Red Concepcion who plays “The Engineer,” the lead character of Miss Saigon who shares some insights about how ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with attention to World AIDS Day. First the upcoming annual World Of Chocolate Fundraising event takes place on Nov 30th at Revel Fulton Market..an amazing experience…Dustin Erikstrup provides all the details you need to know to join in! Then, an AIDS theme musical called “The Last Session” plays at Atlas ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the creator/trainer/performer of the incredible puppets who star in Avenue Q, Rick Lyon. A rare treat to hear from the master himself. Also joining is in is Daniel Smeriglio (who plays Nicky and “part” of Trekky Monster) and director Walter Stearns. The show is on extended run at Mercury Theater Chic ...…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain in the world of politics. Only hours after the midterm elections, President Trump fires his attorney general, takes on the Press, and the landscape in the world of the Russia investigation seems to be taking on a different shape. Author/TV/radio commentator Bill Press (author of the new book “Trump Must Go ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast of Gypsy playing at the Porchlight Music Theater. Chicago’s treasure, E. Faye Butler creates a must-see performance as Mama Rose, and along with Daryn Whitney Harrell (Louise) and director Michael Weber, we learn why Gypsy is considered the most perfect musical ever written. Then, “Pippin” a ...…
 
This week, Paul goes Behind the Curtain with an all theater program! First up, the classic show “Hello Dolly” comes to town starring Betty Buckley. Chicago favorite Nic Rouleau (Book of Mormon) plays Cornelius Hackl and joins Paul to talk about the production of this classic show and his love for Chicago. Then Hamilton’s Jose Maxi Ramos rocked ...…
 
This week, Paul goes Behind the Curtain to chat about the importance of getting your voice heard thru voting. His guest is nationally recognized TV and talk show radio star Stephanie Miller; then a new Chicago-based web series of the flavor of the office or the series of Christopher Guest mockumentaries. Listen as director/writer Billy Bungerot ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the Curtain with democratic nominee for IL Governor, J.B. Pritzker. The election is just a few weeks away and Pritzker shares his views on the Graduated Income Tax system and how it would get implemented, his relationship with Speaker Mike Madigan, his plan for Health care and higher education, and yes, he addresses ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain for some great theater and an important upcoming luncheon event. “Southern Gothic,” at the Windy City Playhouse is a unique, immersive theater experience that puts the audience into the action, on the set and even enjoying the food and drink the cast is having. Playwright Leslie Liautaud, Director David B ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain of the week’s TOP legal cases. First, TV legend Bill Cosby is given 3 to 10 years in jail. Was that fair? Too long or short a sentence? Then the latest on the character challenges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and how the proceedings might influence the final vote by the Senate, and finally, a look at the hottest tr ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain with author Brian Abrams to discuss his latest “Obama: An Oral History 2009-2007. This fascinating book is told through the attributed quotes and statements who were there and saw first hand the Obama presidency and administration. From David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett to Rahm Emanuel and White House photographer P ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with an extensive interview of mayoral candidate Paul Vallas. The former Superintendent of CPS schools, Mr. Vallas addresses education, crime and economic development of the city. He reflects on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s possible entry into the race and most importantly, he answers qu ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Timothy Franklin, Northwestern University Senior Associate Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications to discuss the embattled Media under the Trump administration. Accused of being the enemy of the people, Dean Franklin explains how and why the attack has suc ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with actor/composer/musician Aaron Davidson to discuss the development of his new musical theater project for young people called “Watercolors.” A young talented artist, Davidson is seeking assistance thru a Indiegogo.com campaign to help get this new exciting project developed. Aaron shares the show’s pl ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain with attorney and political strategist Richard Gordon to discuss the meaning of the pending verdict in the Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort verdict and the plea agreement of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. What will these moments hold for the Trump administration? Then…A chance to party with Jake and Elwood The Blooze ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago Mayoral candidate Troy LaRaviere. Troy discusses his background, how and why he got into politics and his plan for the city budget, the growth of violence in the city and addressing police-community relations and much more. Then, one special night at the Goodman Theatre called “Silent No More, ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to focus on the shocking level of violence occurring in the city of Chicago. How much is the Mayor to blame and what do his challengers have to say? Unlock Congress author, political analyst and strategist Michael Golden shares his insights. Then Chicago prepares to host the 6th National Asian American Th ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain of the upcoming Chicago Mayoral race with candidate Lori Lightfoot. Ms. Lightfoot addresses violence and police accountability in light of the newly announced Police Consent Decree, plus rising taxes and fees in the city to balance the budget, and a chance to learn about her background and upbringing. All of which w ...…
 
Elvis may have left the building but he returns in the person of actor/singer Eddie Clendening who plays Elvis Presley in Heartbreak Hotel currently at the Broadway Playhouse. Eddie talks about when he discovered the King of Rock and Roll and how he chooses to play the legend as the regular man he was. Then, (at 21:40 into the podcast) Politica ...…
 
The president’s interaction with Vladimir Putin ruffled many feathers here at home. And the President continues the relationship with an invitation to the White House. What impact might this have on the 2018 Midterm elections? Political strategist Brad Bannon goes Behind the Curtain to explore. Then, the incredibly talented singer /songwriter L ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with TV/Radio political icon Bill Press to talk about the impact of Roseanne’s recent tweet on Valerie Jarret that cost her a show and job, as well as the latest on the President’s claims of Spies placed in his campaign and Dem’s hopes for November, 2018. Bill Press is well known for his hosting Crossfire ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Mind Reader/entertainer Mark Toland. The show is amazing. He appears to read people’s minds to uncover their birthdays, astrological signs and more. But is he really reading minds? Is that the way this works? He fesses up during the interview about just how real this incredibly entertaining show is wh ...…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain to look at 3 powerful productions on the stages of Chicago’s superb theater world. The Tony Award winning “Memphis” is presented by Porchlight Music Theatre and stars Liam Quealy (Hughy Calhoun), Aeriel Williams (Felicia Farrell) and director Daryl Brooks talk about the Music of our Souls in this great mus ...…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with a focus on Chicago’s amazing architecture with the executive director of Preservation Chicago, Ward Miller. The recent find of artifacts from the Columbian Exposition of 1893 underneath the surface of the site for the Obama Library and Education Center, the uncertain future of The Tribune Tower, Macy’ ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago’s Queen of Cabaret who will be celebrating the Royal Wedding on May 19th at the Drake Hotel. A night of delicious food and music as only Denise can do it, all to recognize the special day for the royals but doing it the Chicago way. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite.com and search “Royal ...…
 
This week, Paul goes Behind the Curtain with up and coming House Company members of Second City. Justin Fullerton, one the fantastic ensemble starring in “How to have Chill Vibes in a Nuclear War” shares the creative process of producing a show based on improve, and how they tap into the issues in our lives and set them to comedy. Then, author/ ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with Happy Days Mom Marion Ross to discuss her new autobiography, “My Days: Happy and Otherwise.” From her early days growing up in Minnesota with a dream of being an actress, thru her days in films (working with Clark Gable, Bill Holden and so many others) to Broadway and ultimately to the iconic ...…
 
This week, attorney/political strategist Richard Gordon joins Paul to go behind the curtain on the FBI/DOJ raid of Trump attorney Cohen’s law offices and home to confiscate evidence related to possible wrong doing. Was the office “broken into” as the president alleged, is attorney-client privilege dead (as Trump tweeted), and what action might ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with Chicago Opera Theater and it’s productions of rarely performed works for a modern era. Joined by General Director Doug Clayton and General Manager of Strategy and Development Ashley Magnus. Upcoming is Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely performed Il Pigmalione presented as Act I followed by Rita, an early and ...…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to place a focus on ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) a challenging and usually terminal disease that attacks the muscles but often leaves the mind in tact. The disease knows no boundaries in who it attacks and when it does, lives are changed forever. Andrea Pauls Backman, the Executive Director of ...…
 
Paul goes Behind the Curtain this week to recap the Illinois primary election results from the Governor and Attorney General race to Congress and Cook County. DePaul Professor Nick Kachiroubas provides insight and interacts with Paul on why things went as they did and what this may mean for the general elections in November. Then, Court Theatre ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with director David Schwimmer (“Ross” from Friends) and Playwrite Kevin Douglas on his new hilarious play “Plantation,” currently playing at Lookingglass Theatre. They discuss the collaborative process of bringing this new work to the stage. Then, Paul talks with Book/Lyric writer David Zellnik about his p ...…
 
Paul Lisnek’s – “Behind the Curtain”: Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” Child star Casey Lyons, and the week in politics with Analyst and Unlock Congress Author Michael Golden
 
Paul goes Behind the Curtain with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, who shares a brand new website that allows online payment of property taxes. Also, other new technological advances in the Treasurer’s office are shared. Then, Playwrite Antoinette Nwandu discusses her new, witty play, Breach: a Manifesto on Race in America Through the Eyes o ...…
 
Paul goes Behind the Curtain with Cook County Clerk David Orr who “lets loose” on the battle for the future of the Democratic party, why he has remained in office for over 30 years and what he thinks about some current office holders. That includes his take on next year’s Mayor’s race. Enlightening, candid and direct is Clerk David Orr like you ...…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain with WGN Morning News announcer and professional comedian Mike Toomey. More than just being a funny guy, Mike opened up about how he creates comedy, what works today and what does not, whether insult comedians can make it today, and even his own limitations. Rising comedian Justin Fullerton joins the conversation to ...…
 
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