This month we talk to Pulitzer-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and Tony-winning director-choreographer Justin Peck about crafting their new musical Illinoise, based on the 2005 Sufjan Stevens album Illinois, and we also chat with New Yorker critic Helen Shaw, who tells us how many upcoming performances she can fit on her calendar.
Illinoise plays at the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, Jan. 28-Feb. 18, and comes to New York City’s Park Avenue Armory in March. The production was originally developed, produced, and premiered at the Fisher Center at Bard in July 2023. Shaw joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2022, after serving as theatre critic at New York magazine (don’t miss her writing for us as well).
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