Spend an evening celebrating the work of Tony Award-Winning composer Jeanine Tesori, one the most prolific composer of our time. Through conversation led by Chicago Tribune critic, Chris Jones, and musical performances led by Fun Home Music Director, Doug Peck, explore Jeanine’s musical accomplishments including Caroline, or Change, Shrek the Musical, Violet, and of course, Fun Home.
All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the artistic programs at Victory Gardens Theater.
Jeanine Tesori has composed music for Fun Home (2015 Tony Award winner); Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. Delacorte: Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep). Opera: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass); The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (libretto, J.D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls. She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Doug Peck is the winner of six Joseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards. Some of his favorite projects as musical director, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator include The Jungle Book, Caroline, or Change, Porgy and Bess, Wonderful Town, Dreamgirls, Carousel, Grey Gardens, Guys and Dolls, and Candide. Peck can be heard on the recordings, Bright Young People: The Songs of Noël Coward and Loving, Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein. He is a creative partner with Goodman Theatre, where he also runs the Musical Theatre Intensive Program for gifted high school musical theatre artist-citizens.
Chris Jones is the chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune; his reviews and commentaries for the paper now number in the thousands. He appears weekly on CBS2 in Chicago. He’s also the director of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center. He previously spent many years writing for Variety, specializing in out-of-town tryouts of Broadway musicals. Jones has a doctorate in theater from The Ohio State University.