Hizzoner: Daley the First: Neil Giuntoli's Acclaimed Show About Mayor Daley
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This was a fantastic play. Neil absolutely channeled Mayor Richard J. Daley and provided insight as to why our current mayor has the speech pattern and passionate outbursts that he does.
Our party of four "forty-somethings" all went home and lost ourselves in Chicago history courtesy of the world wide web. It was very insightful looking at the current day political events.
Great performances all around.
Great show full of passion.
Quotes & Highlights
“From the moment Neil Giuntoli sets foot onstage…it is as if the former mayor has come back to life.” -New York Times
“An uncannily brilliant performance.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Thoroughly gripping… make(s) one heck of a persuasive case that Daley I - a man controlled, like all the great tragic heroes, by both passion and paradox — deserves his spot on the neo-classical shelf." —Chicago Tribune
Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976), authoritarian politician, family man and dynasty builder, whose life was inextricably bound to Chicago, the city he loved, is explored in Hizzoner: Daley the First. Written by and starring Neil Giuntoli, it is directed by Stefan Brun and opened March 2, 2006 at Prop Thtr to critical acclaim.
_Hizzoner _is a theatrically intimate look at the man atop Chicago’s political machine and a major influence on national policy and politics – Richard J. Daley. Set in the changing and tumultuous history of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Hizzoner offers a behind-the-scenes view of a world rarely scene beyond City Hall as well as personalities who worked with Daley and some – like Jesse Jackson – with whom he had a crucial crossing of paths. There is also a glimpse into how “Da Mare” may have seen himself.
Giuntoli, a Chicago native and relative of Chicago’s Mayor Anton Cermak has written four plays and has a long list of additional credits including movie and television roles in “Shawshank Redemption,” “Memphis Belle” and “Waterworld” among others. His notable TV guest appearances include “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI,” Monk,” “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope,” “Seinfeld” and “ER.”