Tuesday June 12, 2012 / 7:30pmLegend of the Sun
Rear Orchestra Complimentary
How was your experience?
Legend of the Sun was very impressive, not only in the sheer number of dancers on stage, but also because of their talent. The leads were all fantastic (Le, his mother, Teng), but the entire show was amazing. The music for the show is recorded, so there is no orchestra in the pit as there would be for the Joffrey. This has the added benefit of increasing the front seating area by about 4 rows (over the covered pit) - however, avoid sitting much closer at the Auditorium than maybe row E or F, as the width of the stage will be too much to take in without turning your head constantly, not to mention neck strain from looking up. The only negative to the recorded music is that around the end of Act 3, the CD started skipping for a brief moment.. however it got back on track right away. The only thing I will say about this presentation that I found.. interesting.. was something that was completely unrelated to the show itself: for some reason, people in the audience thought it was completely acceptable to take pictures, with flashes, all during the show. Even when being politely asked to stop by the ushers, they would soon after resume. At the end of the night, the aisles were practically rushed with people trying to get closer to the stage for a better picture. I've never experienced anything like that at any other theater/opera/ballet event, and I found it somewhat odd. Legend of the Sun only plays one more night in Chicago, 07/13/2012, so if you're reading this now, then yes - I'd advise you to go. For dinner, avoid the somewhat pedestrian "Artist's Cafe" on Michigan and instead try the wonderful "Custom House Tavern" a block or so west on Dearborn.