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Royal George Theatre
Across the street from Steppenwolf Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614
312-988-9000
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19 stars
Although the area around the Royal George is crowded you can get free parking by going east on willow from Halstead The free parking is on the street around the Newberry School. either or on the side streets leading into it.
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"The Pianist of Willesden Lane"
550 ratings
4.8 average rating
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67 reviews
93 stars
attended Apr 20 2013

This is a beautiful, emotional play/concert. It is the true story of the pianist's mother who was one of the children sent out of Austria on the Kindertransport to England before the Nazis closed all the borders. Mona retells her mothers story...continued

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31 reviews
9 stars
attended Jun 22 2013

Wonderful performance - unique, powerful, touching. Had a great view of the keyboard, too.

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26 reviews
20 stars
attended Jun 26 2013

Excellent performance. Beautifully staged and delivered. An evening to remember.

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“Elegant! Heartfelt! An arresting, deeply affecting triumph!” —Los Angeles Times
“Exceptionally heartfelt” —Boston Globe
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Description

Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

American concert pianist Mona Golabek has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She is a Grammy nominee and has received numerous awards. She has been the subject of several documentaries including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Golabek’s syndicated radio program, The Romantic Hours_, combines music with poetry. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite_ featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Ms. Golabek’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye. Both daughters were taught by their mother, Lisa Jura, who is the subject of Golabek’s acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Ms. Golabek founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America.