Metropolis' Keefe to join radio's 'It's Showtime with Rikki Lee'
At 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Executive Artistic Director Joe Keefe will join host Rikki Lee Travolta on the "It's Showtime with Rikki Lee" radio program on Chicago suburban station WHRU.
Keefe and Travolta will discuss the 2020 season for Metropolis, one of the Chicago area's premier theater venues. The 2020 season offers "Noises Off" (Jan. 30--March 14), "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (May 14--June 27), and "Mamma Mia" (July 16--Aug. 29). They will also discuss the recent successes for the theater company and plans for the future.
Located in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre hosts a 329-seat state of the art theater and is accessible by car or public transportation from Chicago. In addition to its theatrical season, the venue also offers concerts and comedy specials and boasts a respected School for the Performing Arts.
Keefe has served as the executive artistic director since December 2014. Under his guidance, the theater has taken bold steps forward, both critically and commercially.
Since taking over, Keefe has brought such shows as "Rent," "Spamalot," "Hair," "Young Frankenstein" and "Avenue Q" to the suburban stage. Keefe is also a former Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Travolta has headlined and directed productions across the U.S. He was the first celebrity guest star in "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" -- starting in Chicago and then branching out across the country. In 2005, he was named alongside Donnie Osmond and Patrick Cassidy as one of the Top Three Headliners in the World for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Metropolis is at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. For information about Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, visit www.MetropolisArts.com or call (847) 577-2121.
"It's Showtime with Rikki Lee" airs Fridays at 3 p.m. on 101.5 FM, with national availability via streaming and podcasts at www.HuntleyRadio.com/hcr/its-showtime-with-rikki-lee/.