Sheldon Harnick on WFMT - In March 2008, "Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner" featured lyricist Sheldon Harnick in a two-part interview that aired on WFMT 98.7 FM. Click here and scroll to March 31 and April 7 to download each hour-long program. Or click on the following links for direct download of Part 1 and Part 2. (MP3 files)
“When you write for the theatre, one of life's great pleasures is to see one of your creations come alive as you envisioned it. TimeLine Theatre Company's Fiorello has given me that pleasure. The cast is uniformly strong, and under Nick Bowling's astute and detailed direction every last bit of drama, romance and humor has been fully realized. Remarkably, TimeLine's Fiorello has the breadth and scope of a large production; that this has been accomplished in such a small space is nothing short of astonishing! I am one happy writer.” — Sheldon Harnick
In May 2006, TimeLine’s production of the musical Fiorello! became the fastest-selling show in the company’s history. A sample of the critical acclaim garnered by the production includes:
“There are some moments in off-Loop Chicago theater so typified by guts and toil that, in the heat of the show, little else matters. [TimeLine’s] intensely emotional revival of Fiorello! most assuredly is in that category … you will be bowled over by what is achieved here.” — Chicago Tribune
“Guys & Dolls for the political set …[a] hugely ambitious, high-energy, strikingly sung production.” — Chicago Sun-Times
Now it’s back by popular demand, as TimeLine presents the return of this sold-out and critically acclaimed production. Ahead of its time when it premiered in 1959 and often called a neglected masterpiece, Fiorello! is a classic Broadway musical that features heartbreaking ballads (“When Did I Fall in Love”), rousing chorus numbers (“Politics and Poker”) and melodic showstoppers (“Little Tin Box”) to tell the story of one small, honest man’s struggle against corruption in big-city politics. With guts and perseverance, Fiorello H. LaGuardia put a bright, new shine on “The Big Apple” and became one of the most enduring figures of the 20th century. This remount features the entire original design team and much of the original cast, including TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers as the title character.