Imagine if the University of Chicago could compete in the 2016 Olympics. Imagine if those Olympics were not athletic, but academic. And imagine if these academic Olympics were done in song.
You’ll have a chance to cheer on, and sing along with, the U of C’s entrants in the 2016 Chicago Olympics later this month when the Revels, the University’s annual — and inimitable — display of theatrical farce, returns.
The 2008 Revel’s Revue “Good as Gold” will, as always, feature both University and community talent. Faculty and staff cast members include Michael Behnke, Vice President and Dean of College Enrollment; David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in Humanities; Phil Hoffman, Professor of Hematology and Oncology; and classicist Cabell King. Barbara Flynn Currie, Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives, leads the community cast.
Live coverage of the Olympics by sportscasters in the Quadrangle Club broadcast booth will feature musical numbers from familiar and not-so familiar Revels and will be accompanied by a three-piece band starring Tom Weisflog — the Rockefeller Chapel organist — on piano, Ted Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, on drums, and Bob Hodge on bass.
The show’s musical score was written by Robert Ashenhurst, Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, and includes a “Best Of” of Revels songs, dating back to shows as early as 1958. In honor of Ashenhurst’s 50th Anniversary as a Revel, the show is being dedicated to him.
The Revels will perform two shows at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. The first production on Friday, January 25, begins at 8 p.m and is $20 per person. A buffet dinner is available for an additional $20. The Saturday Jan. 26 show, includes dinner at 6:00, with the show starting at 8, for $65 per person.
For tickets, please call the Quadrangle Club at 773-702-2550. For more information about the Revels -- a group that has been lampooning the University on and off for more than a century and that has starred classicists, physicists, economists, ministers, University presidents and Nobel Prize winners --please contact the News Office at 773-702-6421.
Additional contacts include the show’s co-producers: Lee Behnke, Director of the University’s Undergraduate Latin Program, 773-324-2918, email@example.com, and Nancy Levner, 773-241-6680 or firstname.lastname@example.org