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A Diamond in the Rough

The Center for Performing Arts – Governors State University

A view of the 1200 seat theatre from the stage

A view of the 1200 seat theatre from the stage

“Only forty-five minutes from Broadway
Think of the changes it brings
For the short time it takes
What a diff’rence it makes
In the ways of the people and things . . .

With a ten dollar bill you’re a spendthrift.
If you open a bottle of beer,
You’re a sport,
So they say,
And imagine Broadway
Only forty-five minutes from here.”

It was George M. Cohan in 1905 that wrote the musical play and the song of the same name, Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway. The play’s name referred to the 45-minute train ride from New Rochelle, New York to Broadway. Now, 106 years later, Chicago and surrounding area residents can sing the same song. Only 30 miles south of Chicago and just minutes off of I-57, you can be in University Park, home of Governors State University’s Center For Performing Arts. Ragtime, The Musical, which will be featured at The Center in late July and early August, coincidentally, mentions New Rochelle in it’s opening scene. Not only will the musical production take you back in time but the admission prices will, as well. Thanks to Governors State University, it is possible for families and individuals to see top rated presentations at affordable prices and with free parking.

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Posted by Joe Lindsay on Jul 1st, 2011 and filed under Feature Story. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

1 Response for “A Diamond in the Rough”

  1. Thank You for what is a wondeful and decsriptive article oon The Center,a “Diamond in the Rough” for many years in the Chicago Southland. We have been, and contionue to be proud to serve our area with the finest in performing arts to engage, educate, and enteratin our communities.

    Burt Dikelsky- Executive Director

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