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Ellington left his ‘Queenie Pie’ dream in scraps, and COT bucks odds in bid to make it whole

Feb 23, 2014 – 4:28 pm
Karen Marie Richardson is 'Queenie Pie' at Chicago Opera Theater 2014 (Liz Lauren)

Review: The Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra production of Duke Ellington’s late-in-life and largely unfinished Harlem street opera “Queenie Pie” became the casualty of an electrical fire that has temporarily shut down the Harris. The delay adds a footnote to the saga of frustrated restoration attempts that have dogged “Queenie Pie” and left its unfulfilled potential as much in limbo as ever. ★★