The Illusionist – Live From Broadway is more than an Illusion

Last evening I was in the audience of The Illusionist – Live From Broadway production that is showing at the Oriental Theatre.   I didn’t see the show when it came to Chicago a few years ago so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I had a really good time laughing, eyes wide in wonder, and... Read more »

THE BODYGUARD is a True Tribute to Whitney Houston

Most of us are very familiar with Whitney Houston’s breakout movie The Bodyguard which also starred Kevin Costner.  The songs were phenomenal and rose to number one on the charts. The film has been adapted for stage by Alexander Dinelaris and is now playing at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Superstar Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox)... Read more »

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO IS RIGHT ON TIME

In the seventies, anything by James Baldwin was a must read among black students. We held major discussions based around his books Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and Go Tell it on the Mountain, just to name a few.  We all thought we knew all there was to know about Baldwin and his thoughts... Read more »
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A Conversation with Stephen McKinley Henderson and Jovan Adepo of FENCES

Recently Stephen McKinley Henderson who plays the role of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) best friend Jim Bono and Jovan Adepo who plays Troy’s youngest son were in Chicago on promo tour for FENCES, which is a fabulous and moving film that everyone must see.  We sat down for coffee and a conversation. I’ve seen Fences... Read more »

The Phantom of the Opera is a Masquerade of a Production

The production of The Phantom of the Opera that opened recently at the Cadillac Palace Theatre was not at all what I expected and can’t quite say enjoyed. The really good things about the production are the magnificent voices and the actors…when you could hear and understand them.  The orchestra was superb but it overpowered... Read more »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In 1977, I was 25 years old and Star Wars was the best movie I had ever seen. I have seen it at least fifty times and can honestly say that all the Star War films that have followed the original have never really grabbed me until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Why? This... Read more »
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Broadway In Chicago's FINDING NEVERLAND Is Enchanting

J.M. Barrie is a very successful playwright who has fallen into somewhat of a rut.  His imagination is begging to be set free but responsibilities and adulthood harnesses his child like spirit.  One day he heads to a park to clear his thoughts so he can churn out yet another play, he meets four young... Read more »

LOVING - A True Love Story

In the 1950’s interracial anything was against the law in most states, especially the southern ones.  It was a bold move in 1958 when Richard Loving, a white man, asked Mildred Jeter, a Negro woman to marry him.  In order for them to legally wed they had to leave Caroline County, Virginia and go to... Read more »

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Is Not Harry Potter.

I didn’t realize how much I had missed J.K. Rowling’s stories of wizards, witches, creatures, and mystical beings until I heard the strands of Hedwig’s Theme during the opening credits of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I settled in my seat and waited in anticipation as I prepared to be absorbed into a... Read more »
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BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN: A Conversation with Tyler Perry - Part Two

“BOO! A Madea Halloween” opened in theaters recently and even though the film has the typical Madea storyline I recommend you see in the theaters for a few hours of mindless laughter. I had the honor to sit down with Tyler Perry for a conversation while he was in Chicago to promote the film.  Please... Read more »