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A Conversation with Breanna Marie Bell – Lead Actress in the National Touring Company of A BRONX TALE

Breanna, for my readers who may not have a clue about A Bronx Tale, would you give us a synopsis of what the play is about? Breanna Marie:  Yeah, the story is based in the Bronx in like the 1960s, 1950s.  It’s about a young man, Italian boy; he’s in high school.  Basically, maneuvering between... Read more »

Tyler Perry’s Final Madea Movie, HALLALUYAR!

A Madea Family Funeral is the eleventh and final installment of the Madea series, may it rest in peace. Madea and her host of family and friends attend an anniversary party which turns into turmoil, a hot mess, and a funeral.  It’s the standard Madea formula with Tyler Perry playing four or five characters (which... Read more »

"DEAR EVAN HANSEN", Is An Emotional Awakening

I was invited to the opening night performance of the first national touring production of Dear Evan Hansen.  Even though the Broadway production won the 2017 Best Musical Tony Award, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to see and I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what I... Read more »
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Michelle Obama’s BECOMING

Recently I bought Michelle Obama’s book BECOMING and settled down in my chair with my Chai Tea Latte, warm throw on my legs, and prepared to read about Michelle’s life from childhood to White House to now and be entertained.  I was not prepared to be totally engrossed and integrated into her story.  Michelle writes... Read more »

A Conversation with Brandon Whitmore from Hello Dolly!

You may not know but my undergraduate degree is in Theatre from Illinois State University.  I have performed in all forms of theater. I’ve starred in a few professional shows but in musicals I was always an ensemble player.  I think that is why I pay more attention to them when I review a show. ... Read more »

The NRA Show Is Food, Vendors and Fun

I know what some of you are thinking, “Bonnie went to a NRA show? I didn’t know she was into fire power.” I’m not; the only fire power I’m into is in an oven or on a grill. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) show is one trade show I look forward to attending every year. ... Read more »
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A Conversation with Pretty Woman’s Kingsley Leggs

Roy Oberison introduced us to the song of Pretty Woman back in 1965. In 1990, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere starred in the movie by the same name.  A film that I watch every time it comes on television, it’s so romantic.  I never thought it would come to the stage but it has.  I... Read more »

Chicago’s Navy Pier Offers Free Public Programming

Navy Pier is not only a Chicago icon but one of my favorite places to visit and take family and friends.  I didn’t realize the great free programming the Pier offered until I had a conversation with my good friend Michelle Boone who is the Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier. Bonnie:   Michelle... Read more »

BLACK PANTHER IS FIERCE

I have been sitting at my desk trying to figure out how to write this review.  As a film critic I am supposed to be objective and somewhat aloof in writing a review.  As a Black American female I am so emotionally wound up I can’t sit still. Forget it, BAF wins out.  The film... Read more »
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A CONVERSATION WITH TRENYCE OF "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL"

Motown was a major part of my life.  In Champaign, Illinois we didn’t have radio stations that played “Soul” music but we had WLS out of Chicago that would play the Motown Sound.  Berry Gordy allowed his artist to stretch their talents and grow into songwriters and producers. Everyone was interested in his relationship with... Read more »