Category: Theatre Reviews

"Sound of Music" has added more performances

  They’ve added three more performances to the Lyric Opera’s new production of The Sound of Music. They will be on Memorial Day weekend with shows on Friday, May 23rd at 7 pm; Saturday, May 24th at  1:30 pm and Sunday, May 25th at 1:30 pm. This would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce younger members of... Read more »

Peter and the Starcatcher is winner.

  “Peter and the Starcatcher” couldn’t have arrived at a better time. This wondrous, imaginative and highly entertaining show which opened at The Bank of America Theatre last night, is a sure cure for the winter blues. Based on the 2006 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, it tells how Peter Pan became the... Read more »

Elaine Stritch - new film about the famed actress/entertainer is a gem

The movie is called, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. The actress who played Alec Baldwin’s mother on TV’s “30 Rock”, had a hit one-woman show on Broadway, has been a cabaret star off and on for 50 years or so and starred in Noel Coward’s musical, “Sail Away” back in 1961, allows a camera crew to film her... Read more »

A hot show for a cold night

It’s slick, sassy and above all hot!  Bob Fosse’s classic musical Chicago is in town only thru Sunday at the Bank of America Theatre and it fills the stage with as much skin on view as the law allows from a bevy of very talented dancer/singer/actors who tell the 1920’s style tale of Roxie Hart... Read more »

Spider-Man couldn't do it. Can King Kong?

King Kong is going to try do something on Broadway, that even Spider-Man couldn’t accomplish –  Make money. A $30 million mega-musical (compared to the $75 million that Spider-Man cost) will take over the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City sometime late this year, after a successful run in Melbourne, Australia. The show features a... Read more »

A Phantom of the Opera for a new generation

To the younger theatre goer – this is not your parents’ “Phantom of the Opera”. The newly reimagined production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that has opened at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, is for a new generation. It still works wondrously with its haunting story, soaring melodies, dazzling costumes, and eye-filling special effects. But... Read more »

Evanston's Jessie Mueller get's raves on Broadway

Evanston's Jessie Mueller get's  raves on Broadway
The critics are  raving about Jessie Mueller’s performance as Carole King in the musical “Beautiful” which opened Sunday night in Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre. In the New York Times, Ben Brantley writes, “Originality is clearly not this show’s strong suit. With one very important exception. That’s Ms Mueller, a Broadway star in waiting for several... Read more »

The new Musical "GHOST" - a disappointment

The musical stage adaptation of the 1990 hit movie “Ghost” has arrived in Chicago and fills the stage of the Oriental Theatre with song, dance, theatrical illusions, magic tricks, with video and film projections, the likes of which we’ve never seen. The problem is, they don’t mesh together very well. The songs are bland and... Read more »

"Wicked" - despite the critics, it's become a monster hit

 "Wicked" - despite the critics, it's become a monster hit
The musical Wicked recently broke the Broadway In Chicago record for the highest one-week gross  bringing-in $1,935,432 for the week ending Dec 1, 2013. This is a show that a New York critic called an “overproduced, over blown, confusingly dark and laborious jumble”. In the New Yorker the reviewer wrote, “The shows 22 songs were written by... Read more »

A Christmas Carol - Goodman production - a winner!

A Christmas Carol - Goodman production - a winner!
The Goodman Theatre’s 36th annual production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a winner! The story may have been written 170 years ago, but in the very first scene when Ebenezer Scrooge charges interest on a loan to a Christmas charity we are jolted into today’s reality. It’s only the beginning of a wonderful evening... Read more »