Category: Theater in Chicago

Elvis lives in Heartbreak Hotel at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse

Elvis lives in Heartbreak Hotel at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse
Summer is a time to chill out…you’ve got your beach reads, your summer festivals and now the perfect summer musical, Heartbreak Hotel, a feel good jukebox musical that will have you dancing in your seat–or maybe even the aisles– at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) where it’s making its Chicago Premiere. Although, the... Read more »

Peter Pan takes audiences to new heights at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Peter Pan takes audiences to new heights at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
 “The reason that Peter Pan has endured for so long is because it inspires imagination, hope, and freedom.” Amber Mak Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) summer productions are always something special. This summer’s offering, Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, is no exception. Most of us are familiar with the story about the boy who wouldn’t grow up, based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved... Read more »

Waitress: A fun evening at the theater any way you slice it

Waitress: A fun evening at the theater any way you slice it
Waitress made its long anticipated Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) this Tuesday for a limited three-week engagement July 3 – 22, 2018.  Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film, Waitress, the musical is the slice of life story of Jenna (Desi Oakley), a waitress and expert pie maker who is stuck in an abusive... Read more »
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The Cher Show pre-Broadway Premiere: Will it be the smash everyone's expecting?

The Cher Show pre-Broadway Premiere: Will it be the smash everyone's expecting?
“The show “needs work… “I’m not supposed to say that, but I don’t care.”  That’s what Cher said after she sneaked into a preview of “The Cher Show” last week during its pre-Broadway premiere run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). Although she didn’t totally pan the show, admitting that it was better than she... Read more »

Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass Theatre

Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass Theatre
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” — Daniel  Burnham Lookingglass Theatre Company, known for making the impossible possible, has once again tackled what some might think the impossible by adapting Jules Verne’s science fiction... Read more »

Jesus Christ Superstar rocks the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Jesus Christ Superstar rocks the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic “Jesus Christ Superstar,” loosely based on the final weeks in the mortal life of Jesus Christ taken from the perspective of Judas Iscariot is up and running in a blockbuster production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago now through May 20th. Every April/May, for the past six years, the Lyric... Read more »
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Oklahoma! A-OK at the Marriott Theatre

Oklahoma! A-OK at the Marriott Theatre
Marriott sticks to what they do best putting on a Broadway-esque musical on a relatively small stage resulting in a high-energy production Sometimes it’s OK to log off Facebook, turn down the disturbing news of the day, quit worrying about whether Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are going to blow up the world and a take a step back... Read more »

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical on stage at the Den Theatre

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical on stage at the Den Theatre
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL that just opened at the Den Theatre in Chicago is one of a laundry list of films that have been reworked for the stage, some successfully such as Monty Python’s Spamalot (2005) others not so much. In the last several years Chicago has seen more than its share of these including... Read more »

Theatre Review: Smart People at Writers Theatre

Theatre Review: Smart People at Writers Theatre
This is my “there it is kind of play.”…  Playwright Lydia R. Diamond Glencoe, April 4, 2018. With today marking the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s. assassination in Memphis, you’d think we would have learned a thing or two about race. And, yes, we have gotten closer to King’s dream but we still... Read more »
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Review: Pretty Woman the musical at Chicago's Oriental Theatre

Review: Pretty Woman the musical at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
Last night was the big night–the highty-anticipated World Premiere of the Broadway-Bound “Pretty Woman: The Musical” at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. All the stars were out on the red carpet being interviewed, while television crews elbowed for prime position and iphones were held high in order to capture those instagram moments. The excitement was evident as... Read more »