Category: Theater in Chicago

Blue Man Group adds new techie touches

Blue Man Group adds new techie touches
Audiences of Blue Man Group Chicago can expect some changes with the addition of new high tech instruments and more audience interaction. The show running at The Briar Street Theatre, has only changed content three times in its three decade history. It seems, fans have always liked Blue Man Group just the way it is.... Read more »

Women of Soul celebrates legends from the past and present at Black Ensemble Theater

Women of Soul celebrates legends from the past and present at Black Ensemble Theater
What would it be like to be at a gathering with Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia  Jackson,  Whitney  Houston, Adele, Natalie  Cole,  Donna  Summer,  Etta  James, Anita  Baker, Janis  Joplin and other big names of soul? Three words come to mind–amazing, awesome & possible. Possible because  of Black Ensemble Theater’s (B.E.T.) ambitious production “Women of Soul” (With a Tribute to... Read more »

Hello Dolly! is goin' strong at Chicago's Oriental Theatre

Hello Dolly! is goin' strong at Chicago's Oriental Theatre
If you haven’t already heard, this “Hello Dolly!” starring Betty Buckley at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) is something special. There have been a lot of Dollys since Carol Channing brought the story of “Hello Dolly!”–based on Thornton Wilder’s 1954 play “The Matchmaker” (about a 19th-century widow who arranges lives for a living)–to life on... Read more »
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Tootsie rolls into Chicago for its pre-Broadway run

Tootsie rolls into Chicago for its pre-Broadway run
“Women listen to each other” …Michael Dorsey in Tootsie TOOTSIE (the musical) settles the debate once and for all.  Women really are the better sex. Just ask Dorothy Michaels (Santino Fontana who plays Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels) in the pre-Broadway run of Tootsie: The Musical  at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. As a man, Michael was calculating, obsessive,... Read more »

Sweet Charity at the Marriott Theatre has hope, faith and Charity herself

Sweet Charity at the Marriott Theatre has hope, faith and Charity herself
And she lived hopefully ever after Sweet Charity at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is the perfect showcase for choreographer Bob Fosse’s classic dance moves and playwright Neil Simon’s creative wit. The show provides a masterclass in dance and comedy sprinkled with hope via the show’s central character Charity Hope Valentine. Fosse, a native of Chicago, won eight Tony... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Week 2019: Tickets and information

Chicago Theatre Week 2019: Tickets and information
The League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, has announced the dates for Chicago Theatre Week 2019 (CTW). The annual celebration, now in its seventh year, offers value-priced tickets to some of Chicago’s most exciting theatre. This year’s Theatre Week, February 7-17, 2019, will serve as the kick off for The Year of Chicago Theatre—a... Read more »
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Vietgone at Writer's Theatre personalizes the war in Hamilton-esque fashion

Vietgone at Writer's Theatre personalizes the war in Hamilton-esque fashion
Part musical, part comedy, part drama, Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, Vietgone, now running at Writer’s Theater takes the audience on a pit-filled road trip from Saigon to Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas.   Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes, remixes history and culture creating a look at America of 1975–land of cowboys and hippies–through the lens of Vietnamese... Read more »

Anything Goes in Cole Porter's delightful musical romp through the 1930's at Music Theater Works

Anything Goes in Cole Porter's delightful musical romp through the 1930's at Music Theater Works
Nearly 100 years ago a book penned by P.G. Woodhouse and Guy Bolton was transformed into what became the runaway Broadway hit, Anything Goes–heralding a “new” age, where as the song says, Anything Goes. The original Broadway production opened in 1934 at the Alvin Theatre (now Neil Simon Theatre) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and starring Ethyl Merman belting out... Read more »

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 »
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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 »