Posts in category "Theater in Chicago"

2016 Guide to Holiday Theater in Chicago from traditional to irreverent

2016 Guide to Holiday Theater in Chicago from traditional to irreverent
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Chicago rolls out their holiday theater offerings. Chicago theater-goers are fortunate to have a huge roster of shows from which to choose with more than 250 theaters throughout the Chicagoland area–offering a rich and varied theater community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned... Read more »

King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: To see or not to see

King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: To see or not to see
The compelling comedy-drama King Charles III, that opened Wednesday at Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers an insightful look at what might happen–when and if–Charles, Prince of Wales, becomes king. The prince, who turned 68 on November 14, 2016, has been a-prince-in-waiting for a very long time. In real life, while waiting, Prince Charles has pursued many... Read more »

Hamilton review: A show that lives up to its hype

Hamilton review: A show that lives up to its hype
My name is Alexander Hamilton And there’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait, just you wait… Alexander Hamilton, perhaps the least known of our country’s founding fathers*–known by many only as the dude on the ten dollar bill, who died over 200 years ago–has been causing near hysteria across the country... Read more »
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Light Opera Works offers an uplifting evening of Jule Styne hits

Light Opera Works offers an uplifting evening of Jule Styne hits
The music of Jule Styne (December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994), perhaps one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters of the 20th century, is being showcased by Light Opera Works (LOW) in a delightful fast-paced review of his greatest hits at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston now through October 16. Oldies but... Read more »

Chicago Fall Theater: 10 shows to see beyond Hamilton

If you can’t get or afford tickets to Hamilton. Don’t despair. Chicago, in our opinion (and not just ours), has some to the best theatre in the country. Here are ten fine production from quality Chicago Theaters in no particular order (as different shows will appeal to different tastes) that we recommend. 1. Julius Caesar... Read more »

Review: How to Succeed in Business at the Marriott Theatre

Review: How to Succeed in Business at the Marriott Theatre
The Marriott Theatre revival of the 1960s Broadway hit “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” based on the 1952 book by Shepherd Mead with book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert and Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser shows just how much things have changed since the 1960’s but in other ways... Read more »
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Mame at Light Opera Works: Live! Live! Live!

Mame at Light Opera Works: Live! Live! Live!
The famous line from Mame, “Live! Live! Live! Life is a Banquet and Most People are starving to death,” pretty much sums up the spirit of Jerry Herman’s 1966 Broadway classic MAME remounted Saturday night at Light Opera Works (LOW) in Evanston. The story takes place in Manhattan in the “roaring ’20’s” with spunky socialite... Read more »

Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert brings out the stars

Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert brings out the stars
The highly anticipated Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park showcasing music, stars and dance performances from some of Broadway’s hottest shows will take place Monday, August 15 at 6:15 pm. Just added to the already announced star-studded line-up is STEPHEN TRASK, composer and lyricist of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and cast members from Rodgers... Read more »

Newsies the musical: Extra, extra read all about it

Newsies the musical: Extra, extra read all about it
Disney’s Newsies, the musical based on the true tale of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who sticks it to the man is in Chicago for a short run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (now through August 7). The ‘man” actually is two men, the powerful nineteenth century publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst who... Read more »
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Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole mark the battle lines in War Paint `

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole mark the battle lines in War Paint `
“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones,” Helena Rubinstein The audaciously named “War Paint,” Goodman Theatre’s world premiere production, pits mid 20th-century cosmetic giants Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) in a decades long competition for top dog in the beauty biz. Not unlike the “war paint” historically used by North American... Read more »