Posts in category "Mercury Theater"

"The Color of Purple" (Mercury Theatre): Perfect Shade of Triumph Over Adversity

"The Color of Purple" (Mercury Theatre):  Perfect Shade of Triumph Over Adversity
The Mercury Theatre presents the Award-winning THE COLOR PURPLE, The Musical About Love. Years ago, I saw the movie version of Alice Walker’s novel.  My primary recollections are it starred Oprah and Whoopie and was a downer. Since the musical’s successful debut on Broadway that garnered 11 Tony Awards, I was curious about how this... Read more »

"Barnum" (Mercury Theatre): Less Circus, More Narration

"Barnum" (Mercury Theatre):  Less Circus, More Narration
Mercury Theater Chicago presents BARNUM.  P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) is a name associated with circus, specifically; the Ringling Bros’ Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Interestingly, Barnum didn’t throw his hat into the ring until age 61.  Even before he became the ringmaster, Barnum had a colorful life.  He was a showman, con artist, entrepreneur and politician.  He... Read more »

"A Grand Night for Singing" (Mercury Theatre): Something Wonderful!

"A Grand Night for Singing" (Mercury Theatre):  Something Wonderful!
#16.  Do you believe in love at first sight? Rodgers & Hammerstein did! The Mercury Theatre presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING.  This salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein features songs from their well-known classics.  Conceived by Walter Bobbie, the show cleverly sequences 27 songs from the R&H era.  Each of the songs seamlessly segues into... Read more »
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"The Christmas Schooner The Musical" (Mercury Theater): See-Worthy!

"The Christmas Schooner The Musical" (Mercury Theater):  See-Worthy!
I saw this show last year.  I knew I had to come back and bring my father.  It’s a manly musical… The Mercury Theater presents THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER A MUSICAL.  On this balmy December 1st, I spotted several Christmas trees tied to car rooftops.  Many Chicagoans utilized the nice weather to minimize the potential nasty... Read more »

EXTENDS Thru July 15th "Freud's Last Session" (Mercury Theatre): SUPER Super-Egos!

EXTENDS Thru July 15th "Freud's Last Session" (Mercury Theatre):  SUPER Super-Egos!
#65.  A few weeks ago, I stumbled on the in-flight movie, “A Dangerous Method.”   It was about the birth of psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.  The movie showed how legendary intellectuals advanced the field of science in the treatment of mental disorders. I knew the names.  I kind of knew the theories. ... Read more »

"The Christmas Schooner" (Mercury Theater): Sentimental Journey to Chicago's Past!

"The Christmas Schooner" (Mercury Theater): Sentimental Journey to Chicago's Past!
For years, my dad had a standing order for the biggest Christmas tree on the lot.  He loved to splurge on this holiday symbol.  The guys would bring dad’s tree on a flatbed and mount it in the grand room.  On Christmas, everyone would take turns commenting ‘this is the best tree yet.‘  Eventually and... Read more »
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