Posts in category "Porchlight Theatre"

"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Octuple Mayhem

"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Octuple Mayhem
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of DOUBLE TROUBLE. The Waltons meet the Aguilars in this zany musical about brotherly love.  Brothers Bob Walton and Jim Walton wrote the book, lyrics, and music for this lampoon about two brothers breaking into 1941 Hollywoodland.  The fictional brothers are a lyricist and a composer.  They are... Read more »

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre): McMonagle Bewitches!

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  McMonagle Bewitches!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents PAL JOEY.  Porchlight secured the rights to the 1940 original version of this Broadway musical play.  So, Chicago has the opportunity for the first-time ever to hear the full compilation of songs, including the restored number “I’m Talking to My Pal” that was cut before the premiere opening night.  Of course,... Read more »

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Rogers is The Lady!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Rogers is The Lady!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  The legendary Billie Holiday is in concert!  No, it’s not a return to Carnegie Hall.  It’s 1959 at a hole-in-the-wall joint in Philadelphia.  Unknown to her or her fans, the unique-sounding vocalist is making one of her final appearances.  The diva, known for her emotional, soulful... Read more »
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"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Light-hearted Holiday Romp

"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Light-hearted Holiday Romp
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of the musical THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI.  A young married couple financially struggle in 1905 New York.  To ensure their spouse has a wonderful Christmas, they each make a sacrifice.  She sells her hair to buy a watch chain.  He sells his watch to buy barrettes. Meanwhile,... Read more »

"A Class Act" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Glorious Resurrection of Ed Kleban

"A Class Act" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Glorious Resurrection of Ed Kleban
#174.  Writers have all these words swirling around in our heads.  Our ongoing quest is to get them on paper in the correct sequential order.  Doesn’t happen always this. And that makes us crazy.  Because we have this intention of a legacy of masterpieces, we are often tortured by the voices of the un-actualized stories... Read more »

tick, tick...BOOM! (Porchlight Theatre): Magnetic Aguilar Nonstop Dream Chaser

30!  It’s a big one.  It’s ten years out from being a teenager.  And there is a certain expectation that by the age of 30, career, marriage, finances should be established or stabilized or at least a focus.  That’s why, when I turned 30, I freaked out and moved from Indiana to Chicago without a... Read more »
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"Best Musical! A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy (Porchlight Theatre): Like "Smash" but Smushed and Live!

#55.  I love the flash mob craze.  I want life to burst out into spontaneous dancing.  Or singing!  I think work meetings, bus rides, and grocery shopping could use a little perky tune to jazz up the mundane.  Life just sounds better with music. Porchlight Music Theatre presents Best Musical! A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy.  Second City... Read more »

"A Catered Affair" (Porchlight Theatre): Mother of the Bride Captivates!

"A Catered Affair" (Porchlight Theatre):  Mother of the Bride Captivates!
#40.  Weddings are a lot of work.  Multiple variables can ruin the whole thing.  Wedding coordinators are hired to deal with the mundane and unexpected.  Their role is to keep it beautiful and special, no matter what. If they are good at their job, no one ever even knows there was an unpleasant moment. Unfortunately, marriages... Read more »

"Putting It Together" (Porchlight Music Theatre): It = Brilliant!

Me: Look, Alex Weisman.  Theatre Bob: Yep, he’s in the show.  Me: Which show?  Theatre Bob: This one. Me: What? Having never seen Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together, I thought Alex Weismanwas Porchlight’s special guest making the obligatory cell phone announcement. He unassumingly meanders on stage and hilariously kicks off the show with a sequence from The Frogs. During... Read more »
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Review "Meet John Doe": Charming, Lyrical Tale of Manipulation

Porchlight Theatre presents MEET JOHN DOE At Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Reviewed by Katy Walsh Porchlight Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of “Meet John Doe,” a musical based on the Frank Capra film. During the Great Depression, a columnist saves her job by creating a news story. Her fake suicidal man garners the city’s... Read more »