Posts tagged "Bill Morey"

EXTEND Thru Sept 1st "A Cole Porter Songbook" (Theo Ubique): De-Lovely!

EXTEND Thru Sept 1st "A Cole Porter Songbook" (Theo Ubique):  De-Lovely!
The evening starts with the low smoldering of the bass.   After a few moments, finger snapping adds a little mystery and rhythm to the sound.  Then, the company arrives one by one to drawl out “Too Darn Hot.”  The song goes from sexy complaint to tap-dancing, girl-twirling, big-bold spectacle.  Cole Porter is in the house.  Theo Ubique Cabaret... 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 »

EXTENDED Thru August 4th "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (SJCCHICAGO): It's back and still smoking hot!

EXTENDED Thru August 4th "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (SJCCHICAGO):  It's back and still smoking hot!
SJCChicago presents the return of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ. In the 1950’s, the musical writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller began their songwriting chapter in rock and roll history.  Leiber was the lyricist.  Stoller was the composer.  Together, they used their passion for rhythm and blues to influence... Read more »
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"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 »

EXTENDED Thru July 8th"Pride and Prejudice" (Lifeline Theatre): I Fell Hard for This Show!

EXTENDED Thru July 8th"Pride and Prejudice" (Lifeline Theatre):  I Fell Hard for This Show!
#96.  In the olden days, before internet Kardashians and Brangelinas, people amused themselves speculating about their neighbors.  They would judge the townsfolk’s actions, motives and prospects.  Pre-reality shows, people’s antics were still exploited for the entertainment of the bored.  It was just closer to home. Lifeline Theatre presents an adaptation of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND... Read more »

"The Light in the Piazza" (Theo Ubique): Shines Despite Murky Plot

"The Light in the Piazza" (Theo Ubique):  Shines Despite Murky Plot
#81.  I saw the pre-Broadway run of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA in 2004 at the Goodman Theatre.  I didn’t love it.  The  two lovers frequently broke into a love song that had ‘la-la-la-la-la-la-la‘ as the lyrics.  And it sounded suspiciously like “Miss Saigon’s” solo saxophone song.  But my real issue was with the love... Read more »
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"Clutter" (MadKap Productions): Visual Filthy Ick and Sweet Brotherly Shtick!

#12.  I’m an obsessive compulsive minimalist.  I don’t like clutter!  I have no collections.  I discard junk with a garbage sensibility.  My friends and family don’t strive for the same un-adornment.  Usually, their daily life choices don’t effect me. But, their true hoarding nature becomes troublesome when I’m helping them move.  I threw out seven... Read more »

Review "Departure Lounge": First Class Boy Band Airport Hi-Jinx!

Bailiwick Chicago presents DEPARTURE LOUNGEAt Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. HalstedWritten by Dougal Irvine (Book, Music, Lyrics)Directed by Tom MullenMusical direction by Kevin MayesThursdays through Saturdays at 8pmSaturdays at 3pm, Sundays at 7pmThru December 12th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  85 minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Vacation is over.  Passport verified. Security check... Read more »