Posts tagged "Brenda Didier"

"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 »

"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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"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 »

"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 »

"Re-Spiced" (Silk Road Rising): Hybrid Built to Go the Distance!

"Re-Spiced" (Silk Road Rising):  Hybrid Built to Go the Distance!
They’re called Bui-Doi.  The dust of life,  Conceived in hell,  And born in strife. They are the living reminders Of all the good we failed to do.  That’s why we know Deep in our hearts  That they are all  Our children too.                                ... Read more »
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"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 »

"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 »

EXTENDED Thru Feb 20th! Review "CATS": Purrfectly Whimsicalico fur-BALL!

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents CATSAt No Exit Café, 6970 N. GlenwoodComposed by Andrew Lloyd WeberBased on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”Music directed by Ethan DeppeDirected by Brenda Didier Thursdays at 7:30pm (optional dinner at 6pm)Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (optional dinner at 6:30 pm)Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (optional dinner at... Read more »
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Review "Chess": Intriguing Story, Talented Singers, Sluggish Pace...Stalemate!

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre                                    In association with Michael James presents Chess Book by Richard Nelson Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus Lyrics by Tim Rice Musical direction by Ryan Brewster Directed by Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier Thru April 25th Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two hours and fifty minutes includes a fifteen minute... Read more »