Posts tagged "L. Walter Stearns"

"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 »

Off Book Chats Up Strawdog and Mercury Theatre

Off Book Chats Up Strawdog and Mercury Theatre
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Strawdog Theatre’s KILL SHAKESPEARE.  Our special guest is L. Walter Stearns from Mercury Theatre. This March 22nd episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                   Shot word of the day:  circus Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s Martini Bar for our fundraiser. No admission costs! ... 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 »

"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 »

Review "Sunday Afternoon in the Park with George": A Few Dots Short of a Masterpiece

Porchlight Music Theatre presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGEAt Stage 773, 1225 W. BelmontMusic and lyrics by Stephen SondheimBook by James LapineDirected by L. Walter StearnsMusical direction by Eugene DizonThru October 31stBuy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours and fifteen minutes includes a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh If this painting could talk… wait! ... Read more »
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