Posts tagged "Oriental Theatre"

Evita (Oriental Theater): Star Power

Evita (Oriental Theater): Star Power
Reviewed by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan Evita engages the audience from the very beginning of the show with vintage newsreel footage of Eva’s funeral in 1952. Michael Grandage, the show’s director, uses this footage as a poignant reminder that Evita is based on a true story of a bright star that burned out so very quickly at... Read more »

"Big Fish" (Broadway in Chicago): Not Quite a Keeper

"Big Fish" (Broadway in Chicago):  Not Quite a Keeper
Broadway in Chicago presents the pre-Broadway World Premiere of the new musical, BIG FISH. Let’s start at the end. The last thirty minutes tenderly showcases the stories making up one man’s life.  The pre-finale is a sweet revisit of characters that Norbert Leo Butz (Ed Bloom) danced and sang with in his early years, also... Read more »

“Fela!” (Broadway In Chicago): When The Political Becomes Personal, and Vice Versa

“Fela!” (Broadway In Chicago): When The Political Becomes Personal, and Vice Versa
    Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines “I have the power to turn Nigeria upside down.” – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, “Fela!” After highly acclaimed runs in New York City, Europe, Nigeria, and around the United States, “Fela!” makes its way to Chicago for a three-week stay at The Oriental Theatre. Technically, it is described as “musical... Read more »
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"RIVERDANCE" (Broadway in Chicago): More Dancing, Please!

#54.  I’ve always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m Irish but who isn’t in March?  Chicago knows how to celebrate our Irish roots.  We dye the river green.  We throw *two* parades.  And every bar turns Irish pub for March 17th and/or the Saturday before/after.  Even as my friends get older, we still love to get... Read more »

Review "CHICAGO": Electrifying Crosstown Classic!

Review "CHICAGO": Electrifying Crosstown Classic!
Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Broadway in Chicago presents CHICAGO Reviewed by Katy Walsh Al Capone, John Dillinger, Drew Peterson, Rod Blagojevich, colorful Chicagoans have always captured the media’s attention.  The Windy City’s reputation for corruption and ‘getting away with murder’ is legendary. ... Read more »