Tag: Broadway in Chicago

Derrick Davis Brings Intensity and Diversity to Phantom of the Opera

When I got the call that Derrick Davis was returning to Chicago as the star of Phantom of the Opera and I couldn’t wait to have a conversation with him.  When he was here earlier, I was so impressed with his performance and couldn’t help but wonder what it was like play the iconic figure. ... Read more »

CATS Is More Than A Lot of Fur and Purring

There are several stage productions that I love so much I will see over, and over again.  I saw THE WIZ thirty-five times; PIPPIN – fifteen times; STARLIGHT EXPRESS – ten times; A CHORUS LINE– twelve times; RENT – thirteen times; and CATS – fifteen times. Yes, I also have the soundtracks to each which... Read more »

A Conversation with Breanna Marie Bell – Lead Actress in the National Touring Company of A BRONX TALE

Breanna, for my readers who may not have a clue about A Bronx Tale, would you give us a synopsis of what the play is about? Breanna Marie:  Yeah, the story is based in the Bronx in like the 1960s, 1950s.  It’s about a young man, Italian boy; he’s in high school.  Basically, maneuvering between... Read more »
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"DEAR EVAN HANSEN", Is An Emotional Awakening

I was invited to the opening night performance of the first national touring production of Dear Evan Hansen.  Even though the Broadway production won the 2017 Best Musical Tony Award, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to see and I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what I... Read more »

TOOTSIE IS A HIT!

The Comedy Musical TOOTSIE is headed to Broadway and I’m here to say it is a hit. When I saw that TOOTSIE was being made in to a musical I took a deep breath, let out a sigh, and thought, “Okay another remake from a movie that won’t capture the spirit of the original form.” ... Read more »

A Conversation with Pretty Woman’s Kingsley Leggs

Roy Oberison introduced us to the song of Pretty Woman back in 1965. In 1990, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere starred in the movie by the same name.  A film that I watch every time it comes on television, it’s so romantic.  I never thought it would come to the stage but it has.  I... Read more »
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WICKED IS WICKEDLY WONDERFUL

WICKED  is one my favorite shows and I have seen several productions.  In my opinion none could stand up to the production I saw in New York on Broadway starring Kristen Chenoweth as Glinda and Idina Menzel as Elphaba.  I was sure that no one would be able to do it better…until now.  The Broadway... Read more »

HAMILTON’s Education Program Has Made History Come Alive

Back in the dark ages when I was in high school history books were big worn pages of words taught in a strict cadence by one of the oldest teachers in the school.  I don’t remember Alexander Hamilton’s name even coming up. The HAMILTON Education Program Chicago invited me to the PrivateBank Theatre to witness... Read more »

The Illusionist – Live From Broadway is more than an Illusion

Last evening I was in the audience of The Illusionist – Live From Broadway production that is showing at the Oriental Theatre.   I didn’t see the show when it came to Chicago a few years ago so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I had a really good time laughing, eyes wide in wonder, and... Read more »
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THE BODYGUARD is a True Tribute to Whitney Houston

Most of us are very familiar with Whitney Houston’s breakout movie The Bodyguard which also starred Kevin Costner.  The songs were phenomenal and rose to number one on the charts. The film has been adapted for stage by Alexander Dinelaris and is now playing at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Superstar Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox)... Read more »