Dear John Hughes Brings the House Down

Dear John Hughes kicked off its Chicago run at the Broadway Playhouse located at Water Tower Place on Thursday night to a full house. The show could best be described as a tribute John Hughes’ high school films, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. The “For the Record” production will run through March 15. Tickets

Although Rumer Willis lends undeniable star power to the Playhouse stage in her badass portrayal of the “Basket Case” character, an essential role to all John Hughes films, the ensemble cast collectively brings the house down and delivers unique, sexy fun.

Michael Thomas Grant was spot on in his performance as the “Brain” character (Anthony Michael Hall roles). Grant’s singing was one of the most memorable elements of the show as well.

Payson Lewis was a pleasant surprise as no one expects the jock to have incredibly strong vocals. Overall, there wasn’t a weak link in the cast. Great acting, even better singing.

Chicago native Patrick Mulvey (“Mr.”) often added a unique dynamic to the show with his flawlessly funny audience interaction, which served as both a novelty and a delight through out the show.

The only noticeable flubs in the show involved stage lights that were far too bright at the start of the show and trouble with a mic or too also in the beginning. These kinks are often worked out after the first night or two.

For any John Hughes fan or fan of fine musicals, this show is a can’t miss.

Scott King is a contributing writer for the Chicago Tribune. Follow @ScottKingMedia on Twitter. 

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