Category: Theatre Reviews


The Light Opera works production of Fiddler on The Roof opened this weekend and will play through the  24th at Cahn Auditorium. It would seem to me that everybody in the world has seen this masterpiece by now, yet we have a new generation of theatre goers who have a treat in store. If you saw... Read more »

Brigadoon at the Goodman. Put it on your "must see" list

  It’s been some time since I walked up the aisle with the melodies I had just heard from a stage musical in my mind, never to be forgotten.The Goodman Theatre’s spirited revisionist revival of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon has brought back one of the theatre’s most memorable scores, familiar of course to those of us who... Read more »

"The Last Ship" - Get ready New York. A hit is on the way.

    The Last Ship wraps its emotional arm around you from the first note and never let’s go. The new musical from 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting is having its tryout at The Bank of America Theatre before opening at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre in October. Inspired by his own childhood experiences growing up in a... Read more »

Rousing new production of "Damn Yankees"

There’s a rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining revival of the 1955 musical Damn Yankees at Evanston’s Cahn Auditorium, but it’s playing only through next Sunday, June 15th. If your looking for a night out that will guarantee a good time, try to see it. Light Opera Works has pulled out all the stops with a 28 piece orchestra, a... Read more »

Theatre update

                      For my Chicago readers: Buyer & Cellar, one of most enlightening, entertaining and funny shows you’ll ever see is in its final weeks at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. This is the first stop on its national tour with the original star, Michael... Read more »

The White Snake - big, bold, beautiful theatre

I don’t think the word small is in Mary Zimmerman’s vocabulary. The legendary theatre writer/director fills her productions with rainbows of color, staging that dazzles the eye, elaborate choreography and music to set the mood. All these elements are present in her adaptation of a nearly 2,000 year old Chinese fable, The White Snake, playing now at... Read more »

Jack Lemmon's son remembers his dad

Jack Lemmon's son remembers his dad
Hershey Felder has put together a warm, loving remembrance of actor Jack Lemmon and who better to play the featured role than his son Chris. To begin the show young Lemmon tells the audience at the Royal George Theatre that for the next 90 minutes or so, they will hear only the voice of a man that he loved and considered... Read more »

Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious new show in Chicago

I can’t remember when I’ve laughed as hard and for so long as I did while enjoying Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar, a hilarious evening of imaginative entertainment at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse.  We have become a nation that worships the celebrity and this play by Jonathan Tolins strikes a chord that resonates for the... Read more »

Motown The Musical is a winner.

You don’t have to be a fan of sixties pop music to enjoy Motown The Musical, the exuberant, lively new show at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre through August 9th. Lovers of the “Motown sound” will be in seventh heaven while newcomers will probably be hooked even before the end of Act I. The show starts off at such... Read more »

A glorius new production of The Sound of Music by the Lyric Opera

If all you’ve seen is the movie The Sound of Music, you don’t know what Rodgers and Hammerstein really had in mind when their musical was first produced on Broadway in 1959. Well, now you can in a glorious new production by Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Seldom are we treated to a pit orchestra of 37 musicians, a 25 member choral ensemble,... Read more »