State Street (City Lit Theatre): Intersection of Cute and Ordinary

State Street (City Lit Theatre):  Intersection of Cute and Ordinary

#125. In the 1800‘s, my ancestors migrated from Ireland to Chicago.  They chose it to be their hometown.  In the 1900’s, I chose it to be my hometown.  History and folklore of all- things-Chicago interest me.   So, a new musical about my hometown directed by Second City’s legendary Sheldon Patinkin?  Yes, please!

City Lit Theatre presents the world premiere musical comedy State Street. It’s Chicago,1871.  Names like Marshall Fields, Palmer, and Drake aren’t just buildings.  They are men defining Chicago’s history.  These well-known institutions join infamous characters in Chicago’s past, like; tavern owner Mickey Finn, crime boss Mike McDonald, and madam “Gentle Annie” Stafford.  One day, Uranus H. Crosby and Jenny Comstock arrive in town.  Crosby is a con artist.  Jenny is an orphan.  They both want something from Chicago.  Crosby wants a million dollars.  Jenny wants a home.  Just when their dreams are coming true, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow changes everything.  State Street is “Music Man” meets “Best Little Whorehouse” at Second City.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat. 

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