Category: Broadway In Chicago

"War Horse" (Broadway in Chicago): Touching, inspiring and enchantingly entertaining

"War Horse" (Broadway in Chicago):  Touching, inspiring and enchantingly entertaining
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel It was impossible to imagine how Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel, War Horse, and Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same, was ever going to translate to a live stage.  PETA activists aside, live horses as main characters on a stage in a theater would be an impossible feat.  When the fact... Read more »

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Xmas!" (Broadway in Chicago): Holiday Heart-Burster!

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Xmas!" (Broadway in Chicago):  Holiday Heart-Burster!
“Who likes Christmas?  The Who’s like Christmas!”  Me too! Broadway in Chicago presents Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.  Whoville is getting the town ready for its favorite holiday. Everyone from gramps to Cindy-Lou Who is ready to hold hands and sing “Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas! Come this... Read more »

"Potted Potter" (Broadway in Chicago): More Madcap than Magical!

"Potted Potter" (Broadway in Chicago): More Madcap than Magical!
#225.  Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions presents Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff. Harry Potter is a kid wizard.  He goes to Hogwarts School.  He plays Quidditch. His destiny is to battle an evil sorcerer named Voldemort.  His schoolmaster, Dumbledore provides guidance.  His friends, Hermione and Ron help too. These are the... Read more »
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"Sister Act" (Broadway in Chicago): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining!

"Sister Act" (Broadway in Chicago):  Charming and Radiantly Entertaining!
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel It is hard to believe that the original Sister Act movie was released over TWENTY years ago!  Sister Act, the Musical, not only incorporates that original story line but interjects a fond and nostalgic feel of that long gone disco era.  With a comfortably familiar story line, Sister Act, the Musical... Read more »

"Kinky Boots" (Broadway in Chicago): A Heel of a Good Time

"Kinky Boots" (Broadway in Chicago):  A Heel of a Good Time
Reviewed by Richard Malone “Kinky Boots”, which is in it’s pre-Broadway run in Chicago, is a smash!  Or maybe it’s more like “Smash”.  There are some fun musical numbers, characters to root for, maybe a character we could see less of, and with a little tweaking, it could be great!.  Inspired by the 2005 movie of the same name and mixing elements of “Billy Elliot”, “Priscilla Queen of... Read more »

"I Love Lucy" Love on Stage (Broadway in Chicago): 50s Comedy Flashback

"I Love Lucy" Love on Stage (Broadway in Chicago):   50s Comedy Flashback
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel “Why is I Love Lucy the most successful show of all time… it’s because the principles are timeless including comedy, laughter, love and friendship. There’s something inside of them that’s inside of all of us.”–Desi Arnaz, Jr. I grew up watching “I Love Lucy reruns,” and I am still watching them. On any... Read more »
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“Stuffed and Unstrung” (Broadway in Chicago):Who are the Puppets in Your Neighborhood?

“Stuffed and Unstrung” (Broadway in Chicago):Who are the Puppets in Your Neighborhood?
Reviewed by Richard Malone There is really not much to say about a show that combines improvisation and puppets and adult humor that I didn’t just say in the first part of this sentence.  “Stuffed and Unstrung” bills itself as two shows in one.  You get the puppet show taking place above the actors’ heads (which is... Read more »

"CATS" (Broadway in Chicago): Les Mouserables

"CATS" (Broadway in Chicago):  Les Mouserables
Reviewed by Richard Malone The reviewing of “CATS” is a difficult matter.  If you aren’t familiar with this musical, it is sort of Andrew Lloyd Webber version of “Animal Kingdom” revolving around an annual conflagration cats, the Jellicles, at their annual ball.  Old Deuteronomy (Nathan Morgan) is the respected, wise old leader, and each year,... Read more »

"The Jersey Boys" (Broadway in Chicago): I Can’t Take My Ears Off You

"The Jersey Boys" (Broadway in Chicago):  I Can’t Take My Ears Off You
Reviewed by Richard Malone Hearing a song from when you were a certain age can take you back in time.  The Jersey Boys, now in its return engagement after a two-plus-year run in Chicago ending in 2010, sends the audience on a boomer nostalgia trip.  It’s a musical about The Four Seasons—a boy band from... Read more »
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“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 »