Tag: Alexis J. Rogers

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed

"Shrek the Musical" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Pleasure Guaranteed
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHREK THE MUSICAL. The Dreamworks beloved animated classic is waving its “Freak Flag” on Navy Pier this summer.  The atypical ogre-gets-the-girl love story makes the perfect kid theatrical outing. Chicago Shakes has abbreviated and fine-tuned the familiar tale.  The big heaps of heart and comedy are concentrated into a tight family-friendly... Read more »

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Rogers is The Lady!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Rogers is The Lady!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  The legendary Billie Holiday is in concert!  No, it’s not a return to Carnegie Hall.  It’s 1959 at a hole-in-the-wall joint in Philadelphia.  Unknown to her or her fans, the unique-sounding vocalist is making one of her final appearances.  The diva, known for her emotional, soulful... Read more »

"Crowns" (Goodman Theatre): Handpicked Hallelujah Chorus of Biblical Proportions

#141.  I love hats!  They serve as a fashion statement and cover up flawed hair.  Until the late sixties, the Catholic Church required them at mass.  So every Easter, my sisters and I would get to pick out a new outfit:  dress + hat. I focused on the hat part because there were only ever... Read more »

"The Wiz" (Theatre at the Center): Cooler Version of the Classic!

"The Wiz" (Theatre at the Center):  Cooler Version of the Classic!
Between the 1930‘s ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and 1990‘s ‘Defying Gravity,’ Dorothy gets her groove on circa1970’s!  Theater at the Center presents 7-time Tony Award winner, THE WIZ.  Based on the story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this 1975 Broadway smash is the electric slide down the yellow brick road. It was so popular Motown... Read more »

Review "Porgy & Bess": Splendid Re-Imagined Classic!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 2nd   Narrated by Joshua Volkers Court Theatre presents PORGY & BESSAt 5535 S. EllisLyrics by George and Ira Gershwin Libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Directed by Charles Newell  Music direction by Doug PeckWednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pmFridays at 8pmSaturdays at 3pm and 8pmSundays... Read more »

Review "The Old Settler": Love at First Sight!

Writers’ Theatre presents The Old Settler 325 Tudor  Glencoe, Illinois Written by John Henry Redwood Directed by Ron OJ Parson Thru March 28th Buy Tickets Running Time: Two hours and forty minutes includes a ten minute intermission   Pimp steak, swamp seed, old settler, it’s 1943 in Harlem, New York. The Borny sisters need to... Read more »