By Barry Reszel This fair megalopolis’ musical theatre patrons feeling that warm breeze emanating from Lincolnshire might be fooled into believing spring is here to stay—perhaps with summer quickly on its heels. All can hope. But more likely, that felt heat is coming from Marriott Theatre’s eight-times-a-week torch passing, scheduled to go on through early
The musical theatre reviews featured here are written by reviewers, not critics. These impressions and opinions are from individuals passionate about musical theatre and represent, in most cases, one observation of one performance. The primary purpose in publishing reviews is to help patrons decide whether a production is a good use of their time and entertainment budget. Our reviewers are also encouraged to creatively shine a light on particularly good work done onstage and backstage, understanding that successful productions happen because of the work of many. Finally, ChicagolandMusicalTheatre's reviewers are asked to walk into a show expecting enjoyable entertainment—because that's the mindset of patrons who buy tickets to professional theatre.
By Colin Douglas If theatergoers are looking for high art, they should probably search elsewhere. Filled with camp comedy, come-hither characters and sexy setups, Broadway in Chicago’s Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble is based on Kumble’s own popular 1999 movie. In fact, the musical replicates the hit
And the music—Oh, What a Night! Every song is wonderful. Each inspires the audience to bop their heads, shake their shoulders, tap their toes, snap their fingers and even sing along.
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s latest production heralds that love is the root of human perseverance.
Missy Wise is that electricity…. She sings like an absolute dream, at turns as dry as whisky, as gentle as a lullaby, or throbbing with unfathomable grief. Even when she’s off-stage, you want her back.