I get the woods metaphor for life, the characters’ representations of sundry people and challenges we all meet, the connections to our childhood stories and fears… I hear my professional musical theatre friends positively gush over their castings (or cry over their “thanks…next”s) for the chance to ascend this professional Everest of Sondheim’s complex score and witty, overlapping lyrics.
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.
With a cast of more than 40, the ensemble and resident cathedral choir pack a powerful vocal punch. These complex choral harmonies are not often heard on the musical theatre stage and these singers are incredible. The core of tone and great balance of harmonies, send musical thrills over and over.
But the true star of the show might be choreographer Sheena Laird, recreating the reality-breaking fights to break the audience with laughter – seriously, the creativity behind staging the groundbreaking special effects as a tongue-in-cheek, zero-budget blackbox approach is worth the price of admission alone.
When the chips are down, humanity shows its true face—in Come From Away, it’s an altruistic hand outstretched.
If the tunes don’t set your feet a-tapping, if the beat doesn’t set your body bending and bopping, you’d better check your pulse: You might be dead!