By Erin Fleming They’re a pair, they go together. Blood Brothers, Willy Russell’s heartbreakingly tragic musical about the death of twins separated at birth, rose like one of its titular characters from humble beginnings to highbrow success.. Known for his depiction of strong, struggling, working-class women (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine), Russell originally wrote and presented
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 Spinning an irresistible, spellbinding tale of revenge and romance, nestled inside a world of surprise and spectacle, co-directors Aaron Posner and Teller (of the famed magic duo of Penn & Teller) have created a Shakespearean production of The Tempest unlike any other. Chicago Shakespeare Theatre opens its new season, not just with
By Betsy Wolfe There’s a good reason the Paramount Theatre in Aurora recently garnered the highest number of Jeff nominations – 16 total in just their first year of eligibility. In accessible downtown Aurora, next to a picturesque riverfront and well-maintained downtown, the historic 1,888 seat venue is beautiful and inviting. Patrons gain a sense
By Jori Waldron Just over the border in Indiana (literally exit 1) sits Theater at the Center, a lovely facility which includes a beautiful banquet hall in addition to the 200-plus seat theater with a thrust stage. TATC’s current production of Spamalot is worth whatever extra time it may take to get there. Spamalot first
By Erika Brown Thomas The tragedy of isolation, being on the outside, or being shunned is one that most everyone fears. Whether as a young teenager, mid-aged widower or elderly senior citizen, we all experience the worry of living a life alone and unloved. Somehow, Porchlight Theatre’s production of Side Show taps into this fear,