By Barry Reszel Lyric Opera of Chicago takes patrons on an epic carnival ride this Spring with a resplendent production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel that evokes fears and thrills of a roller coaster far more than that of any mere merry-go-round. This darkest entry of the R&H canon, the vaunted composer/lyricist duo’s second musical
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By Betsy Wolfe Roll out the red carpet at the the Royal George Theatre. Chicago’s sold out debut of Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara began what’s sure to be a triumphant open-ended run. Written by Hollywood luminary Taylor Hackford, Vanessa Stewart (who also plays Keely Smith) and Jake Broder, this musical play brings
By Erika Brown Thomas No matter how many times it has been done or redone, there is something about love, betrayal and the opportunity for murder that seduces audiences to watch show after show featuring the same plot. Boy meets girl meets boy: and thus was the love triangle of Bailiwick Chicago’s Murder Ballad and
By Barry Reszel A revolutionary staging of arguably the greatest musical ever written awaits patrons who trek to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre for its fabulous production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg‘s Les Misérables. Opening night’s audience audibly gasped at its first look at the masterful, stark, three-story, spiral-staired set, literally “turning, turning, turning” through the
By Colin Douglas The sad state of the economy and how unemployment impacts the life of the average Joe provides the conflict in many recent stories. Whether set in Sheffield, England, where the original film, The Full Monty, takes place, or Buffalo, NY, the setting for the 2000 musical version of this show, joblessness not