By Barry Reszel If most can agree the definition of “lite” is a product containing less of an ingredient than another product of its same kind, then this moniker is fair: Peter and the Startcatcher is musical theatre lite. Fans of this site might find that a tad disappointing. But make no mistake, Drury Lane
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 Erin Fleming Men under the age of 25 have never been the target demographic for musical theater, (at least not until the success of The Book of Mormon), so it was really no surprise when Nick Blaemire and James Gradiner‘s rock-infused musical Glory Days about four friends reuniting one year after high school did
By Barry Reszel Once more, Chicagoland musical theatre patrons are given the honor of an invitation to sit on the launching pad of a world premiere musical with a legitimate shot to reach the industry’s highest heights. Recent such offerings have included eventual Best Musical Tony winner Kinky Boots, Sting’s The Last Ship, current Broadway
By Erin Fleming Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is designed as a sweet and sultry love letter to fans of the 1987 hit film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and it totally delivers. Those movie fans who who find they can’t pass up watching it anytime they find it on a cable
By Colin Douglas “In the beginning there was nothing. And it was boring.” So begins Stanley in the Name of Love, an original, madcap musical that explores a futuristic environment filled with desolation and loneliness. Suddenly bright lights flood the stage as a pulsating musical score gets the show on the road. Three garish Guardian