By Colin Douglas Traditions, those legends, customs and beliefs handed down from generation to generation, provide the foundation for The Christmas Schooner, a beautifully written historical musical that has itself become a Mercury Theater and Chicago holiday tradition. The show particularly focuses on Christmas traditions cherished by German immigrants living in the Midwest during the
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By Christina Lynn Reszel Heartfelt and full of love, Mary Poppins at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is a wonderful way to begin or continue the holiday season. From the moment the orchestra begins its overture, a warm feeling fills the stomachs of the audience members. It is clear something wonderful is about to happen… And it
By Barry Reszel Imagine an intimate, near-private honky-tonk, 50 seats or so, where patrons come first for a bite to eat and a drink before the evening’s entertainment begins. The waitress looks vaguely familiar, causing a momentary wracking of the brain until the realization hits: she’s a dead ringer for long-gone country music icon Patsy
By Barry Reszel Fictional metal band Däisy Cüter rocking out Twisted Sister’s holiday mashup “We’re Not Gonna Take It/Oh Come All Ye Faithful” midway through Dee Snider‘s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale might just be the greatest simultaneous, euphemistic flipping off of all time. Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey? Burl Ives’ Sam the Snowman? F-you! And
By Erika Brown Thomas Since its Broadway debut in 1977, Annie, has been a favorite musical of families around the world. Broadway in Chicago’s current production of the non-Equity national tour is no exception to the long line of beloved theatrical performances of this cherished classic. From the moment the overture begins, under the excellent