By Colin Douglas For fans of Musical Theatre’s Golden Age, a rare opportunity has arrived this summer to experience an exquisite production from that era. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1949 classic, South Pacific, is lovingly recreated by Evanston’s Light Opera Works with all its original grandeur and romance. The musical first premiered on Broadway, starring a
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 Betsy Wolfe Since 1984, 155 billion spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show. The company is concurrently running 19 different shows that perform as touring arenas, touring big-tops, residential and resort shows in Canada, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia…and in the USA: Walt Disney World and eight separate casino resorts
By Colin Douglas In Pride Films and Plays’ biggest, splashiest production to date, Director David Zak and Musical Director Robert Ollis have teamed up to present the sparkling 2003 biographical Broadway spectacular, Boy From Oz, that recounts the journey to success of Australian performer/songwriter Peter Allen. Essentially a jukebox musical featuring the best of Allen’s
By Barry Reszel Everything has its season. Everything has its time. For Chicagoland patrons, the season is summer and the time is now to see the extraordinary touring production of 2013’s Tony-winning Best Musical Revival, Pippin. Because this is not a mere show; it’s a spectacular. Wrapped in a circus theme and punctuated by outstanding
By Erin Fleming Kiss my lips. She did. Kiss my lips again she did. Kiss my lips over and over and over again she did How is it, how is it, as it is, that all the straight men over the years, all the men the men loving women, the women-loving men writers, poets, playwrights,