By Ian Rigg “What is Christmas without a Christmas tree?” the charming characters of The Christmas Schooner query. They come to learn, as the Grinch came to learn and Ebeneezer Scrooge came to learn and characters of other great holiday classics came to learn: It is never just about the tree; it’s about what the
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 Barry Reszel When one decides to add “The Musical” to the title of an iconic, beloved holiday film in order to infuse it with the added dimensions of live song and dance, audiences beg for them heed this advice: “Don’t fudge it up.” Only, the advice givers don’t say “fudge.” Luckily for Chicagoland musical
By Patrick O’Brien Flagpole. Fra-gee-lay. And just so there’s no doubt: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” A Christmas Story is the little cult movie that could. A fine if unexceptional release back in 1983 could not in any way have foreshadowed 24-hour cable TV marathons; a Broadway musical; a museum; healthy niche markets in leg
By Patrick O’Brien Christmas entertainments are really, really tricky things, if only because of the many traps that crop up through their seasonal familiarity. This is doubly so–perhaps triply–for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Published in 1843, it was the story that launched Dickens into the pantheon of Great Writers, both critically and popularly. It
By Erika Brown Thomas Energy was high in Lincolnshire for the Saturday morning opening of Seussical, as seats filled with an audience consisting mostly of patrons under the age of 10. These contemporary Dr. Seuss fans were heard exclaiming throughout the house as they recognized larger-than-life-sized versions of well-loved books pre-set on the stage while