By Colin Douglas Director Fred Anzevino has once again put his own distinctive, Theo Ubique touch on a musical that’s often produced as a big, sprawling, over-the-top extravaganza. Not this time around, thank you very much. Jesus Christ Superstar , the 1970 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera, that began as a concept album before
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 Colin Douglas With the phenomenal success of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s cleverly written, irreverent and infectious musical comedy, The Book of Mormon, (now appearing in Chicago) it was inevitable that someone would eventually write a parody of this mega popular Broadway show. Leo Schwartz, a Jeff Award-winning composer for his 2013
By Jori Waldron Remember back when people had parties in their parents’ basements and someone would tell jokes and a couple friends thought they were in love then someone else found an instrument and began to play? The Quest Theater Project’s production of By Special reQuest—A Musical Revue feels a bit like that. The theatre
By Betsy Wolfe With Broadway shows consisting mainly of revivals or productions based on movies and television, the world premiere of Quest Theatre Ensemble’s family musical Tomato Queen brings a welcome and fresh story to the stage. In fact, Quest has a history of introducing new material since being founded in 2002 by Jason Bowen,
By Barry Reszel A strong premiere production of millennial musical Next Thing You Know puts the new, city-based Refuge Theatre Project squarely in play for Chicagoland musical theatre patrons’ attention and affection. Refuge, founded this year by Ross Egan, Morgan Glynn Briggs, Michael Evans and Casey Shipman, takes on the mission of utilizing “the appeal