By Barry Reszel Would you rather be nine people’s favorite thing or 100 people’s ninth favorite thing? It’s the guiding question and best song in [title of show], the musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical, playing weekends through Feb. 21 at Open Door Rep in Oak Park. And
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 Ian Rigg Four months ago, I was broken up with. Our three-year relationship ended seemingly out of the blue, with torrential tears on both ends. It was agony. It still is. I found solace in my headphones. I was searching through my discography for comfort, for healing, for answers, for why. I relied heavily
By Colin Douglas Theatergoers often complain that there are no new shows anymore. Now that may be a slight exaggeration, but certainly a valid criticism when it feels like almost every musical is either based on a popular film or a revival of an already successful theatre classic. But there’s great news for audiences searching
By Barry Reszel Perhaps it’s the love for Ariana Burks (Little Inez) among her fellow cast, crew and artistic team members seen at the after-party on press night. Maybe it’s the raw recollection of the Laquan McDonald videotape. (See it here.) It could be the powerful, guttural richness of E. Faye Butler as Motormouth Maybelle
By Barry Reszel Like a comfortable mug of hot chocolate soothing Chicagoland’s winter chill, Drury Lane Theatre’s slice of Americana that is Bye Bye Birdie offers musical theatre patrons a lovely two-hour time travel escape to an easier era gone by. Director/Choreographer Tammy Mader‘s fine assemblage of talent easily sings, struts and swings its way