By Barry Reszel With this summer’s Chicagoland musical theatre scene offering patrons an embarrassment of riches from which to choose, aficionados of Broadway-styled big production dance ought to head south, as in Munster, Ind. south, for the best regional company dance show in town. Theatre at the Center’s production of Joe DiPietro‘s campy nod to
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 Jackie Taylor’s wonderful, effervescent Black Ensemble Theater, always a joyous gift to Chicago, is back doing what it does best. The company’s generous founder and CEO has tapped into the many talents of Daryl Brooks, allowing him to create and direct a show that praises and illuminates the considerable talent of dozens
By Barry Reszel Too often, shows marketed to young audiences and families with children are dismissed by “critics” as mere necessary stage introductions to those who (pretty please!) grow up to study Shakespeare, simultaneously eschewing the dreck that is contemporary theatre, musical theatre in particular. To this admittedly sappy reviewer, at least, Marc Robin‘s adorable
By Jori Waldron Calling all girls under 10: Fancy Nancy is a must see! Emerald City Theatere’s Fancy Nancy: the Musical takes the beloved title character from the bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and puts her on stage with a few of her friends in this energetic one-hour performance perfect for young children. A
By Betsy Wolfe The Williams Street Rep has some summer fun in store for vintage music lovers in the Chicago area. Beehive, created by the late Larry Gallagher, is a 60’s musical revue dedicated to pop music made famous by female artists. The Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, a historic 792-seat venue,