By Barry Reszel Bette Midler, eat your heart out. Drury Lane Theatre’s Beaches is more than an ’80s chick flick-turned-musical to capitalize on distaff 40- and 50-somethings’ memories of Kleenex-riddled sleepovers, now guarded by ghosts of adolescence past. So very much more. This gorgeously scored, cleverly lyricised, bona fide homage to friendship and actual handwritten
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 There’s an international subculture out there, consisting of geeks, nerds and the occasional curious who live for the yearly Comic Con. For those unfamiliar with this phenomenon, these weekend-long events (sometimes even longer) are conventions held all over the world to celebrate all things Science Fiction and Fantasy. The passionate attendees of
By Betsy Wolfe The Fox Valley Repertory is serving up a great summer get-away on a New Jersey beach at Sandy Shores trailer park, er, that is, “Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort.” Created and written by Broadway Directors/Producers Ray Roderick and James Hindman; Music Arrangements by Joseph Baker, with additional music and lyrics by
By Barry Reszel Major League Baseball fans have Tuesday, July 14, circled on their calendars. It’s the date this year’s midsummer classic, baseball’s All-Star Game, is played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Chicagoland musical theatre aficionados, baseball fans or not, should know their all-stars are doing eight shows a week through Aug. 2
By Erin Fleming The Broadway in Chicago series is high-kicking off Summer 2015’s Must-See list with the very promising pre-Broadway tryout of ON YOUR FEET!—the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (Just to allay any concerns right off the bat: yes, it earns its right to an exclamation point and all caps.) Two-time Tony Award