By Colin Douglas The old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One could also add that if it doesn’t improve upon the original, why adapt a movie or book for the stage? However, in 1995 Blake Edwards decided to adapt his 1982 film, Victor/Victoria,which starred his wife, the legendary theatre and film
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 Winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards back in 2001, following a Chicago pre-Broadway tryout, Mel Brooks’ hit musical, The Producers, adapted from his own immensely popular film of the same name, is a nonstop laugh riot. It tells the story of two producers, Max Bialystock and his accountant Leo Bloom, who conspire
By Erika Brown Thomas The publicity of BoHo Theatre’s current production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s musical Dogfight features a WWII-era beauty poised on an American bomber airplane. The name “Rose” is scribbled next to her with an added “ + Eddie.” While this musical really is an atypical love story set during Vietnam
By Patrick O’Brien It’s one of the great wham lines in musical theater. From West Side Story: DOC: You [kids] make this world lousy! A perfect summation of frustration at the antics of troubled and displaced youths, no? But that’s not the wham line, though. The response is. ACTION: We didn’t make it, Doc. It’s
By Barry Reszel If most can agree the definition of “lite” is a product containing less of an ingredient than another product of its same kind, then this moniker is fair: Peter and the Startcatcher is musical theatre lite. Fans of this site might find that a tad disappointing. But make no mistake, Drury Lane