By Jori Waldron Being handed a plate of Christmas cookies is not normally what theatergoers expect as they enter an auditorium, but at Stage 773’s production of It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome, that’s exactly what they get. Surrounded by twinkling lights and stockings hung with care, elves race around handing out
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 Barry Reszel With flurries in the air on Halloween and memories of last winter still quite fresh, thank you very much, who doesn’t long for a place where “there’s a legal limit to the snow?” Wanna get away? Then snowshoe up, down or over to Oakbrook Terrace’s gorgeous Drury Lane Theatre. There, a stunningly
By Barry Reszel Some Chicagoland patrons look for a nod from the Trib‘s Chris Jones, the approval the Sun-Times‘ Hedy Weiss or perhaps a positive comment on a website like this one to decide whether to attend a local musical theatre production. None of these outlets is any more credible than longtime Northbrook resident Miriam
By Barry Reszel Chicago is the ground floor in the never-ending search for the next great musical. Amazing Grace may just be it. With a soaring, ballad-laden score; beautiful lyrics; intriguing relationships; universal themes of love, loss, bitterness, loss of faith and redemption from darkness; historical significance, including a collective call to look at slavery from a different perspective; and the
By Barry Reszel No one walks away from this Parade wondering what what type of guy spends his Saturday mornings donning a fez, skittering around in a flying carpet. But they do walk away wondering. That’s precisely the way Chicago’s BoHo Theatre wants it. Audiences of this closing production of its 10th season are handed