By Jori Waldron Patrons who have seen The Fantasticks before are likely to remember it as a musical with a small cast performed in a confined space with limited props, costumes and a tiny orchestra. Light Opera Works goes bigger. The changes come from Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, who knows the production well, having worked
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 Patrick O’Brien Despite his unexpected death in 2012, Marvin Hamlisch is still as industrious as ever, with two new musicals in the works (one of them, Gotta Dance, set for Chicago this winter). And anyone who questions that seeming contradiction need only head to Theo Ubique’s new revue of the man’s music to confirm
By Barry Reszel 1999 was a big year for the muse. So 16 years later, it’s high time to update the pop culture images of Sharon Stone and Selma Hyak as mythology’s daughters of Zeus. Enter Dani De Waal. (And for effect, Ms. De Waal, please make your entrance from the audience, under spotlight.) Truth
By Barry Reszel Court Theatre’s late spring production ought to be the worst kept secret in Chicagoland musical theatre. Director Charles Newell delivers a riveting, haunting, stunningly emotional rendition of Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon‘s (music) The Secret Garden that simply should not be missed. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson
By Colin Douglas The War’s finally over and once again the economy’s booming. It’s the 1920’s and women are thrilled to join the workforce, often earning enough money to care for an ailing parent or to adding a respectable second income to help support their families. At places of business, like the Radium Dial Factory,