By Erin Fleming In the mood for an old-fashioned, Christmas show about love and family and generosity? The good folks of Drury Lane are offering up a family friendly spectacular is as elegant and charming as the venue itself with the holiday favorite, Irving Berlin‘s White Christmas. A stage adaptation of the classic 1954 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 Barry Reszel The title alone, Elf: the Broadway Musical, puts would-be patrons in one of three camps. Those in camp one typically love all things Christmas and, for sure, all things Buddy. They aspire to maintain the elfin diet (“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy
By Betsy Wolfe The Williams Street Rep is serving up a chestnut from the golden age of theater, Gypsy, in its usual venue, Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. This Styne, Sondheim, and Laurents classic came out in 1959, just two years after the emergence of memoirs from famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose
By Patrick O’Brien Where does one begin with a musical like Ride the Cyclone? Probably by starting with the bare facts. Developed and premiered in Canada by the troupe Atomic Vaudeville – written by members Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond – the musical concerns a motley crew of small-town teenage choir singers who are killed
By Erin Fleming This is a story of a story. This is a ridiculously hysterical story about two office workers: Ben, who aspires to be a writer, and Maggie, who aspires to be an artist, who find their mundane, soul-crushing day interrupted by a persistent spam e-mail. Somehow, and it’s best not to worry too