By Erin Fleming Is it reality, fantasy or a dream? This is the question repeatedly asked by Piano (Camille Robinson) of Sarah (Toya Turner) in Pegasus Theatre Company’s world premiere of For Her as a Piano, a powerful, poetic play with music that traces the struggles of three generations of women, revealing how the past
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 Erin Fleming Light Opera Works fall concert, Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits, celebrates the variety of music from the silver screen, from the Thirties’ gems that set Fred and Ginger dancing, to the classic theme songs of the Fifties and Sixties, to the recent era of memorable power ballads, all sung by a cast of
By Jori Waldron Black Ensemble Theater’s debut new show, The Black White Love Play, poignantly illustrating the story of Chaz and Roger Ebert’s life and love together, is a must-see for Chicagoland musical theatre patrons. Written by Jackie Taylor, who started the BET 1976, wrote this play with the assistance of Chaz Ebert, incorporating some
By Erika Brown Thomas Who knew that murder could be so hilariously fun!? Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a romp of passionate kisses and devilish schemes that thoroughly entertains. It’s a musical theatre treat making audiences chuckle with glee as each gag unfolds delightfully before the
By Erin Fleming They’re a pair, they go together. Blood Brothers, Willy Russell’s heartbreakingly tragic musical about the death of twins separated at birth, rose like one of its titular characters from humble beginnings to highbrow success.. Known for his depiction of strong, struggling, working-class women (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine), Russell originally wrote and presented