By Barry Reszel The impeccably sung, brilliantly acted, über-professionally staged world premiere musical production of Jane Austen‘s Georgian-set English novel, Sense and Sensibility, at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has but a single failing. It’s as exciting as…well, as a Jane Austen novel. Albeit, it does unfold in a tad under three hours instead of 13 in
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 Prospective patrons need to know two significant things about Chicago Children’s Theatre’s current world premiere production of Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure. First, that this cutting-edge piece of new musical theatre put out there by Chicagoland luminaries Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell is not merely for children. The score is a
By Jori Waldron It’s so satisfying to see a fun show with old-school comedy that the entire audience thoroughly enjoys. That’s what is going on at Stage 773. The Porchlight Theater’s production of Stephen Sondheim‘s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum provides an evening of humor that theatergoers should expect from
By Patrick O’Brien Though she gave up a singing career to raise a family, Grandstine (Yahdina U-Deen), the veritable matriarch of the Harris family, refused to let the music on which she raised her family fade away in vain. So much so, she insisted that her family use that music to celebrate her life rather
By Barry Reszel Gritty, juxtaposed with gorgeous, resulting in electric brilliance. Not often enough, right? So make a point to buy a ticket and take in Drury Lane Theatre’s stunning production of Billy Elliot. Electric brilliance is the take-away because director and choreographer extraordinaire Rachel Rockwell treats this regional theatre premiere like a pre-Broadway tryout.