By Barry Reszel Hysterical and spooky A stage smash hit most flukey At the Mercury they’re kooky Stearns‘ Addams Family Lippa‘s comic score To a comic strip of yore Leaves ’em rolling on the floor At this Addams Family With characters well known And an eerie kind of tone It’s so fun to be thrown
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 suddenly hyper-public gender speculation of Olympic champion Bruce Jenner offers a certain strange relevance to Marriott Theater’s current production, La Cage aux Folles. Perhaps it will allow those who see this production to feel greater compassion for the 1976 gold medal decathlete who may or may not be undergoing gender
By Barry Reszel Recent heightened awareness of racial tensions, punctuated by protests of head-scratching legal processes in Missouri and New York, provides particular poignancy to Drury Lane Theatre’s inspired, Rockwellian treatment of American musical theatre mainstay West Side Story. But make no mistake. This is not Norman Rockwell‘s idealized, sentimental view of everyday life. The
By Barry Reszel A masterfully electric production of “The Who”‘s seldom-staged rock opera, Tommy, puts enough wattage in Paramount Theatre’s cottage to sufficiently heat this Chicagoland winter. Director Jim Corti illustrates once more his adept touch as a nuanced storyteller and showman first-class. Most importantly, as Paramount’s artistic director, the man knows how to hire,
By Erika Brown Thomas Cinderella’s age-old tale of rags to riches is as familiar to parents and children today as it was to the generations before them. While this glass-slippered fairy tale is usually geared toward young girls, Broadway in Chicago’s Equity tour based on the 2013 Broadway revival is is a fully revamped and