By Barry Reszel Once more, Chicagoland musical theatre patrons are given the honor of an invitation to sit on the launching pad of a world premiere musical with a legitimate shot to reach the industry’s highest heights. Recent such offerings have included eventual Best Musical Tony winner Kinky Boots, Sting’s The Last Ship, current Broadway
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 Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is designed as a sweet and sultry love letter to fans of the 1987 hit film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and it totally delivers. Those movie fans who who find they can’t pass up watching it anytime they find it on a cable
By Colin Douglas “In the beginning there was nothing. And it was boring.” So begins Stanley in the Name of Love, an original, madcap musical that explores a futuristic environment filled with desolation and loneliness. Suddenly bright lights flood the stage as a pulsating musical score gets the show on the road. Three garish Guardian
By Colin Douglas For fans of Musical Theatre’s Golden Age, a rare opportunity has arrived this summer to experience an exquisite production from that era. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1949 classic, South Pacific, is lovingly recreated by Evanston’s Light Opera Works with all its original grandeur and romance. The musical first premiered on Broadway, starring a
By Betsy Wolfe Since 1984, 155 billion spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show. The company is concurrently running 19 different shows that perform as touring arenas, touring big-tops, residential and resort shows in Canada, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia…and in the USA: Walt Disney World and eight separate casino resorts