By Barry Reszel Imagine an intimate, near-private honky-tonk, 50 seats or so, where patrons come first for a bite to eat and a drink before the evening’s entertainment begins. The waitress looks vaguely familiar, causing a momentary wracking of the brain until the realization hits: she’s a dead ringer for long-gone country music icon Patsy
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 Fictional metal band Däisy Cüter rocking out Twisted Sister’s holiday mashup “We’re Not Gonna Take It/Oh Come All Ye Faithful” midway through Dee Snider‘s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale might just be the greatest simultaneous, euphemistic flipping off of all time. Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey? Burl Ives’ Sam the Snowman? F-you! And
By Erika Brown Thomas Since its Broadway debut in 1977, Annie, has been a favorite musical of families around the world. Broadway in Chicago’s current production of the non-Equity national tour is no exception to the long line of beloved theatrical performances of this cherished classic. From the moment the overture begins, under the excellent
By Barry Reszel In this season of societal encouragement to reflect on warm memories before bravely marching into a new year, Theatre at the Center’s musical production of Truman Capote‘s semi-autobiographical, A Christmas Memory, offers an endearing channel to bring about such yuletide introspection. This is an elegant, old-fashioned, understated story of a 1953 adult
By Jori Waldron Being handed a plate of Christmas cookies is not normally what theatergoers expect as they enter an auditorium, but at Stage 773’s production of It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome, that’s exactly what they get. Surrounded by twinkling lights and stockings hung with care, elves race around handing out