By Colin Douglas Kurt Weill was a talented, young early 20th century German composer known primarily for his theatrical collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. Together they gave the world, among other works, their most famous musical play, the Threepenny Opera. Other works written during the early 1930’s were The Happy End and The Rise and Fall
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 When the State of Colorado amends its laws to make marijuana use mandatory, Evil Dead, the Musical may finally find a venue with an appropriately appreciative audience. Until then, musical theatre patrons are urged to shun this show in much the same way five college students ought to avoid a spring break
By Barry Reszel An all-star cast of Chicagoland musical theatre talent, channeling the strength of a beloved colleague whose life was tragically taken in an auto accident two weeks before, triumphantly opened their production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown to cheers and tears, Sept. 21. The regional premiere of this 2010
By Barry Reszel The current production at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is the human equivalent of catnip for aficionados of musical theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s timeless Cats, directed by Shawn Stengel, is a family-friendly delight to the senses that literally soars to new heights on Paramount’s gigantic, vertical stage. First kudos go to Kevin Depinet, whose
By Barry Reszel Stellar individual performances and exquisite dance punctuate the Chicagoland premiere of Leonard Bernstein‘s 1944 musical, On the Town, at Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre, through Oct. 12. The story of three sailors with 24 hours in New York to see the sights and meet the women of their dreams is based on Bernstein’s ballet,