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.
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 Too often, it takes avant garde to get critics to notice. That’s why ChicagolandMusicalTheatre.com doesn’t publish critics, only reviewers. So when word comes down from the Tribune Tower (unless Chris Jones surprises his readers with a fresh approach of his own) that Marriott Theatre’s Spring musical, Anything Goes, lacks a certain maiden
By Barry Reszel Lyric Opera of Chicago takes patrons on an epic carnival ride this Spring with a resplendent production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel that evokes fears and thrills of a roller coaster far more than that of any mere merry-go-round. This darkest entry of the R&H canon, the vaunted composer/lyricist duo’s second musical
By Betsy Wolfe Roll out the red carpet at the the Royal George Theatre. Chicago’s sold out debut of Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara began what’s sure to be a triumphant open-ended run. Written by Hollywood luminary Taylor Hackford, Vanessa Stewart (who also plays Keely Smith) and Jake Broder, this musical play brings
By Erika Brown Thomas No matter how many times it has been done or redone, there is something about love, betrayal and the opportunity for murder that seduces audiences to watch show after show featuring the same plot. Boy meets girl meets boy: and thus was the love triangle of Bailiwick Chicago’s Murder Ballad and