By Barry Reszel A revolutionary staging of arguably the greatest musical ever written awaits patrons who trek to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre for its fabulous production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg‘s Les Misérables. Opening night’s audience audibly gasped at its first look at the masterful, stark, three-story, spiral-staired set, literally “turning, turning, turning” through the
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 Colin Douglas The sad state of the economy and how unemployment impacts the life of the average Joe provides the conflict in many recent stories. Whether set in Sheffield, England, where the original film, The Full Monty, takes place, or Buffalo, NY, the setting for the 2000 musical version of this show, joblessness not
By Erika Brown Thomas The excitement is undeniable on a mid-March opening night, as a large crowd gathers outside Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, enjoying almost spring weather and witnessing red carpet arrivals to the highly anticipated world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club. Linda Bloodworth Thomason (book), Duke Fakir (an original member of The
By Christopher Thomas Fairy tales teach that true love wins. And it certainly triumphs in “twin, full, queen, and king-size proportions” in Marriott Theatre for Young Audience’s current musical adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Princess and the Pea. The musical takes place in the fantastical land of Ipslonia, where Prince
By Colin Douglas Director Fred Anzevino has once again put his own distinctive, Theo Ubique touch on a musical that’s often produced as a big, sprawling, over-the-top extravaganza. Not this time around, thank you very much. Jesus Christ Superstar , the 1970 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera, that began as a concept album before