By Barry Reszel The first-rate country legend musical biography, brought back by the American Blues Theater to Lincoln Park’s Greenhouse Theatre Center following sold-out houses a year ago, walks an incredible, fine line. This has nothing to do with Johnny Cash. This one is all about Hank Williams, the groundbreaking, homespun, brilliant country/blues singer-songwriter who
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 Especially these days, some NYC shows open and close so abruptly you’d never know they even existed. But back during the Golden Era of Broadway, musicals like this gem, Fiddler on the Roof, with a book adapted by Joseph Stein from the stories of Sholem Aleichem, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics
By Barry Reszel Three particularly stellar performances in a world premiere musical with a probable long-term future make Black Ensemble Theatre’s The Marvelous Marvelettes an intriguing summer entertainment option. This new story of Motown’s first hit group is a less sanitized, more accessible version of Berry Gordy’s startup record label than seen in the extravagant
By Jori Waldron An abundance of technical issues at its opening performance kept the musical Big Fish from living up to its big title. Now appearing at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College in Cicero by its resident professional company, the Broadway book and music as well as a competent cast were severely
By Barry Reszel TimeLine Theatre Company’s Juno is an exquisitely-performed, intimate musical production for patrons who really prefer plays. That’s no putdown. With a host of talented actors literally in the audience’s laps, Juno tells a haunting story illustrating a poor Dublin family’s stark realities that include violence, alcoholism, horror and distrust in the days