By Barry Reszel The Beverly Hillbillies, the Musical. Jes’ set an’ figur’ on that a short spell. A frickin’ train wreck. Right? Wrong. More like a heapin’ helpin’ of hospitality. That’s what awaits Chicagoland musical theatre patrons at Theatre at the Center through Aug. 10. And while it’s not perfect (no one should be expecting
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 The Bard’s house at Chi-town’s pier Navy Is presenting a summertime treat The Cat in the Hat* weaves 12 rhyming tales In one Seussical show that is sweet Emily Chang starts the show off As a little girl looking for fun Which she finds with the hat, then the cat and all
By Barry Reszel While it may be the subject of some debate, at least two sources confirm leprechauns to be of Scottish descent (See point 2 here and/or this article from an esteemed publication of Yale University). Which is good enough for one reviewer to declare The Goodman Theatre’s summer production of Scotland-based Brigadoon magically
By Jori Waldron Oakbrook Terrace’s Drury Lane Theater is among the poshest Chicagoland venues with magnificent chandeliers and plush red seats—setting it up to be the brunt of some of the jokes in its current production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This show, entertaining for all ages, stands apart from many other
By Barry Reszel If more clergy would convey Jesus’ story with Matt Raftery‘s authenticity, creativity, clarity and joy, they could stop worrying about declining Sunday attendance. Indeed, the director of Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre’s Godspell is schooling the church by offering musical theatre congregants a look at a fun, young, vibrant, colorful and kind “J.C. and