By Anna DeNoia Since its inaugural production in 1978, the Goodman Theatre has invited Ebenezer Scrooge back to the stage year after year to the delight of Chicago theatregoers of all ages. Even as stages sat empty last winter, the carol was still heard in thousands of homes as an audio play. Now, after a
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 Quinn Rigg Leaves crunch and glasses fog up in the frozen air — winter fast approaches. With thanks given and stomachs filled, we celebrate so as to weather the weather to come. However, as lights glow and colors sparkle on every street corner, there’s a certain theatre cutting against the grain… In a somber
By Quinn Rigg As we sink into winter’s welcoming if unreasonably chilly embrace, many take time to reflect and remember what is warm and familiar. Through the celebration of the traditions we hold dear, we draw a link between past, present, and perpetual future; therein, the human race ensures the survival of itself and its
By Barry Reszel There’s a conundrum built into contemplating an evening with Kiss Me Kate, the 1948 Broadway musical comedy that won the first-ever Tony Award for best musical and ultimately ran more than 1,000 performances. The original’s argument for wife-slapping amid its gaggle of misogynistic stereotypes is tempered by the slapstick buffoonery that, believe
By Anna DeNoia Looking for laughs this holiday season? Look no further than the quick and clever Love, Actually?: The Unauthorized Musical Parody. The beloved British rom-com has become a Christmas classic after its release in 2003, with its sprawling ensemble cast of superstars and countless converging storylines. While that sprawl can make it difficult