By Colin Douglas If theatergoers are looking for high art, they should probably search elsewhere. Filled with camp comedy, come-hither characters and sexy setups, Broadway in Chicago’s Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble is based on Kumble’s own popular 1999 movie. In fact, the musical replicates the hit
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And the music—Oh, What a Night! Every song is wonderful. Each inspires the audience to bop their heads, shake their shoulders, tap their toes, snap their fingers and even sing along.
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s latest production heralds that love is the root of human perseverance.
Missy Wise is that electricity…. She sings like an absolute dream, at turns as dry as whisky, as gentle as a lullaby, or throbbing with unfathomable grief. Even when she’s off-stage, you want her back.
Yet even with the license to delve deeper, Anastasia the Broadway musical still feels constrained somehow. Consequently, though it looks and sounds like a million rubles, you don’t believe a stitch or syllable of any of it, which is a problem for a fantasy.