Review “Zorro the Musical” (Music Theater Works): Zesty with a Capital Z

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Permalink 0

Music Theater Works presents ZORRO the Musical.  An anonymous sword fighter defends a village from the persecution of tyranny. The legend of Zorro, a black masked super hero, is well known. The actual backstory is less familiar. Isabel Allende’s pulp novel is the foundation for ZORRO the Musical. The creative team, Stephen Clark (book, lyrics), Helen ...

Review “Campaigns Inc” (Timeline Theatre): The Origins of ‘Fake News’

Thursday, August 11, 2022 Permalink 0

Timeline Theatre presents the World Premiere of CAMPAIGNS, INC.  Freedom of speech has long been a right cherished by Americans. For the last several years, this tenet has been scrutinized. Does this ‘freedom of speech’ extend to lies being told, tweeted and even broadcasted? Does it cover spreading false information about a global health crisis or ...

Review “The Devil Wears Prada the Musical” (Broadway in Chicago): Fun, Fashion Statement!

Broadway in Chicago presents the Pre-Broadway debut of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA the Musical.  Lauren Weisberger’s first job out of college lives on in a best selling novel (2003), blockbuster movie (2006) and now a staged musical (2022). Weisberger wrote about the escapades of an Ivy League struggling journalist taking an assistant position to a world ...

Review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (Mercury Theatre): An Aussie Extravaganza

Monday, August 1, 2022 Permalink 0

Mercury Theatre presents PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical.  For those looking for a rocking, fun road trip without hefty gas prices, climb aboard PRISCILLA for a spectacle-inspired jaunt across the Outback. The 1994 film by Stephan Elliot has been reincarnated as a juke box musical. The creative team of Elliot and Allan Scott (book), along ...

Review “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Broadway in Chicago): A Blaring, Heart-Pounding Ride!

Thursday, July 21, 2022 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago, along with Work Light Productions, presents The Regent’s Park Theatre London Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on a 50 city tour over three years. This isn’t your mama’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The beloved rock opera gets a heavy metal-like makeover in this 50th Anniversary Production reimagined by The Regent Park Theatre London. The ...

Review “A Fine Feathered Murder” (Hell in a Handbag Productions): Mother Flocking Fun!

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the World Premiere A FINE FEATHERED MURDER: A MISS MARBLED MYSTERY. As a long-standing fan of Hell in a Handbag, I enjoyed seeing Artistic Director and Playwright David Cerda’s latest creation in the location I experienced my first Handbag encounter. Many, many years (decades?) ago, I saw Cerda’s clever and ...

June 2022 Check-In

Monday, July 4, 2022 Permalink 0

Happy 4th of July!  Today, we celebrate almost 250 years as the United States of America. On this day in history, a group of men signed the Declaration of Independence. A piece of paper declared to the world that the USA would no longer be dictated by a monarchy. It would, instead, be governed by the ...

Review “It Came from Outer Space” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Playful Hit Lands on Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the World Premiere IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, A New Musical. The creative team of Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) and Joe Kinosian (book and music) reimagine a 1953 sci-fi flick as a musical comedy. Blair and Kinosian spoof the tale of a small town being invaded by aliens. Their parody is ...

Review “My Fair Lady” (Broadway in Chicago): It. Is. Loverly!

Broadway in Chicago presents Lincoln Center Theater’s Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY.   It. Is. Loverly!  Fans and newbies will delight in this newest production of flower girl turned lady transformation. The story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “Pygmalion”, romanticizes a rags-to-riches makeover rooted in learning proper diction. A ...

Review “Life After” (Goodman Theatre): Inventive and Vivid Storytelling

Sunday, June 26, 2022 Permalink 0

GoodmanTheatre presents the Chicago premiere of the musical LIFE AFTER.   Today is her birthday! And Alice (played by an outstanding Samantha Williams) plans to crush the school debate and then celebrate with friends. When her dad (played by a charismatic Paul Alexander Nolan) shows up unexpectedly to take her to dinner, they quarrel. She storms ...