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April can be the cruelest or the kindest month for a critic, but it most certainly is the busiest month in the Chicago theater. Over the last 30 days, I've seen about 30 shows in Chicago and New York. I'm gonna get right to the point here; there are...
By all means enjoy her hapless attempts to shampoo a man out of her hair. But if you fall totally in love with Ensign Nellie Forbush, then you're not watching the right "South Pacific." As Oscar Hammerstein II wrote, in that disarmingly simple lyric,...
"Hero," the new musical about a struggling comic-book artist that premiered at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, is to get a second production at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. David H. Bell wil again direct the show, which...
At the start — the rough start — of the Marriott Theatre's new revue of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, entitled, with justification, "Now & Forever," the throbbing electronic tones of "The Phantom of the Opera" fill the theater as colored...
While a number of aspiring actors rise from community theater to bigger stages around Chicago, it's rare for a 12-year-old to make the leap to Broadway in New York City. But that's what happened to Johnny Rabe of Naperville who co-stars in 'A...
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While most of her friends at Highland Park High School were still thinking of where they were going to study, Elana Ernst Silverstein already was booking the national tour of one of Broadway's biggest hits: "Mamma Mia!". And she had a bright future on the...
As 2012 draws to a close, let's take a look back at the year in Chicago theater. January started with a roar — Klea Blackhurst doing Ethel Merman doing "Gypsy" at the Drury Lane Theatre. Twyla Tharp, an artist who refuses to stop reworking her...
"'S Wonderful ... 'S Marvelous," goes the promotional tag line for the current Marriott Theatre production, signaling to the ticket buyer that this show features the glorious music of George and Ira Gershwin. Those adjectives, though, do not tell the...
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...
Lyric Opera has announced principal castings for the new production of "Oklahoma!" that will mark the company premiere of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in May. John Cudia, who won a Jeff Award in 2008 for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in...
"Plaid Tidings": A seasonal sequel to Stuart Ross' "Forever Plaid," this tuneful tidbit finds the afterlife quartet of crooners coming back (at the behest of Rosemary Clooney, no less) to stage a holiday show for those still stuck on this mortal coil. Pop...
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The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire has announced its 2013 season of shows. The slate begins in January with the revue “Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” (which contains songs from Lloyd Webber’s biggest hits,...
Apr 25, 2013 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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