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WGN NewsLast night was the Chicago opening of the Green Day musical "American Idiot" and I was there. The trend of taking the songbooks of popular musical artists and turning them into Broadway musicals has found its way into the early 2000's trying to bring...
Tags: Awards and Prizes, Music, Tony Awards, Music, Concerts
Deep in the heart of the "Donny and Marie: Christmas in Chicago" show now at the Oriental Theatre, Donny Osmond rolls out a new song. It is called "If Everyday Could Be Christmas" and the title tells you all you need to know. In a nutshell, it's a...
Ever since his smash hit "Spring Awakening," Michael Mayer has been one of Broadway's hottest, busiest and most distinctive directors. We spoke with Mayer about the tour of his Broadway production of "American Idiot," which opens Tuesday in Chicago, his...
The director, Phyllida Lloyd, has moved on to a movie about Margaret Thatcher, but the song stylings of ABBA will surely outlast the Iron Lady. And "Mamma Mia!", the story of a girl with three potential dads on a Greek island where they have no Facebook,...
Tags: Theater, Music, IKEA, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad
LakeviewI love theatre. Like, hardcore, devote-a-large-portion-of-my-paycheck to it love it. Of course getting to see great art is a reward in and of itself, but it'd be nice to be rewarded tangibly for my theatre-going. Well, Broadway in Chicago has...
"The Addams Family" is not the first musical whose first national tour has been infinitely better than the Broadway production that gave birth to it: such past shows as "Big" and "The Civil War" were also greatly improved. But in most of these rare cases,...
Tags: Theater, Music, Gomez (music group), Palace Theater, Nathan Lane
"The Addams Family," the Broadway musical about the famously macabre family, will close on Broadway Dec. 31, its producers announced Tuesday morning. The show, which began at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago and was lead produced by Stuart Oken, will have...
WGN NewsBeauty and the Beast Through August 7 Oriental Theatre 24 W. Randolph Chicago www.broadwayinchicago.com Broadway In Chicago's Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Chicago after playing...
Tags: Theater, Broadway Theater, WGN, Television, Entertainment
I'm not the most enthusiastic welcoming committee when non-Equity tours of Broadway musicals such as "Beauty and the Beast" land in one of the major Loop houses like the Oriental Theatre, especially for a six-week run. While these low-cost productions...
Memories of most shows fade over time. But a very select few seem to stay with you forever. For me, one show on that short list is a production of "Korczak's Children," which I saw in 2003 at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Written by...
Tags: Theater, Philosophy, Minnesota, Navy Pier, Water Tower Place
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