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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...
"'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...
Tags: Music, Twiggy, Dance, Entertainment, Arts and Culture
One hundred and thirty-two years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan dreamed up a preposterous operetta involving a very modern major-general, his bevy of beautiful, naive daughters and a dutiful young Englishman apprenticed to a band of big-hearted...
Tags: Music, Music Theater, Piracy, Entertainment, Arts and Culture
Like the creeping tinsel at the mall, holiday shows in Chicago seem to start earlier each year. This season, it was “White Christmas” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire even before the trick-or-treaters had ventured forth from their...
Kelli Harrington, the little-known actress playing Margaret Johnson in Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier's deftly sung, intensely intimate, astutely staged and very moving little production of the Adam Guettel musical "The Light in the Piazza," is currently...
Already, the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire dreams of a white Christmas. Some of us are still struggling to get our heads around Halloween. Nonetheless, time marches relentlessly on, the snow surely will fly, and "Blue Skies" around here will soon best...
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,...
Tags: Music Theater, Music, Mary Martin, Entertainment, Lincoln Center
It has been several years since an actor was our Chicagoan of the year in theater — and even longer since the honor went to someone just 28 years old. But then Jessie Mueller is not an ordinary performer. Nor has she just lived through a typical...
Tags: Music, Entertainment, Arts and Culture
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...
Early in "For the Boys," the premiering stage musical based on the 1991 Bette Midler movie, a young woman called Dixie Leonard arrives in World War II London to perform with her new partner, Eddie Sparks. Suddenly the power on the base goes out. And the...
"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...
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...
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