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Review: Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre)

Honeymoon in Vegas at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire 1            
      

  

Honeymoon in Vegas
   
Music/Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown 
Book by Andrew Bergman
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Oct 15  |  tix: $50-$60  |  more info    
       
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September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment More

Review: Evita (Marriott Theatre, 2016)

Samantha Pauly as Eva Perón in Evita at Marriott Theatre          
   

        
Evita

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice 
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, IL (map)
thru June 5  |  tix: $50-$55  |  more info
       
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April 29, 2016 | 2 Comments More

Review: Sister Act (Marriott Theatre)

Marriott Theatre's "Sister Act" by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, directed by Don Stephenson. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)          
      
   

Sister Act

By Alan Menken (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics)
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru April 3 |  tix: $50-$55  | more info 
        
Half-price tickets available

February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Road Show (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Michael Aaron Lindner, Anne Gunn, Andrew Rothenberg and Derek Hasenstab star in Chicago Shakespeare's "Road Show" by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, directed by Gary Griffin. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
Road Show

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim  
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Gary Griffin
Chicago Shakespeare at Navy Pier (map)
thru May 4  |  tickets: $48-$68   |  more info
       
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March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: James Joyce’s “The Dead” (Court Theatre)

Rachel Klippel, Regina Leslie, Jim DeSelm and Suzanne Gillen star in Court Theatre's "James Joyce's The Dead" by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey, directed by Charles Newell. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
      
James Joyce’s “The Dead”

Adapted by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey
Directed by Charles Newell
at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis (map)
thru Dec 9  |  tickets: $45-$65   |  more info
       
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November 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: White Christmas (Marriott Theatre)

WHITE CHRISTMAS Tammy Mader, Andy Lupp, Rod Thomas, Stephanie Binetti - White Christmas       
      
Irving Berlin’s 
    White Christmas
 

Written by David Ives, Paul Blake, Irving Berlin 
Directed and Choreographed by Marc Robin 
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Jan 1  |  tickets: $41-$49   |  more info

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November 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: For The Boys (Marriott Theatre)

     
FOR THE BOYS Michele Ragusa 1
For The Boys
 

Written by Aaron Thielen
Directed by Marc Robin
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Oct 16  | tickets: $41-$49  | more info

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August 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: Guys and Dolls (Marriott Theatre)

  
  

Holy Rollers, Batman!

  
  

Brian Hissong as Sky Masterson in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls'

  
Marriott Theatre presents
  
Guys and Dolls
  
Written by Frank Loesser
Directed and choreographed by
Matt Raftery
at
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
through March 27  |  tickets: $40-$48  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

Damon Runyon knew Broadway like the beat of his heart—from its sewers to its gospel missions. Those in fact are two of the exotic locales in Guys and Dolls, the always lovable, inexhaustibly right 1950 musical that Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows concocted from Runyon’s delightful short stories. Collected by Loesser in 1932, those good-hearted, slang-filled tales of Broadway sharpies, Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Doll's'floozies, high rollers, suckers, and the frustrated reformers who tried to clean up their act are still well worth the read.

For those who don’t know this merry musical, Guys and Dolls traces the very opposite attraction of gambler Sky Masterson for Sister Sarah Brown, a naïve Salvation Army lassie: An unlikely couple, by show’s end the two feel just right together. Another off-beat romance pairs Nathan Detroit, organizer of New York’s "oldest established, permanently floating crap game," and Miss Adelaide, a dimly-lit showgirl frustratedly engaged to Nathan for 14 years, who has her famous, constant cold to show for it.

Joined by such richly-named urban denizens as Harry the Horse, Benny Southstreet, and Rusty Charlie, they all return to full and happy life in this Marriott Theatre revival. If in songs like "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat" and the title hummer, Frank Loesser found a savvy musical equivalent to Runyon’s wonderful oddballs. Director Matt Raftery has his gritty-rich equivalents too, notably Jessie Mueller as adenoidal Adelaide ("a person could develop a cold"), a wackily evasive Rod Thomas as her hilariously allergic-to-marriage Nathan, and leather-lunged George Andrew Wolff as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, a crap shooter who improbably finds religion on a bet.

     
Rod Thomas, Bernie Yvon, George Andrew Wolff, Brian Hissong in Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Theatre. Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Theatre
Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls' Abby Mueller as Sarah, Brian Hissong as Sky in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls'.

Abby Mueller shows why Sarah is such a rich role: In her "I’ve Never Been in Love Before" and her inebriated "If I Were a Bell" she acts her way through songs that say it all. As her gambling man with a soul to be saved, suave and handsome Brian Hissong brings to "I’ll Know" and "Luck Be A Lady" a rich, unforced baritone that’s pretty persuasive. Playing Sarah’s Samaritan/Salvation mentor, Roger Mueller makes much of his tender "More I Cannot Wish You" and John Lister brings hometown conviction to Big Julie from Chicago (apparently the only thug in New York who carries a gun).

Picturing the period perfectly, Tom Ryan’s urbane set nicely set off the fedoras and loudly colored, wide-lapeled suits that costume designer Nancy Missimi contrasts with the chorines’ pink fluffery. Combine these with this cunning cast and Raftery’s crisp and unconventional choreography and you’ve got a show to lift anyone from the winter doldrums.

  
  
Rating: ★★★★
  
  

Jessie Mueller as Adelaide, Abby Mueller as Sarah - Marriott Theatre

     
     
February 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More