Tag: Brenda Didier

Review: The Christmas Schooner (Mercury Theater Chicago, 2016)

The Christmas Schooner presented by Mercury Theater Chicago 2016           
          

The Christmas Schooner

Book by John Reeger
Music/Lyrics by Julie Shannon
Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tix: $30-$69  |  more info
       
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December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: In the Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Frankie Leo Bennett as Sonny sings 96,000 from In the Heights, Porchlight Theatre           
   

In the Heights

By Lin-Manuel Miranda (music & lyrics)
   and Quiara Alegría Hudes (book)
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tix: $43-$51  |  more info
       
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September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Donica Lynn, Candace C. Edwards and Katherine Thomas in Dreamgirls          
   
   
   
Dreamgirls

By Tom Eyen (book and lyrics)
    and Henry Krieger (music)
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru May 22  |  tix: $35-$51   |  more info
       
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April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Chicago’s Best Theater of 2015

 

Carmen Molina, Claudia DiBiccari, Mykele Callicutt, Paula Ramirez, Preston Tate Jr., Deanna Reed-Foster and James McGuire in Cold Basement Dramatics' "Heat Wave".Scott Danielson, Garrett Lutz and George Toles star in Kokandy Productions' "The Full Monty".Laura Osnes as and Steven Pasquale star in Lyric Opera's "Carousel" by Rodgers and Hammerstein.John Mahoney and Audrey Francis in Steppenwolf Theatre's "The Herd".Sarah Lynn Robinson, Anthony Whitaker and Greg Zawada in Porchlight's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Form" by Steven Sondheim. Monica West, Kasey Foster and Emma Cadd in Lookingglass Theatre's "Moby Dick".Mariann Mayberry and Brittany Uomoleale star in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Grand Concourse".Steve Haggard and Karen Janes Woditsch star in Writers Theatre's "Doubt: A Parable".Charli Williams , Anna Dauzvardis, Katrina D.  Richard, Brandon Greenhouse, and Kevin Patterson star in Raven Theatre's "Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys".Bernard White and Nisi Sturgis in Goodman Theatre's "Disgraced".Rafael Davila and Bradley Smoak star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Bel Canto".Drury Lane Oakbrook presents "Billy Elliot: The Musical," music by Elton John.  Becca Savoy, Michael McKeough and Sandy Elias star in Griffin Theatre's "Pocatello".Larry Yando and Eva Louise Balistreiri star in Chicago Shakespeare's "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare.Matthew Sherbach and Armand Fields star in Northlight Theatre's "Charm".Brendan Connelly, Chris Schroeder and Brenda Scott Wlazlo star in Red Theater and Oracle Productions' "R + J: The Vineyard".Melanie Brezill and Patrick Budde star in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." Colte Julian as Curly and Allison Sill as Laurey in Paramount Theatre's "Oklahoma!". Mike Nussbaum stars in TimeLine Theatre's "The Price" by Arthur Miller. Eunice Woods stars in American Theater Company's "The Project(s)" by PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger.Luce Metrius and Ashley Neil star in A Red Orchid Theatre's "Red Handed Otter." Kelsey Brennan and Greg Matthew Anderson star in Remy Bumppo's "Travesties" by Tom Stoppard.Johanna McKenzie Miller and Alex Goodrich star in Northlight Theatre's "Shining Lives," directed by Jessica Thebus.Brian Parry and Jacqueline Grandt star in Redtwist Theatre's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee.Eileen Niccolai and Daniela Colucci star in The Shattered Globe's "The Rose Tattoo" by Tennessee Williams. , Shattered Globe Theatre, Brosilow

In a theater community as diverse and talented as Chicago’s, every aspect and genre of stage productions can be found throughout the city on a given week.  2015 was no exception to this fact, as one can see from our reviewers’ picks of the year’s greatest and most memorable works.

See our picks below the fold

December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Porchlight Music Theatre, 2015)

Lorenzo Rush, Jr. and Lina Wass star in Porchlight Music Theatre's revival of "Aint's Misbehavin," music by Fats Waller, directed by Brenda Didier. (photo credit: Kelsey Jorissen)         
      
Ain’t Misbehavin’ 

Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller 
Book by Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby Jr.
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Dec 20  |  tix: $39-$48  |  more info
       
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November 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Bill Larkin, Sarah Lynn Robinson and Miles Blim star in Porchlight Music Theatre's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Michael Weber. (photo credit: Anthony La Penna)        
      
A Funny Thing Happened on
          the Way to the Forum

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Michael Weber  
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru May 24  |  tickets: $39-$45   |  more info
       
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May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Christmas Schooner (Mercury Theater, 2014)

Stef Tovar, Brianna Borger and James Wilson Sherman star in Mercury Theater's 2014 production of "The Christmas Schooner" by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, directed by L. Walter Stearns.        
      
   
The Christmas Schooner

Book by John Reeger  
Music and Lyrics by Julie Shannon
Directed by L. Walter Stearns  
at Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport (map)
thru Dec 28  |  tickets: $25-$65   |  more info
       
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December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago)

Danni Smith and Matthew Keffer star in Bailiwick Chicago's "The Wild Party," directed and choreographed by Brenda Didier. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
      
The Wild Party

By Michael John LaChuisa (music, lyrics, book)
   and George C. Wolfe (book)
Directed and Choreographed by Brenda Didier  
at VG Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Nov 1  |  tickets: $40   |  more info
       
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October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More