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Review: My Name Is Annie King (Underscore Theatre)

Amanda Giles and the cast of My Name Is Annie King, Underscore Theatre            
      

My Name Is Annie King
 
By Aaron Albert, Katy Rea (music, lyrics)
    and Krista Pioppi (book)
at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway (map)
thru May 28  |  tix: $20-30  |  more info
       
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May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Urinetown (BoHo Theatre)

Courtney Mack and Henry McGinniss star as Bobby and Hope in Urinetown at BoHo Theatre bigger           
      

Urinetown

By Mark Hollmann (music and lyrics)
    and Greg Kotis (book and lyrics)
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru March 26  |  tix: $33-$35  |  more info
       
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March 5, 2017 | 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: Fugitive Songs (BoHo Theatre)

Julian Terrell Otis in Fugitive Songs, BoHo Theatre          
      
    

Fugitive Songs

By Chris Miller (music)
   and Nathan Tysen (lyrics)
Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood (map)
thru Mar 13  |  tix: $25   |  more info
       
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March 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Evil Dead the Musical (Broadway in Chicago)

David Sajewich stars in Broadway in Chicago's "Evil Dead: The Musical," directed by Christopher Bond. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)       
      
Evil Dead: The Musical

Written by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla,
     Christopher Bond and Melissa Morris
Directed by Christopher Bond
at Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map)
thru Oct 12  |  tickets: $30-$68   |  more info
       
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September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Alex Goodrich and Emily Chang star in Chicago Shakespeare's "Seussical" by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, directed by Scott Weinstein. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
      
Seussical

Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens 
Directed by Scott Weinstein 
at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier (map)
thru Aug 17  |  tickets: $18-$25   |  more info
       
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July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Marriott Theatre’s “Hairspray”

Marriott Lincolnshire brings the beat and never stops

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Marriott Theatre presents:

Hairspray

by Marc Shaiman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
directed/choreographed by Marc Robin
thru December 6th (but tickets)

reviewed by Oliver Sava

Hairspray4 The genius of Hairspray is its pulse; when the show starts moving it never slows down, a feat accomplished by the retro rock n’ roll stylings of Marc Shaiman’s music and a hilarious but socially conscious book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Exquisitely directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, Marriott Lincolnshire’s Hairspray captures the limitless energy of the early 60’s with the kind of finesse that makes it all look so easy.

Not enough can be said about Robin’s creative prowess, seamlessly maneuvering his actors around the tricky stage of Marriott’s in-the-round theater. When all 29 actors in the cast perform the show’s final number to all four sides of the house, the rush is exhilarating. Of course, it helps that Robin is assisted by a cast of the city’s top musical theater talent and Chicago newcomer Marissa Perry, who comes straight from Broadway where she played the fifth and final Tracy Turnblad.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, Hairspray tells the story of spunky teenager Tracy’s mission to become a star on “The Corny Collins Show” and date hunky Link Larkin (Billy Harrigan Tighe) while overcoming her overprotective mother Edna (Ross Lehman) and the bitchy Barbie mother-daughter duo of Velma and Amber Von Tussle (Hollis Resnick, Johanna McKenzie Miller). When the dance moves Tracy learns from black classmate Seaweed J. Stubbs (Joshua Breckenridge) in detention make her Baltimore’s hottest sensation, she sets out to integrate her favorite television show with the help of best friend Penny Pingleton (Heidi Kettenring) and Seaweed’s brassy mother Motormouth Maybelle (E. Faye Butler).

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Perry is pitch-perfect as the show’s protagonist, and she brings an infectious energy to the stage that not only spreads to her costars, but the audience as well. When she squeaks out the first notes of the show’s opening number “Good Morning Baltimore” there is no doubt that this is a role that fits her like a glove. The powerhouse vocals and amazing comedic timing of Butler and Kettenring make their scenes with Perry crackle with energy, and watching Lehman’s Edna burst out of her shell and embrace her buxom beauty is heartwarming. Breckenridge gives Seaweed an unbridled sensuality that adds a layer of grit to his dirty dancing, (but there were moments when his vocals paled in comparison to his costars). Marriott’s Hairspray is musical theater at its finest, and should not be missed.

Rating: ««««

 

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October 15, 2009 | 4 Comments More