Tag: Jackson Evans

Review: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Donald Maxwell and Lisa O'Hare in My Fair Lady -Andrew Cioffi           
      
  

My Fair Lady

By Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics)
   and Frederick Loewe (music)
Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker (map)
thru May 21  |  tix: $22-$199  |  more info
       
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May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Singin’ in the Rain (Marriott Theatre)

Danny Gardner stars as Don Lockwood in Sinin in the Rain, Marriott Theatre  2 jb           
      

Singin’ in the Rain

By Betty Comden, Adolph Green (book)
Nacio Herb Brown (music), Arthur Freed (lyrics)
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tix: $50-$55  |  more info
       
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November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Ride the Cyclone (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Emily Rohm and Karl Hamilton star in Chicago Shakespeare's "Ride the Cyclone" by Jacob Richman and Brooke Maxwell, directed by Rachel Rockwell. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)         
      
Ride the Cyclone 

Book/Music/Lyrics by Jacob Richman
     and Brooke Maxwell
Chicago Shakespeare at Navy Pier (map)
thru Nov 15  |  tix: $30-$48  | more info
       
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October 14, 2015 | 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: Avenue Q (Mercury Theater)

Jackson Peter Evans, Sean Patrick Fawcett, Donterrio Johnson, Leah Morrow and Christine Bunuan star in Mercury Theater Chicago's "Avenue Q" by Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, directed by L. Walter Stearns. (photo credit: Brett Beiner)        
      
Avenue Q

Book by Jeff Whitty
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by L. Walter Stearns  
at Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport (map)
thru Oct 26  |  tickets: $20-$59   |  more info
       
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May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Book of Mormon (Broadway in Chicago)

Nic Rouleau as Elder Price in Broadway in Chicago's "Book of Mormon" by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. (photo credit: Joan Marcus)        
       
The Book of Mormon 

Book, Music and Lyrics Trey Parker,
    Matt Stone and Robert Lopez
Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker
Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe (map)
thru June 2  |  tickets: $45-$115   |  more info
       
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December 20, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Big, the Musical (First Stage Children’s Theater)

Jackson Peter Evans and Richard Ganoung star in First Stage Children's Theater's "Big, the Musical", directed by Jeff Frank. (photo credit: Mark Frohna)        
       
Big, the Musical  

David Shire (music), Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics)
   and John Weidman (book)
Directed by Jeff Frank  
Todd Wehr Theater, Milwaukee (map)
thru Nov 11  |  tickets: $14   |  more info
       
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November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: Spamalot (Drury Lane)

  
  

Drury Lane’s ‘Spamalot’ is a merry night of dancing and singing!

  
  

SPAMALOT--James Earl Jones II, Grant Thomas, Gary Carlson, Matthew Crowle, Brandon Springman and Richard Strimer

   
Drury Lane Theatre presents
  
Spamalot
   
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez
Directed by William Osetek
at
Drury Lane Theatre, Oak Brook (map)
through March 6  |  tickets: $31-$45  |  more info

Reviewed by Allegra Gallian

Monty Python began as a British comedy group that created the television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Ensemble members included Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The success of the show led to feature films including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which is loosely based on the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. With its witty and sometimes absurdist humor, Monty Python became a cultural phenomenon and “Holy Grail” was the basis for the musical Spamalot.

SPAMALOT--Gina Milo and David KortemeierThe set for Spamalot at Drury Lane Theatre resembles a traditional castle, with a castle gate center stage flanked by large wooden castle doors on other side, surrounded by stone bricks and gated windows. As the show progresses, scene changes are seamless and quick, never disrupting the momentum or action of the show.

Spamalot opens with an historian (Jackson Evans) explaining the history of Britain. He’s initially both relatable and charming, instantly pulling the audience into the action. The story the historian relates then comes to life as King Arthur (David Kortemeier) enters. Arthur is searching for knights for his round table and is traveling throughout England in search of them. He puts together what seems like somewhat of a motley crew consisting of Sir Lancelot (John Sanders), Sir Robin (Adam Pelty), Sir Galahad (Sean Allan Krill) and Sir Bedevere (Bradley Mott).

All of the actors are fully charismatic and bring a ton of characterization to their parts: Robin (Pelty) is sweet and funny with his fear of actual fighting. Galahad (Krill) is charming but not irritating with his pretty boy looks and demeanor. Lancelot (Sanders) is entertaining with his tough boy act to hide his hidden interests and Bedevere (Mott) works well to round out to the cast.

Not only is the acting stellar, but the singing is strong and clear and the music is just fun. Each actor’s range is suited to their character, allowing their singing talents to really shine. This is especially the case with The Lady of the Lake (Gina Milo). Milo’s voice is stunning and powerful, and her ability to hit so many runs in the music is SPAMALOT--John Sanders and Jackson Evanscaptivating. The only minor complaint is that, on occasion, vibratos in the cast are a bit too heavy.

As a show with a triple threat, the dancing is also well choreographed and shows of the dancing talents of the cast. Minus a few missed landings and mishaps, the dancing is quite spectacular, especially Patsy’s tap number (Matthew Crowle) during “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” It’s clear that Crowle has a talent for it and he shows it off spectacularly.

Once the crew is assembled, they are given a task directly from God: find the Holy Grail. With this task at hand, the group, led by Arthur, goes in search of the Grail. Encountering various other knights and obstacles, the action flows quickly with a lively energy, pulling our attention towards the stage. The actors play up the comedy, doing well with the laugh lines and the hilarity of the writing.

Spamalot is a fun-filled, hilarious show that fits for anyone who loves Monty Python and the tale of the Holy Grail. Highly recommended!

  
  
Rating: ★★★½
  
  

Spamalot plays at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook, IL, through March 6. Tickets are $31 to $45 with lunch/dinner packages ranging from $45.75 to $68. Student and senior prices available. Ticket can be purchased through the box office by calling 630-530-0111.

SPAMALOT--Gina Milo, now at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook

        
        
January 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More