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Review: Madagascar–A Musical Adventure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Stephen Schellhardt, Gilbert Domally, Jordan Brown and Lisa Estridge star in Madagascar, Chicago Shakespeare            
      

   

Madagascar:
  A Musical Adventure

Written by Kevin Del Aguila (book), 
   George Noriega, Joel Someillan (music/lyrics)
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier (map)
thru Aug 27  |  tix: $22-$34  |  more info
       
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Review: Fiddler on the Roof (Light Opera Works)

Ryan Naimy as the Fiddler in Light Opera Works' "Fiddler on the Roof" by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, directed and choreographed by Rudy Hogenmiller. (photo credit: Mona Luan)        
      
Fiddler on the Roof

By Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (music)
   and Joseph Stein (book)
Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller 
at Cahn Auditorium, Evanston (map)
thru Aug 24  |  tickets: $34-$94   |  more info
       
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August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Damn Yankees (Light Opera Works)

Rudy Hogenmiller stars as Mr. Applegate in Light Opera Works' "Damn Yankees" by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, directed and choreographed by Kevin Bellie. (photo credit: Chris Ocken)        
      
Damn Yankees

Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott, Douglass Wallop
Directed and Choreographed by Kevin Bellie
Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston (map)
thru June 15  |  tickets: $34-$94   |  more info
       
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June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Gershwin’s Greatest Hits (Light Opera Works)

Martin L. Woods, Colette Todd and David Schlumpf star in Light Opera Works' "Gershwin's Greatest Hits", directed by George Andrew Wolff, music-directed by Valerie Maze. (photo credit: Chris Ocken)        
       
Gershwin’s Greatest Hits 

Music by George Gershwin 
Directed by George Andrew Wolff
at Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston (map)
thru Oct 13  |  tickets: $30-$60   |  more info
       
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October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Cabaret (Light Opera Works)

Jenny Lamb stars as Sally Bowles in Light Opera Works' "Cabaret" by Kander and Ebb, directed by Stacey Flaster. (photo credit: Jasmin Shah)        
       
Cabaret 

By John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) 
        and Joe Masteroff (book)
Directed and Choreographed by Stacey Flaster
Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston (map)
thru Aug 18  |  tickets: $32-$77   |  more info
       
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August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Man of La Mancha (Light Opera Works)

James Harms as Don Quixote, in Light Opera Works' "Man of La Mancha", directed by Rudy Hogenmiller. (photo credit: Jomes Harms)        
       
Man of La Mancha 

Written by Dale Wasserman (book),
     Mitch Leigh (music) and Joe Darion (lyrics)
Directed/Choreographed by Rudy Hogenmiller 
at Cahn Auditorium, Evanston (map)
thru Aug 26  |  tickets: $32-$92   |  more info
       
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August 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: tick, tick…BOOM! (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Bear Bellinger, Adrian Aguilar and Jenny Guse - tick, tick, boom - Porchlight Theatre       
      
tick, tick…BOOM! 

Written by Jonathan Larson 
Directed by Adam Pelty 
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru June 10  |  tickets: $38   |  more info
       
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May 5, 2012 | 1 Comment More

REVIEW: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Circle Theatre)

One small BIG thrill

 The Men of BLWIT

 
Circle Theatre presents
 
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
 
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music/Lyrics by Carol Hall
Directed and choreographed by Kevin Bellie
Music Direction and new arrangements by Josh Walker
Circle Theatre, 7300 Madison, Forest Park (map)
Thru June 20th (more info)

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Whores, hookers, ladies of the evening, oh my! – prostitution is the oldest profession in the world and perhaps the most misunderstood. Circle Theatre presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a musical exposing the softer side of the sex trade industry. Based on a true story, a Texas amusement institution has provided adult entertainment over the centuries. During the depression era, pleasure seekers paid for thrills with poultry which led to the nickname, “chicken ranch.” The kind-hearted Michael Gravame and the boys madam, Miss Mona, operates a clean business focused on guest satisfaction. Her well-known establishment has the endorsement and protection of the local sheriff. All that changes, when a television reporter crusades to shut it down. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas isn’t your street corner hooker production, however. It’s your high class call girl with impressive moves and a revolving wardrobe ensuring your fantasy investment reaps multiple benefits.

This show is all about the show. Twenty-five cast members with multiple costume and wig changes dress up this non-stop energetic production. Under the direction and choreography of Kevin Bellie, musical numbers are a visual spectacle. Bellie chooses to make The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas a love affair instead of a “quickie.”  Hookers to TV back-up singers to cheerleaders to reporters, Bellie uses a large number of the chorus in every scene. This choice adds dimensionality to the depth of the songs and dances. Going “Texas-style big” aids a few sound issues. For some of the solo singing moments, it’s hard to hear the lines. During “Little Bitty Pissant Country Place,” there is an awkward duet between Miss Mona and a guy in the band. Cue the chorus! When the whores chime in, the harmony is ecstasy. Whether it’s singing or dancing, the ensemble uses its size to go deeper. The synchronization of the large number of dancers on a small stage kicks it up to the “wow” factor. “The Aggie Song”, in particular, is sexy country-line dancing with an athletic vigor. It’s Dirty Dancing taken to a whole new level!

Anita Hoffman and Noah Sullivan Kirk Swenk, Gregory Payne and the ladies
Sheana Tobey, Snita Hoffman, Sydney genco and Toni Lynice Fountain Noah Sullivan, Christopher Boyd and Jen Bludgen

Along with the huge and talented chorus, principal players add to the entertainment value. Every hooker should be lucky to have a boss like Miss Mona (Anita Hoffman). Balancing maternal urges in a cheeky business, Hoffman commands the stage with a combo of sexy playfulness and compassionate wisdom. Not quite meshing into the frothy ensemble, Toni Lynice Fountain (Jewel) shines with a soulful rendition of the song “24 Hours of Lovin”.  Noah Sullivan (Sheriff Earl Dodd) delivers his irreverent lines with hilarious force. ‘If that three foot man comes back, I’m going to flatten him so he has to roll down his socks to shit.’ Michael A. Gravame (Melvin P. Thorpe) is a smarmy dolt mugging the comedic moment. The issue side-stepping politician, Kirk Swenk (Governor) makes a small part memorably funny. The entire cast whores itself out for the audience’s pleasure.

The extraordinary spectrum of costumes (Jesus Perez) and wigs (Michael Buonincontro) are a 70’s flashback of afro, peasant blouses, and Frederick’s of Hollywood fun. Costumes, cast, choreography; all the lubricated participants make this group orgy a love fest!

 
Rating: ★★★
 

Showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 pm, Sundays @ 3:00 pm (buy tickets).  Group Rates for 10 or More Available.  Call 708-771-0700 for more info.

Running Time: Two hours and twenty minutes includes a ten minute intermission.

 The cast of BLWIT

April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments More