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Review: She Loves Me (Marriott Theatre)

David Schlumpf and Jessica Naimy star in She Loves Me, Marriott Theatre LL           
      

She Loves Me

By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick (score)
   and Joe Masteroff (book)
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru June 18  |  tix: $50-$60  |  more info
       
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May 17, 2017 | 1 Comment 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: 42nd Street (Broadway in Chicago)

42nd Street at Broadway in Chicago          
      
   

42nd Street

By Harry Warren, (music), Al Dubin (lyrics),
   Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart (book)
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph (map)
thru March 20  |  tix: $30-$85  |  more info
       
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March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: 42nd Street (Paramount Theatre)

Tyler Hanes stars as Billy Lawlor in Paramount Theatre's "42nd Street," directed by Rachel Rockwell, music directed by Doug Peck. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
42nd Street

By Harry Warren (music), Al Dubin (lyrics),
   Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble (book),
Directed by Rachel Rockwell
at Paramount Theatre, Aurora (map)
thru Feb 9  |  tickets: $37-$50   |  more info
       
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January 27, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: Annie (Paramount Theatre)

Caroline Heffernan as Annie and Mikey as Sandy the Dog, in Paramount Theatre's "Annie", directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)        
      
Annie 

Written by Charles Strouse,
    Thomas Meehan, and Martin Charnin
Directed by Rachel Rockwell 
at Paramount Theatre, Aurora (map)
thru Dec 30  |  tickets: $35-$47   |  more info
       
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November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Nunset Boulevard (Theatre at the Center)

     
     

Newest nun revue is less than holy

     
     

Lauren Creel, Felicia Fields, Alene Robertson, Nicole Miller & Mary Robin Roth in Theatre at the Center's "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin.

   

Theatre at the Center presents

  

Nunset Boulevard

  

Written By Dan Goggin
Directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster
at Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN (map)
through May 29   |   tickets: $20- $40  |   more info

Reviewed by Jason Rost

They say, “When you find something that works for you, stick to it.” Dan Goggin has made a living off of his troop of fictional nuns from Hoboken, New Jersey since the debut of his smash hit musical Nunsense in 1985. After seven spin-offs Goggin has penned the latest nun adventure, Nunset Boulevard. The musical nuns from Jersey travel to California for a gig at the Hollywood Bowl….-A-Rama. It makes some sense that the Chicago area premiere of this new show is being produced at Theater at the Center in Munster, Indiana, since, after all, Northwest Indiana is seemingly Chicago’s Jersey. It’s where we send our landfill, refining and casino gamblers. In this case, it’s where we send somewhat tired musical comedy such as this production directed rather flatly by Stacey Flaster. While there is some huge talent (namely Tony award nominee Felicia Fields) and occasional chuckles, it’s not quite worth the trip down I-90/94 for what is ultimately a cabaret show with too much space to fill.

Mary Robin Roth (Sister Robert Anne) and Nicole Miller (Sister Leo) in Theatre at the Center's "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin.In their latest outing, our showbiz sisters arrive in Hollywood for what they think is a booking at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Instead, they are scheduled to appear at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley somewhere in Hollywood. While generally Goggin’s nun shows are largely a cabaret style, Sister Hubert (Fields) suggests in this production that they include a plot (in one of the more fun musical numbers of the night). The show is still primarily though a cabaret style performance of comedic bits, musical numbers, improv and interacting with the audience (probably the highlight of the evening). However, there is a through line revolving around Sister Leo (Nicole Miller) and her quest to get “discovered” in Hollywood. It turns out a movie musical about nuns is auditioning across the street. Sister Robert Anne (Mary Robin Roth) is skeptical. She is especially conflicted when Sister Leo asks permission to appear before the casting director without wearing her habit. There is also Sister Amnesia (Lauren Creel), whose schitck is that she lost her memory due to a giant crucifix falling on her head.

The raunchier bits play the best, however there are not many of them. During the improv segment with the audience, there is a game made of naming famous nuns from the movies which rewards certain audience members with very funny religious keepsakes. The fact that the nuns sing and dance isn’t novel enough anymore to carry the interest of the audience over two hours. The Hollywood they are visiting is decidedly a Hollywood of old with songs like “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and a parade of classic Hollywood blonde bombshells.

Fields provides some wonderful vocals and dry humor to the evening. Creel and Miller are also standouts with their energy. But, Flaster’s direction, along with certain Mary Robin Roth as Sister Robert Anne in Theatre at the Center's "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin.performances, hamper the pacing. There’s a comedy-killing pause between nearly every line dragging the show down. The cast overall plays too small to fill this space. Also, there were numerous instances where several actors were restarting lines which took the wind out of any possibility for consistent laughs.

Stephen Carmody’s set is a “Vegas meets Magic Kingdom” take on Hollywood. The expansive facade could hold a big band and 20 chorus girls. Instead, we get 3 keyboardists, a drum kit and five nuns. The one-liners and corny, yet sometimes delightful, tunes come across as though they would fit better in a nightclub setting. The formality of this large theatre complex drowns out most of the charm.

Overall, the production elements are too polished and gaudy in contrast with what’s essentially comedic sketches and light songs. The vastness of the theater demands too much non-stop entertainment. I feel the same show could be placed in a setting such as Mary’s Attic (an upstairs bar lounge in Andersonville) and achieve a much better effect on its audience. There is definitely something here for diehard fans of Goggin’s nun series, but not enough to spark any excitement as these Jersey girls’ take on Tinsel Town.

  
  
Rating: ★★
  
  

Felicia Fields, Lauren Creel, Alene Robertson, Nicole Miller & Mary Robin Roth in Theatre at the Center's "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin.

Theatre at the Center presents the Chicago Area premiere of Dan Goggin’s Nunset Boulevard, directed by Stacey Flaster, April 28- May 29 at 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, IN. The performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. The play runs 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Tickets are $36 on Wednesdays-Thursdays, and $20-$40 Fridays- Sundays. Tickets may be purchased by phone (219-836-3255) or online at theatreatthecenter.com.

  
  
May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More