Tag: Matt Raftery

Review: Cabaret (Marriott Theatre)

Stephen Schellhardt, Chadae Nichol and Alexandra Palkovic perform "Two Ladies" from Marriott Theatre's "Cabaret" by Kander and Ebb, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
Cabaret 

Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff  
Directed by David H. Bell
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru March 16  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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February 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Marriott Theatre)

Alex Goodrich, Bernie Yvon, Kelly Anne Clark and Johanna McKenzie Miller star in Marriott Theatre's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, directed by Matt Raftery. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
I Love You, You’re Perfect,
      Now Change
  

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro  
Music by Jimmy Roberts
Directed and Choreographed by Matt Raftery
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Aug 11  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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June 19, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Review: South Pacific (Marriott Theatre)

Emily Morales and Ben Jacoby star in Marriott Theatre's "South Pacific" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
South Pacific 

Music/Lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Book by Joshua Logan 
Directed by David H. Bell
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru June 2  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Marriott Theatre)

"Variations" from Marriott Theatre's "Now and Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber", directed by Marc Robin. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)       
      
Now and Forever 

Conceived by Robin and Aaron Thielen
Directed by Marc Robin
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru March 17  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Cinderella (Marriott Theatre)

Dara Cameron and Brian Bohr star in Marriott Theatre's "Cinderella" by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Matt Raftery. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
      
Cinderella 

Written by Richard Rodgers (music)
     and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) 
Directed by Matt Raftery
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire  (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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November 29, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: My One and Only (Marriott Theatre)

Andrew Lupp and Summer Naomi Smart star in Marriott Theatre's "My One and Only" by George and Ira Gershwin, directed by Tammy Mader. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
      
My One and Only 

Written by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
Music by George and Ira Gershwin
Directed and choreographed by Tammy Mader
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Jan 6  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Sound of Music (Chamber Opera Chicago)

Barbara Landis and Ryan de Ryke, in a scene from Chamber Opera Chicago's "The Sound of Music", directed by Chuck Gessert.        
       
The Sound of Music 

Written by Richard Rodgers (music)
     and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) 
Directed by Chuck Gessert
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru Sept 16  |  tickets: $10-$30   |  more info
       
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September 19, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: The Pirates of Penzance (Marriott Theatre)

Omar Lopez-Cepero and Patricia Noonan. Photo Courtesy of Peter Coombs and The Marriott Theatre.       
      
The Pirates of Penzance 

Written by Gilbert and Sullivan 
Directed by Dominic Missimi  
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru June 10  |  tickets: $41-$49   |  more info
       
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April 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Marriott Theatre)

Brian Bohr as Joseph, Susan Moniz as The Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, currently running through May 12 at Marriott Theatre’s Theatre for Young Audiences. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)       
      
Joseph and the Amazing
     Technicolor Dreamcoat
  

By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice 
Directed and Choreographed by Matt Raftery
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru May 12  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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March 6, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare)

Titania (Tracy Michelle Arnold) professes her love to the magically transformed Bottom (Ron Orbach) in CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, now playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)       
      
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Written by William Shakespeare  
Directed by Gary Griffin 
at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier (map)
thru April 8  |  tickets: $44-$75   |  more info
       
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February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: White Christmas (Marriott Theatre)

WHITE CHRISTMAS Tammy Mader, Andy Lupp, Rod Thomas, Stephanie Binetti - White Christmas       
      
Irving Berlin’s 
    White Christmas
 

Written by David Ives, Paul Blake, Irving Berlin 
Directed and Choreographed by Marc Robin 
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Jan 1  |  tickets: $41-$49   |  more info

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November 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: Guys and Dolls (Marriott Theatre)

  
  

Holy Rollers, Batman!

  
  

Brian Hissong as Sky Masterson in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls'

  
Marriott Theatre presents
  
Guys and Dolls
  
Written by Frank Loesser
Directed and choreographed by
Matt Raftery
at
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
through March 27  |  tickets: $40-$48  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

Damon Runyon knew Broadway like the beat of his heart—from its sewers to its gospel missions. Those in fact are two of the exotic locales in Guys and Dolls, the always lovable, inexhaustibly right 1950 musical that Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows concocted from Runyon’s delightful short stories. Collected by Loesser in 1932, those good-hearted, slang-filled tales of Broadway sharpies, Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Doll's'floozies, high rollers, suckers, and the frustrated reformers who tried to clean up their act are still well worth the read.

For those who don’t know this merry musical, Guys and Dolls traces the very opposite attraction of gambler Sky Masterson for Sister Sarah Brown, a naïve Salvation Army lassie: An unlikely couple, by show’s end the two feel just right together. Another off-beat romance pairs Nathan Detroit, organizer of New York’s "oldest established, permanently floating crap game," and Miss Adelaide, a dimly-lit showgirl frustratedly engaged to Nathan for 14 years, who has her famous, constant cold to show for it.

Joined by such richly-named urban denizens as Harry the Horse, Benny Southstreet, and Rusty Charlie, they all return to full and happy life in this Marriott Theatre revival. If in songs like "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat" and the title hummer, Frank Loesser found a savvy musical equivalent to Runyon’s wonderful oddballs. Director Matt Raftery has his gritty-rich equivalents too, notably Jessie Mueller as adenoidal Adelaide ("a person could develop a cold"), a wackily evasive Rod Thomas as her hilariously allergic-to-marriage Nathan, and leather-lunged George Andrew Wolff as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, a crap shooter who improbably finds religion on a bet.

     
Rod Thomas, Bernie Yvon, George Andrew Wolff, Brian Hissong in Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Theatre. Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Frank Loesser's 'Guys and Dolls' at Marriott Theatre
Rod Thomas as Nathan, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls' Abby Mueller as Sarah, Brian Hissong as Sky in Marriott Theatre's 'Guys and Dolls'.

Abby Mueller shows why Sarah is such a rich role: In her "I’ve Never Been in Love Before" and her inebriated "If I Were a Bell" she acts her way through songs that say it all. As her gambling man with a soul to be saved, suave and handsome Brian Hissong brings to "I’ll Know" and "Luck Be A Lady" a rich, unforced baritone that’s pretty persuasive. Playing Sarah’s Samaritan/Salvation mentor, Roger Mueller makes much of his tender "More I Cannot Wish You" and John Lister brings hometown conviction to Big Julie from Chicago (apparently the only thug in New York who carries a gun).

Picturing the period perfectly, Tom Ryan’s urbane set nicely set off the fedoras and loudly colored, wide-lapeled suits that costume designer Nancy Missimi contrasts with the chorines’ pink fluffery. Combine these with this cunning cast and Raftery’s crisp and unconventional choreography and you’ve got a show to lift anyone from the winter doldrums.

  
  
Rating: ★★★★
  
  

Jessie Mueller as Adelaide, Abby Mueller as Sarah - Marriott Theatre

     
     
February 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More