Theatre folk enjoy a wide array of things, but specific Shakespeare and musical references may just be the overlap of that Venn diagram. Something Rotten!, at the Oriental Theater until July 23rd, takes this eager-to-please idea and runs. Though musical jokes abound, it is not to say that if one doesn’t own every Andrew Lloyd […]Read more "Laughs, love, and kick lines: Something Rotten! entertains like no other"
Chicago is known as comedy central: sketch comedy, improvisational comedy, and stand-up reign. However, there is a new form of comedy emerging in the recent years since the acclaimed/naughty Avenue Q and the acclaimed/blasphemous Book of Mormon. This is the “musical comedy”: a two-hour affair featuring social commentary and ample one-liners. It seemed that only […]Read more "Disney’s ALADDIN shimmers with vigor and humor"
The King will see you now, or at least he will see you until July 9th, when this sumptuous production of The King and I moves its lengthy tour along to the rest of America. This touring production may have been performed at the Oriental Theater in Chicago, but the Lincoln Center handprint is evident. Thankfully, no bit of this production is watered down or tinkered with. Even 16 stops into their 19-stop tour, this cast shines. Though you may have missed the 2015 Best Revival Tony Award-winning show during its Lincoln Center run, middle America can now be transported to Siam (modern-day Thailand) and experience the magic anew. Director of the Broadway production, Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, has a visible hand in this dazzling production. Each moment in the script has been brought to the light and shined anew, making this show shimmer like a jewel under fine light.Read more "The King and I is a rare jewel"