“Miracle”

“Miracle”

Royal George Theatre

1641 N. Halsted

Chicago, IllinoiS

     Thanks to William Marovitz and Arny Granat, a ‘Miracle’ is coming to Chicago that was inspired  by Chicago’s beloved 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs.  It is having its world premiere at the Royal George Theatre.

The show has a book by Jason Brett with music and lyrics by Jeff award-winner Michael Mahler.  The show is being directed by Damon Kiely.  Another creator of the show is Julian Franzin.

If you enjoy baseball and want to see an exciting new musical, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

You’ll find the story is more than just baseball.  It illustrates how hope, faith, and belief can take you somewhere you never imagined.

Some of the cast who star are Brandon Dahlquisdt as Charlie; Gene Wygandt as “Pops,”  Allison Sill as Sofia; Michael Kingston as Weslowski/Sleaze and Veronica Garza as Babs.

“Miracle” tells the story of a working class family back in 2016 as the Cubs struggle to win the pennant.

Dina Dicostanzo is the show choreographer with musical direction by Kory Danielson.

“Miracle” is scheduled to run through July 14th.  For show days, show times and reservations call 312-988-9000.  Weekday and matinee tickets are $69.59 and weekends are $79.69.  There is valet parking.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Chicago” The Musical

“Chicago”
The Musical
Broadway in Chicago
at the
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St,
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt
     “Chicago,” has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  The show is being directed by Walter Bobbie who also directed the New York production.
     The show stars are Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Dhylis Croman as Roxie Hart; Football star Eddie George as Billie Flynn; Paul Vogt as Amos Hart; D. Ratell as Mary Sunshine; and Jennifer Fouche as Matron “Mama” Morton.
     The show features eighteen songs, many of which will be familiar.  Some of the songs are “All that Jazz,” “Mister Cellophane,” and “Razzle Dazzle.
     The show is set in Chicago in the 1920’s and deals with Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to leave her.
     It was a major movie a number of years ago.
     “Chicago” runs through May 12th.  For show days, show times, and reservations call the theatre box office.  Tickets are $30 to $100.
-Four Stars-
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“Dames at Sea”

“Dames at Sea
Theatre at the Center
1040 Ridge Road
Munster, Indiana
Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt
     The Artistic Director of Theatre at the Center has assembled a perfect cast for its production of “Dames at Sea.”  The show has a book and lyrics by George Halmsohn and Robin Miller.  LInda Fortunato has directed and choreographed the show.  Richard Freidman is the General Manager of the Theatre.
     The show has a cast of eight performers who are Colette Todd as Mona Kent;  Sierra Schnack as Joan;  Steven Stafford as Hennesy;  Todd Aulwurn as Dick;  and Sam Shankman as Lucky.
     Songs are “Broadway Baby,” “The Sailor of my Dreams,” “Good Times are Here to Stay,” and of course the title number of the fourteen songs who tap dance will astound you.
     Mona is the star of a Broadway-bound musical called “Dames at Sea.”  Dick is a sailor who falls in love with Ruby who hopes to be in the show.
     The musical runs over two hours and is a musical delight.
      “Dames at Sea” runs through June.  For show days, show times and reservations, call 219-836-3255.  Tickets are $42 – $46.  There is loads of free parking.
                                                                    -Four Stars-
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“Women of Soul”

“Women of Soul”

Black Ensemble Theatre Cultural Center

4450 N. Clark Street

Chicago, Illinois

Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt

“Women of Soul” is written by and directed by Daryl D. Brooks and is a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  The show is headed by five musicians in the orchestra.  The show is limited in dialog but has a strong cast of nine females whose dazzling costumes come in the hands as well as the wig design by Rueben D. Echoles.

The nine females included are Mahalia Jackson, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Etta James, Anita Baker, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson and the list goes on, honoring Ms. Franklin and Donna Summer.

There is one male in the show beside the five members in the band who is Dwight Neal.  The songs are mainly sung by the females who sing a total of over twenty-three numbers in costumes that will knock your socks off.

Some of the songs are “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Hound Dog,” “I have Nothing,” “Tonight is the Night,” “Free,” and “Control.”

Some of the cast are Cynthia F. Carter, Robin DeSilva, Jerica Exum, Colleen Perry, Jessica Seals and the list goes on in this once in a lifetime musical masterpiece.

Opening in previews on February 23rd, the Black Ensemble will pay tribute to one of my favorite stars of the screen, Broadway and nightclubs — “Lena.”  The one and only Lena Horne.

“Women of Soul,” runs through January 27, 2019.  For show days, show times,  and reservations call 773-769-4451 or go online at http://www.blackensemble.org.  Tickets start at $55 and range to $65.  Street parking well as valet parking is available.

-Four Stars-

 

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“Lady in Denmark”

“Lady in Denmark”

Goodman Theatre

170 N. Dearborn Street

Chicago, Illinois

Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt

       “Lady in Denmark,” is a ninety-minute show by Playwright Dael Orlandersmith.  The show is being staged in the Owen Theatre.  This one-person play stars stage and screen actress Linda Gehringer.

Chay Yew, the artistic head of the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre on Lincoln Ave., is the director.

The show deals in a reflection on love and adversity in the solo performance of Gehringer, who is playing Helene,  She is a Danish-American woman coping with the death of her husband.  The couple’s favorite singer of haunting beautiful music is Billie Holiday.

The couple traveled to smoky jazz clubs during post-war Copenhagen to their home in Chicago.

“Lady in Denmark,” runs through November 18th.  To check on show days – show times and reservations call 312-443-3800.  Tickets are $15 – $45.  The online address is http://www.goodmantheatee,org/ladyindenmark.  The actress gives a strong performance.

                                                                    -Three Stars-

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“The American Revolution – History in 50 Minutes”

Theatre Unspeakable

at the Greenhouse Theatre

Presents

“The American Revolution –

History in 50 Minutes”

2257 North Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, Illinois

Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt

       Theatre Unspeakable is not a new company but was born in 2010.  The Theatre Company has created five shows in its eight years.  Other shows were “Superman in 2050,” “Murder on the Midwest Express,” and “Moon Shot.”

“The American Revolution – History in Fifty Minutes,” contains eight performers who are three men and four women.  The men are Devin Sanclemente as King George; Alex Small as John Adams; and Jeffery Owen Freelon, Jr., as George Washington.  The women are Carolyn Moore as Martha Washington; Lexi Desollar as Abigail Adams;  Sonja Lynn Mata as Sam Adams;  and Caroline M. Watson as Governor Dinwiddle.

The seven actors perform on a twenty one foot platform set out to tell the story of George Washington and the American Revolution using only their bodies and voices.  They are very charismatic.  The show is for children as well as adults, dealing with the American War of Independence.

Learn about Bunker Hill, Concord, Lexington, Paul Revere’s Ride and the Boston Tea Party.

“The American Revolution” runs through November 11th.  For show days, show times, and reservations call the Green House box office or visit the website at http://www.greenhousetheater.org/theamericanrevolution-tickets.  Tickets are $20 – $30.

-Three Stars-

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“Master Class”

“Master Class”

Timeline Theatre

at

Theatre 773

Lincoln Avenue

Reviewed by Richard Allen Eisenhardt

       Timeline Theatre is presenting Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class,” at Theatre 773 on Lincoln Avenue.

It is directed by Nick Bowling and the music is directed by Doug Peck.  “Master Class” stars the outstanding actress Janet Ulrich Brooks, who is a company member of Timeline.  If you love opera, this is a ‘Don’t Miss’ production or one to introduce you to it.

Five other performers are featured in a show that runs two hours and fifteen minutes but Janet Ulrich Brooks is the star and should be nominated for a Jeff Award in the role of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

Raymond Hutchison plays a small role as the stagehand.  Stephen Boyer is Manny the piano player and assistant music director, and is first-rate on the keyboard.  Kiersten Hodgenie is Sharon, who plays the second soprano;  Molly Hernandez is Sophie, who is an excellent soprano; and Eric Anthony Lopez is Tony the Tenor.  They all are on stage and perform but Ms. Brooks is the star and makes you see she carries the evening as she is giving audiences a one-woman performance.

The play was first staged in 1995 about a master class taught by dramatic tenor Maria Callas.  Callas was born in Brooklyn but is of Greek nationality.

The show takes place in a rehearsal hall.  Ms. Callas’ students all perform brief arias but Callas rarely lifts her voice in song.

Callas, in real life, was fiery and temperamental even when she performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  It is a show that one should not miss.

“Master class,” runs through December 9th at Stage 773.  For show days – show times and reservations call 773-327-5252 or visit the website at timelinetheater.com.  Tickets range from $42.50 to $56.50.  It is a show that should be extended.  If you don’t get there on public transportation it is worth valet parking for $12.  There is street and metered parking.

  -Four Stars-

 

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