Energetic and Enjoyable BODYGUARD Lives Up To Whitney Houston’s Legacy

I was skeptical about this production — Whitney Houston’s incomparable voice is near impossible to take on because it commands so much authority and energy.

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WICKED Returns to Chicago for 7 Week Run
WICKED will return to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre during the holiday season for a seven-week engagement Dec. 6, 2017- Jan. 21, 2018. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once... Read more
Broadway’s ALADDIN Star to Lead National Tour

Pictured: Adam Jacobs in ALADDIN. Photo courtesy of Broadway In Chicago.

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Wayne Brady to Star in Chicago’s Hamilton
Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago announced today that five-time time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady will join the Chicago company of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr for a limited engagement Tuesday, January 17 thru Sunday, April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. After getting... Read more
Flimsy PHANTOM’s Makeover Not yet Complete

The bright spot in this production is Derrick Davis’ portrayal of The Phantom. Though the direction left much to be desired, Davis had a twitchy, nervousness about him that was compelling to watch.

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Hamilton Shows Its Power to Pence – 8 Thoughts
VIEW FROM THE MEZZANINE PerformInk Publisher Jason Epperson’s take on the business and life of producing theater. In case you missed it … Vice-President Elect Mike Pence was booed before Friday night’s Broadway performance of HAMILTON by the audience. During several moments relevant to our current political discourse, the... Read more
ANNIE Tour Is Suddenly as Timely as It Is Enjoyable
Pictured: Tori Bates (Annie).  ANNIE, the adorable little-redheaded orphan who finds love and a family with Oliver Warbucks, is about as feel-goody as musicals get. But, outside of the warm fuzzies many of us experienced with all the little people in the audience, a lot of big people discovered... Read more
Broadway In Chicago Completes its 2017 Season.
CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS. Photo by Jose Leon Photography. Broadway In Chicago has announced its complete 2017 season which includes the Pre-Broadway musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE KING AND I, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and LES MISÉRABLES. Additional shows include: MEN ARE FROM... Read more
Jimmy Buffet Musical Will Play Chicago Pre-Broadway
Broadway In Chicago and Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced today that ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will play a limited pre-Broadway engagement beginning November 9, 2017 at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. ESCAPE TO... Read more
CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE Posts Early Closing

It’s been a wild fall for commercial theater in Chicago—the early closing follows close on the heels of the crash and burn of HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA, which played only one performance at the Royal George before closing after unanimous pans.

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