Highly Recommended Those looking for a new show in the style of the old classic musical comedies will find a winner in "The Prom." It’s the story of a group of once-successful Broadway performers who try to build their reputations by getting involved in the efforts of a girl from a small Indiana town to attend her high school prom with her girlfriend. Certainly most of the audience members who would attend this show are likely to be on the side of this young girl, "The Prom" gently pokes fun at woke culture as well – and also at the celebrities who embrace social causes.
**** Highly Recommended **** "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" is truly spectacular! Your experience begins before you’re even seated. There’s a working windmill, outlined in white lights, on the left, a huge purple elephant on the right. On the stage, all lush red also outlined with white lights, Moulin Rouge (also in white) is emblazoned across a graduated series of hearts (with more even white lights). As you look closer, you’ll notice cast members, dancing, doing circus stunts, performing in slo-mo, even before curtain. Totally unexpected and a great start for an amazing experience. 4 BIG Spotlights
*** Recommended *** Date night? You and your honey might want to take in "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" at the Greenhouse. The title says it all – and the tips include lots and lots of over the top jokes, sexual innuendos, physical comedy, and involuntary/voluntary audience participation. This show is hilarious. I laughed, laughed, and laughed some more. A word of warning: if you’re at all uptight about sex, this is NOT the show for you. Everyone else, hurry and get your tickets. 3 Spotlights
**** Recommended **** A bouncy, feel-good musical, The Prom, will have you dancing in your seat while tugging on your heartstrings. Since it stars four ‘Broadway stars’, The Prom features huge production numbers, catchy tunes, glittery costumes and lots of in-jokes about Broadway. Add in a love story and a happy ending, makes it fun to watch, The Prom gets 3 ½ Spotlights
Thought you might like another perspective, so I've added this review of Six by John Olson for TSPNews. || Part rock concert, part history lesson – SIX imagines that the six wives of Henry VIII
**** Highly Recommended **** "Six", a glitzy pop-rock concert musical starring the six wives of Henry VIII, has been on my personal list of top ten musicals since I saw it at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2019. That cast has gone to Broadway, but there’s a new group of queens in town – and they’re fabulous! I loved this new so much that I downloaded the soundtrack – and bought tickets to see it again! How’s that for a recommendation? I’m telling you, get your tickets today! 4 BIG Spotlights
It was fun and delightful! This little neighborhood theater with only seating capacity of 100+ put on a “downtown performance” of a musical called "Something’s Afoot"
**** Highly Recommended **** Although "The King and I" has always been one of my favorite musicals, I’d forgotten just how wonderful this musical is! Drury Lane’s stunning new production of "The King and I" is a feast for the eyes as well as for the ears. The cast is outstanding, the children are darling, the voices are amazing, and if you watch carefully, you might even see an elephant! it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Siam – I was really happy to return! 4 BIG Spotlights
**** Highly Recommended **** Nobody is better at contemporary jazz than Giordano Dance Chicago. Their spring program, Illuminate, was a masterpiece of movement. The world premiere of Autumn Eckman’s Retroverse was worth the two-year wait, while the other premiere, 3, choreographed by Joshua Blake Carter, was a joy to watch. The Giordano dancers are so strong, so talented, so creative, they absolutely blew me away! 4 Spotlights
*** Recommended *** "A Recipe for Disaster" revisited … I was surprised to get an invitation to experience "A Recipe for Disaster" recently, since I’d reviewed the show last fall. In the meantime, co-creators Rick Bayless and Amy Rubenstein joined the cast on select dates, so Windy City invited us back. Although there are several new cast members, the story is the same – everything that could go wrong on influencer night at the Contumacious Pig, does go wrong. The show is a lot of fun, even the second time around, and the food and drink samplings are mostly delish. Bayless and Rubenstein even stick around for a Q and A after the performance. 3 Spotlights