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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Feminist Pride and Prejudice: A Review of Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley at Northlight Theatre by Dennis Polkow

Northlight speculates how the beloved characters in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” spend Christmastime, 1815.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Out of the Darkness: A Review of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues Theater by Dennis Polkow

Coming in to the stage space at the Chopin Theatre this year, it feels like a retro holiday living room, complete with illuminated 1940s-style Christmas trees.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, November 21, 2022

The Pride of the Play: A Review of The Lion King at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

In the case of Disney’s “The Lion King,” designer/director Julie Taymor’s revolutionary stage production continues to have a life of its own across a twenty-five-year existence.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Rossini in Paris: A Review of Le Comte Ory at Lyric Opera by Dennis Polkow

A clever and whimsical take on the story of a Crusades-era count, who uses the opening of men off to war to woo a countess. The disguises and means to which he will go and the hijinks that e…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Grandeur au Minimal: A Review of Don Carlos at Lyric Opera by Dennis Polkow

Lyric Opera is performing Verdi’s longest and most complex opera.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, November 7, 2022

Without Who? A Review of Rent at Porchlight Music Theatre by Dennis Polkow

What happens when you present “Rent” as a standard piece of musical theater rather than the “rock opera” its late creator Jonathan Larson intended?

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Music is the Food of Love: A Review of The Notebook at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Dennis Polkow

A best-selling 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel and a popular 2004 film with a cult following, “The Notebook” has finally been unveiled as a long-anticipated Broadway-bound musical.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 01:04AM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Two Decades of Defying Gravity: A Review of Wicked at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

“Wicked” is above all, an experience, and most that have it want to repeat it.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Russian Dressing: A Review of Anastasia at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

The real magic of this show are the songs by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. Terrence McNally (book), Flaherty and Ahrens are the same triptych that gave us “Ragtime,…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Black Comedy at its Best: A Review of Arsenic and Old Lace at Court Theatre by Dennis Polkow

Homemade soup is given to ailing neighbors. And homemade poisoned wine is given to elderly gentlemen with no families who come looking for a room.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Passion of the Superstar: A Review of Jesus Christ Superstar at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

The fiftieth anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” takes very seriously the notion that the work belongs to the Passion genre.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Shapiro’s Song: From Steppenwolf to a New Elton John Musical, The Devil Wears Prada by Dennis Polkow

“It’s been really moving and important and central to all of us that at the heart of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is a young person trying to figure out how to live."

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Me Too Lady: A Review of My Fair Lady at Broadway in Chicago  by Dennis Polkow

In this Lincoln Center production making its long-awaited national tour stopover at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Eliza is in as much control as Higgins.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Blunder the Sea: A Review of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Music Theater Works by Dennis Polkow

The current Music Theater Works’ production offers a rare opportunity to see the show professionally staged.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Bells Are Ringing: A Review of Dennis DeYoung’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Skylight Musical Theatre by Dennis Polkow

There are over thirty songs here that include anthems, arias, dances, choruses, duets and trios. The variety is eclectic and run the gamut with a well-assembled and powerful cast and ensembl…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, May 20, 2022

We Are All Refugees: A Review of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Broadway in Chicago  by Dennis Polkow

When Israeli actor Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye intones the iconic line about villagers “trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune” without breaking one’s neck, our gaze takes in the …

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

Back to Do-Re-Me: A Review of The Sound of Music at Marriott Theatre by Dennis Polkow

“The Sound of Music” is, above all, a coming-of-age story.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Forgetting to Ask for Directions: A Review of Quamino’s Map at Chicago Opera Theater by Dennis Polkow

This one-act opera highlights a remarkable and largely-forgotten chapter of history: Blacks fighting in the Revolutionary War in exchange for their freedom.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Getting the Red Light: A Review of Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

“Moulin Rouge” is eye-popping. There are constant wows.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Royal Return: A Review of SIX the Musical at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

The six wives of Henry VIII all performing together in a song and dance line on one stage and competing against one another.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Battle Royal: A Review of The King and I at Drury Lane Theatre by Dennis Polkow

Mary Rodgers, late daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, thought “The King and I” was the best of the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborations.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Basket of Fun: A Review of Easter Bunny Bingo: Jesus, Resurrection, & Peeps! at the Greenhouse Theater Center by Dennis Polkow

Former nun Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien is hosting bingo and quizzing and informing us about Easter traditions and trivia along the way.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Stairway to Heaven: A Review of Paradise Square on Broadway by Dennis Polkow

The grand journey of the musical “Paradise Square” reached its culminating destination of a full-scale Broadway opening Sunday night.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

The Nearly Best of Times: A Review of La Cage Aux Folles at Music Theater Works by Dennis Polkow

This is an enjoyable production with a good cast of show voices.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Thrilling Night at the Opera: A Review of Tosca at Lyric Opera by Dennis Polkow

This is a sumptuous and traditional production of “Tosca” visually with every inch of the cavernous stage filled with a three-dimensional, captivating set.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Coming Home: How Fire Shut Up Will Liverman’s Bones by Dennis Polkow

“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is a multi-genre work and the first opera in the Metropolitan Opera in New York’s history written by an African-American composer, jazz trumpeter and compose…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, March 7, 2022

Hell of a Show: A Review of Hadestown at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

What Anaïs Mitchell has concocted is something quite remarkable.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

You Still Can’t Stop the Beat: A Review of “Hairspray” at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

Its diverse audience knows exactly what “Hairspray” is and savors every familiar spritz.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Sondheim’s Final Score & Last Word: Chameleon Composer, Wordsmith of Wordsmiths by Dennis Polkow

Much of what has been said about Sondheim seems to only scratch the surface.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

No Bright Golden Haze on this Meadow: A Review of “Oklahoma!” at Broadway in Chicago by Dennis Polkow

It's been eighty years since Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” first came sweepin’ down the plain, but this staging sweeps those plains clean and restores a sense of the innovati…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Holiday Affair: A Review of “Holiday Inn” at Drury Lane by Dennis Polkow

The 2014 musical “Holiday Inn” offers a stage version of the 1942 film, deleting some numbers and adding other better-known Irving Berlin songs.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM

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