April ‘Rain’ brings Beatles music for Broadway in Chicago remaining weekend run By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety The last time I saw the Broadway national tour “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” it was June 2012 at the Oriental Theatre. Prior, I had seen a performance of the production in March 2009 at the cavernous Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago. And now, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” is back in Chicago, for a quick run through Sunday, April 2, once again booked at Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. The concept for this nearly two-hour and 30 minute concert, including a 20-minute intermission, is to transport audiences to...Read More
Month: March 2017
National tour ‘Circus 1903’ charms audiences with creative and entertaining opulence By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety It’s easy to be swept away with the magic of a circus visit to a small town. The rural farming town of my youth never had a circus tour stop through, but the annual summer carnival’s visit was also an exciting highlight and delight for all ages. Broadway In Chicago has happily welcomed a very special circus to the Windy City for just one week. This circus dates back to 1903 and serves as sturdy proof that what’s exciting and entertaining, when wrapped in worthy talent...Read More
Cathy Schenkelberg shines and defines in extended one-woman show ‘Squeeze My Cans’ By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety As a newspaper columnist who spends most nights in a theater seat, there are not many performances that grip me enough, plus offer an added entertaining incentive, to woo me to plop down some more dollars as a reason to see a production more than once, especially in the same week. Actress and voice-over talent Cathy Schenkelberg, and her hit one-woman show “Squeeze My Cans,” rank among those select show stage experiences capable of such a marquee magical spell. It’s little wonder her show has been extended by one-week and is now completing...Read More
Broadway in Chicago run of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ struts for audiences at Oriental Theatre By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety The stage story of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been teasing and entertaining audiences since it first opened as an Off-Broadway hit in 1998. By 2000, the rock musical was enjoying a West End run in London and then served up to new audiences as a feature film release in 2001, with the latter treatment deemed a box office failure with only $3 million in earnings compared to the project’s $6 million price tag. It wasn’t until 2014...Read More
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