Chicago Lyric’s North American premiere of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ earns praise and awe By Philip Potempa Any audience entering the Lyric Opera House in Chicago is immediately dazzled and immersed in opulence from the first glances around the lobby and performance space. Add to this the experience, the lavish North American premiere of Timothy Sheader’s Olivier Award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,“ and the passion, emotion and excitement exceed all expectations. What began five years ago in 2013 as an amazing gift from the great minds at the Chicago Lyric to bring...Read More
Month: May 2018
‘Wizard of Oz’ national tour has ageless audience appeal at Chicago Theatre By Philip Potempa My last trip down the Yellow Brick Road for a visit to the Land of Oz, as a stage landscape, large national tour, was in May 2014. It was the newly imagined production with Danielle Wade as Dorothy, courtesy of this actress being chosen by Canadian audiences via the CBC TV’s reality show “Over The Rainbow.” While true to the MGM classic 1939 film screenplay and containing all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, that touring production...Read More
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