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Theater 2015-16: Porchlight, in its Chicago style, jumps into season of musicals with ‘Side Show’

Sep 1, 2015 – 6:12 pm
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Seventh in a series of season previews: Michael Weber, the artistic director at Porchlight Music Theatre, makes no bones about his company being a brash urban Chicago enterprise. That, he says, is why Porchlight’s 2015-16 season opener, a revamped version of the 1997 musical “Side Show,” is going to be special. Then, as if to underscore this true grit, it’s on to another earthy evening with an encore of the company’s Jefferson Award-winning Fats Waller revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

‘Sweeney Todd’ at Porchlight: Indulge yourself with the best meat pie in Chicago; it’s deep dish

Oct 22, 2014 – 9:25 pm
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Review: The demon barber of Fleet Street is a bad one, that’s for sure; and Porchlight Music Theatre has a good one in David Girolmo. But the crucial ingredient of Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical is that demonic purveyor of meat pies, Mrs. Lovett – and in Rebecca Finnegan, Porchlight boasts a beaut. ★★★★★

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ at Porchlight: The joint’s (almost) jumpin’ as singers ease into swing

Feb 9, 2014 – 10:07 am
The joint is jumpin' with the cast of 'Ain't Misbehaviin'' produced by Porchlight Theatre at Stage 773. (Kelsey Jorissen photo)

Review: On opening night, Porchlight Music Theatre’s go at the Fats Waller revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’” gave the impression of two different shows, one ready and one not quite. The good news is that the sharper, more relaxed and spontaneous effort came in the second half, when perhaps nerves had calmed and the company of five singing, hoofing show folks started to look like they were simply having fun. ★★★

Theater 2013-14: Chicago premiere leads off Porchlight’s exploration of musical landscape

Aug 15, 2013 – 6:57 pm
The Aguilar brothers - Adrian and Alexander - play a couple of song and dance men on deadline in 'Double Trouble' (Brandon Dahlquist)

Fourth in a series of season previews: Porchlight Music Theatre prides itself on taking a new approach to classic musicals, “as if the script just came across the desk,” says managing artistic director Michael Weber. Opening with the Chicago premiere of the two-hand farce “Double Trouble,” Porchlight’s 2013-14 season reflects that spirit of approaching a show “with an understanding that we can stretch it and explore it in a different way.”

Opportunist meets shrewd socialite, and his match, in Porchlight’s vivacious ‘Pal Joey’

May 1, 2013 – 5:39 pm
Adrian Aguilar as Joey Evans and Susie McMonagle as Vera Simpson in Pal Joey produced by Porchlight Music Theatre credit Brandon Dahlquist

Review: ★★★★

Agony and ecstasy of jazz icon Billie Holiday all in night’s work for ‘Lady Day’ star Rogers

Feb 3, 2013 – 6:53 pm
Porchlight's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille stars Alexis J. Rogers - photo by Kelsey Jorissen

Preview: Singer-actress Alexis Rogers thinks of herself as cut from the same cloth as the great jazz vocalist Billie Holiday – a spunky, lively, laughing spirit, and someone who doesn’t mince words. That’s the briefly resurgent Billie Holiday, heroin-addicted and near the end of her life, embodied by Rogers in Lanie Robertson’s musical bio-drama “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” for Porchlight Music Theatre.

Porchlight’s ill-packaged ‘Gifts of the Magi’ muddles a simple message about true love

Nov 24, 2012 – 11:24 am
Porchlight Music Theatre The Gifts of the Magi 2012 with Chelsea Morgan as Della Dillingham credit Kelsey Jorissen

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The New Season: It isn’t pizza in Porchlight’s oven, but well-spiced musicals Chicago-style

Aug 3, 2012 – 12:28 am
Michael Weber at center with the company of Porchlight Music Theatre

Third in a series of season previews: A rethought, more visceral Porchlight Music Theatre rolls out its 18th season with two Chicago premieres to be followed by a searing portrait of the faded Billie Holiday and “Pal Joey,” Rodgers and Hart’s anti-hero driven drama on the dark side of the human comedy.

Role Playing: Rebecca Finnegan finds lyrical heart of a lonely woman in ‘A Catered Affair’

Mar 21, 2012 – 7:34 pm
Rebecca Finnegan featured image by Brandon Dahlquist

Interview: So perfectly does Rebecca Finnegan blend her painful lyric pauses into the narrative flow of “A Catered Affair,” at Porchlight Music Theater, that you scarcely notice she has ramped up from speech to song. Then the swelling power of that voice grabs you, and you realize you’re watching something special: an accomplished actor who’s also a genuine singer.