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‘First Wives Club’ delivers the songs and stars, but the new musical is still looking for its heart

Mar 14, 2015 – 11:17 am
First Wives Club Broadway in Chicago

Review: “The First Wives Club,” the movie, was a sweet revenge caper for three of the funniest forty-something women in the business. Now Faith Prince as Brenda the loudmouth, Christine Sherrill as the aging star Elise and Carmen Cusack as the ditherer Annie star in the Broadway-bound musical comedy “First Wives Club,” playing at the Oriental Theatre. The musical is a work in progress but it has several heady things going for it, including these leading ladies, who fall together in a D-line when their husbands try to dump them. ★★

‘Motown the Musical’ launches tour in Chicago, and hometown headliner thinks that’s Supreme

May 7, 2014 – 10:54 am
Allison Semmes is Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour 2014

Preview: It was no great leap for Chicago native Allison Semmes to take on the role of Diana Ross for the national tour of “Motown the Musical,” which launches May 8 at the Oriental Theatre. Semmes grew up listening to the Supremes and other Motown sounds on her mom and dad’s vinyl LPs: “My parents say when I was about 3 years old, I was harmonizing with the vacuum cleaner.”

‘Heartbeat of Home’ shows new face of Ireland when dance cultures meld in touring spectacle

Mar 3, 2014 – 5:31 pm

Preview: Jamaican-born dancer Teneisha Bonner is a seasoned theater veteran, but she admits she had no idea of the world-widening experience awaiting her in the multi-ethnic dance spectacle that is “Heartbeat of Home.” The new extravaganza, from the same team that created “Riverdance,” makes its U.S. debut in Chicago on Tuesday night at the Oriental Theatre for a run through March 16.

Theater 2013-14: B’way in Chicago spotlights ‘Phantom,’ ‘Wicked’ and new Motown musical

Sep 9, 2013 – 10:29 am
Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall in The Phantom of the Opera - UK Tour (Alastair Muir)

13th in a series of season previews: Even as “The Book of Mormon” nears the end of its Windy City run, Broadway in Chicago is preparing for three more hit musicals — a new UK touring import for the 27-year-old “The Phantom of the Opera,” the 10th anniversary tour of “Wicked” and the first national tour of “Motown the Musical,” the story of Detroit vinyl mogul Berry Gordy, who made famous The Supremes, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5. There’s also a local angle in this season’s lineup of shows.

Behind forbidden love in ‘West Side Story,’ clashing views of what’s right in America

Jun 9, 2013 – 9:15 pm
Airborne dancers in West Side Story courtesy Broadway in Chicago

Preview: The crux of conflict in the musical “West Side Story” may be the time-honored insanity of warring factions – the Sharks and the Jets in this case – but the play is also a portrait of cultural assimilation and clashing perspectives on what an immigrant group has to gain and what it risks losing. This American classic comes to the Oriental Theatre on June 11 in a version modeled on the latest Broadway production, even to the use of Spanish dialogue.

Broadway in Chicago, riding high, sets stage for ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ in a spring season splash

Jan 1, 2013 – 4:38 pm
Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox in the national tour production of Jekyll and Hyde

B’way bound ‘Big Fish’ starts here