Feature Column: ShowBizQ


11/26/2016 - Lyric's "DON QUICHOTTE" Is a Glorious Quest
Lyric's "DON QUICHOTTE" Is a Glorious Theatrical Quest

11/10/2016 - Marriott's SINGING IN THE RAIN Shines With Talent
“Singing in the Rain” Showering the Audience with Fantastic Talent


08/21/2016 - Light Opera Works Gives Us A Broadway Quality MAME




04/22/2016 - Marriott's EVITA Lacks Complexity
Complexities of the Real Eva Peron Lacking in Marriott's EVITA

02/11/2016 - Randy Harrison Is Flawless in CABARET
Randy Harrison gives flawless performance in CABARET

01/28/2016 - Drury Lane’s BYE BYE BIRDIE Reinvents Classic
Drury Lane’s BYE BYE BIRDIE Brilliantly Reinvents The Classic Musical

12/31/2015 - A Dazzling Guys & Dolls at Light Opera Works
A Dazzling Guys & Dolls at Light Opera Works in Evanston

12/30/2015 - GOTTA DANCE Teaches The Joyous Living Of Life

11/16/2015 - Fleming Masters The Art in Lyric's MERRY WIDOW
Fleming Masters The Art in Lyric Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW

11/08/2015 - Matt Raftery Delivers a Brilliant WHITE CHRISTMAS

10/20/2015 - REVIEW: I SAW What You did Last Summer
I SAW What You did Last Summer

10/02/2015 - Milwaukee Rep Delivers An Electrifying DREAMGIRLS

10/02/2015 - A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Is Pure Gold

09/29/2015 - Goodman’s DISGRACED Proves A Powerful Drama

07/07/2015 - Goodman's Brilliant Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

02/09/2015 - Marriott's LA CAGE aux FOLLES Remains Poignant

02/09/2015 - Marriott's LA CAGE aux FOLLES Remains Poignant

01/25/2015 - Drury Lane's Powerful WEST SIDE STORY

01/09/2015 - Showbiz Q's Top 10
Showbiz Q Top 10 of 2014

12/18/2014 - CINDERELLA Arrives at the Palace!

12/03/2014 - THE MOUSETRAP Remains A Powerful Work
Northlight’s THE MOUSETRAP Still Has the Power to Catch it’s Audience

11/11/2014 - TITANIC – Brilliantly Resurrected

11/04/2014 - Marriott's THE KING & I Is a Puzzlement

11/04/2014 - Marriott's THE KING & I Is a Puzzlement

08/27/2014 - Marriott’s ON THE TOWN Is One Helluva Production

08/18/2014 - McNally's SOME MEN Is A Precipice in History

08/13/2014 - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Twilight of Tradition

08/06/2014 - Ronald Keaton's 'Churchill'
Ronald Keaton's 'Churchill' brilliantly acted but needs more conflict

07/12/2014 - USA Network's Orgasmic 'Satisfaction'
USA Network's new series 'Satisfaction' engages on multi-level

06/26/2014 - Sting's 'The Last Ship' is brilliantly on course

06/23/2014 - BrightSide Theatre's Stellar 'Cabaret'
BrightSide Theatre's 'Cabaret' is one for the record books

06/07/2014 - Carrie – A Production That You Will Never Forget

06/04/2014 - 'The White Snake' needs more skin
Mary Zimmerman’s 'The White Snake' needs a more developed metamorphis

05/13/2014 - '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche' is brilliant
Lesbe-honest, '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche' is brilliant

05/11/2014 - Urie Creates A Relatable Diva In Buyer & Cellar

05/10/2014 - MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Moves Mountains

05/02/2014 - Wonderful 'Wizard of Oz'
Andrew Lloyd Webber gives us a wonderful 'Wizard of Oz'

04/29/2014 - Lyric Opera Redefines THE SOUND OF MUSIC

04/26/2014 - Dead Writers reinvigorates 'Emma'

04/09/2014 - 'Les Miserables' finds its soul in redemption
Drury Lane’s 'Les Miserables' finds its soul in redemption

02/27/2014 - MacLeod and Marroquin create the ultimate CHICAGO
MacLeod and Marroquin create the ultimate 'Chicago'

01/18/2014 - Hollis Resnik Soars As Judy Garland
Resnik Soars As Garland in Milwaukee Rep’s END OF THE RAINBOW

01/18/2014 - New version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Is A Triumph

12/26/2013 - Mary Wilson & The Four Tops Reign Supreme

12/12/2013 - WE THREE LIZA’S Is The Perfect Holiday Redemption

11/24/2013 - POLAROID STORIES Is Brilliant Performance Art
Polaroid Stories brilliantly illustrates theater of fhe uncomfortable

11/02/2013 - WICKED 10 Years Triumpant

10/09/2013 - "Directions For Restoring" Emotionally Authentic
"Directions For Restoring the Apparently Dead" is a Gem

10/01/2013 - VERONICA’S ROOM Proves BoHo Can Do It All

09/22/2013 - EVITA Becomes A Modern Day Classic

09/06/2013 - Mercury Theatre Mounts A Vibrant COLOR PURPLE
Mercury Theatre mounts a vibrant 'Color Purple'

08/23/2013 - Next to Normal is emotionally polarizing
'Next to Normal' sets a new benchmark for Drury Lane Theatre

08/09/2013 - THE LAST FIVE YEARS Elevates The Genre
THE LAST FIVE YEARS Gloriously Elevates The Musical Theatre Genre

08/08/2013 - FLASHDANCE Is A Maniac Of A Musical

07/29/2013 - REVIEW: Redtwist's THE BEAUTIFUL DARK
THE BEAUTIFUL DARK Explores Ethics In The Age Of Mass Shootings

07/16/2013 - Review of A Red Orchid’s “Simpatico”
Red Orchid’s “Simpatico” a Full Field of Intriguing Characters

07/03/2013 - Goodman’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Visually Stunning
Goodman’s THE JUNGLE BOOK shows the natural power of assimilation

07/01/2013 - MAHAL shows cost of the American Dream
MAHAL shows the sameness of the family through cultural divides

06/12/2013 - WEST SIDE STORY Remains Vital Theater
WEST SIDE STORY Remains A Vital Part Of American Theatre

06/10/2013 - BoHo’s Potent KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
BoHo’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Weaves A Web of Intimacy

05/02/2013 - TEA WITH EDIE & FITZ Is Intellectually Intricate
Tea with Edie & Fitz, intellectually intricate look at literary giants

04/25/2013 - Rachel York Is 'De-Perfect' in ANYTHING GOES
Rachel York Is 'De-Perfect' in Roundabout's Anything Goes

04/21/2013 - Big Fish Caught In Theatrical Flux

04/17/2013 - AMERICAN IDIOT Is Back With A Vengeance

04/12/2013 - Drury Lane's OLIVER! Plays It Safe
You Will Find Lots of Love In Drury Lane’s OLIVER!

04/08/2013 - MARIA/STUART Offers Pleasure Through Disfunction
Sideshow’s Maria/Stuart offers pleasure through disfunction

All Hail Priscilla, Queen of the Musical

03/06/2013 - Gift Theatre’s VIGILS Shows The Freedom in Letting
Gift Theatre’s Vigils shows the freedom in letting go

02/18/2013 - Goodman's TEDDY FERRARA Opens Up Needed Dialogue
Actors Ground TEDDY FERRARA'S LGBTQ Issues In Collegiate Reality

Gritty BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO Examines The Value of Life

02/03/2013 - Drury Lane’s SUNSET BLVD. Is A Bit Unfocused

02/01/2013 - CATHY RIGBY is PETER PAN
CATHY RIGBY is PETER PAN Will Make You Feel Like A Child Again

01/29/2013 - Lloyd Webber Proves Why He Is NOW & FOREVER
Andrew Lloyd Webber proves why he is Now & Forever

01/23/2013 - THE MUSIC MAN Trumpets To Success
Paramount Theatre’s THE MUSIC MAN Trumpets To Success

01/11/2013 - Pygmalion Gives Eliza Her Independence
BoHo & Stage Left's Pygmalion gives Eliza her independence

01/10/2013 - Steppenwolf’s “The Motherf**cker With The Hat"
Hypocrisy rules in Steppenwolf’s “The Motherf**cker With The Hat”

12/22/2012 - Hooper’s Les Misérables Brings Us Home

12/20/2012 - Chicago's THE BOOK OF MORMON is a faith healer

12/19/2012 - WAR HORSE Is A Spectular Epic
WAR HORSE captures the timeless bond between humans and animals

12/16/2012 - After 85 Years Rockettes Still Spectacular
After 85 years Rockettes Christmas still spectacular

12/07/2012 - SINGING IN THE RAIN Is A Slick Machine
Drury Lane’s SINGING IN THE RAIN Is A Slickly Produced Machine

12/04/2012 - WE 3 LIZA’S Is A Fantastic Holiday Survival Guide

11/23/2012 - Court Theatre Successfully Resurrects THE DEAD
Court Theatre Successfully Resurrects James Joyce’s "The Dead"

11/15/2012 - SISTER ACT Will Redeem Your Soul

11/14/2012 - Northlight Theatre’s THE ODD COUPLE
Northlight Theatre’s THE ODD COUPLE Keeps Focus On Friendship

11/08/2012 - Timeline's WASTELAND Is Rich In Solitude
Timeline’s WASTELAND Shows The Gripping Brotherhood of Man

11/03/2012 - THE QUALITY OF LIFE Questions The Ethics of Dying
THE QUALITY OF LIFE Explores the Morality of Mortality


10/23/2012 - THE OPPONENT Is A TKO (Theatrical Knock-out)!
A Red Orchid's THE OPPONENT Is A TKO (Theatrical Knock-out)!

10/18/2012 - Billy Porter is the Soul of KINKY BOOTS

10/14/2012 - Pacholski Directs An Actor-Centric ASSASSINS

10/10/2012 - Bailiwick's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Rocks!
Bailiwick’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Is Emo-Brilliant!

10/06/2012 - A Well Balanced SUNDAY IN THE PARK

10/02/2012 - Goodman's Sobering SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
Cromer Brings a Sobering SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH To The Goodman

09/27/2012 - Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE Examines Luck
Steppenwolf’s GOOD PEOPLE Is A Fascinating Look at Luck

09/20/2012 - I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE Is Golden
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is the golden age of TV reborn

09/14/2012 - Drury Lane's XANADU Is Alive!

09/13/2012 - Milwaukee Rep Stages A Definitive “ASSASSINS”

09/03/2012 - Vitalist’s ‘pool (no water)’ Goes Off The Deep End

09/03/2012 - Marriott's DREAMGIRLS: Your Gonna Love It!

08/27/2012 - IDOMENEUS Sings Like A Greek Chorus
Sideshow’s IDOMENEUS Sings Like A Greek Chorus

08/11/2012 - 'Great American Trailer Park Musical Is Trashy Fun
'Great American Trailer Park Musical' is trashy fun

08/08/2012 - Theatre at The Center’s “Little Shop Of Horrors”
Theatre at The Center’s “Little Shop Of Horrors” shows its fangs

08/03/2012 - Goodman’s ‘Crowns’ Proves It Takes A Village

08/01/2012 - ‘The Vortex’ Is A Modern Masterwork
‘The Vortex’ proves coward is not dead yet

07/30/2012 - 'WTC View' Explores Loss Of The Everyman

07/29/2012 - Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour Gays It “Up”

07/22/2012 - La Soirée est Magnifique

07/21/2012 - "Girls Night; The Musical" Needs A Magic Mike

07/17/2012 - ‘Hero: The Musical’ Takes Us Up, Up & Away
‘Hero: The Musical’ takes us up, up and away

07/15/2012 - 'A Steady Rain' Returns

07/09/2012 - Cirque Shanghai 'Year of The Dragon'

07/08/2012 - Eastland: A New Musical Theatrically Spiritual

06/19/2012 - BoHo's 'Floyd Collins' Is A Visceral Epic

06/17/2012 - ‘Dancing Queen’ Head Trip at Riverfront Theater

06/05/2012 - Crow's Voyage Becomes A Tangled Tale

05/10/2012 - Saloff's Voice Transforms 'Butterfly'

04/20/2012 - 'Motherhood the Musical' Knows Who Is Watching

04/18/2012 - 'Girl You Know It's True' Tackles The Fame Moster

04/13/2012 - Street Tempo Re-Imagines "Little Shop Of Horrors"

04/12/2012 - 'Freud's Last Session' Gives Us The Great Debate

02/28/2012 - Finnegan Shines In "A Catered Affair"

02/25/2012 - Drury Lane Mounts an Iconic "GYPSY"

02/06/2012 - Timeline's Stock Rises With 'Enron'

02/06/2012 - 'dark play or stories for boys' Virtual Perfection

02/05/2012 - 'Jack's Precious Moment' Emotionally Cracked

02/02/2012 - BoHo's 'Tartuffe' Not Lost In Translation

02/01/2012 - Marriott's "Legally Blonde" A Guilty Pleasure

01/25/2012 - Goodman Theatre Stages an Amazing "Race"

01/13/2012 - Playwright Carlos Murillo Goes Viral

01/10/2012 - Hollis Resnik Is Still Here!

12/21/2011 - 'Elizabeth Rex' at Chicago Shakes

12/13/2011 - Griffin's "Spring Awakening"

12/04/2011 - Goodman's 'A Christmas Carol' Redeems The Spirit

11/30/2011 - 'The Christmas Schooner' Sails At The Mercury

11/25/2011 - 'Let My People Come" Makes The Old New Again

11/25/2011 - Court's 'An Iliad' Is A Fantastic Odyssey

11/18/2011 - Prop's 'All The Girls Love Bobby Kennedy'

11/18/2011 - "Walk Two Moons" Keeps Kids Attention

11/12/2011 - 'Maestro' Is The Best Of All Possible Worlds

11/11/2011 - Gift Theatre's 'Cloud 9' Deserves Sold-Out Run

11/08/2011 - 'Bad Boys of Dance' Bring In The New

11/02/2011 - “Bus Stop” is Old Country Buffet

11/02/2011 - Profiles Mounts A Problematic "Behanding"

10/29/2011 - Re-Mount of "FRAT" Expertly Examines Brotherhood

10/28/2011 - 'The Doyle & Debbie Show' Darn Near Perfection

10/25/2011 - Interrobang's "The Argument" Masterfully Macabre

10/24/2011 - Strawdog's Nearly Flawless "Old Times"

10/18/2011 - BoHo Gives Us The Simple Joys Of 'Pippin'

10/10/2011 - Remy Bumppo's "Mourning Becomes Electra"

10/02/2011 - Goodman's "Red" Is High Art

10/01/2011 - Raven's “Bus Stop” is Old Country Buffet

09/30/2011 - Bailiwick's "Violet" Redeems The Soul

09/28/2011 - Hypocrites “Sophocles” Revels in Blood

09/27/2011 - “Yellowman” is a Two Man Army

09/21/2011 - 'Count Of Monte Cristo' Is Pure Providence

09/19/2011 - “Hallelujah Broadway” Fly With One Wing

09/15/2011 - "Waiting For Lefty" Packs A Punch

09/12/2011 - Fringe's "Weinermobile" Is A Journey Relished

09/07/2011 - Audience Needs A Prozac With "Women Are Crazy..."

09/07/2011 - "Putting It Together" Makes Everybody Rise!

07/21/2011 - "A Beautiful Spell" Misses Marital Magic

07/13/2011 - Cirque Shanghai Gets An 'Extreme' Makeover

07/06/2011 - Hwang's 'Chinglish' Is A Modern Masterpiece

06/29/2011 - BoHo Mounts A Scorching "Icarus"

05/21/2011 - Alvin Ailey's Relevant Revelations

09/30/2010 - “Rock of Ages” Ain’t Nothin But a Good Time

12/17/2009 - Lookingglass’ ICARUS Will Melt Your Heart

12/10/2009 - 'The Addams Family' Is Happy/Sad

12/06/2009 - ‘Beethoven As I Knew Him’ Is An Ode To Joy
Felder’s ‘Beethoven As I Knew Him’ Is An Ode To Joy

12/06/2009 - Jackie Hoffman Is Our Savior Of Comedy

11/26/2009 - 'South Pacific' Retelling Is A Triumph

11/16/2009 - Thoroughly Mediocre Millie
Thoroughly Mediocre Millie at the Drury Lane Theatre Oak Brook, review by Michael J. Roberts

10/18/2009 - ‘Hairspray’ Is Musical Theatre Perfection
Marriott’s ‘Hairspray’ Is Musical Theatre Perfection

10/16/2009 - 'Cats' Reborn

09/30/2009 - La Mancha & The Fantastick's Grounded In Simplicit
La Mancha & The Fantastick's Grounded In Simplicity

09/28/2009 - Broadway Revival Of 'Hair' Tribally Relevant

08/24/2009 - Route 66 Amps Up 'High Fidelity'

08/15/2009 - Marriott’s Piazza è Magnifica

07/30/2009 - 'Footloose' Cuts With Stellar Cast

07/30/2009 - 'The Mistress Cycle' Is A Triumph Of Womanhood

07/04/2009 - Steppenwolf's 'Up' Is Emotionally Grounded
Steppenwolf's 'Up' is emotionally grounded, review by Michael Roberts

07/02/2009 - 'Pump Boys & Dinettes' Inflates Old Stereotypes
Drury Lane's 'Pump Boys & Dinettes' Inflates Old Stereotypes

06/04/2009 - Goodman's 'The Crowd You're In With'
The Crowd You're In With proves the importance of being earnest

05/27/2009 - Marriott's 'Spelling Bee' Goes For The Jugular

04/29/2009 - Thornton's Powerful 'Sex, Dreams & Self Control'
Thornton's 'Sex, Dreams & Self Control', a showcase of self discovery

04/29/2009 - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Snow White and The 7 Drag Queens is the most original of them all

03/26/2009 - Portman delivers a poignant 'Evita'
Portman keeps her promise and delivers a poignant 'Evita'

03/02/2009 - 'Chicago" For a New Generation
'Chicago for a new generation, at the Oriental Theatre through March 8

02/25/2009 - Lookingglass Give Us An Older But Wiser 'Our Town'
Lookingglass gives us an older but wiser 'Our Town'

02/04/2009 - Xanadu, a balance of comedy and camp
Xanadu at the Drury Lane nicely balances the comedy with the camp

01/21/2009 - The Heat's Back On In 'Saigon'
The heat's back on in 'Saigon,' at Drury Lane Oakbrook

01/14/2009 - 'Don't Dress For Dinner' Is A Gastronomical Feast
'Don't Dress For Dinner' is a gastronomical feast of funny

01/07/2009 - Sears & Weed Make ‘The Bowery Boys’ Shine
Sears and weed make ‘The Bowery Boys’ shine

12/09/2008 - Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis is a grand holiday getaway

11/12/2008 - Million Dollar Quartet
'Million Dollar Quartet' is the crown jewel for jukebox musicals

10/29/2008 - Drury Lane’s ‘Mame’ Lives!

10/27/2008 - Dirty Dancing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
Despite missteps, "Dirty Dancing" brings the heat

10/08/2008 - Steppenwolf’s ‘Kafka’ is Unparalleled
Steppenwolf’s ‘Kafka’ is unparalleled, review by Michael J. Roberts

09/29/2008 - Theatre At The Center’s The Producers
Theatre At The Center’s The Producers Relies On Its Predecessors

09/24/2008 - Mamma Mia! Returns
Mamma Mia! Returns: How Can We Resist Ya

09/17/2008 - The People's Temple
'The People's Temple' Explores The Anatomy Of A Cult

09/10/2008 - Liza: ‘Happy Everything!’
Liza with a “Z” remains one of the greatest entertainers in the world

08/24/2008 - ‘The Juliet Letter’ Gets A Powerful Delivery

08/13/2008 - Bette Midler's "Showgirl" Sizzles at The Venue
Bette Midler's "Showgirl" sizzles at The Venue, review by Alissa Norby

08/06/2008 - Marriott’s ‘The Full Monty’ Is A Little Limp
Marriott’s ‘The Full Monty’ is a little limp, review in ShowBizQ

07/23/2008 - Goodman’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Is Pure Platinum
Goodman’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ is pure platinum, review in ShowbizQ

07/03/2008 - ‘Superior Donuts’ Is A True Taste Of Chicago
‘Superior Donuts’ is a true taste of Chicago, review in ShowbizQ

06/18/2008 - ‘Kid From Brooklyn’ Leaves Danny Kaye M.I.A.

06/18/2008 - Didier’s Dances Dazzle In ‘Cirque Shanghai: Gold’

06/11/2008 - Golly Gee: Berkobien’s ‘Buddy’ Is Brilliant!
Golly Gee: Berkobien’s ‘Buddy’ is brilliant, review in ShowbizQ

05/31/2008 - ‘Avenue Q’ Is Puppetry Of The Purpose!

05/18/2008 - Psychedelic Shout! Lands At Water Tower
Psychedelic Shout! lands at Water Tower, review by Michael J. Roberts

05/05/2008 - ‘Around The World in 80 Days’
‘Around The World in 80 Days’ Is A Trip Worth Taking!

05/01/2008 - Nastrovia to Nadler and his Russians!

04/21/2008 - Power’s Powerful ‘Fiorello!' Blossoms Again

04/15/2008 - ‘Knute Rockne-All American’ Tackles A Legend
‘Knute Rockne-All American’ Tackles A Legend, review in ShowBizQ

04/13/2008 - ‘Vampire Weekend’ Fangs Radical Genius
‘Vampire Weekend’ fangs radical genius during sold-out concert

04/13/2008 - ‘Nine’ Goes An Unusual Way
‘Nine’ Goes An Unusual Way, review by Michael J. Roberts

04/10/2008 - Can You Hear Me Now? I’m Dead!

04/05/2008 - ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Has A Jewel In Opel

04/03/2008 - Mandy Patinkin Brings It Home
Mandy Patinkin Brings It Home, review by Michael J. Roberts

03/30/2008 - Brothers Share Torment ‘In A Dark Dark House’

03/30/2008 - “The Attempters” Are In The House!
“The Attempters” Are In The House! - full review by Michael J. Roberts

03/29/2008 - Side Project Theatre Comes of Age

03/26/2008 - Speaking Ring’s ‘Diviner’s’ Springs Awakening

03/26/2008 - A Smart & ‘Sweet Charity’
A Smart & ‘Sweet Charity’, review by Michael J. Roberts

03/21/2008 - ‘Carter’s Way’ Jazzes The Senses
‘Carter’s Way’ jazzes the senses, review by Michael J. Roberts

03/19/2008 - BoHo’s ‘M.Butterfly’ Sheds It’s Cocoon
BoHo’s ‘M.Butterfly’ Sheds It’s Cocoon, review by Michael J. Roberts

03/12/2008 - Pitching Penguins
‘Pitching Penguins’ In Need Of A Trim, review by Michael J. Roberts

03/05/2008 - A Steady Rain
Lightening Strikes Twice For ‘A Steady Rain’

03/01/2008 - Distant Worlds
A Stellar Premier from ‘Distant Worlds’

02/22/2008 - My Dinner With Amy
‘My Dinner With Amy’ is a galloping gourmet of laughs!

02/20/2008 - Jesus Christ Superstar With Neeley Rocks!
'Jesus Christ Superstar' with Neeley rocks the Cadillac Palace Theatre

02/15/2008 - Marriott’s “Les Miz” Is A Theatrical Triumph!
The Marriott Theatre's "Les Miz" is a theatrical triumph

10/20/2007 - Altar Boyz
Altar Boyz has settled into the Drury Lane Water Tower Theatre