Indulging in The Rhapsody Theater

Wed. June 22, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

The Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W. Morse Avenue, just opened with plenty of fanfare in the old Mayne Stage space in the Rogers Park area. Dr. Ricardo T. Rosenkranz and his team bought the 23,000-square-foot theater and have big plans for the property.

Large-scale renovations and a new sign graced the front of the historic building. There are 200 seats to fill in the theater and upstairs has a private area for exclusive gatherings. The liquor license arrived in the nick of time for the opening and food is planned in the bar as well.

Carisa Hendrix's brought her show Lucy Darling: Indulgence to brighten up the place on June 21, 2022. Part magic, part comedy and full of audience participation made Hendrix a success in every way. Improvisation and smooth tricks held the audience's attention for well over an hour of fun.

Curators of The Rhapsody Theater Chicago should take heed of the past problems the previous owners did. Programming is going to be the key to keeping this venue alive and thriving in a neighborhood full of diversity.

When asked about possible acts on the horizon at the opening night after-party, Rosenkranz stated that he would bring his background in classical music and magical arts to the table.

In the past, the live concert component eventually evolved into an easier-to-manage event center, so hopefully, that won't happen again as outside entertainment will surely be vital for The Rhapsody Theater.

There are other challenges with available parking being scarce in the area. Luckily, the theater is just steps from the redline Morse stop and valet options will be offered at times.

Visit for tickets to current shows and stay tuned to the website for future updates.