“A Minister’s Wife” @ Writers’ Theatre


My latest review is up on edgechicago:

Upon conclusion of the world premiere of A Minister’s Wife, I wanted to stand on something tall and stately to declare, “The modern musical is alive and well!”

Yes, while it’s all fine and good to have Hairsprays, Legally Blondes and Jersey Boys, it’s reassuring to know that beautifully intricate theatre songs can be used to support an adult storyline. Joshua Schmidt proves this by setting George Bernard Shaw’s timeless and beguiling play, Candida, to a rapturous new score. This jewel box of a musical is rounded out with lyrics by Jan Tranen and book by Austin Pendleton.

Full review here.

Yes, I totally took a dig on Legally Blonde. Happy?

(Also, their editor keeps introducing errors in my copy! Stop it, editor!)

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