More than a decade ago, I saw my first Chicago storefront-produced musical. It was the swinging Burt Bacharach tuner Promises, Promises, produced by a little theatre group called Porchlight Music Theatre. Porchlight has been on my radar since then, and while their shows over the years have been usually well-produced, they’ve often seemed a little, well, generic. But since Michael Weber took the reins as the new artistic director, he’s promised us “American musicals. Chicago style.”
If this smart and sophisticated production of Putting it Together is any indication of what else is in store, I’m delighted to say it seems Weber, with his succinct mantra in mind, has injected Porchlight with a much-needed point of view.
Read the rest of my review on Chicago Like a Local >
Also, not noted in this review: McKinley Carter’s shoes (especially her second act pair) are *to die*.