Music Theatre Company’s sweetly sincere ‘The Baker’s Wife’ charms

Sometimes all you need is a committed, eager, talented cast, a piano and a director with vision to deliver a delightful evening of musical theatre. And Music Theatre Company in Highland Park, under the direction of Dominic Missimi, is serving up a scrappy, sincere and streamlined production of that legendary flop musical, The Baker’s Wife… Read More Music Theatre Company’s sweetly sincere ‘The Baker’s Wife’ charms

My very gay weekend: ‘Valley of the Dolls’ at Music Box Theatre (with special guest Patty Duke) and Miranda Sings

Can we say gayest weekend ever? First up: a viewing of that classic 1967 film, “Valley of the Dolls,” at the Music Box Theatre. If you know anything about me, or if you want to know anything about me, I take my VOTD quite seriously. I’ve thrown VOTD viewing parties. I’ve read Jacqueline Susann’s book.… Read More My very gay weekend: ‘Valley of the Dolls’ at Music Box Theatre (with special guest Patty Duke) and Miranda Sings

Haters, back off: an interview with the gal behind YouTube sensation, ‘Miranda Sings’

Colleen Ballinger (left) and her creation, Miranda (right). Pretend you’ve made some silly YouTube videos that you posted as an inside joke for your friends. For months, these videos got a few hits, maybe 100 at the most. And then one morning you discover one of your videos has topped 70,000 plays. Overnight. That’s exactly… Read More Haters, back off: an interview with the gal behind YouTube sensation, ‘Miranda Sings’

Seth Rudetsky brings his love of showtunes and beltresses to Highland Park

“People often ask me: Seth, when did you begin deconstructing?,” says Seth Rudetsky in his hi-larious one-man show, Deconstructing Broadway, which played two performances this weekend at the Music Theatre Company space in Highland Park. “That’s like asking me,” he says with a raised eyebrow and a shade-throwing glare, “when did I begin being critical?” For… Read More Seth Rudetsky brings his love of showtunes and beltresses to Highland Park