HuffPo Review: A Heartbreaking and Healing ‘Once’ at the Oriental Theatre

You’d be hard pressed to think of anything more intimate than the act of making music. Through music, one exposes themselves in a way that transcends mere talking or movement. It’s the ultimate exposure of one’s soul. And such rawness makes for compelling storytelling. Once, the 2012 Best Musical Tony winner based on the 2006… Read More HuffPo Review: A Heartbreaking and Healing ‘Once’ at the Oriental Theatre

HuffPo Review: High-energy Evita needs a touch of star quality

Evita is a touchstone in the modern musical theater canon. When the sung-through rock opera debuted in the late ’70s, it broke many rules. A musical about a polarizing political icon featuring a score (by a young and ambitious Andrew Lloyd Webber and his collaborator Tim Rice) that required the lead actress to rock belt… Read More HuffPo Review: High-energy Evita needs a touch of star quality

Chicago Like a Local: ‘Fela!’ at the Oriental Theatre

Fela!, which started as an Off-Broadway show in 2008 and has grown into an international sensation (and is now playing at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre through April 15), follows the life of Afrobeat Nigerian legend and activist, Fela Kuti. The high-energy concert/musical/political play portrays Kuti in the days when his public performances at the legendary nightclub… Read More Chicago Like a Local: ‘Fela!’ at the Oriental Theatre

I believe in love: ‘Hair’ national tour brings some flower power to the windy city

The dawning of an age: the national tour of “Hair” brings harmony and understanding to Chicago. A tribe of long-haired miscreants (read: hippies) has camped out at the Oriental Theatre to take us on a hallucinogenic tour of the late ’60s when it was all drugs, sex, rebellion, protesting and hair, hair, hair. Hair was… Read More I believe in love: ‘Hair’ national tour brings some flower power to the windy city