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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Oriental Theatre

Robert Bullen | Posted 12.07.2016 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Jukebox musicals. Such a phrase makes those who love musical theatre shudder with a wave of disgust, as it exemplifies the devolution of the art form....

Gloria and Emilio Estefan's "On Your Feet" Renews Faith in the American Dream

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.22.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

On Your Feet!, the musical of the life and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan now playing at the Oriental Theatre through July 5, reminds me of one of my favorite lessons: You are never going to be any better than yourself. And the moment you change who you are for someone else, you disempower yourself.

Black Ties, Boleyns and News Boys: Three Shows in Four Days

Robert Bullen | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The challenge was simple: Three wildly different shows in four days. My 68-year-old mother joined me and provided her input.

Interview with Buyer & Cellar Star, Michael Urie

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Buyer & Cellar tells the story of a struggling actor who takes on the oddest of odd jobs by working in Barbra Streisand's basement mall (which is actually a real thing that exists in Ms. Streisand's Malibu home). In doing so, he encounters the star and awkwardness and hilarity ensues.

Catch This Starcatcher Before it Flies Off

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.07.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While the play Peter and the Starcatcher is essentially the backstory of Peter Pan (kind of like what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz), don't expect lighthearted tunes and choreographed flying.

Ghost the Musical National Tour: Nothing But Smoke and Mirrors

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

I'm a fan of Ghost the Musical. Or, well, I was. At some point early into the first act of this first national tour, I turned to my friend and said, "I'm so sorry."

A Heartbreaking and Healing Once at the Oriental Theatre

Robert Bullen | Posted 12.11.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Once, the 2012 Best Musical Tony winner based on the 2006 Irish film, celebrates music's innate power. Chicago is lucky to host the stellar first national tour of this stunning new work for a short few weeks, and it's a must-see.

High-Energy Evita Needs a Touch of Star Quality

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While this tour needs some time to find its footing and grit, there are many assets, including a sizable orchestra and thrilling new orchestrations, that make this a worthy viewing.

It's All About the Dance in Flashdance - The Musical

Robert Bullen | Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Look. Flashdance - The Musical is not great theatre. It's not even very good. However, it is entertaining. Particularly due to the fact that it's a show about following one's passion by overcoming the odds. We can latch on to Alex's story.

Rachel York Leads a Deliciously Zany Anything Goes

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Anything Goes is one of those shows that never takes itself too seriously. It isn't afraid to get a little bawdy and bend the rules -- but it always comes out on top, full of class, champagne bubbles and loads of style.

Catch Me If You Can Tour Features a Star-Making Performance

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The fresh-faced Stephen Anthony, who plays infamous con man Frank Abagnale Jr., offers a star-making performance in the first national tour of Catch Me If You Can which is playing through April 14 at the Cadillac Place Theatre.

A Drag-tastic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Pulls Out All the Stops

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.22.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Crammed on a bus with a seemingly unlimited supply of champagne, outfits and imagination, it's an adventure for all. Now, Priscilla isn't high art, but for what it is, it's pretty fantastic.

Delightful Kinky Boots Kicks Up Its Heels in Pre-Broadway Engagement

Robert Bullen | Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

If there's a single compelling reason to see Kinky Boots, a lively new musical based on a 2005 British comedic film that's currently making its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago, it's Billy Porter's bravura turn as sassy drag queen Lola.

Tony-Winning 'Book Of Mormon' Is Chicago-Bound

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

Chicago theatre fans received exciting news Wednesday as Broadway in Chicago announced that the Tony Award-winning, "South Park" creators-penned "The ...