Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/21

April 21, 2011

1. Alan Cumming is coming to Chicago (how many times has that pun been made?)! He'll be performing his one man cabaret show I Bought a Blue Car Today on May 28th. Yes, that's a long time from now, but he's a big deal, so get on it. Cumming was actually in the Broadway production of Cabaret in 1994, and his television show The Good Wife is set in Chicago (though disappointingly not filmed here) so this seems like a natural melding of the two. 

2. Merrily We Roll Along is getting consistently consistent reviews; Onstage/Backstage's own Kelly Kleiman was looking forward to it a few weeks ago, the Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times calls it "a worthwhile time", and Chris Jones of the Tribune says "The vibe is young and fresh." So it's not blowing anyone out of the water, but it is plodding comfortably with a warm glow about it.

3. Another Sondheim classic, A Little Night Music is set to open in previews tomorrow night at the Circle Theatre, which has had a particularly exciting season - they've done everything from Kiss Me, Kate to The Wedding Singer, and after A Little Night Music will have The Women, and Urinetown later in the year. A word to the wise: Don't brush up on the plot of The Women by seeing the movie. Meg Ryan's face isn't the same since When Harry Met Sally, Annette Bening doesn't save it, and I'm pretty sure we all hate change.

4. The King and I opens at Stage 773 tomorrow night as presented by Porchlight Music Theatre. So it's not Sondheim, but Rogers and Hammerstein will probably do the trick. 

5. Blink and you missed it (until next month): The Belmont Burlesque Revue is sold out this Saturday. Why so popular? After May 28th, they'll be retiring their monthly open run of shows at the Playground Theater. In a note from the director and founding member of the troupe, Paris Green emphasized that they are "*not* breaking up, closing down or otherwise ending our time together as a troupe - we're simply moving on to other burlesque projects as a group."

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