| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Most years, the last full week before Christmas is quiet — the best-of-the-year lists are already done, and the holiday perennials are up and running. Steppenwolf, which is not about to program "The Gift of the Magi," sometimes opens a defiantly...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:34 AM
The biggest box-office hit of the new Broadway season hasn't even officially opened yet.
"Betrayal," the latest revival of Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, is in previews and set to open Oct. 27 with a cast that includes real-life...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:58 AM
The show: The tour of "Flashdance" at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.
First impressions: In terms of the movie musicals of the '70s and '80s, "Flashdance" may be the most incredulous. Adrian Lyne's visually arresting (in an...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 PM
The daily ticket lottery for the Broadway production of "The Book of Mormon" is a show in itself. Each day, theatergoers gather outside the Eugene O'Neill theater and submit their names for a random drawing. The lucky winners score tickets to cheers...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 PM
"Will I like this show?"
A critic is often asked that question — by total strangers, no less — as if it's possible to know the precise taste of any theatergoer.
With "The Book of Mormon," the touring Broadway hit that opens Tuesday, Oct....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:07 PM
"The Book of Mormon," which ends its Chicago engagement at the Bank of America Theatre on Oct. 6 after 43 weeks and 344 performances, is coming back to Chicago, likely during the fall or winter of 2014. The dates and the length of the return engagement...
| May 1, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The Tony nominations were announced Tuesday, but before we plunge into the big race between "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda the Musical," one obvious question should be addressed before any other: Given the crassly commercial direction of Broadway, why do we...
| May 2, 2013
On Saturday night, the Lyric Opera of Chicago officially gets into the business of Broadway musicals.
The Lyric's production of "Oklahoma," as directed by Gary Griffin, is certainly not the venerable opera company's first foray into the Broadway...
| May 9, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The studio behind the animated fantasies "Bambi," "Dumbo" and '"The Lion King" has a new kind of hero tale on the way — a Marvel Comics one. Walt Disney Animation Studios on Thursday announced plans to release "Big Hero 6," an action-comedy inspired...
| May 16, 2013
| 9:06 AM
"The Book of Mormon" will play its last Chicago performance Oct. 6, the show's producers officially announced on Thursday, confirming a fall departure that long had been evident.
The Chicago company is to head west for further touring engagements.
| May 21, 2013
| 6:50 AM
Bette Midler might have been snubbed when it comes to Tony nominations this year, but she seems to be having the last laugh at the box office.
The Divine Miss M's one-woman show "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers" is becoming one of Broadway'...