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How It Feels To Watch Evil Dead The Musical

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by B.I. C. No Comments

What do you get when you mix a fun-filled weekend gone rogue with zombies, chainsaws, and enough fake blood to cover the front row? Evil Dead the Musical! Here’s what it feels like to watch this bloody good musical!

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You don’t really know how they are going to pull off a horror musical…

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But then the first song plays and you’re like, “Wow this awesome!”

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You relax because the first part is fun and you forget that it’s a thriller musical. 

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But then there’s a wicked twist that leaves you a little terrified.

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You remember that the show is titled “EVIL DEAD,” so you get psyched again!

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And the songs are so catchy you want to sing and dance along…

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Even though you are still a little terrified.

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But you don’t even care because you’re so entertained!

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Through all the blood and thrilling moments you are still laughing!

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And if you are sitting in the “Splatter Zone” you are anxiously waiting for some fake blood to be spilled on you.

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You feel festive because it’s almost Halloween…

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And you can’t wait to plan your Evil Dead themed party!

 

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And as always, after the show, you are thankful musicals exist because they are awesome!

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Evil Dead opens on September 23! Get your tickets now for this thriller musical that will be the scariest fun you’ll have at the theater!

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Click Here to get Your Tickets Now!

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Pippin!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2014 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

Happy One Year Anniversary on Broadway, Pippin the Musical!

Guest Blog Post: Jeff M. Smith from West Side Story

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments
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Growing up in West Texas I never thought I’d find myself performing such an amazing show in such an unbelievable venue. The Oriental Theatre here in Chicago is a perfect place to see West Side Story.
Our company couldn’t be more excited to be performing here either! Even though we are in our last two weeks of a nine month run, being in Chicago has given us the second wind of the century and we couldn’t be more pumped up to knock these performances out of the park.
I can’t wait to walk the streets of this wonderful city and see what it has to offer! We always love playing cities with such a rich history, in theater specifically, but also in general – the architecture, the landmarks, the restaurants, the baseball! We can’t wait to check it all out.

West Side Story Company © Carol Rosegg 2012

West Side Story Company
© Carol Rosegg 2012

I studied Music and Theatre at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I can’t say my school is terribly well-represented in New York City, but Chicago is another story altogether. Opera singers, musical theatre performers, and straight theatre performers alike are all brought together in this great place!
Chicago brings our company of 33 cast members new challenges and adventures that we can’t wait to tackle. Come check us out!
-Jeff M. Smith (Snowboy, u/s Riff, u/s Tony, u/s Diesel)
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Buddy Holly : The Life and Music Behind The Glasses

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

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The inspiration to create theatrical work can come from many places. It can start as a spark of revelation or it can begin out of utter frustration.  British producer (and longtime Buddy Holly fan) Laurie Mansfield was so irritated by the inaccuracies of the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story that he decided to take matters into his own hands. With the collaboration of Sir Paul McCartney (who owned the rights to Buddy Holly’s music,) writer Alan Janes, and producers Paul Elliot and Greg Smith, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story was born and took the West End by storm in 1989. Buddy the Musical had a brief stint on Broadway before commencing on several national tours on different continents. A new U.S. tour has launched this season and Broadway In Chicago is proud to present this show at the Cadillac Theatre. But who exactly was the icon that inspired the musical?

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Short and Sweet – An Audience View: Anything Goes

Posted on: April 25th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments
Rachel York and Company Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES © Joan Marcus, 2012

Rachel York and Company
Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES
© Joan Marcus, 2012

Broadway In Chicago is happy to introduce “Short and Sweet,” a quick view of our shows courtesy of Diana Martinez, who will give you the lowdown on Broadway In Chicago productions from the perspective of an audience member. Diana has more than 25 years of experience as an entertainment executive, most recently as President of The Second City. She has directed and produced over 40 live Broadway musical theatre shows and has presented more than 350 world-class Broadway national tours, dance, headline comedians and concert. We hope you enjoy this quick insight into our shows, and since this is all about our audience, share your own thoughts with us in the comments below.

Do anything to see Anything Goes

This Tony Award®-winning Broadway National Tour of Anything Goes is the real deal. Right off the bat these cats sweep you into the swanky, salty 1930’s with their fabulous double-talk and witty banter. This is solid cast with veterans all the way around and the sets are straight from the Broadway Stage.

Within the first few bars of leading lady Rachel York’s smoky and silky rendition of  “I Get a Kick Out of You,” I knew I was for a real treat. She has an unmatched smooth, mezzo voice that oozes with a style and control that is hypnotic, giving you  a hankering for a sloe gin fizz. But don’t let it fool you, as the show continues she lets it rip and can belt it out against the best.

emily anything goesMy guest for the evening was Emily Martinez, my 24- year-old niece, recent DePaul graduate, a Chicagoan and one of Kraft’s newest brand assistants.  As the lights came up at intermission she was still looking at the stage and said, “I love the ’30s and now I love them more. There isn’t anything I don’t like about this show. It’s perfect”.

This production is truly everything a national Broadway musical tour should be: huge production numbers, show-stopping tap breaks, opulent sets and costumes and a story filled with humor and romance.  This production is timeless and it is played and timed perfectly. Big kudos to director Kathleen Marshall for knowing just how to hit each beat and appeal to a modern-day audience. Instead of feeling dated, the show actually feels fresh and makes you realize just how smart, sexy, racy and edgy the ’30s were – the humor was sharp and filled with sophisticated wit. One interesting thing I noticed is that the show hits almost every classic comic style imaginable from mistaken identities, play on words and puns, to vaudeville “Who’s On First” style bits, slapstick and double-entendres. It was all here – and masterfully executed by this distinguished cast making the opening night audience LOL throughout the show.

The sets are opulent massive and impressive, and they keep coming scene after scene. The costumes designed by Martin Pakledinaz are stunning and the sleek and flowing designs and fabric choices always included a gorgeous visual payoff from the back of each dress.

The chemistry and spark between Josh Franklin and Rachel York in the duet  “You’re the Top” was one of the highlights of the show for me; by the sounds of a show-stopping ovation complete with hoots and hollering from the opening night audience I think the sentiment was shared. Other show stoppers were the act I finale “Anything Goes” with 22 hoofers bringing it home, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and the finale which brought this Chicago audience to an immediate standing ovation. This is a show you can bring the entire family to, so get them together fast because the show is only sailing through until May 5. Honestly, this is an amazing cast and production not to be missed.