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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 12:16 am
 The Mature Mob was born in 1991 as a fundraiser for Senior Services of Central Illinois, a revue of talented actors, singers and dancers aged 50 and over. Few Mob shows in recent memory have bee...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:09 am

Walking Across Egypt, at New Salem Aug. 29-31

A number of years ago there was a craze for bracelets with the initials “WWJD” which stands for “What would Jesus do?” Surely this is a worthy question, but the sheer number of those bracelets...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:08 am

At the Hoogland, three performances left, Aug. 30-Sept. 1

 When the musical Memphis opened on Broadway in 2009 it was certainly successful, winning four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Critical response, however, was mixed, with the book by Joe DiPi...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 12:06 am
 The Wizard of Oz is part of American entertainment’s DNA. Since its publication in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s book, and the films and stage versions to follow, have been celebrated and analyzed a...
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:07 am

A thoroughly modern controversy?

 Thoroughly Modern Millie is The Muni at its best, filling the stage with spectacle and the night with song and laughter. It’s (mostly) a charming and hilarious story of misguided lovers strugg...
Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:08 am

New Salem is All Shook Up

 All Shook Up at Theatre In The Park is a constantly entertaining Elvis Presley “jukebox musical” with surprising depth. From the rousing “Jailhouse Rock” opening to the “Burning Love�...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:08 am

Hairspray at The Legacy all July

 From its magical and jaw-dropping opening moment to the finale that had the audience on its feet cheering, Hairspray at the Legacy Theatre reinvents the delights of old-fashioned musical comedy...
Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:29 am

Evita, a must-see at the Muni

 The Muni Opera is staging the groundbreaking and endlessly entertaining musical Evita for the first time in a generation, and it is a must-see.Evita is the very adult Cinderella story of Eva Dua...
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:08 am
 “If you want this job, there’s something deeply wrong with you.” – Ronald Reagan in Five PresidentsWhen former president Richard M. Nixon died in 1994, his funeral brought together the f...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 12:10 am
 It’s well established that the 1950s was a decade of enormous change on many fronts. It’s especially true within the narrower context of popular music, from the growth of rock ’n’ roll,...


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