Broadway In Chicago Vice President Eileen LaCario appeared with Paul Lisnek on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss upcoming shows, including Motown the Musical, Buyer & Cellar, The Last Ship, Amazing Grace and Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale.
Giuliana Rancic auditions for the role of Suzette in ‘Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale’ on the next episode of Giuliana & Bill, airing tomorrow at 8/7c on the E! Network. Be sure to tune in for a sneak peek at the show that’s a part of Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming Fall 2014 season! Individual tickets are also available for presale using the offer code ROCKON. Get ready to rock this holiday!
Hello! We would like to share with you the most amazing news! The Book of Mormon will return to Chicago beginning February 24, 2015. Groups of 15+ are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (312) 977-1710. More information
Diana Martinez and guest critic Ellen Ferrera give you the Short & Sweet on the new tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo of ‘American Idol’ fame. Martinez says, “The show still has the foundation that has attracted audiences for over twenty years: a beautiful Biblical story of family and hope, and an evening the entire family can enjoy together.” Read more at the Daily Herald
We spoke with Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo about their roles in the new tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, what they love most about being in Chicago and what it’s like being a married couple on the road their first year together.
Come see these two at the Cadillac Palace Theatre now through March 30, 2014!
We spoke to audience members who attended the US premiere of HEARTBEAT OF HOME during its first week here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. Their reactions are overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve heard so many more people tell us how impressed they were and how much they enjoyed the show. Don’t miss your chance to see this celebration of Ireland and its diverse culture, now playing through March 16th!
Diana Martinez and guest critic Dorothea Schultz give you the Short & Sweet on Heartbeat of Home, now playing at the Oriental Theatre through March 16th. Read more at the Daily Herald
This guest post was submitted by Broadway In Chicago audience member Jessica Eggert. Thank you Jessica for sharing your review with us!
I had the privilege of attending the Broadway show Heartbeat of Home’s opening night in Chicago. As a regular season ticket holder, I have had the pleasure of viewing many fantastic shows over the years. However, this show was the best of the best and it would be criminally selfish to withhold this experience and not share it.
Heartbeat of Home was a purely magically culmination of music, dance, song and nature blended into one. There was so much respect for all various forms of art; one could feel it through the beat of a drum or the stomp of a dance shoe. Every dancer showcased their broad range of movements and perfected technique for Irish step, ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop and more. All genres of dance were highlighted equally without favoritism for any specific form. There was a perfect amount of chemistry between dancers as well as playfulness. It was remarkable to see these athletes move and take on completely new characters through every new set. These dancers have mastered dance on levels beyond technique and have incorporated their hearts into their steps.
While typically the musicians remain in the orchestra pit, unseen, the Heartbeat of Home took the liberty of inviting them onto the stage and transformed them into their own characters. The talented artists played with the dancers, instead of for them. They all interacted and had solos allowing each performer to stand out. These musicians and vocal artists performed music from all over the world in multiple genres! It is clear that these artists are not your average performer, because of this ability to conquer all forms of music individually and as an entire orchestra.
The exploration of space through the scenery was fascinating. The use of a projector did not dominate the show, as it often times has the tendency to do, but instead complimented the show. The elements of nature, water, sunset, and storms were carefully woven into each set and poured onto the stage with just the right amount of light. This ignited multiple facets of emotions for audience members; we became curious, excited, soothed, and amazed at how well the use of scenery coincided with entire show. The projector transported the audience and dancers all over the world in an elegant cinematic way.
I highly recommend all to see this performance; from the early stages of life to the elderly and anywhere in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is not a single target audience. Heartbeat of Home is a sincere and honest show that explores music, dance, song, and space. It invites audiences to participate and play along; to become a part of the show. So go, be part of the show and share your experiences as I have shared mine.
Diana Martinez gives you the Short & Sweet on CHICAGO the Musical. “It is the perfect blend of sexy Fosse dancing, spontaneous comedy, and big Broadway music.”
“The best casting decision is Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart: she is believable and full of honest moxie, effortlessly stealing the show. Marroquin is charming, funny, and captivating, but her strength lies in her amazing connection with the audience. She alone is worth the trip.” Read more at the Daily Herald