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Short & Sweet: Motown the Musical

Diana Martinez and guest critic Mike Latone review ‘Motown the Musical’. “According to Latone, there was a “buzz in the audience you wouldn’t believe – I swear everybody was ready to jump up out of their chairs and start dancing.”” Read more at the Daily Herald

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Short & Sweet: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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

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Short & Sweet: Heartbeat of Home

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

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Short & Sweet: The Phantom of the Opera

Diana Martinez and guest critic Terri Penas give you the Short & Sweet on The Phantom of the Opera. Our critics were extremely impressed by the lush musical orchestration and stunning set design. Martinez says, “This classic, epic tale is as compelling and timeless as ever, and you will love hearing this gorgeous score on stage once again.”

 

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Short & Sweet: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™

Diana Martinez and guest critic Ed Moon give you the Short & Sweet on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™. Martinez calls it “the perfect holiday show for the little ones in your life”, however she “can assure you that there were plenty of adults in the audience with big smiles watching this nostalgic holiday classic come to life on stage.”

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Short & Sweet: ELF The Musical

Diana Martinez and guest critic Karen Whalen give you the Short & Sweet on ELF The Musical. It’s only here through this weekend so make sure to get your tickets now if you haven’t had the chance to see the show Martinez calls “a funny, fresh treat for the holidays”.

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Short and Sweet – Flashdance the Musical

 

 

 

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.

Grab the girls and go see Flashdance the Musical   

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I am an admitted product of the 80’s and was a huge fan of the original movie. (Confession: I might have even cut and permed my hair to look like Jennifer Beals in 1983) Honestly… Can you believe it is the 30th Anniversary of Flashdance?!  If you are anything like me, Continue reading

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Short and Sweet: The Australian Bee Gees Show

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 will discuss the important points of each show with a guest in this special, produced by the talented students and faculty at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.

In this episode, she discusses The Australian Bee Gees Show, playing through August 4 at the Broadway Playhouse. For tickets, click here.

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Short and Sweet: The Australian Bee Gees Show

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.

The Australian Bee Gees Show a Multi Media Concert

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I may be one of the few people in the world who did not like “Mama Mia” but I felt they forced a weak story in an effort to string together a lot of fabulous hit songs and I think I would have been happier had they just sung the songs rather than give me a weak story line. What you get in the Australian Bee Gee’s show is a great tribute concert of Bee Gee’s hits. As one of my guest critic Eileen Shapiro said, “The show really highlights the amazing body of work Continue reading

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Short and Sweet: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Andy Christopher (Buddy Holly), Joe Cosmo Cogen (Jerry Allison), and Sam Weber (Joe B. Mauldin) in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.  Photo: Hilary Camilleri

Andy Christopher (Buddy Holly), Joe Cosmo Cogen (Jerry Allison), and Sam Weber (Joe B. Mauldin) in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.
Photo: Hilary Camilleri

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.

“Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” – It’s all about the music.

When the lights came up on the opening night cast of “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story,” I spent the first few minutes in awe of how well the cast seemed to “mime” playing instruments and how well synced they were with band in the orchestra pit. Then I realized… “They are all playing live up there!” This production features a truly multi-talented cast of quadruple threats who cannot only sing, act, and dance, but are also musicians who can hammer out rock ‘n’ roll. The harmonies are tight and the voices of this mighty ensemble (many actors play a variety of roles) are impressive. This production puts the focus on what Buddy probably would have wanted them to focus on – the music,  performed by a great cast who deliver with conviction and passion for rock ‘n’ roll.

This show, centered on the life and rise to fame of music pioneer Buddy Holly and his band The Crickets, is well

Sam Weber (Joe B. Mauldin) and Andy Christopher (Buddy Holly) in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. Photo: Hilary Camilleri

Sam Weber (Joe B. Mauldin) and Andy Christopher (Buddy Holly) in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. Photo: Hilary Camilleri

performed.  Andy Christopher portrays Holly as a nerdy, good old boy that is, unassuming – but deep inside a consummate artist driven and convicted by his passion to express himself in his own way.  Christopher has the talent and the pipes to sell it. He steals your heart with his voice during an intimate scene where he unplugs and plays an acoustic rendition of“True Love Ways.” It’s here where you really see the depth and warmth of his voice, as it sails through the theater. The Crickets are perfectly performed by a dynamic duo. Sam Weber (bass) is charming and great physical comedian, while Joe Cogen (drums) is an amazing percussionist and has great comic timing. Each brings energy, laughs, and excitement to their scenes. I couldn’t take my eyes of Weber – he makes great choices and has some crazy athletic moves while playing a bass – he is impressive. Ryan Jagru plays an energized Ritchie Valens and delivers an electrifying rendition of “La Bamba” that brought down the house with a huge ovation.

The script focuses on how Holly crossed tough racial barriers through his sounds, which influenced artists for years to come. If Buddy Holly were alive today, I think he’d fit right into the Bucktown musician community; he was a man ahead of his time.

Ryan Jagru as Ritchie Valens in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.  Photo: Hilary Camilleri

Ryan Jagru as Ritchie Valens in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.
Photo: Hilary Camilleri

It wasn’t until the end of the show, that I realized that all of this happened in a such short time; it was about a year and half from Buddy’s first big hit “That’ll Be The Day” to his final concert and tragic death at the young age of 22. The opening night crowd all gasped in unison at the voice over played at the end of the show that emphasizes the tragedy, over the loss of Ritchie Valens at the young age of 17, and Holly at 22. The show brilliantly comes back with a raucous rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” that brought the entire theater to its feet dancing, singing, and clapping.

The show lasts only about two-and-half-hours and is the perfect family show, or a gift to any musician in your life. On opening night an older man across the aisle lept to his feet during “Johnny B. Goode.” He started to dance and sing along, and I saw a glimpse of the young man he was, and witnessed how that music touched something deep inside of him that brought him to his back to a very special time. But after all… isn’t that was rock ‘n’ roll is meant to do?

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