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Review: Carousel

Lyric Opera puts its all into Rodgers and Hammerstein's not-so-merry go-round

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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These Chicago plays should be Pulitzer contenders

The jury should be in on these worthy candidates

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Marie Antoinette's stunning costumes at Steppenwolf Theatre

We asked Alana Arenas and other members of the cast to give our photographer a closer look at their looks

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19 theater shows to see this spring

Warm up to these promising plays and musicals

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Find new and classic musicals and revues onstage in Chicago

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Between You, Me and the Lampshade

Despite a fine cast, Teatro Vista's border tale comes across stiff and stagey

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Herd

Rory Kinnear's warm, perceptive family portrait benefits from a top-tier Steppenwolf cast

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Carousel

Lyric Opera puts its all into Rodgers and Hammerstein's not-so-merry go-round

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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An Issue of Blood

Marcus Gardley's quick reaction to the latest outrages of systemic racism seeks answers in colonial Virginia

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Outside Mullingar

Kate Fry anchors John Patrick Shanley's slight but spirited new work at Northlight

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Title and Deed

Michael Patrick Thornton proves a prime interpreter indeed of Will Eno's words

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Hammer Trinity

You now can—and should—see the House Theatre's fantasy trilogy in full

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Carousel

Lyric Opera puts its all into Rodgers and Hammerstein's not-so-merry go-round

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Marie Antoinette

David Adjmi rebuilds the queen of "let them eat cake" for a low-carb, reality-TV era

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The Herd

Rory Kinnear's warm, perceptive family portrait benefits from a top-tier Steppenwolf cast

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Jenn Gambatese joins Lyric Opera's Carousel cast

Jenn Gambatese is the latest addition to the Lyric Opera's spring staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. The Broadway vet, who played Maria in Lyric's The Sound of Music last spring, will fill the role of Carrie Pipperidge—one she's previously sung at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House. Gambatese joins the previously announced New York theater regulars Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes, who will play Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, and opera star Denyce Graves, who's set to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as Nettie Fowler. The production, to be staged and choreographed by Rob Ashford, will run April 10–May 3. Carousel is the third in Lyric's series of five Rodgers and Hammerstein stagings, following The Sound of Music and 2013's Oklahoma! They'll be followed by The King and I next year and South Pacific in 2017. Tickets for Carousel are on sale now.

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Tony winner A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will launch tour in Chicago

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the underdoggish winner of the 2014 Tony Award for best musical, will launch a national tour in Chicago this fall, representatives for Broadway in Chicago said this morning. The comic operetta, written by Broadway first-timers Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, will play the Bank of America Theatre for a relatively brief two-week run, September 29–October 11. (By contrast, the touring launch of Motown the Musical stayed 12 weeks in Chicago last summer, though the Gentleman's Guide producers have said the show's tour will be limited overall to 44 weeks.) The show, in which a scoundrel attempts to speed up a family inheritance by offing the relatives who stand in his way, offers a particularly juicy quick-change role for the actor who plays eight of the targeted relatives; Jefferson Mays scored a Tony nomination for best actor as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for the Broadway production. Casting for the touring production remains to be announced.

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Jessie Mueller and company spend A Night at the Tonys

The Chicago Humanities Festival concert traversed six-plus decades of musical theater

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Jeff Awards 2014: Equity Wing winners

Goodman, Writers and American Blues Theater lead the pack

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Josh Young and Erin Mackey on Amazing Grace

The rising Broadway stars, who lead the cast of the ambitious new musical, tell us how sweet the sound will be

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