“The Andrews Brothers” at International City Theatre

International City Theatre had a hit last year with Roger Bean jukebox musical, Life Could Be a Dream, so why not have another go, this time with The Andrews Brothers, that showcases the tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters—Patty, Laverne and Maxine—their snappy, close harmonies still bringing joy to the listener. This music is iconic, … Continue reading “The Andrews Brothers” at International City Theatre

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

As much a searing drama as a vocal concert, Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is the story of Billie Holiday’s life, a life filled with the joy of music and the pain of living in a segregated society that scorned and punished black people for the sin of their very existence. … Continue reading “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

“Beast on the Moon” at International City Theatre

The tale told in Richard Kalinoski’s 1995 play, Beast on the Moon, is set against the background of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, primarily in 1915, and with lesser atrocities and massacres that extended back into the 19th Century. Armenians, a Christian people, were at the mercy of the Muslim Empire, and … Continue reading “Beast on the Moon” at International City Theatre

“Life Could Be a Dream” at International City Theatre

If one counts movies, then I have seen dozens of “jukebox musicals.” Sometimes I head for the theatre thinking, “Ahhh…oh boy…yet another jukebox musical.” But when the performers come on and show their stuff, then they can turn some pretty sappy songs from the 1950s and ‘60s into pure gold. And that is just what … Continue reading “Life Could Be a Dream” at International City Theatre

“Daddy Long Legs” at International City Theatre

Just the name of the musical, Daddy Long Legs, summons up images and expectations. Put any notion of Fred Astaire and the hit song “Something’s Gotta Give” right out of your mind. That chirpy adaptation of Jean Webster’s 1912 novel about a seventeen year-old orphan of unknown parentage who is sponsored into a college career … Continue reading “Daddy Long Legs” at International City Theatre

“Silent Sky” at International City Theatre

At a certain point in Lauren Gunderson’s play, Silent Sky, a turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century professor declares with hubristic certitude that the universe consists solely of the Milky Way galaxy. Henrietta Leavitt, an extraordinary, passionate astronomer, was confined by her gender to the grinding, but important job of “computer,” that is, the examining of photo plates and cataloguing … Continue reading “Silent Sky” at International City Theatre