“August Rush: The Musical” – Review by Carol Moore

** Somewhat Recommended ** I was really disappointed in “August Rush: The Musical”, the new production at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Although the music was gorgeous, the story was curiously unfinished and confusing. It wasn’t a big, showy, ‘ready-for-Broadway’ premiere, it was more like the first workshop of a new musical. The cast made…

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Loved “Chicago” – Only Here for a Week

**** Recommended **** “Chicago” is one of my absolute favorite musicals. I think I’d go almost anywhere to see it, so I was delighted that the tour came back to Chicago, this time starring former NFL star, Eddie George. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint – the music is sexy and jazz-y, the…

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May Public Happenings at Lansing Country Club

   TRIVIA NIGHT & DINNER 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Friday May 17th Bring your buddies and your brain on Friday May 17th for dinner & trivia! Arrive as a team or we will put you with a team… everybody plays!!! $25 per person entry fee (includes dinner buffet & game), cash bar.  Up to 10 players…

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“Matilda The Musical” at Drury Lane

**** Recommended **** When I saw “Matilda The Musical” the first time, I didn’t understand what all the buzz had been about. Child abuse as comedy just didn’t work for me. Since I really didn’t like touring “Matilda”, I couldn’t imagine a way I’d like Drury Lane’s production, but they proved me wrong. While it…

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“American Girl Live” Review by Carol Moore with Help from Lily Kienzle

**** Recommended **** The audience for “American Girl Live” seemed to be about 75% girls carrying American Girl dolls, with moms and the occasional dad making up the other 25%. Not surprising then, that the audience was totally into the story, cheering when something good happened, groaning when things went wrong. I don’t think I’ve…

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“Hamlet” at Chicago Shakespeare – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I always have high expectations when I go to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and they always meet or exceed them. Their latest production, “Hamlet” is no exception. I like my Shakespeare stripped down, so I can concentrate on the words, and Barbara Gaines has delivered exactly that. This “Hamlet” has modern dress and…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s “Across the Pond” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** When I was a child, I was positive I’d be a prima ballerina one day. The fact that I never had a ballet lesson was irrelevant. Alas, I grew up, and pursued another dream, becoming a writer. I still love ballet, and feel very privileged to be able to write about…

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Canterbury Summer Theatre Announces 2019 Season

     Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is pleased to announce its 51st season of award-winning plays and musicals, with weekly performances beginning June 12 through August 3.      Drawing on talent from throughout the country, the Canterbury Resident Company will present audiences with a summer slate packed with comedy,…

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Bartlett Homes Featured at Garden Walk

     The Beverly Shores Fifth Annual Garden and Art Walk will be held on June 1, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bartlett homes, all featured gardens will be at Bartlett homes, and one home will be open to Walk ticket-holders.       Bartlett Homes are what residents…

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Country Jam Music Festival – Hobart

    The Hometown Country Jam Music Festival will take place at the Brickie Bowl in Hobart, Indiana on June 1st, 2019!       The all-day festival showcases five performances, which includes four national touring country music stars. There will also be one Northwest Indiana local act!       Country music legend, Montgomery Gentry featuring Eddie Montgomery, headlines the…

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