10 Things Only Theater Geeks Will Love

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

Over the past several years, BTSCelebs has attended the best stage performances in the Midwest, and it’s the perfect time to revisit those iconic moments all over again.

Let’s reminisce about those precious plays/dances now.

10. King and I

Growing up, the 90s version of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” was in my top 5 favorite movies. As many know, actor Paolo Montalbán is Brandy’s Prince Charming in the film. So, when I heard he was starring in Lyric Opera’s “King and I”, I was excited to see and review it.

9. The Cat In The Hat

In 2013, the Dr. Seuss classic “The Cat In The Hat” came to the Midwest through Broadway in Chicago. This succeeded as a real life guide for the beloved children’s’ books.

8. The Nutcracker

In 2017, BTSCelebs reviewed a second version of “The Nutcracker” that resembled an opera or Broadway setting. The stage and dance were spectacular!

photo by Cheryl Mann

7. Anna Karenina

“Anna Karenina” has always been on my must watch list, but I never got around to seeing the Keira Knightley version. Plus, I’m not really a fan of R rated productions. However, this ballet gave me the opportunity to see it without dialogue. It turned out to be a jarring performance.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

6. Jane Erye

The 1840s Charlotte Bronte book was pleasantly recreated into a ballet when The Joffrey Ballet presented “Jane Eyre” to the Chicago audience. I was captivated by the film and TV versions, and this one kept the magic alive.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

5. Oklahoma

Rodgers and Hammerstein introduced “Oklahoma” to the world in the last century, but Lyric Opera made it a thrilling experience for the 21st Century audience.

Photo: Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago — at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

4. I Love Lucy

“I Love Lucy” was resurrected on the stage in this 2013 adaptation. I adored this mirror version of the ’50s classic. This had to be a history making moment for BTSCelebs, because it was the very first time a live play was reviewed.

Left to Right: Joanna Daniels (Ethel Mertz), Sirena Irwin (Lucy Ricardo) and Curtis Pettyjohn (Fred Mertz). Photo courtesy: Justin Barbin.

3. The Sound of Music

I enjoy the 1960s film “The Sound of Music”, but this Lyric Opera one was a little different. However, the changes didn’t take away from the original…. it only enhanced this adaption.

2. The Barber of Seville

The first time I ever saw “The Barber of Seville” had to be the 2019 performance. It deserved to be highly praised for the stellar music, acting and sets. One of the best!

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

1. Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” should be considered one of the most celebrated plays of 2014! It delighted their Midwest audience during the Christmas run, and it will remain a cherished memory that many can’t wait to relive again in the future.

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