Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fall 2016: Chicago

Wonderful Town at the Goodman

The Goodman had Wonderful Town on its schedule for years, but the oft-delayed production by Mary Zimmerman finally came to fruition this fall and a 1-week extension allowed me to get to Chicago to see the show for the first time (I declined to see Donna Murphy's understudy multiple times in NYC). While old-fashioned, it isn't nearly as old-fashioned as On The Town by the same team. For some reason though, Zimmerman has updated the time period to the 1950s, which while allowing for some cool, colorful sets (by Todd Rosenthal), contradicts with the innumerable 1930s references in the book and lyrics. Still, this was a fun and entertaining production with a talented cast and crew. Glad I made it!

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